Snowden

As surveillance rises – individual rights in the UK should be laid down

As surveillance rises – individual rights in the UK should be laid down

I was asked today for my views on John Lanchester’s recent article in The Guardian (www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/03/edward-snowden-files-john-lanchester), in which he suggested that the intelligence agencies needed improved oversight and also proposed a digital bill of rights. I thought it an excellent piece, but I would go further, and say Britain needs […]

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11/10/2013 at 21:53Control Culture Life&Liberty Snowden

Why it’s time to end the special relationship

Why it’s time to end the special relationship

I write this with a heavy heart. Like many of my generation I was brought up with the idea of America as a friend to Europe. In two World Wars the United States has come down on the side of freedom and democracy as against power and ambition. And the […]

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NUJ Brussels – Edward Snowden has performed a service to democracy and should be protected from official retaliation

NUJ Brussels – Edward Snowden has performed a service to democracy and should be protected from official retaliation

Brussels, 17th July 2013. The Brussels branch of the NUJ yesterday voted to call upon the European Parliament to uphold the EU’s position as the home of democracy by offering protection and/or unhindered travel to whistleblower Edward Snowden. The call is addressed to the President of the Parliament and the […]

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17/07/2013 at 11:28EU Life&Liberty nsa NUJ Snowden

European Parliament debates surveillance – but cancer continues to grow

European Parliament debates surveillance – but cancer continues to grow

Brussels, 11/06/2013. The European Parliament is today debating US internet surveillance practices following the ongoing scandal about the US NSA (National Security Agency) PRISM programme and the way that it harvests private data from major internet service-suppliers such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and others. The lack of protection for EU-citizen […]

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Why I closed my Facebook account

Why I closed my Facebook account

by Walton Pentland I am closing my Facebook account today. I am closing it not because I think social networking is a bad thing, or because I don’t want to connect with people in cyberspace. I don’t think being online is preventing me from having fulfilling relationships in the real […]

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Stasi-like snooping in UK will end individual privacy

UK government proposals to implement Home Office “probes” in the datacentres of every British internet provider (at an estimated cost of £12 billion) promise “Stasi-like” snooping powers for central government (says NO2ID).

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This nightmarish lust for our personal data

This nightmarish lust for our personal data

“Under Labour’s plans for transformational government,” wrote Henry Porter in March 2008, “an almighty surveillance structure is envisaged, through which the state will know ‘a deep truth about the citizen based on their behaviour, experience, beliefs, needs or desires.” The British government plans bear striking similarities to statements found in […]

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