*Sharp intake of breath*. *Sups tea* So. Today @RightToKnowIE received judgment in its first right to information case. 1/
the case was NOT concerned with the Freedom of Information Act 2014, nor can it be related to FOI. It is a case concerned with the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations 2007 - 2014
AIE is a bit like FOI, bit it is a different legal regime, that stems from an EU Directive, that itself stems from international law - the Aarhus Convention. Here is the full text of the Convention (it actually is worth a read!) unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/…
Some history. Next time you're in Rome airport, take a look at this oddly shaped hexagonal lake right next door 1/
This was actually originally part of the port at Portus, and this hexagonal thing was constructed during the rule of Emperor Trajan. It was built as an extension to the existing artificial harbour in 103 AD.
This is what it is believed the entire harbour looked like, with the hexagonal extension at the back
So the "headline" is not 19 people. That was just the Advanced Query Syntax for Exchange. It's actually nearly 20 years of emails for a large organisation. 1000s of people, many millions of emails.
So arguably one of the largest data breaches in the history of the State
it is interesting, the term "breach". It came up recently with the Facebook/CA stuff. Had these emails been stolen via a traditional hacking method, this would amount to the largest hack at *any* Irish company that I can recall.
It would be on the scale of DNC mail server hacks executed by Russia in 2016. It would actually be bigger. It's impossible to overemphasise just how serious this is. I'm not sure what's worse: the scale of it, or that the emails weren't "hacked" but simply walked out the door.
I've been thinking a lot about Twitter. People are leaving the platform due to the toxicity of the culture on here, understandably. This tweet was the moment in 2008 that I realised how powerful the platform was. /1
The tweet in Nov 2008 was the time I realised: oh! A barman in Cleveland contacted me for a free beer after searching Twitter, as thanks for live tweeting / video / pics from the Springsteen Obama gig. Beers on the house...!
Throughout 2009 Twitter started to soar, starting with Hudson plane crash. I experimented with livestreaming on Qik using a jailbroken iPhone at Obama inauguration in Jan (and got audience to watch via Twitter).