STANDING ROOM ONLY for the Digital Rights Ireland seminar at Tech Camp Ireland proved the existence of a major undercurrent of support for the DRI agenda. Long-time bloggers know they are not the pressure points. Instead, the fulcrum pressurises the middle man--the ISP or the blog host. Even in 1984, William Smith did not have to carry a personal tracking device. Proposed legislation facilitates an overlay of your web browsing history, mobile phone call records and subject headings from all emails. Simple data forensics would yield a potent set of markers about people and their network of friends. This kind of data harvesting would change the environment for digital rights and freedom of expression in Ireland.
John Naughton -- "What's in a name?"
Flickr photostream of Tech Camp Ireland. Picture of Damien Mulley presenting thoughts about Digital Rights Ireland.