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> meetings/conferences 01 November 2005
> II ENCONTRO EN DEFENSA DOS DIREITOS E AS LIBERDADES PÚBLICAS: O ACESO À INFORMACIÓN [2nd meeting in defence of civil rights and liberties: access to information]
> 2nd meeting in defence of civil rights and liberties, organised by Esculca, which will focus on public access to information in Spain, the EU and at an international level.
> Vigo, Spain 16-18 November 2005
> Conference programmeEsculca website
> Esculca
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> Refugees in Germany demand right to free movement
> Cornelius Yufanyi, a refugee from Cameroon and member of the human rights organisation The Voice Refugee Forum is threatened with imprisonment for having violated the travel restriction regulation imposed on asylum seekers in Germany. The refugee and human rights group is demanding an end to the proceedings and asking for support in their fax campaign to demand the right to free movement and an end to exceptional laws for foreigners in Germany.
> The Voice Refugee Forum
> The Voice Refugee Forum
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> Freedom of Information campaign in Germany
> In cooperation with other associations, the Humanistic Union is collecting signatures through the webpage www.pro-information.de to lobby for the introduction of a law on freedom of information in Germany. The aim is to collect at least 50,000 supporters for the campaign. The site also contains background material on freedom of information.
> Support the campaignBackground information
> Humanistische Union
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Access to Information Programme
> Launched in 1996 by journalists, lawyers and academics working on human rights issues
> Bulgaria 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Esculca
> Observatory on civil rights and liberties based in Galicia
> Spain 
> Esculca website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Humanistische Union
> Founded in 1961, Germany's oldest civil liberties organisation
> Germany 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Statewatch
> Monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe
> UK 
> Statewatch website
> publications/research 11 November 2005
> The right to know or the right to try and find out? The need for an EU freedom of information law
> Policy-makers in the EU have long had a narrow view of “openness”, based on an equally narrow view of transparency. The EU believes that the more information it provides to the public, the more the public will get involved, and the more open – and hence legitimate – the EU will become. This, unfortunately, does not appear to be the case.
> November 2005
> full-textSecret Europe (Statewatch)
> Ben Hayes, Statewatch
> meetings/conferences 20 November 2005
> 22nd Chaos Communication Congress. 22C3: Private Investigations
> The 22nd Chaos Communication Congress (22C3) is a four-day conference on technology, society and utopia. The Congress offers lectures and workshops on a multitude of topics including (but not limited to) information technology, IT-security, internet, cryptography and generally a critical-creative attitude towards technology and the discussion about the effects of technological advances on society. The Congress has established itself as the "European Hacker Conference" bringing in people from all over Europe and even further away. It not only addresses the techno geek but also those who are interested in appliances and their effects on society. Lectures will be held predominantly in English, a few in German. The language used for each lecture is clearly marked in the conference program.
> BCC Berliner Congress Center, Berlin (Germany) 27 - 30 December 2005
> Chaos Computer ClubConference (Call for papers, contact, etc.)
> Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
> campaigns/open letters 25 November 2005
> Serious attacks on human rights and the right to freedom of expression both inside and outside the World Summit on the Information Society. Open letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
> This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official Summit, we have witnessed serious attacks on human rights and the right to freedom of expression. These attacks have included harassment of delegates, assaults on Tunisian and international journalists and human rights defenders, denial of entry to the country, the blocking of websites, the censorship of documents and speeches, and the prevention and disruption of meetings.
> Full-textCommunications Rights in the Information Society (CRIS)
> International Federation for Human Rights
> campaigns/open letters 15 December 2005
> Open letter to Mr. A. Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus Amendments to the Criminal Code /Serious infringements to freedom of association and expression
> On 8 December 2005, the Belarusian Criminal Code was amended. Human rights groups warn these amendments constitute violations of international and regional standards of freedom of expression and association. Civil liberties groups fear that human rights defenders be particularly targeted, since most independent human rights NGOs were forbidden during the past three years. The partitipation in "mass activities" is also criminalised and "people suspected of terrorism or vandalism may be detained for ten days before being charged".
