Archive: July, 2010

On Saturday I spoke at the first Open Rights Group conference. Admittedly the title – ORGCON  – made it sound like a  1980’s Dr Who villain, but what can you do? I was part of the first panel of the day; the topic of the panel was “Thriving in the Real Digital Economy”; and (for […]

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I’ve been feeling a bit uncomfortable with myself over the last couple of days. It’s to do with Wednesday’s Gabby Logan programme on which I was a guest. It was a good-natured show, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. However, when the topic changed to Peter Mandelson’s memoirs, fellow guest and Spectator […]

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In yet another vindication of my decision to train as a lawyer, it turns out that in 2008 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) paid their lawyers more than $16 million to sue alleged filesharers, but only recovered $391,000. The numbers in 2007 were even more extreme – $21 million was spent to recover […]

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Six- one to hold the bulb, and five to drink until the room spins. Well, maybe that was true once upon a time, but these days if I get together with another five drummers, it can only mean one thing – the Sense Drumathon! Sense are a charity supporting and campaigning for children and adults […]

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We can’t afford to get the choice of party leader wrong. As the Tories discovered after 1997, leaders without vision, experience, and popular appeal can throw their parties on the electoral scrap heap for a generation. It seems to me that David Miliband’s vision for the country is grounded in the fight against inequality, which […]

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