Tough on data misuse, tough on the causes of data misuse: A review of New Labour’s approach to information security and regulating the misuse of digital information (1997–2010)

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Bishop, J. (2010). Tough on data misuse, tough on the causes of data misuse: A review of New Labour’s approach to information security and regulating themisuse of digital information (1997–2010). International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 24 (3), pp. 299–308

Abstract
New Labour was a description of a particular approach to government of the British Labour Party, which was in power in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2010.While this government initially envisaged an end to the social causes of misdemeanours, its actions led to a greater number of laws on the statute bookscreating thousands of statutory offences. A small number of these had direct effectson the number of computer related offences that were able to be prosecuted. This paper reviews these laws, and the role of legal systems in responding to theincreasing number of misdemeanours that are occurring in computer environments for which New Labour’s approach of creating more statutory offences has not addressed.

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A dash of autism in Irish rugby

I follow Dara O’Briain on Twitter – he just said he’s about to watch the Ireland game. He’s a funny guy and here is a joke about Ireland -where he’s from – and autism, a condition I have.

Most people have heard of Gary McKinnon, the autistic computer hacker. People with autism like things to be in order. They eat the same food on the same day and wear the same style clothes week in week out.

Most of the Irish are autistic. They always do things in twos:

They have two religions;

For each of those religions they have two political parties;

And each of those political parties have two leaders.

Ireland would have two rugby teams – but with the trouble in Greece at the moment the EU will only pay for one rugby stadium.