Episode 1: Season 5 Debut – John Pilger

In the debut program of Season 5 of Assange Countdown To Freedom, legendary filmmaker, author and war correspondent, John Pilger provides insight on the future and fate of the Assange prosecution under a Joe Biden administration. Mr. Pilger also reminds us of the profound and unparalleled importance of the trailblazing WikiLeaks founder’s contribution to the …

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Militarism and the Populist Playbook

Why militarism is such a surefire winner for populists is an interesting question, to which the answer is probably an unpleasant reflection on human nature. Atavism and racism are the easiest way to political success, despite the demonstrably catastrophic consequences. For an economically dominant power to allocate its resources under the influence of militarism, and …

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Hybrid classes raise privacy risks

October 28, 2020 Marianne MazzoratoDirector of Education Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board 40 Matheson Boulevard West Mississauga, ON L5R 1C5 Dear Dr. Mazzorato, I am writing you today to enquire regarding the ways in which your Board is protecting the privacy rights of your teachers and students in the hybrid or blended teaching model. I …

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Big Brother Watch applied for permission to intervene in legal challenge R (Dolan and others) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Big Brother Watch, with the help of an excellent legal team – Kirsty Brimelow QC and Jude Bunting from Doughty Street Chambers, Emmet Coldrick from Quadrant Law Chambers and Jules Carey from Bindmans LLP – applied for permission to intervene in legal challenge R (Dolan and others) v Secretary of State for Health and Social …

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On Labour’s anti-vax censorship policy

At the weekend, the Labour Party announced their proposal to “stamp out ” anti-vaccine opinions online. The policy would involve penalising online platforms that allow so-called “anti-vax” content on their website, effectively making such content prohibited on major online platforms used by billions of people to communicate across the world. In the midst of the …

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We signed an open letter to the UK charity sector to remove adtech from their websites

Today we signed an open letter with Proprivacy to the UK charity sector, along with 38 other privacy campaigners and academics. We’re asking them to remove adtech from their websites to stop their vulnerable users being profiled by ad companies. You can read the letter here. The post We signed an open letter to the …

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Daily Mail — “The laws governing lockdowns are constantly changing, complex and poorly drafted.”

Lockdown laws are confusing & constantly changing. Enforcement has been arbitrary & unfair. Even police chiefs can’t remember what the rules are. It’s no surprise that masses of lockdown fines have gone unpaid. Madeleine Stone, our Legal and Policy Officer said: “The figures make it plain that there are serious failings in the way police …

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