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Without encryption we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground | Edward Snowden1h 2m Without encryption we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground | Edward Snowden
The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information Edward Snowden is a US surveillance whistleblower In every country of the world, the security of computers keeps the lights on, the shelves stocked, the dams closed, and transportation running. For more than half a decade, the vulnerability of our computers and computer networks has been ranked the number one risk in the US Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment – that’s higher than terrorism, higher than war. Your bank balance, the local hospital’s equipment, and the 2020 US presidential election, among many, many other things, all depend on computer safety. And yet, in the midst of the greatest computer security crisis in history, the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that currently exists for reliably protecting the world’s information: encryption. Should they succeed in their quest to undermine encryption, our public infrastructure and private lives will be rendered permanently unsafe.
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Hong Kong: the story of one protester – podcast4h Hong Kong: the story of one protester – podcast
A Hong Kong protester describes why he has returned to the streets, week in week out, in the face of an increasingly brutal crackdown by the authorities. And: Polly Toynbee on the Queen’s speech Hong Kong has been rocked by four months of
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This sham of a Queen’s speech could prove the end for Boris Johnson | Polly Toynbee11h This sham of a Queen’s speech could prove the end for Boris Johnson | Polly Toynbee
The prime minister wanted to shoot Labour’s fox but he has no plans, no vision – just focus-grouped pleasersFolderol, hokum and flapdoodle – the usual absurdities of the Queen’s speech rigmarole were reduced to their ultimate fatuity on
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The Guardian view on the Queen’s speech: show without substance | Editorial12h The Guardian view on the Queen’s speech: show without substance | Editorial
The government talks up the UK’s bright, post-Brexit future but its populist policies threaten to take the country backwardsRarely has the elaborately costumed pageant of the state opening of parliament looked less in keeping with the status of the legislative programme on offer. This was pomp in bizarre circumstances. From the off,
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The Guardian view on Scottish nationalism: a warning from Catalonia | Editorial12h The Guardian view on Scottish nationalism: a warning from Catalonia | Editorial
Spain is shamed by its jailing of independence leaders. But the SNP is wise not to follow the illegal Catalan approachNicola Sturgeon will put independence front and centre in
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Does Labour really want to elect a female leader? | Suzanne Moore12h Does Labour really want to elect a female leader? | Suzanne Moore
John McDonnell is calling for a woman to succeed Corbyn, but it feels as though the party is being embarrassed into it Not now, darling. There are really more important things than women. And the Labour party. There is Brexit, the Queen’s speech, voter suppression, almost every other issue – and the unfettered egos of Boris Johnson and the posh bouncer Dominic Cummings. And there is the Brexit party on the sidelines, with its Stepford Wives view of femininity. This is not the time to think about that “single issue” of female representation, because everything else is more urgent. Except, actually, there is no policy that doesn’t affect the majority of the population – women. And there is no future for Labour unless it attracts women voters. When John McDonnell spoke of
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The Kurds have faced their own ‘endless war’. And this is a dark new chapter | Giran Ozcan12h The Kurds have faced their own ‘endless war’. And this is a dark new chapter | Giran Ozcan
Since 1984 nearly 50,000 Kurds have been killed in the conflict with Turkey. And yet Erdoğan’s latest offensive was avoidable
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League tables drive degree class inflation | Letter13h League tables drive degree class inflation | Letter
The UK has a system where universities are under pressure to award a high number of top grades, writes
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An ‘accessible’ lunch can leave a bad taste | Brief letters13h An ‘accessible’ lunch can leave a bad taste | Brief letters
Michelin star in Manchester | Flour power | Puddings | Female pre-Raphaelite artists | The F-word | Tripping over petsThat’s an interesting remark from your north of England correspondent in “
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A black mother was shot and killed by police in her house. We need real justice | Derecka Purnell13h A black mother was shot and killed by police in her house. We need real justice | Derecka Purnell
Justice for Atatiana Jefferson can’t be about locking up guilty police officers. We need to be more ambitious than that Last week, a judge sentenced former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger to 10 years in prison for entering the wrong apartment in her building and killing Botham Jean, her neighbor. Lee Merritt, the Jean family attorney, boasted: “This is a victory for black people in America. It is a signal that the tide is going to change here. Police officers are going to be held accountable for their actions, and we believe that will begin to change policing culture all over the world.” But it would not. Guyger’s conviction didn’t even change police culture
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Trump is right to take troops out of Syria. Now they must leave Iraq and Afghanistan | Simon Jenkins18h Trump is right to take troops out of Syria. Now they must leave Iraq and Afghanistan | Simon Jenkins
The president’s motive for abandoning the Kurds is unclear, but the continued US presence in foreign wars is a disasterDonald Trump is right to
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Two years on, the literature of #MeToo is coming of age | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett24h Two years on, the literature of #MeToo is coming of age | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
There has been a flowering of writing on the knotty problems of power and gender relations – but men must read it too When Mary Gaitskill’s “#MeToo” novella,
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The fantasy of Britain at war could be nearing its last hurrah | John Harris25h The fantasy of Britain at war could be nearing its last hurrah | John Harris
The Brexiteers’ belligerent nostalgia is deeply anachronistic, but powerful. The next few months will tell us whether it can survive Can you hear it: the theme from The Great Escape, and the hum of Spitfire engines? Such is the mood music that echoes around many leading Brexiteers: men who seem to have all but forgotten the comparatively recent conflict centred on Northern Ireland but affect to be consumed by the distant stuff of Dunkirk, the blitz and VE day. Question marks still hang over how we will get to a general election, but some aspects of the looming campaign seem certain. If Boris Johnson somehow
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