> Open letter
> International Federation for Human Rights
> links to ECLN groups 19 December 2005
> Privacy International
> PI is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations
> December 2005
> PI website
> publications/research 29 December 2005
> MISC - Multi-systems & Internet Security Cookbook
> Launch issue of a new bi-monthly German language computer magazine offering advice on practical defences to interception and laws relating to security. Concentrates on the limitations of anti-virus programmes, intrusion prevention and detection systems and personal firewalls. Regular features cover new technological developments in IT security. Order: redaktion@miscmag.de
> December 2005
> MiscMag
> MiscMag
> links to ECLN groups 05 January 2006
> Access Info Europe
> Working on freedom of information issues and campaigns across Europe, based in Madirid
> December 2005
> website
> publications/research 09 January 2006
> Damning documentary evidence unveiled. Dissident bloggers in coordinated exposé of UK government lies over torture.
> "With Tony Blair and Jack Straw cornered on extraordinary rendition, the UK government is particularly anxious to suppress all evidence of our complicity in obtaining intelligence extracted by foreign torturers. The Foreign Office is now seeking to block publication of Craig Murray's forthcoming book, which documents his time as Ambassador to Uzbekistan. The Foreign Office has demanded that Craig Murray remove all references to two especially damning British government documents, indicating that our government was knowingly receiving information extracted by the Uzbeks through torture, and return every copy that he has in his possession. Craig Murray is refusing to do this. Instead, the documents have been published on blogs all around the world.
> 29 December 2005
> Murray documentscraigmurray.org.uk
> Craig Murray
> meetings/conferences 23 January 2006
> Will it Work? An Open Debate on Wallström’s White Paper on Information and European Democracy
> The White paper has been long awaited and this will be the first opportunity to examine its contents at the start of the consultation process. Margot Wallström will both present the White Paper and after brief reactions from the panel, answer questions from the participants. Participation is free, but by registration only.
> Brussels, Belgium 1 February 2006
> Programmeregister
> ECAS, EurActiv, Friends of Europe and Journalists @ Your Service
> campaigns/open letters 28 March 2006
> CPT, l'informazione negata
> Italian journalists are denied access to detantion centres for migrants (CPTs). This practice "has so far been adopted so scrupulously as to make the question arise inevitably: what is there to hide?"
> CPT, l'informazione negataCPT, the denial of informationMeltingPot Project
> Appeal by Italian journalists
> campaigns/open letters 05 April 2006
> FoI advocates letter to Council of Europe Steering Committee on Human Rights on access to documents
> In the first week of April, 2006, the Council of Europe's Steering Committee on Human Rights will review the interim report of the expert Working Group on Access to Official Documents (DH-S-AC) and, it is hoped, approve the next phase of drafting the treaty. The Working Group is recommending a treaty based strongly on the Recommendation 2002 with mention of the fact that this is a right and with a limited list of exemptions. More than thirty FOIAdvocates members and activists have submitted a letter of support to the Council of Europe.
> Full-text of the letterAccess Info EuropeFOIAnet news
> Access Info Europe
> meetings/conferences 13 April 2006
> European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation - 29th meeting
> The aims of meeting are: a) to discuss new and relevant themes of common interest, both with regard to the context of human rights documentation work as well as issues of particular interest to information workers and documentalists; b) to share experiences in doing documentation and information work on a daily basis; c). to develop strategies for collaboration on specific themes and in response to new technological opportunities. The local organiser is the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.
> London 8-9 June 2006
> Invitation, online registration form & agenda
> publications/research 20 May 2006
> FoeBuD Newsletter
> The "Association for the Promotion of Public Data Traffic" publishes and organises events on freedom of information and computer technology. Their site contains a wealth of useful information on new control techologies and legislation, such as RFID chips, CCTV surveillance and general data protection and civil liberties issues. The April newsletter informs about their anti-RFID campaign, the world cup, CCTV surveillance at universities, amongst others.
> April 2006
> Newsletter archiveFoeBuD
> Verein zur Förderung des öffentlichen bewegten und unbewegten Datenverkehrs e.V.
> publications/research 20 May 2006
> www.eulobbytours.org
> In addition to CEOs regular walking tours in Brussels, this EU lobbying watchdog has now launched a new website featuring a virtual tour of the EU quarter. During the cyber-tour (including video, 3-D animated images and short texts), you will be introduced to the headquarters of lobby groups, think tanks, individual corporations, PR companies, law firms and other key players in EU corporate politics, all located conveniently close to the corridors of power. While you click your way through the EU quarter, you will be introduced to concrete examples of deceptive lobbying, privileged political access and other problematic practices that undermine the democratic process.
