Archive: August 2017

The Coracle World Championships?! Whatever Floats Your Boat

Yes, that’s right. Just three months after the last event, Source are at it again; banding together and raising money for another worthy cause. This time, the event takes place on the banks of – or should we say “in” (probably!) – the River Severn. Once again, we’re delighted to be taking part in the Macmillan Coracle World Championships.

Source Fundraising For Macmillan At Coracle World Championships

Are you new to the idea of coracle racing? Essentially, the aim is to navigate yourself from one side of the River Severn to the other and back again, all whilst onboard a rather small, sometimes tough-to-steer coracle.

Taking part in the fundraising this time are Sally, Kit, Gareth, Mike, Nick and James. Whilst Sally, Gareth and Kit have seen their fair share of coracle races in the past, Mike, Nick and James are all new to the concept. However, on Friday 15th September, they’re all willing to set any apprehensions aside to brave the unpredictable River Severn and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you’d like to support us, please feel free to come along to the Pengwern Boat Club in Shrewsbury Quarry at 3pm on Friday 15th September to motivate us with your cheers and well wishes. Or, even better, please dig deep and donate; every penny is welcome and your donation counts, no matter how big or small.

At the Race for Life event, the ladies of Source raised a whopping £1,057.50, so please help us again by making a donation here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sourceshrewsbury

It really is a fun day out and some of the fancy dress costumes are amazing! We’re delighted to be taking part again and we’re really looking forward to it. And, incidentally, the 15th September is actually Kit’s birthday – needless to say, one way or another, he’ll be going in the river for a good, old fashioned birthday dunking!

Digital Economy Act: 2017 Updates

We’re only half way through 2017, yet this year has already proven a rambunctious time for digital lawmakers!

In the UK, discussion has been rife over recent changes in Internet law. The Investigatory Powers Act, which controversially allows our secret services to snoop on and record every UK citizen’s Internet habits, came into being earlier in the year, against the advice of… well, almost everyone.

The US are hardly quiet on this front either; they are busily attempting to change net neutrality laws. The principle of net neutrality is that ISPs and the authorities must treat everything on the Internet the same, regardless of what it is – as an example, without net neutrality, if you used Sky as your ISP, they could block you from watching BBC or ITV content and effectively force you to pay for Sky content – or, more alarmingly, the government could censor websites that they don’t agree with!

What’s next for the Internet in the UK?

There will be further changes, which may affect Internet users more directly. Starting in April 2018, any website that publishes pornographic content will require that users prove their age by requesting some form of identification - for example, a passport, driving licence or credit card details.

This seems a sensible precaution - after all, businesses check for ID when people visit bars, go to the cinema or buy tools. However, supplying a permanent copy of your identification digitally, over the Internet, is different - and rife with problems, the most prominent being identity theft. Also, imagine if the website suffers from a data breach.

If your website is deemed by the Act to require an age gate, your business must implement the new robust check (simply asking for a visitor’s age without evidence will not suffice.)

It is obvious that children need to be protected from certain online content; no-one could disagree with that. However, placing that responsibility on ordinary businesses - many of whom will not be well versed in digital security – seems crazy.

Should the responsibility for policing Internet access stand where it always has, by ensuring parents and guardians are involved, to parent and guard their dependants? Or should personal use of the world wide web be policed by businesses and governments, all of whom have their own agendas?

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