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Prophetic words from 2009’s Convention on Modern Liberty regarding the recent revalations about surveillance (and other civil liberties issues)

Posted by James Hammerton @ 7:24 pm on 27 July, 2013.
Categories privacy and surveillance, British politics, the database state, US politics.
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This article on Open Democracy summarises some comments made in 2009’s Convention on Modern Liberty (I took part in the Glasgow based sessions) that sound quite prophetic in light of recent revelations concerning the extent of surveillance of the internet and telephony systems.

David Cameron calls for “default on” internet filters

Bulk metadata harvesting in US renewed

Posted by James Hammerton @ 8:08 pm on 26 July, 2013.
Categories privacy and surveillance, the database state, US politics.
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On the legality of the NSA’s alleged snooping

So what is the NSA’s net snooping alleged to entail?

Britain’s coalition is expanding, not curbing, the database state.

Posted by James Hammerton @ 6:39 pm on 6 April, 2013.
Categories privacy and surveillance, British politics, the database state.
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MPs’ barrage of criticism of “Snooper’s Charter”

Summary of Leveson proposals

MPs call for default internet censorship of “adult” content that you have to opt out of

Posted by James Hammerton @ 10:21 pm on 18 April, 2012.
Categories freedom of speech, British politics, censorship.
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Manchester police ordered drivers with previous convictions to turn around.

Posted by James Hammerton @ 6:28 pm on 14 August, 2011.
Categories democracy and the rule of law, British politics, accountability.
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