> 2006
> Click here to start your cybertour through the Brussels EU quarterCEO
> Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
> meetings/conferences 21 May 2006
> Dutch Social Forum
> Following the World Social Forum and the European Social Forum, the Dutch Social Forum is an open meeting place for the exchange of ideas, the creation and the strengthening of networks and a breeding ground for action. The DSF aims to unite as many people as possible who want to work on a different world, and a different Holland.
> Nijmegen. 21/05/2006
> DSF website
> publications/research 21 May 2006
> WM 2006: Die Welt ueberwacht von Freunden. (World Cup 2006: the world put under surveillance by friends)
> This excellent edition of the German language journal published by the the police and civil liberties watchdog Buergerrecht & Polizei/CILIP, focuses on security measures and police cooperation implemented prior to, during and after the world cup. Contains overview and analysis of police powers and surveillance methods and critical football fans report on the repression they face, amongst others. Non-theme articles include an analysis of the current trials taking place in Genoa, dealing with the 2001 summit violence, and how Morocco is taking on the role of a police assistant in Ceuta and Melilla.
> Berlin 01/04/2006
> CILIPOrder detailsEnglish summaries
> campaigns/open letters 08 June 2006
> Manchester Declaration on Access to Information
> Following the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) meeting on May 24th in Manchester, the Open Society Justice Initiative in cooperation with Access Info Europe and the FOI Advocates Network convened a civil society meeting to review and discuss the issues presented at the commissioners' meeting. Twenty-eight civil society organisations adopted the Manchester Declaration on Access to Information, to follow up the similar declaration issued by civil society groups after the Cancun ICIC in 2005.
> Manchester declarationFOI Advocates NetworkAccess Info EuropeOSI Justice Initiative: FOI
> OSI, Access Info Europe, FOI Advocates Network
> meetings/conferences 19 June 2006
> Book Launch: Human Rights in the Global Information Society
> The book is edited by Rikke Frank Jørgensen and the contributors examine the links between information technology and human rights - freedom of expression, access to information, privacy, discrimination, gender equality, intellectual property, political participation, and freedom of assembly in the context of information and communication technology - exploring the ways in which the information society can either advance human rights around the world or threaten them. The presentation will be followed by a keynote from Gus Hosein, author of the chapter on Privacy.
> Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen 23 June 2006, 13:00-15:30
> Details
> Danish Institute for Human Rights & Danish WSIS
> campaigns/open letters 02 July 2006
> Call to abolish secret service after renewed civil liberties scandal
> This open letter by three main German civil liberties organisations (see below) renews the long-standing civil society demand to abolish the German secret service (Verfassungsschutz) on grounds of its inherent unconstitutionality. This recent campaign is triggered by yet again another scandal uncovering illegal spying operations by the German service against socially active individuals, this time targeting university professor Peter Grottian, active in the Berlin social forum and victim of surveillance for the last three years. This press release provides background information on the spying scandal and the undemocratic and unconstitutional working methods of the regional secret service of Berlin, and calls for the abolition of all regional and the national secret services, which have no legitimacy in a democracy.
> Press releaseKomitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie e.V.Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein e.V.Humanistische Union
> German civil liberties coalition
> meetings/conferences 28 July 2006
> 10 Years Advocacy for Access to Information
> Ten years ago, on Octover 23, 1996 Access to Information Programme was established in Sofia, Bulgaria with a mission to promote the right to information and initiate a public debate on relevant issues. To mark the event, AIP plans to hold a 10 Years Advocacy for Access to Information Conference on October 27, 2006.
> Sofia, Bulgaria 27 October 2006
> AIP websiteFOIA net
> Access to Information Programme
> campaigns/open letters 31 August 2006
> SEEMO concerned about worsening press freedom situation in Serbia and Croatia
> The Vienna-based SEEMO, a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned about the worsening situation for journalists in Serbia and Croatia. In a press release, SEEMO cites a number of attacks and threats against journalists, prison sentences given to journalists and restrictions on access to information.
> SEEMO press releaseSEEMO website
> South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
> publications/research 31 August 2006
> Hungary: A new Act on classified information?
> The Hungarian Government submitted the draft of a new Act on classified information (ACI) to parliament in early December 2005. Parliament discussed it in an expedited procedure and completed its first reading within two weeks. Debate continued throughout January. The only obstacle that arose came about because the government had not attached the Penal Code’s amendments regarding the criminal sanctions of illegally disclosing classified information.1 Although the press, and the smaller coalition party, raised this issue the adoption of the ACI appeared to be straightforward. This was the situation when three NGOs (the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Protect the Future and the Press Freedom Centre) intervened to demand that the Government revoke the draft and prepare a completely new document.
