According to 2600, a photographer

According to 2600, a photographer was arrested. after taking pictures of US vice president Dick Cheney’s hotel. While it’s perfectly understanable that this photographing an area where a high-level government official is staying is likely to attract some attention, surely it would be enough for a few questions to be asked?
But law enforcement officers don’t like being photographed. In the UK, there’s a long history of run-ins between press photographers and police, including some instances where police have beaten up press attempting to report on what they do.

What I want to see is as much surveillance as possible – live, via webcam and blog – of police activities. That’s not because I believe particularly that the police are always (or even often) breaking the law, but because there’s a basic imbalance between citizen and state developing over what it recorded, what is observed.

A government that demands the right to surveil its citizens has to accept their right to use the same methods to ensure it obeys the law.

For anyone of a New

For anyone of a New York disposition, Gawker looks like an essential read. It’s a weblog/magazine giving “a live review of city news, and by news we mean, among other things, urban dating rituals, no-ropes social climbing, CondŽ Nastiness, downwardly-mobile i-bankers, real estate porn — the serious stuff.” Very nice design by Jason Kottke, but as far as I can tell, no rss – which is a pain!

Guardian Online posts a little

Guardian Online posts a little link to CNet’s top 100 products of 2002, and once again Jack Schofield manages an anti-Mac dig. How come the only mention Jack gives to a negative is about “the Apple Titanium G4 Powerbook’s abysmal performance with Wi-Fi wireless networks”? Strange, too, that Jack doesn’t mention that the iBook has better than average wireless performance (one of the reasons why it appears to be becoming the online geeks notebook of choice).

But then again, that would smack of balanced reporting about Apple – something that I doubt many people would accuse Jack of. []

Ian Betteridge on Macs, mobiles, and technology