Quotes of the week: "We won't make ourselves safer by making ourselves less free"

“We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services, provide.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for greater internet regulation in the wake of the London attacks over the weekend


“These issues are not going be solved with political gimmicks or by banning particular technologies… If we turn the internet into a tool for censorship and surveillance, the terrorists will have won. We won’t make ourselves safer by making ourselves less free.”

Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron responding to Theresa May’s call for greater internet regulation


“We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists.”

Simon Milner, Director of Policy at Facebook


“Terrorist content has no place on Twitter.”

Nick Pickles, UK head of public policy at Twitter


“The prosecution of any journalistic source without due consideration by the jury as to the harm or benefit of the journalistic activity is a fundamental threat to the free press. As long as a law like this [the US Espionage Act] remains on the books in a country that values fair trials, it must be resisted.”

Edward Snowden on the arrest of NSA whistleblower Reality Winner


“Nationalisation and taking back control of public assets has been a big talking point in the run up to the General Election. Should we be starting with data?”

Information Age’s Ben Rossi suggesting that certain datasets should be nationalised and used for public good, not just profit


“Think Edinburgh Fringe - but shorter and nerdier.”

The Memo’s editor Alex Wood gets a serious case of hyperbole describing this year’s London Tech Week


“I'm dispensing with the updates other than to tell you Apple's doing great.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook goes a bit vague on how the company is doing on figures such as iPhone sales


“Everything is becoming a computer, and that’s the way we need to think about the world. Computer security becomes everything security.”

Security expert Bruce Schneier speaking at this year’s InfoSecurity Europe conference


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