> August 2006
> HCLU reportHCLU website
> Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
> publications/research 02 September 2006
> Between moral cowardice and illegality: the Government takes another step to consolidate the Spanish model of impunity
> The report of the "Inter-Ministerial Commission" and the "Draft Law to recognise and broaden rights and to establish measures in favour of those who suffered persecution or violence during the Civil War and the dictatorship", the submission of which to the Houses of Parliament was approved by the Council of Ministers on 28th July 2006, are consistent with the contents of the motion of Deputy Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, which was passed by Congress on 1st June 2004, and, specifically, with the report requested in the said motion. This demonstrates that notwithstanding the delays in submitting the report, there existed a pre-existing agreement on the subject. This agreement does not reflect the demands of the victims' and human rights associations.
> Brussels and Madrid 1 September 2006
> Report in EnglishInformación EspañolRadio Nizkor
> Equipo Nizkor and Derechos Human Rights
> publications/research 03 October 2006
> Esculca bulletin, n.14
> Esculca's bulletin looks at the legal situation of migrant women employed as housemaids in conditions of "modern slavery", focuses on freedom of information and access to documents, analyses abuses in the war on terror with special emphasis on renditions and the philosophical framework behind illegal practices, and provides a round-up of civil liberties issues in Galicia.
> Galicia September 2006
> Esculca bulletinEsculca
> Esculca, Observatório para a Defensa dos Direitos e Liberdades
> publications/research 13 October 2006
> Conference report: Electronic health cards and the capitalist-technological-medical complex
> From 22-24 September 2006, the German civil liberties organisation Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokatie held a conference on recent developments in the health care system with view to civil liberties and human rights implications. The conference put forward a fundamental critique of electronic health cards soon to be introduced in Germany. But not only data protection is at risk, the conference reports that bureaucratisation and economisation increasingly determine the doctor-patient relationship and that health is becoming an unequally distributed commodity. A conference report in German can be requested by mail: info@grundrechtekomitee.de
> Berlin 
> The e-card: big promise & disappontmentConference outlineHome Page Grundrechtekomitee
> Grundrechtekomitee
> campaigns/open letters 07 November 2006
> Worst EU Lobby Award 2006 - Vote Now!
> This year, the voting for the awards takes place in two different categories: 'the Worst EU Lobbying' for that lobbyist who goes the extra mile in deception and spin; and 'The Worst Privileged Access' for the public servant or politician who's just too cosy with a particular lobby group. The EU lobby awards are organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and Spinwatch.
> Worst EU Lobby Award 2006Worst EU Lobby Award 2005Corporate Europe Observatory
> meetings/conferences 12 January 2007
> World Social Forum 2007
> The 7th World Social Forum (WSF) will be held from 20 until 25 January 2007 at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Nairobi and is expected to host up to 150,000 delegates from all over the world. Over 1,000 activities will take place in the 106 spaces provided at the venue. Rallying around the call of Another World Is Possible, the World Social Forum has placed social justice, international solidarity, gender equality, peace and defence of the environment on the agenda of the world’s peoples. From its modest origins in Porto Alegre in the year 2001, to Mumbai, Bamako, Caracas, Karachi and now Nairobi, the forces and the contingents of the World Social Forum have collectively expanded the democratic spaces of those seeking concrete, sustainable and progressive alternatives to neo-liberalism and imperialist globalisation.
> Nairobi 20/01/2007
> WSF website
> campaigns/open letters 02 February 2007
> “Decreto Gentiloni” e contrasto alla pedopornografia & La violenza giovanile e il caso Google: ennesimo pretesto per invocare censura e repressione
> Two statements by ALCEI, which works in defence of Internet freedom in Italy. The first criticises the establishment, as a measure implementing the law against prostitution, pornography, sexual tourism involving children and new forms of slavery, of the “National centre to combat paedopornography” to collect information, investigate people suspected of divulging material with paedopornographic content and draw up blacklists of websites and illegal contents, which ISPs will have to block or remove within six hours of communication. “Experience has amply shown how this kind of measures is ineffective in the ‘protection of minors’, in the prevention or repression of violence, etcetera, while it opens up the road to all sorts of censorship, prohibition and intrusiveness that can be indiscriminately applied to any kind of ‘unwelcome’ opinion.” The second expresses alarm about the debate that followed the publication on Youtube of images of a disabled child being ill-treated by classmates, in which responsibility was apportioned to “Internet” rather than the culprits, and there were renewed calls for “censorship and repression”, with ISPs and search engines singled out as targets for punishment (and Google facing possible penal proceedings in this case) if they fail to monitor and censor contents.
