The Fís Television Summit is running in Galway this week. To mark the occasion, something a bit special. Sit Down and Be Counted, published in 1969, is a curious beast of a book.
The benighted story of the Department of Education's perennially unraveling Primary Online Database of 5+year olds has been bouncing along for over a year now. If you were to scroll through a year's worth of this blog's posts you'd have a pretty good picture of what happened when, but you might also expire with tedium. It'd be a race to see which would happen first.
About two weeks ago, as letters started to arrive home in children's lunchboxes, parents started raising issues with the Department of Education's project to take children's data (racial, psychological assessment, special needs, religion, PPS number and so on) and store it until they were 30. Here's the post setting out the inital issues I had with the plan.
The Department of Education is building a database of Ireland's children. It's called the Primary Online Database and, currently, its intention is to collect a full profile of data on all the children in education and to store that data until they turn 30. Yes, 30.
Recently, for reasons, I had occasion to examine the current state of the market for encrypted messaging apps on phones. Tested: Wickr, BBM, Threema, Confide, Cyber Dust, Cyphr, Telegram. Thoughts to follow:(Notes:-All of these apps start off wanting access to your contacts.
Some tiny Saturday thoughts on today's Page 1 scoop by Karlin Lillington re the state's creation of a new statutory framework for secret Ministerial surveillance orders and, quite seriously, for FISA-style secret court hearings. 1) The Minister has activated a law that has been overtaken by events. 2) The Department of Justice has claimed the SI was signed to comply with EU treaty obligations.
Basically, post this letter, adding your own details or messages to it, of course. In 40 days or less your records should be unavailable for any opposition research, employee God View or any other unhappy use.