Ugh, two obituary posts in a row. I’m not blogging enough and too many people I admire are dying.
I can’t now remember when I first met Caspar Bowden. I think it was in London at perhaps a Scrambling for Safety event organised at UCL by Ian Brown and Ross Anderson. The most recent time was this year’s CPDP in Brussels where Caspar, a regular speaker at the event in recent years, was continuing his long crusade for privacy as an internationally recognised human right, in particular for the digital privacy of ordinary people (i.e. those of whom there is no serious evidence of criminal activity) to be recognised by all governments, whether or not that person happens to be a citizen or resident of the country or not. Snowden’s revelations bore out may of Caspar’s most pessimistic estimates of what the US (and their junior UK partners) were doing with the authority granted them by FISA.
Tragically Cassandra-like his pronouncements may have been in some ways, yet his tireless work on behalf of the rights of ordinary people should inspire us all to continue his efforts.
BBC obituary: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-