> “Decreto Gentiloni” e contrasto alla pedopornografia (Italian)La violenza giovanile e il caso Google: ennesimo pretesto per invocare censura e repressioneThe "Google case" in Italy: one more excuse for censorship and repression (English)ALCEI website
> ALCEI, Associazione per la Libertà nelle Comunicazioni Elettroniche Interattive
> publications/research 02 February 2007
> Access Information: A Universal Right, A Universal Standard
> As Council of Europe experts debate the conversion of Recommendation 2002(2) on Access to Official Documents into a binding treaty, two issues need to be addressed. The first, is whether the right is of is one of access to documents or access to information, the second, is whether there exists sufficient consistency in international standards to require that the future treaty to set binding standards rather than laying out a shopping list of options available to member states. This paper shows that the right to information that has emerged in the past four decades is a right of access to information rather than a narrower right of access to documents. Core standards on access to information exist, indicating that any future treaty developed by the Council of Europe should set absolute standards. It is recommended that, whatever form the final treaty takes, the Council of Europe ensure that it enshrines the highest standards set by access to information laws in Europe and globally.
> Madrid 17 January 2007
> Access Information: A Universal Right, A Universal StandardAccess Info Europe website
> Access Info Europe
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2007
> La regulación del acceso a los archivos que testimonian la represión en el proyecto de ley de "memoria histórica": respeto a la intimidad o vía de impunidad?
> Public conference and debate session organised by the Association of Spanish Civil Service Archive Workers, a group that is working for the defence of public archives as a guarantee of administrative transparency and the defence of citizens' rights. AEFP draws attention to an article in the draft "law on historical memory" that replaces access to documents identifying possible culprits or people involved in specific actions, with a certification of their content. In relation to documents about repression in Spain's recent history, they ask: is it protection of privacy or a way to ensure impunity?
> Madrid 7 March 2007
> Presentation of the ConferenceAEFP website
> publications/research 29 May 2007
> Fundamental Rights Report 2007 (German)
> Since 1997, nine civil liberties and human rights organisations publish an annual human rights report on Germany, in which they test the German government’s conduct against every legally binding human rights and civil liberties provision laid down in the German Constitution. With a plethora of examples of state surveillance, infringements, discrimination and violations of High Court decisions, the year 2006 will also be known as a year in which fundamental rights were systematically violated by the authorities. The legitimate use of ‘torture’ debate, the use of emetics against foreigners, indiscriminate data collection during the world cup, the surveillance and interception of communication of civil rights activists, the electronic health card linking sensitive data between authorities, US-EU data transfers, unlawful detention and deportation to torturing states, police violence, employment bans, eroding the protection of journalists’ sources, unlawful police raids…the list of fundamental civil rights violations seems endless. The Fundamental Rights Report is written and compiled by the following organisations, which have announced the focus of the next year’s report will be the criminalisation and curtailment of G8 protests: Humanistische Union, Gustav Heinemann-Initiative, Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie, Bundesarbeitskreis Kritischer Juragruppen, Pro Asyl, Republikanischer Anwaltsverein, Vereinigung demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen, Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte, Neue Richtervereinigung.
> May 2007
> Commentary on the reportPress release Humanistische UnionList of Contents (German)Order online
> “Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte” et al.
> demonstrations 29 May 2007
> Antiracist G8 'action and events' calendar
> Between 2 and 7 June, thousands of refugees, migrants and activist will protest against the G8. In this context , mass actions and information events will take place under the slogans: ‘For Global Freedom of Movement’ and ‘Equal Rights for All’. Below you find links to the 'choreography of resistance', and events calendar. CALL OUT DECEMBER 2005: "We are here, because you are destroying our countries." This central slogan of the ‘Caravan for the rights of refugees and migrants’ explicitly links capitalist destruction on the one hand to flight and migration on the other. The G8-governments - as well as the WTO, IMF and World Bank - are not only responsible for neocolonial relations of exploitation; they also increasingly rely on and further the intensification of processes of selection and exclusion in the Northern parts of the globe, the intensification of legal, social and political hierarchies. It is these and other developments - whether in the North or the South - that lead us to speak of a system of global Apartheid. [...]
