UK Government hosts global press freedom conference on same day as it defends spying on journalists in court
“It is ironic that on the very day the Bureau is making this case against the British government’s surveillance regime in the highest court in Europe, the same government is hosting a global summit on press freedom.”
Mick Napier: After the WhatsApp hack, it's time for a real debate on Glasgow's use of Israeli facial recognition software
Mick Napier of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign says Glasgow City Council’s use of Israeli facial recognition software should come under renewed suspicion following revelations about the hacking of Whatsapp private messages by another Israeli firm with close links to the military
In a climate of surveillance, does self-censorship threaten Scottish journalism?
As 2018 comes to a close, the CPJ reports that jailing journalists has become the ‘new normal’, while Scottish PEN finds that self-censorship threatens freedom of speech.
A study produced by Scottish PEN and the University of Strathclyde shows the alarming impact of pervasive surveillance on writers in Scotland.
‘If someone seems too good to be true, they probably are’: Environmental activist speaks out on how undercover police shook her community
Ahead of ‘Spycops’ conference, Ellenor Hutson tells of how her environmental activism saw her mysteriously blacklisted from an industry she’d never worked in
“THE THING that sticks with me is that he was the person we wanted him to be. In our wildest dreams, he was who we’d want to attract to the movement.”
Yvonne Ridley: Tear down the barriers of fear if you really want to fight terror
CommonSpace columnist Yvonne Ridley says living in fear impacts on freedom and the UK Government has a responsibility to counter that, not exploit it
SO we might never know why someone hired a car and committed the murderous attack on a group of innocent people in London before turning his attentions on a policeman, stabbing him to death.
News in 5 Minutes: Wikileaks allege UK involvement in use of spy software targeting household technology, Brexit Bill returns to Commons after resounding defeat in Lords and International Women’s Day
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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (Wednesday 8 March) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Wikileaks allege UK involvement in use of spy software targeting household technology, Brexit Bill returns to Commons after resounding defeat in Lords and International Women’s Day.
News: Wikileaks allege UK involvement in use of spy software targeting household technology
Nik Williams: Why the review of 'bulk powers' fails to halt fears of state surveillance
Scottish PEN's Nik Williams takes a look at the latest development in the IP Bill debate
THERE was a substantial amount of hope that the review of bulk powers undertaken by the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson QC, would force the government’s hand, calling for reform of the Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill).
Joanna Cherry MP: UK surveillance powers have gone further than any other Western democracy
Joanna Cherry MP QC says UK surveillance powers have gone ‘further than any other Western democracy’
THE UK has gone “further than any other Western democracy” in its extension of surveillance powers, according to SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC.
The comments were made during a panel discussion held by Scottish PEN, an organisation which works to defend freedom of speech, after a screening of documentary film The Haystack, which explores the UK Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill.
Olivia Cappucini interview: Is bulk surveillance really necessary?
Olivia Cappuccini is the founder of Scenes of Reason, an independent media outlet which has produced a documentary investigating the Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill) and the affects that it may have on the wider public