The Great Firewall of China: Citizen-Seditionists and Digital Territories

The Great Firewall of China (GFOC) is a comprehensive censorship and surveillance regime, considerable as a digital counterpart to the physical Great Wall. It acts to demarcate a digital territory and protect it from external threats and reflects the wider, much-reported authoritarian tendencies the Communist Party of China is famous for. The GFOC in particular… Continue reading The Great Firewall of China: Citizen-Seditionists and Digital Territories

How personal communications data becomes a national security risk

On 29th November 2016 the Investigatory Powers Bill became UK Law by Royal Assent (1). The bill’s 245 pages codified the U.K. government’s plans to create a statutory basis for the country’s mass surveillance, data retention, and remote intrusion practices. The IP Act updates the prior legislation which gave a legal basis for activities including… Continue reading How personal communications data becomes a national security risk