Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First attempt to describe the 'electronic police state'

~~ Electronic -Governance of our lifes is now here .  Moreso outside the USA.  Non-Democracies know that a FREE and OPEN cyber-space  theatens them.  But i have faith that in the end Cyber-space will make the world a freer place. Maybe. ~~

The Electronic Police State

Posted by kdawson on Monday May 11, @11:54PM
from the watching-you dept.
gerddie writes"Cryptohippie has published what may be called a first attempt to describe the 'electronic police state' (PDF). Based on information available from different organizations such as Electronic Privacy Information Center, Reporters Without Borders, and Freedom House, countries were rated on 17 criteria with regard to how close they are already to an electronic police state. The rankings are for 2008. Not too surprisingly, one finds China, North Korea, Belarus, and Russia at the top of the list. But the next slots are occupied by the UK (England and Wales), the US, Singapore, Israel, France, and Germany."This is a good start, but it would be good to see details of their methodology. They do provide theraw data (in XLS format), but no indication of the weightings they apply to the elements of "electronic police state" behavior they are scoring.