> Heiligendamm/Rostock, Germany 2-7 June 2007
> Updated events calendarWorking Group Migration of the protest networksCaravan of Refugees and Migrants tours Germany
> campaigns/open letters 21 July 2007
> "Melting Pot controllato dal SISMI"
> Melting Pot responds to extracts of SISMI (military secret service) documents in Repubblica newspaper that reveal the surveillance of Melting Pot, naming its members, among other NGOs. Notes that SISMI is arbitrarily turning professionals into suspects and that "it would be even more serious if the list of names compiled in the report... had been followed by the violation of the privacy and activity of these persons contributors of the Progetto Melting Pot Europa". These developments followed a resolution by the Italian Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura (CSM) criticising surveillance activity targeting judges.
> "Melting Pot controllato dal SISMI"CSM resolution
> Melting Pot editorial board
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2007
> Lobbying' Awards 2007 - Call for Nominations
> This year you can nominate for two categories. The 'Worst EU Lobbying' Award for the lobbyist, company or lobby group that in 2007 has employed the most deceptive, misleading, or otherwise problematic lobbying tactics in their attempts to influence EU decision-making. And the special 'Worst EU Greenwash' Award for the company whose advertising, PR and lobbying lingo is most at odds with the real environmental impacts of their core business activities. Until 15 September 2007 you can submit your nominations on http://www.worstlobby.eu/. In 2006 the ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ Award was won by oil giant ExxonMobil for its secretive funding of climate-skeptic think tanks. In 2005 the prize went to the bogus Campaign for Creativity, a front group used by large IT companies to lobby for software patents and intellectual property rights.
> Worst EU Lobbying and Greenwash Awards 2007
> Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl, Spinwatch
> campaigns/open letters 05 September 2007
> Council of Europe Treaty on Access to Documents: Civil Society Calls for Urgent Action -- Draft Convention Fails to Ensure Adequate Protection of Right to Information
> The world’s first treaty to guarantee the right of access to information, currently being drafted by the Council of Europe, risks falling below prevailing European standards according to civil society groups from across Europe. The draft treaty has three major flaws: 1. Failure to include all official documents held by legislative bodies and judicial authorities within the mandatory scope of the treaty; 2. Failure to include official documents held by natural and legal persons insofar as they perform public functions within the mandatory scope of the treaty; 3. Failure to specify certain basic categories of official documents, such as those containing financial or procurement information, that must be published proactively. Urgent action is needed before 9 October (when the final drafting session of the Group of Specialists begins) to call for the Convention to contain acceptable minimum standards on the right of access to information.
> Access-Info Europe
> Access Info Europe, Article 19 and the Open Society Justice Initiative
> campaigns/open letters 05 September 2007
> 5th International Right to Know Day
> International Right to Know Day was established to mark the founding on 28 September 2002 of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network. It was first celebrated on 28 September 2003. The aim of Right to Know Day is to raise awareness of every individual’s right of access to government-held information: the right to know how elected officials are exercising power and how the tax-payers’ money is being spent.
> FOI Advocates Network
> Freedom of Information Advocates Network
> demonstrations 20 September 2007
> Protest march "Liberty instead of fear". No data retention!
> Civil rights groups are calling on citizens to join in a protest march against excessive surveillance by businesses and governments. On 22 September 2007 concerned citizens will take to the streets, the motto being "Liberty instead of fear - Stop the surveillance mania!". We will meet at Pariser Platz (Brandenburger Tor) at 2.30 pm.
> Berlin, Germany 22/09/2007
> Judges' Association press release against data retentionBackground article (German, Telepolis)Demonstration call out & Campaign background
> Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (German Working Group on Data Retention)
> campaigns/open letters 12 November 2007
> Campaign against the “11th European Police Congress“, 29th-30th of January 2008 in Berlin. Against a “Global Security Architecture”, for more security-critical behaviour!
> Police investigation methods and the global security apparatus are increasingly violating basic democratic and human rights. Police and intelligence services want to attain unrestricted access to personal data and internet user profiles. The “European Police Congress”, a forum where politicians, police authorities, intelligence services, the military and the security industry meet to discuss the implementation of new measures for data collection and prosecution facilitates the increasing social control and authoritarian state tendencies within the EU. The 2008 Congress takes place under the motto “Information technology – investigation – operation”. On Tuesday, 29 January 2008, Schäuble, the German Minister of Internal Affairs, will speak at the “Forum of European Ministers of Internal Affairs”. A coalition of civil liberties and social justice groups is organising protest actions, with the aim to reach broad segments of society. This recent initiative is seen as a potential extension of already existing campaigns: against data retention, against anti-terrorist laws, the EU border agency Frontex and the repressive EU migration regime, against police racism and militarism.
