New technology, surveillance and society

According to a new book Britain has become a 'surveillance society' - where people have little control over how their personal data is used by companies.

Meanwhile in China, Microsoft has bowed to governmental pressure to censure Chinese blogs. A further article on this matter suggests, China's communist authorities have intensified their campaign against the party's biggest potential enemy - the internet - with the recruitment of a growing army of secret web commentators, sophisticated new monitoring software and a warning that all bloggers and bulletin board operators must register with the government or be closed down and fined.

Having said that, new technology can be used in many different ways. In this example fraudsters are using iPods to steal company information - Anti-fraud experts warned that the machines, along with other music players, that boast hard drives with up to 20Gbytes of memory, could become widely used by employees to fool security officials and breach data security rules.

Finally, on quite a different matter, comes a positive story for once about assylum seekers in the UK - Asylum seekers 'bring jobs boost'. A report by economists estimate that asylum seekers have created nearly 500 jobs and £10m worth of wages in Glsgow alone.

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