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The UK will spend an extra £2m every year on improving international computer security defences, including a research centre for businesses and countries to tap into. A senior Foreign Office official said last night Blighty was focussed on helping enterprises overseas and nations to sort out their cyber-security. "This centre …
Our pols have worked tirelessly for the benefit of anybody not in this country for many years, so no surprise in the wasting of tax money.
What is surprising, given the persistent incompetence of the British government in all IT and communications matters, is why they think they have *any* qualifications to advise others on cyber security?
I should say the point is softening up the average voter for the Interception Modernisation Whatever they're calling it now. When the average voter next hears about everything they do online being recorded and all of their email being read, by the State, they'll think it must be justified, because 'we' lead the world in cybersecurity.
I'd say you're wrong. Not that your cynicism is misplaced, rather that you overlook that it doesn't matter what the voters think, because the control freaks of the Labour party always wanted to intercept everybody's communications and had a plan to do that, the Tories (once in government) have become similarly enthusiastic and merely resurrected the same scheme, so you won't be getting a choice at the next election, in the same way you didn't at previous ones.
But nothing changes, in terms of them doing things you didn't vote for:
Did we vote for war in Iraq?
Did we vote to waste a billion quid on regional fire control centres that never worked?
Did we vote for the most cack-handed defence review since the dawn of time?
Did we vote to give £14 billion a year in foreign aid?
Did we vote to hand British sovereignty to Brussels?
£2m is a drop in the ocean compared with the £40m just wasted on the train fiasco.
Oh & the gov is probably still giving India £280m / year, effectively to help with their space program
£100m wasted on Aircraft carrier conversion
& you really dont want to even look at ther plans for spending billions on HS2
Continent isolated by fog?
BT/Phorm. Vodafone/Bluecoat. TalkTalk/Huawei. Newscorp/Phone Hacking...
As if the UK is any position to offer advice to any other country about 'sorting out' cyber-security.
Our security services have failed over and over again to tackle cyber crime.
I must be suffering from it and have overslept by a few months. It's April the 1st already. The UK gov (lower case because that's all they are) is going to help others with 'cyber security'? If that isn't an example of the phrase, those who can do, those who can't teach, then I don't know what is.
"academic centres of excellence"
"Centres of excellence", it has to be one of the most cringeworthy titles ever dreamed up by corporate dullards. I hate it, hate it, hate it.....aaahhgg!
...and the rest, for that is the power of that you are facing and studiously, stupidly ignoring in mainstreamed media circles, as capital collapse and novel intellectual property revision and global power resource reallocation to more advanced and more equitable intelligence systems, grows ever more certain.
Clueless governments certainly do not have their sorrows to seek as the HonourableMember ……. speaking truth unto nations on http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/oct/04/britain-cybersecurity-hotline-china-russia, quite early this morning [ 4 October 2012 6:36AM ] advises.
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