The French military intervention in Mali since mid-January and much of the official discussion of Mali in the UN and among Western governments seem to have been driven by a quite narrow and short-term view of the issues the country faces. As in anything, if the problem is mis-diagnosed, the solution will probably mis-fire.
Not all of us were relaxing over Christmas: Home Office officials working on the draft Communications Data Bill were probably quite busy. Following the Scrutiny Committee's report on the Bill, the Prime Minister promised a redraft. So what now? Here's my advice to the Home Office on the changes needed if this Bill is to be passed this session.
As part of the UK's staunch and diverse efforts to secure a safe and global digital environment which fosters innovation and growth in the internet, on Friday, our Foreign Secretary, William Hague signed the World Economic Forum's (WEF) new set of principles on Cyber Resilience.
There has been a lot of debate recently about how much information we should give away online. Just a couple of weeks ago, Cabinet Office Internet security chief, Andy Smith, publicly suggested that we should use fake details online in order to protect our security. But is this really the right approach to staying safe online?
What isn't fun is the knowledge that the Christmas period is also the time of the year that intruders and thieves get their kicks. They stand to make a killing in the holiday season from your hard-earned goods, as they believe that the eggnog and turkey will have you a little lazy in your security measures.