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The dangerous temptations of instant truth: As communication gets ever faster, we must ask if the very speed at which we can know things endangers our liberty

Date: December 6, 2008
Author: Matthew Parris
QUOTE: The publication of that [British National Party--Ed.] list of members and their addresses was itself a serious infringement of their privacy. The design of an internet programme that will be of instant appeal to every nosey-parker in the land - and that's most of us - takes the offence further. How would Jews, or Muslim clerics, or pacifists, or Porsche-owners, or naturists, or anti-hunt or pro-hunt supporters, or members of any group that may attract hostility, ridicule or prejudice, feel about attempts to construct and publish a list that identifies names and addresses?

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