> 11th European Police Congress home pageMore information about the campaign (English)More information about the campaign (German)
> Six Hills
> publications/research 29 February 2008
> "En Movemento"
> A new monthly civil rights newspaper produced by the Galician civil rights organisation, Movemento polos dereitos civis.
> Galicia (Spain) November 2007 - ongoing
> MPDCEn Movemento back issues
> Movemento polos dereitos civis
> publications/research 12 June 2008
> Eyes Wide Shut? The Impact of Embedded Journalism on Dutch Newspaper Coverage of Afghanistan
> The Dutch Ministry of Defence offers journalists embedded expiditions to military operations of Dutch soldiers in Uruzgan. Under the embed policy, three journalists can travel from the Netherlands to Uruzgan every two weeks. They are hosted by the Dutch contingent and fall under the commander’s responsibility. Articles have to be submitted for review on operational security prior to publication. Dutch embedded journalists cooperate closely with the Ministry of Defence before, during and after their embed experience. Many have developed a close relationship with the military as a consequence. Embeddedness raises questions about objectivity, censorship and journalistic independence. A current research by the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies looks at embedded journalism, how it affects Dutch coverage of Afghanistan, and whether regulations for future reporting should be changed. As part of this research HCSS conducted a software-based text mining analysis on Dutch press coverage of Afghanistan. This analysis consists of two parts 1) the comparison of a sample of embedded and unembedded articles, and 2) the analysis of a sample of the complete Dutch press coverage of Afghanistan. Text analysis shows that embedded journalists write mainly about the Dutch troops and their military operational activities while unembedded reporters focus more on the socio-political situation in Afghanistan. While more journalists write about Afghanistan, the focus has narrowed, and the authors suggest that the close interaction between military and journalists may also jeopardise the independence of reporting. The report concludes that the Dutch press in general could benefit from maintaining a professional distance from the military, and finding more ways to complement embedded with unembedded reporting.
> April 2008
> Hague Centre for Strategic StudiesDownload report
> Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
> campaigns/open letters 08 December 2010
> Reading without censorship
> After a wave of police-searches in leftist bookshops in Germany, Unzensiertes Lesen calls for a collective defense against state censorship
> Website Unzensiert LesenSign on (pdf, German)
> campaigns/open letters 16 December 2010
> Free access to two unique resources on civil liberties in Europe
> Statewatch is pleased to announce free access to its specialist civil liberties websites Full access to these resources was previously only available to paid subscribers 1. The Statewatch database with 27,000 articles on civil liberties in Europe dating back 20 years (http://database.statewatch.org) 2. The SEMDOC website: Statewatch European Monitoring Centre on EU Justice and Home Affairs policy (http://www.statewatch.org/semdoc)
> Press release (pdf)Statewatch databaseSemdoc
> campaigns/open letters 24 December 2010
> Bookstores searched again in Berlin
> For the seventh time this year, leftist bookshops in Berlin have been invaded and searched by police for selling 'criminal literature'. The object on December 22 was the radical weekly Interim nr. 721
> more informationWebsite 'reading without censorship'
> publications/research 24 December 2010
> Dutch government wants to make call for bankrun illegal
> Two ministers (for 'Security and Justice' and 'Finance') have announced to parliament the preparation of a law that would make the issuing of a call for a collective bankrun illegal.
> 23 December 2010
> Article on blog of newspaper NRCOfficial letter to parliament
> publications/research 24 December 2010
> French government allowed to censor internet
> The French parliament approved a law permitting the government to filter internet - putting websites on a blacklist - without any juridical procedure
> 15 December 2010
> Article in Le Point
> publications/research 06 January 2011
> Raid on Radio FSK (Hamburg) declared illegal
> A 2003 raid by 200 policemen on the offices of leftist Hamburg radio FSK, has been declared illegal after appeal at Federal Constitutional Court
> 05/01/2011
> press release (German)
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2011
> Venice province blacklists books and persons
> The Assessor for Culture of the province of Venice, a guy called Speranzon – a former activist of the MSI [the old neo-fascist party, active from 1946 to 1994] and now a member of Berlusconi’s party – approved a proposal from a party colleague and will order Venetian libraries to: 1) Remove from shelves all the books written by any author who signed a 2004 petition asking for Cesare Battisti’s release from jail; 2) Abstain from organizing events featuring such writers (they must be declared “undesirable persons”, he says). Any librarian who will not abide “will be held responsible” of his behavior.
