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robot_love (1089921) writes "As a long-time Slashdot reader I've read more than one moan about the excesses of corporations and the corruption of politics. In an attempt to remedy this, I've built a web site (www.playirl.org) which gamifies the purchasing of ethical products.
Based on the successful LEED and FSC projects, PlayIRL extends the "audit certification" model to anything that can be audited as decided by our members. The goal is to use the spending power of our members to influence corporations, organizations and politicians into more ethical behavior, to eliminate externalities. Players receive points for making ethical purchases, attending community events, and generally contributing to the well being of humanity. While you don't need to pay to play, membership will provide advantages in allowing you to vote on IRL direction and certifications. All players will have the chance to win prizes at the end of the year for the highest point totals.
robot_love (1089921) writes "The UK has a database that records the DNA of anyone ever arrested. This data is not removed even if the charges are dropped. An English judge has recognized that more black people than white people are in the database, and to solve this injustice has recommended that all residents of the UK should have to submit their DNA to the database. He tells the public not to fear, because the information will "be on file for the absolutely rigorously restricted purpose of crime detection and prevention."
Instead of comforting me, his assurances terrify me. This database was started in 1995 and only the DNA of convicted offenders could be held in it. However, in 2001 the law was changed to allow the DNA of those acquitted of crimes to be kept. In 2004 it was changed again to include anyone arrested or held in a police station. Now teenagers caught skateboarding in the wrong place have their DNA taken and put on file. I'm reminded of the/. story of a few days ago that told of the man who was arrested because he refused to show his receipt to the goon at the door. If he lived in the UK, he would have had his DNA taken and kept regardless of the outcome of the case. And this insanity is being pushed on to all people, guilty or not.
Welcome to the land of presumed guilty. I have the fortunate luxury of being able to leave the UK for Canada should this ever come to pass (where they have laws forbidding this very thing). I feel for all those who do not." Link to Original Source