Unmanned drones: 1 in 50 ‘soldiers’ in Afghanistan are robotic

For those of us who grew up with films such as Terminator and Robocop, the ideas of cyber-soldiers and wars between futuristic machines are familiar ones. Most of us probably thought that we were dealing in science fiction, rather than increasingly real threats to life and liberty. We...

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Full body scanners: ‘security theatre’

We’ve been campaigning against the use of full body scanners for a while now, and this article articulates many of the reasons we object to them in a clear and persuasive fashion. Admittedly, it also includes a criticism of a law requiring makers of caffeinated alcoholic...

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New CCTV legislation will only curb public sector excesses

Ah, Freedom Bill, how we discover almost-daily fresh evidence of your ineffectiveness. This recent piece from ukauthority.com reveals that the new CCTV code will likely only have an impact on the public sector (cameras operated by local authorities and police). That in itself is...

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People power vs CCTV: first Stoke, then the world

We spend a lot of time criticising governments and institutions for their shoddy and dangerous handling of sensitive privacy and civil liberties concerns. Rightly so, we believe — it’s imperative that powerful figures are held to account. We also believe that it’s...

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