Internet Freedom

Hacktivism to Balaclava Punk: Protest Must Be Protected in All Its Forms

Thomas Hughes | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

Protest is increasingly going digital. Whether it is using the internet to organise and report physical acts of protest, using online space as a platform on which to take action, or targeting online infrastructure itself: across the world, people are taking their right to protest online.

Anderson's Report Is a Vital Addition to the Debate on Privacy and Security

Daniel Nesbitt | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Nesbitt

This calm and well-informed approach is vital to ensure that no new legislation is rushed through to beat the sunset clause of December 2016 outlined in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act.

Anderson Review: It Is Time for a Clean Slate

Pam Cowburn | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Tech
Pam Cowburn

Anderson, unsurprisingly, does not condemn mass surveillance in principle and endorses bulk collection by the security services, but the report does call for a radical overhaul of how surveillance is regulated.

Jessica Elgot

'Web Biscuits' Are Just One Reason Politicians Have Utterly Failed On Digital Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

The Police Have Better Things to Do Than Patrol Twitter

Katie Hopkins | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK
Katie Hopkins

Twitter is not the business of the police, and users should not be reporting people for what they say. We have to accept that opinions are not right or wrong. No one is the guardian of the correct answer. This is not and exam and you are not the invigilator.

We're Championing The Issues Overlooked In The Election With #BeyondTheBallot

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

To Protect the Most Fundamental Rights of Internet Users, We Must Always Be Skeptical of Any Call for Regulation

Jimmy Wales | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jimmy Wales

When considering the issue of regulating the Internet, we must not overlook the possible harmful implications of even seemingly minor regulation. Every governmental intervention carries with it limitation of personal rights, whether its primarily aim is to serve the governments' interests and control or even where it is limited solely to the legitimate purpose of protecting and serving the citizens themselves.

Introducing 'Beyond The Ballot'

Stephen Hull | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Stephen Hull

With Beyond The Ballot, HuffPost UK wants to spark a national conversation on the three urgent issues which have largely failed to make a pinprick in the Westminster bubble - the failure to deal compassionately with mental illness, the silent millions stuck in the extortionate rental market, and the cack-handed efforts to regulate and censor the internet. Crucially, we're using our What's Working approach to look for solutions to these hard-to-tackle topics, to pin down politicians on concrete policies they think will solve these pressing problems. We are calling for an end to meaningless 'we need to do more' rhetoric.

Jessica Elgot

'It Is The Reaction Of A Stone Age Man To The Combustion Engine'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It f...

The Push/Pull of Technology and Its Ability to Bring and Restrict Information Has Never Been So Clear

Rachael Jolley | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Rachael Jolley

If people are afraid to upload information, share knowledge and tell others what is really happening because they worry that as they do so their presence and their words are being tracked, then we will know less in future. We know less because fear will hold people back.

Louise Ridley

How A Fake Facebook Account Led To This Woman's Revenge Porn Nightmare

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK

This article was released in February and has been republished as the law on revenge porn comes into force on 13 April. When a new Facebook account...

Social Media and Freedom of Speech: Why #JeSuisCharlie

Liam Beattie | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Tech
Liam Beattie

The debate around freedom of speech has now become a fundamental issue when it comes to our online communication.

Tolerate Thy Neighbour

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Lloyd Mallison

The first amendment in the United States is a wonderful thing. It means you can say whatever you like about anything... But with the increasing popularity of Facebook comment section fights, and chatroom brawls, I'm seeing more and more often that people seem to forget that freedom of speech goes both ways.

Internet Radio- It's a blast

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Cunningham

This year, for me, has been the year of the radio show. I can't get enough of it. What a fantastic medium radio is.

The Messy Business of Governing the Internet

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Joseph Musgrave

By its very nature, the Internet crosses borders, languages and jurisdictions. It is also a technical beast, demanding a certain level of standardisation in order to function as a truly global commons rather than as a series of siloed networks.

Cameron Creates Web Filter 'Whitelist' After Much-Mocked Launch

Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Tech

The UK government is reportedly building a "whitelist" of legitimate websites to be exempted from its much-criticised web filter. Internet service ...

Blocked! Pornography, The Filter and Me

Pat Higgins | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Pat Higgins

It seems that Fortiguard aren't just in the business of keeping vulnerable eyes away from explicit sexual content and blogs about independent filmmaking. Their website describes the alternative beliefs category as blocking "Websites that provide information about or promote religions not specified in Traditional Religions or other unconventional, cultic, or folkloric beliefs and practices". Make of that what you will.

UK and China Not Such Strange Bedfellows in War on Porn

The Conversation UK | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

The irony that the UK government is proposing to introduce the exact same internet censorship mechanisms that it has routinely condemned in China has so far received little attention. Part of the reason for this is that many people in the UK tend to have an exaggerated view of what goes on in China to begin with and therefore the comparison seems far-fetched. But is it, really?

Berners-Lee Calls For Web Freedom In Wake Of PRISM Scandal

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Tech

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said his invention of the world wide web should be safeguarded from being controlled by governments or large corporations. ...

Why Vince Cable Is Wrong About Content Policing

Daniel Foster | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel Foster

It is both right and proper that stringent measures should be put in place to put an end to child pornography online. But Vince Cable's reactionary plan for Google and other search engines to police content in the wake of the convictions of Mark Bridger and Stuart Hazell is at best oversimplifying a very complex issue and at worst, a cynical ploy to absolve the coalition government of any immediate responsibility.

MIT Complicit In Web Activist's Suicide, Family Claims

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Tech

The family of an internet activist who killed himself on Friday have accused prosecutors and officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of...

Time for Accountability for the Iranian Regime's Leaders

Hossein Abedini | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hossein Abedini

The Iranian people will not stay silent and will continue their protests even in the face of growing executions. The question is whether the international community will find the political resolve to follow their lead.

A Dark Day For Online Freedom?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Tech

A law that allows authorities to take websites offline and force them to close has come into effect in Russia. The legislation was passed by the Ru...

Why I'm Trying to Start a National Conversation - About Politics

David S. Taylor | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Politics
David S. Taylor

We don't believe Westminster politics is broken beyond repair. We are pro-politics and pro-people. We believe we can help mend the gap between parliament and the country. And we believe the National Conversation is the way to do it.

Internet Governance: Preserve Freedom, Ensure Development!

Paulo Casaca | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Politics
Paulo Casaca

The internet has been a tremendously effective tool for freedom and development, but that could now unravel should proposals tabled for WCIT come to fruition.