UK Intelligence

Your Four-Year-Old's Drawings Show How Clever They'll Be

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In a far away drawer in most parents' houses lies a tea towel with a child's self-portrait on. There's no denying these primary school keepsakes a...

Scotland, Security and the World

David Knowles | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
David Knowles

'It would be cataclysmic for Scotland to become independent, it would aid the forces of darkness, it would threaten the stability of the western world' These remarks, uttered way back in April by the former Secretary General of NATO George Robertson caused a political storm in Scotland.

The Missing Surveillance Debate: How Mistrust Undermines Our Civil Liberties

Louis Reynolds | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

Last week the Home Secretary once again advanced the argument for granting the intelligence services new powers, reigniting the debate over the proper limits of state surveillance. It's a familiar contest made more important by the legacy of the Snowdon intelligence leaks, and more urgent by recent events Iraq.

Babies Ate My Brain

Amy C | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy C

The toddler is napping, the baby is sat contentedly chewing your car keys and you're washing up. The house is calm for a rare and brief moment. Then suddenly your husband throws a curveball...

The Closer to Genius, the Closer to Insanity?

Maria Senise | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I can say with confidence that I'm losing many of my cognitive abilities. If you need someone to help you remember something, don't ask me; I am most definitely not your girl. My fiancé has learned not to start any question with, "Do you remember...," because the answer will always inevitably be no.

First There Was IQ, Then There Was EQ, Now There Is GQ

Nia Joynson-Romanzina | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Nia Joynson-Romanzina

Even if you don't buy the science, wouldn't it be great to be Gender Intelligent? Wouldn't greater intelligence on gender differences/non-differences benefit us all, men and women, in the workplace and in our private lives? Hands up who would like to work for a Gender Intelligent organisation?

The Importance of Imagination

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Imagination has kept me sane and even happy for years, helped me survive the real world. Music speaks to every emotion I've ever felt, expressing for me when I cannot. Paintings and drawings remind me of the beauty of life. And stories are my escapism, characters my best friends.

An Amnesty For Snowden?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK

Edward Snowden could be granted amnesty to return to the United States, the NSA official who is in charge of assessing the damage of the whistleblower...

Stephen Hawking Versus NHS Asset Strippers

Will Black | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

It is ironic then that, as some on the right flounder around ignorantly in debates about intelligence, a man regarded as one of the cleverest living Brits breezes into the political arena to strongly criticise the privatisation of the NHS.

Is Being A Banker Genetic?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson is the latest high-profile Tory to insist that those with a higher IQ will achieve most in life, and a difference in intelligence is at ...

Five Ideas to Open Up Intelligence

Carl Miller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Carl Miller

For decades we have been living through a change in our expectations of how Government works. From the NHS to social care, culture to transport, the boundaries of Government have become much more porous, more open, more participatory.

Advocating Eugenics in the UK Department of Education

Pete Shanks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Shanks

Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Education, recently provoked a flurry of complaints by allegedly claiming that "a child's performance has more to do with genetic makeup than the standard of his or her education."

When Secrets Mustn't Be Kept Secrets

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It's not often that top spooks emerge from the shadows, and on those rare occasions when they do, they tend to choose their words very, very carefully. That's why we need to be just as careful when we examine what they say...

NSA Intel Goldmine, Who Else Has Access?

Arjen Kamphuis | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Arjen Kamphuis

Nobody, including the NSA, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald has a total oversight of all the in the tens of thousands of documents let alone the political or strategic implications of the info contained in them. Most of the news keeps focusing on the 'scandal' aspect and/or the person of Snowden...

South Korea : A Fifth Column?

Colin Pattinson | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Politics
Colin Pattinson

In recent weeks South Korean media has been awash with stories concerning an explosive story; The case of Lee Seok-Gi. The lawmaker has been accused of conspiracy to commit armed rebellion and has labelled a 'jongpuk' (종북 - a derogatory term for a North Korean sympathiser/apologist).

Technology Has Transformed Detection of Chemical Weapons Use

Julian Hunt | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Tech
Julian Hunt

The depth of intelligence and information on the chemical attacks that have been released underlines a stark contrast with the 1920s when, for instance, there were no satellites and modern communications. There is also a clear contrast in the intelligence evidence that has been assembled compared to that about Iraq a decade ago.

US Surveillance Controversy Underlines Importance of Corporate Foreign Policy

Andrew Hammond | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

For those firms which misstep, fallout can be very damaging, both for the financial bottom-line and reputationally. However, for those which are pro-active and invest in their capability, the prizes -- both in terms of mitigating risk and seizing opportunity -- are potentially ever more significant.

Laying the Iraq Ghost to Rest on the Road to Damascus

Ashlee Godwin | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ashlee Godwin

At no point in the last two-and-a-half years has the spectre of Iraq been more sharply evident than in the events surrounding Secretary of State John Kerry's statement of the United States' intelligence and national-security case for limited military intervention in Syria following the apparent use of chemical weapons in attacks on Damascus...

Life On Mars

Christina Robert | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Tech
Christina Robert

Lets be clear here -we are not meant to live on Mars. You've seen the pictures. Our bodies are built for earth.

Are You 'Sort of' Intelligent?

Jessica Brown | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Brown

Intelligence is a funny thing, isn't it? After re-watching the whole four series of Cougar Town in one weekend, it dawned on me that I'm not as clever as I'd like to be. Nor am I as inclined to learn about 'intellectual' things as I'd like.

The Secret Policemen's Balls-Up

Annie Machon | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

In the wake of the global impact of the ongoing Edward Snowden saga, a smaller but still important whistleblower story flared and faded last week in the UK media.

GCHQ Secretly Accessed Fibre-Optic Cables For Phone And Internet Spying

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, has been charged with espionage by the United States. British eavesdropping agency GCHQ has secret...

Ned Simons

Edward Snowden's Choice Of Hong Kong 'Surprising', Says Former British Governor

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics

The last British governor of Hong Kong has said he was "quite surprised" that Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, chose to flee to the the Chinese ...

Blocking Snoopers' Charter Could See Terrorists Go Free, Clegg Warned

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics

The Director of Prosecutions has warned Nick Clegg not to block new snooping powers, it has been reported. Keir Starmer said there was a "real risk...

Tom Moseley

Poll Finds Public Support 'Snooping' Plans Despite Prism Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Moseley | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics

A majority of Britons support the government's controversial 'snooping' proposals - despite the growing NSA/Prism data-sharing scandal, an exclusive p...