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Ministers’ cluelessness on tech leaves us all vulnerable to attack

Amber Rudd insists that she knows best, ignoring all advice from those in the field. In a climate of indefatigable North Korea hacking and Russian election-meddling, we all deserve better

Glitch in the system: Amber Rudd has struggled to grasp the language of tech. Photo: LEON NEAL/GETTY IMAGES, OZAN KOSE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

To err is human, but to really screw up requires a computer—ideally with a politician behind it.

Take Amber Rudd, Home Secretary and one of the few adults in the cabinet. Rudd is competent enough, but get her on tech and word-origami happens. I really worry about her. I worry that she is going to embarrass herself in a high-level meeting with GCHQ by asking whether we can…

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