United, but with Whom? An Open Letter to Comrade Heller

By Stephen James Kerr The following is a response to a call out by Davey Heller published on this website on October 13th entitled “March separately, but strike together! For a united front against fascism in the US! General Strike now!” The working class in the United States is increasingly alarmed at the potential for …

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Craig Murray for SNP President and Independence in Two Years

The party hierarchy decided members should not be allowed to vote on routes to Independence that do not depend on the permission of Boris Johnson. To give party members a chance to register their concern, I have decided to go forward as a candidate for President. I do so not in the hope of winning …

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2020 EFA AGM will be held on 21 November

The Annual General Meeting of Electronic Frontiers Australia Inc. will be held on Saturday 21 November 2020, via videoconference, at: 16:00 AEDT (NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS) 15:30 ACDT (SA) 15:00 AEST (QLD) 14:30 ACST (NT) 13:00 AWST (WA) The videoconference technology used will be Zoom. The link will be available prior to the meeting. Nominations have …

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Newsletter: October Roundup

We’re back for another edition of our monthly Digital Rights Watch update! We’ve been keeping busy building out our campaigns and movement―did you notice even our website got a little makeover? Five eyes have their eye(s) on encryption (still) If you’re reading this email, you’ve likely heard of the Five Eyes. In case you haven’t, it’s …

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Time to Stand Up and Be Counted

Today, nothing is more important than to say that we will not be silent on the dreadful oppression of the Palestinian people; the daily beatings, killings, humiliations, demolitions, expropriations and destruction of groves that are the concomitant of Israeli illegal occupation. We will never be browbeaten into silence on the slow genocide of the Palestinian …

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Metro — “Spying on their residents is the worst possible approach local authorities could take”

Councils are hiring Covid enforcement officers and giving them spy powers to catch suspected rule-breakers in the act. This new level of ‘undercover officers’ spying on residents is undermining public trust in efforts to enforce restrictions. Madeleine Stone, our Legal and Policy Officer said: “Hiring undercover officers to enforce guidance that has no legal basis …

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Guide: What does it mean for a city to commit to digital rights?

Thank you to everyone who has written to their local Council urging them to sign on to be a Digital Rights City! If you are eager to help your community transform, but are not sure what that means in practice, this post is for you! We will also be sharing it with the Councils who …

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The Circle of Amnesiacs

Today was a particularly interesting meeting of the Holyrood Inquiry into the mishandling of the Salmond affair, with two senior civil servants, Judith Mackinnon and Barbara Allison, who both had very convenient and complete failures of memory, about key points which just happened to be the very points on which the committee had previously been …

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DIGIT — Big Brother Watch joins Open Rights Group to take legal action against the government’s Test and Trace data retention

We have joined Open Rights Group to take legal action against the government over Test and Trace data retention — people’s personal information have been used for marketing purposes. It’s unrealistic to expect hospitality venues to meet the government’s requirements to collect customers’ personal data. This is an unfair burden on small businesses that are …

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