Back to the drawing board? How you can help ensure the government learns from serious criticism of the Investigatory Powers Bill

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Yesterday, I blogged over at Open Rights Group Birmingham about the latest twists and turns in the development of the Investigatory Powers Bill, the government’s plans to increase online surveillance and permit widespread hacking of computer networks. You can read the full post here. Open Rights Group Birmingham meetup tomorrow If this post piqued your […]

Has the science and technology committee struck a blow against the Investigatory Powers Bill?

As an organiser for Open Rights Group Birmingham, I have followed with interest and not a little weariness the twists and turns as the government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill makes its way through the pre-legislative scrutiny phase. Today, the House of Commons science and technology committee published a highly critical report on the bill, with […]

What Shami Chakrabarti can teach us about valuing civil liberties and human rights

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As a member of the civil liberties organisation Liberty, it was with sadness that I read earlier this week week that Shami Chakrabarti is stepping down as director  after 12 years in the role. Shami Chakrabarti’s list of achievements – from overurning compulsory ID cards to challenging  internnment of foreign terrorist suspects and, most recently, […]

What I’ve learned from nearly three months of delivering digital confidence and skills training for Helpful Technology

I can’t believe it’s nearly three months since I started working as product lead for Helpful Technology’s Digital Action Plan. Since joining Helpful, my work has been focused on how best to give people the confidence and skills to use digital at work. This has involved delivering face-to-face training, producing engaging online resources and offering […]

To stop the Investigatory Powers Bill, campaigners will need to make a strong case for targeted, not mass surveillance

On Wednesday, after months of speculation and a flurry of off-the-record ministerial briefings and some pretty cringeworthy attempts at PR by GCHQ, the UK Government finally published its surveillance bill, which has been given the more innocuous title of the Investigatory Powers Bill. The Guardian has produced a clear summary of the main points here. […]

After TalkTalk hack, should the government think again on plans to expand personal data retention?

On Thursday, I blogged about why you should be concerned about the government’s plans to expand online surveillance as part of the forthcoming Investigatory Powers Bill, even if you subscribe to the “I’ve got nothing to hide” school of privacy. By unhappy coincidence, on the same day I was writing about how obliging internet service providers and other […]