The dark threat of the Snooper’s Charter

Just hours after marching alongside world leaders in Paris in the name of liberté, David Cameron backed the revival of the Snooper’s Charter in terms little short of terrifying.  Free speech, it now seems, is only acceptable only when it can be accessed and reviewed by the state. Speaking to ITV, Cameron said: …ever since […]

Should libertarians care about Brendan Eich’s resignation?

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has resigned his job after just 10 days in the role. This came after it was rediscovered that he gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, a direct democratic move to ban gay marriage in California, that narrowly passed. Upon discovering this, twitter and other areas of the internet mobilised, with 72,000 supporting a […]

The Internet Watchmen

As Tim Worstall notes, new government plans to block online terrorist and extremist content are extremely worrying. Along with the introduction of default ‘opt-out’ porn filters and the criminalisation of rape porn, they are another example of Cameron’s politicised censorship of the web. Whereas reducing the proliferation of child abuse images is a good thing, […]

Tor, Bitcoin and the Silk Road: three forces for good

Since the arrest of Ross Ulbricht aka ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ — the alleged mastermind behind the Silk Road — media attention has in part focused on the role of legal technologies Tor and Bitcoin in its operation. Silk Road was an online black market where all kinds of restricted and illicit goods (from illegal drugs […]

An open letter to the government on the Lobbying Bill

The government’s Lobbying Bill is a serious threat to free speech and will curb the activities of think tanks, charities and other groups whose participation in political debate is vital for the political system to work openly. That’s why we’ve co-signed the letter from other think tanks, below, urging the government to drop this bill. […]