Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My first day as an employee of N4CM: No Internet access

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Last Saturday I blogged the nightmare I was having accessing the internet in Southwark Council's John Harvard Library. Yesterday was my first day as an employee of N4CM and I actually got no work done at all. It's pretty much the same today. It is surely amazing that in the 21st century, and in a modern London library, it is a struggle for days on end to load a page.
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Last week Declan lodged a complaint with the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Here is paragraph 11:
11. In this regard, it is important to underscore that the discriminatory surveillance suffered by the applicant and his wife is not an isolated event. Rather, it is emblematic of a larger pattern of surveillance by law enforcement officials in the UK that has been well-documented by international and domestic human rights bodies. In May 2012, Liberty expressed concern that “state sanctioned surveillance against specific individuals takes place on a massive scale”. British police and government agencies are requesting personal information about Facebook users more than almost anywhere else in the world (behind the USA and India), according to the company’s first global government requests report, released in August 2013. It reveals British authorities made 1,975 requests for information relating to 2,337 users in the six months to 30 June 2013. Since US whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked secret data about US and British intelligence agencies to The Guardian and The Washington Post in May 2013, there have been a spate of top secret GCHQ documents reported on and published around the world. They include detailed reports on GCHQ’s attempts to compromise basic encryption methods used to safeguard internet security, the GCHQ’s targeting of UN charities and officials, the GCHQ’s use of "dirty tricks" including "honey traps" and fake victim blog posts, GCHQ’s surveillance of YouTube and Blogger activity and related activities to covertly influence internet discourse, and GCHQ’s surveillance through phone apps such as “Angry Bird”. The Guardian has revealed that the covert GCHQ unit - the Joint Intelligence Threat Research Group (JTRIG) - runs what it terms an “Effects” programme under what it calls the four Ds: “Deny/ Disrupt/ Degrade/ Deceive”. The mission of the unit is: “Using online techniques to make something happen in the real or cyber world.” Privacy groups have now commenced lawsuits against the GCHQ.

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