Category Archive: Campaigns and strategies

The Privacy Surgeon prepares to launch one of the world’s most ambitious privacy initiatives

One of the most ambitious global privacy initiatives of recent years will be launched in Brussels at the end of January 2015. The project, Code Red, was initiated by the Privacy Surgeon’s publisher, Simon Davies, one of the pioneers of the privacy movement, Its concept development planning began in 2012, and detailed work commenced last …

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Rights activists focus on freedom, not fear, to drive public engagement

By Simon Davies Throughout this weekend, digital rights activists from across Europe will converge on Brussels to recharge their strategic batteries and brainstorm new approaches to tackling Big Brother. The 4th annual Freedom Not Fear conference has brought together a spectrum of rights campaigners who are anxious to build their campaigning skills. Tactical campaign blueprints …

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Stop being so angry about privacy invasion – get furious

By Simon Davies I received a troubling email this week from a straight-shooting Privacy Surgeon reader. He asked why I’m “so angry about everything”. This subversive poke needs to be shared for comment. Over nearly thirty years as a privacy advocate I’ve been accused of being everything from a propagandist for the hard-left, to a …

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A new global initiative aims to accelerate reform of national security organisations

By Simon Davies A four-month consultation begins today to explore options for a major new global initiative to support the fight against unlawful and excessive surveillance by national security organisations. The initiative was launched only hours after the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to limit the National Security Agency’s ability to conduct covert domestic …

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Global security analysis reveals widespread government apathy following Snowden disclosures

By Simon Davies A global analysis published today reveals that the overwhelming majority of the world’s governments have failed to take any meaningful action in the wake of the disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden (pdf download – open link titled “Snowden final report for publication“) The report, “A Crisis of Accountability”, has been published by …

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Another NSA contractor ponders whether to go public

By Simon Davies With the first anniversary of Edward Snowden’s public debut little more than a month away, another NSA contractor is considering releasing new information on global intelligence arrangements between the US and European spy agencies. The coder – who for the moment we’ll identify only as the gender-neutral  “XY” – first contacted the …

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A new website enables the promise of stronger European rights

By Simon Davies In less than three months Europe will undertake one of its most interesting – and potentially destabilising – elections in its recent history. Many analysts are predicting an outcome in which political extremes become more prominent and Euro-scepticism becomes a core political driver. The election comes at a critically important moment for …

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As anti-Google protests turn nasty, privacy campaigners need to ponder the ethics of law-breaking

Simon Davies Recent international outcry over the NSA’s transgressions has taken a noteworthy turn. Over the past few weeks, Google has been the target of increasingly vicious public protests over both its complicity in the activity of the security agencies and its role in the global corrosion of privacy. These are not peaceful demonstrations. Activists …

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Why privacy campaigners for NSA reform must be uncompromising

By Simon Davies Thailand’s tourist authority is fond of marketing its country as the “Land of Smiles”, however in recent years the place has been anything but. “Seething cauldron” might be a more apt slogan. Widespread anger at alleged corrupt activities of former Prime Minister Thakskin Shinawatra has fueled a mass movement against the military …

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How a hacker congress in Hamburg shows that activism is the new political currency

By Simon Davies It became one of the most magnificent misjudgments of recent British political history. In October the notorious UK satirist and comic Russell Brand tapped the national psyche with a passionate call for a “revolution” of the political system – and then in the space of ten minutes spectacularly detonated his credibility. According …

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