Category Archives: Database state

New ‘Smart’ CCTV records the erosion of civil liberties in even greater clarity and detail

The aftermath of recent riots in the UK has led, amongst other consequences, to a push in some quarters for greater usage of CCTV. The rationale for this approach seems to be that, if the UK’s enormous preponderance of CCTV … Continue reading

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Hackgate: cause or symptom?

There’s been a lot of talk over the past few days about whether Murdoch’s media empire is soon to crumble, and about the illegitimate activities supposedly carried out by employees of News International. We’re no fans of Murdoch’s approach to … Continue reading

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D is for Database: We Know Where You Live (What You Had For Dinner, Which Websites You Visit Most … )

You might be forgiven, after all the hullabaloo surrounding the cancelling of ID Cards shortly after the Coalition took power last May, for thinking that we’d entered an age of a more enlightened approach to data collection. Surveying the recent … Continue reading

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Internet privacy: who’s reading your emails?

We’ve become used to thinking of the internet as a space in which new norms of relationship — norms that make more sense than the kind of authoritarianism we’re used to from governments — apply. Norms such as reciprocity, egalitarianism, … Continue reading

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Database State: two months after the Freedom Bill, are civil liberties violations back on the agenda?

It all started so promisingly. Amid promises to ‘end the storage of email and internet records without good reason’, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition apparently undertook the arduous task of restoring to the British populace the civil liberties that Labour eroded … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes of the police ‘domestic extremism’ unit

With the huge protests of March 26th just passed, and with the prospect of many more as the coalition presses ahead with huge and unnecessary cuts to the public sector, more and more of us may need to know exactly … Continue reading

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The Freedom Bill: an expression of the Coalition’s schizophrenic approach to civil liberties?

The recently-released Freedom Bill, hyperbolically described as the most important advance in civil liberties in this country since the 1689 Bill of Rights, is certainly a step forward for the state of civil liberties. A lot of it, certainly, is … Continue reading

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