As everyone knows, this week has been dominated by the final Digital Britain report. Unsurprisingly, Media Guardian has dedicated the lion's share of this week's podcast
to the Government's proposals, rightly seeing the 50 pence levy on landlines as unfair. We've weighed in with some in-depth analysis about NGA
as well as the universal service commitment
, while Sean rounded up the ha'pennyworth of the industry's movers and shakers
. And here's our favourite opinion former
on the report.
Let's talk about privacy on the web — but quietly, as you never know who's listening. The bozos of Bozeman, Montana, are trying to wangle the passwords of potential employees' social networking sites
. It's all about looking for people of "high integrity", apparently, in which case the head of HR, or whichever doofus came up with the idea, should be clearing his desk soonish.
Canada, meanwhile, is mulling over the idea of allowing the police
access to digital conversations sans warrant. Over on this side of the pond, Whitehall
has admitted that its idea of storing every single email ever sent might be a tad too ambitious. Ah, privacy
. Surely what's sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander? And what about the ducks
And finally, poor the Jammie Douglas Rasset. The woman who lost her RIAA case back in 2007 has lost her retrial
. She's been hit with a fine of almost $2 million — nine times more than the original fine for illegally downloading 24 songs. Wonder what the 24 were: I Fought The Law
by The Clash; Good Morning Judge
, by 10cc; Kraftwerk's Home Computer
; perhaps. More suggestions in the comments, please. Have a great weekend!