The latter is very important: in England they are beginning a “Green PC“, a Government’s huge PC to:
[work] by hosting functions such as office applications, email and internet surfing on data centres rather than on individual computers.
This is worrying: store my personal emails, archives, etc. on a Government’s huge PC? Never. And that’s not only a matter of privacy. Some people are considering that a way to control Jihadi types. I don’t know why, but I fear these guys are not going to store anything in that database.
There are other questions to make, though: are they going to oblige each citizen to enter its data there? What they are going to do if you do not want? By now, the program is still beginning and its not compulsory, but what about afterwards? What about the data’s security? Will the Government be able to access it?
This matter about security and intimacy is really important. Countries with huge amount of abuses to HR can consider that the environment is not a reason but a pretext to even reduce further the rights of theis citizens. Take for example, China: after USA announced in G8 meeting its intention to organise next autumn a new meeting of the most important countries regarding carbon emissions (h/t RDM20), China, one of the most important countries in violation of freedom of expression and bloggers’ rights (I posted yesterday about it and you can read more about China’s environment here) said that “economy came first and then the environment“. I wonder what Chinese authorities would think about this British measure. They are nowadays targeting bloggers but I really haven’t heard about anything like that. But, I bet that, if they just consider applying this measure, the international environmental community would applaud them.
Don’t know but this kind of measure seems to me not far enough from Iran’s process to open a blog. The only difference is that, now, in UK the sending of data to this “Green PC” is not compulsory, while in Iran those measures are.
The question is: with international praise to Al Gore -who, by the way, to continue with his hypocritical stand, did not vote in favor of making “more ecollogically friendly” Apple computers, whose board of directors he belongs to, even when he had promised to do so-, for how long that difference will stand?
Other related news:
- Barcepundit reports that Google has erased from their archives the video “An Inconvenient Truth: The Great Warming Swindle” with subtitles in Spanish.
- Batiburrillo reports also that the NGO Greenpeace has presented their new Noah’s ark, to remind people about the devastating effects that can have the global warming on the Earth.
More information about this measure: Monster and Critics.