> More information on Wu Ming website
> Wu Ming collective
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2011
> Appeal for Pinar Selek
> The Turkish writer and sociologist Pinar Selek, born in 1971, presently a scholar in the Writers-in-Exile program of German P.E.N., is a passionate advocate for the rights of different kinds of minorities, such as socially disadvantaged children, but she also defends the civil rights of ethnic minorities like Kurds and Armenians. In 1998 Pinar Selek was arrested for alleged propaganda for PKK; she spent two and a half years in prison where she was severely tortured. It was only in custody that she realized she was being charged with having committed a terrorist bomb attack on the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul on behalf of the PKK. After an eight year trial Pinar was acquitted in 2006.(...) In February, 2010 we were alarmed to hear that the the Court of Appeals in Ankara is demanding life imprisonment under stiffened conditions for Pinar Selek.
> WebsiteCall from Pen-Germany (English)
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2011
> Belgian 'civic journalist' condemned to 6 month prison
> On January 5 30 year old Anja Hermans was sentenced to 6 month in prison for investigating the security of nuclear power station Doel. She had entered the premises of the power station during her investigative work.
> More information (Dutch)
> publications/research 26 January 2011
> Is police posting fake messages on internet?
> According to research revealed by weekly activist internetmagazine Schnews and Indymedia-UK, Police has been posting secretly incriminating content on indymedia Amongst the postings one infamous that was used as reason to confiscate the server-computer of a local indymedia (bristol) branch.
> Jan. 2011
> SchnewsIndymediia-UK
> publications/research 19 February 2011
> European Commission and Europol refuse to supply data on the implementation of the EU-US TFPT (SWIFT) agreement as it is "Top Secret"
> Tony Bunyan, Statewatch Director, comments: "If Europol are saying that the information requested is classified as "Top Secret" this is an abuse of the EU's classified information system. The data requested is aggregated containing no personal or operational information. The Agreement was negotiated in secret now it seems its is to be implemented in secret - out of sight of governments, parliaments and people. This sets a very dangerous precedent for future agreements with the USA."
> Feb 2011
> More at Statewatch website
> meetings/conferences 30 March 2011
> Standing up to Surveillance
> A Conference hosted by the Network for Police Monitoring. The gathering of ‘intelligence’ by police on political protesters and minority communities is now a commonplace activity.  Some initiatives hit the press – the use of undercover police officers to infiltrate pacifist and environmental campaigns, for example, or installing ’covert’ cameras with counter terrorism money to watch the movements of Birmingham’s Muslim population. (...) What is driving this rapid and seemingly unstoppable descent into a surveillance state?  Why are so many of us potential targets for state scrutiny?  Is an increasing demand for intelligence driven by a fear of ‘extremism’?  Or by the availability of technology and the millions that can be made from it?  And what can be done to stop it? 
> April 17 2011
> WebsiteRegistration
> campaigns/open letters 11 April 2011
> So you still think the internet is free?
> This website answers your question
> website
> campaigns/open letters 11 April 2011
> French government wants internet passwords of its citizens
> The French government has decided that from march 1 on internet providers to be legally compulsory to provide data on its clients, including their passwords. The 'Association des Services Internet Communautaires' (ASIC) who represent internet users http://www.lasic.fr/ filed a complaint against this plan at the Conseil d’Etat., the highest court in the country
> More on website lasic.fr
> publications/research 19 April 2011
> Calais Video Breaking Headlines across France
> After initially breaking on Rue89 the French media Channel TF1 has just released a video composed of several clips from the work of CMS (Calais Migrants Solidarity ). The police are shown pepper-spraying, being violent, abusive and unprofessional. This video combines several already high profile clips including the police playing loud music whilst raiding Africa House at night and the PAF punching an activist holding a video camera. A CMS activist talks to a radio interviewer about working on the ground in Calais and the use of video cameras in escalating violence towards migrants. A police spokesperson also attempts to claim that the police are highly professional whilst a clip of them playing football during a squat raid runs in the background.
> April 2011
> VideoAnnouncement CMS
> campaigns/open letters 19 April 2011
> Digitale Gesellschaft (Digital Society)
> A new initiative in Germany to organize campaigns for a "internetpolitics based on civil rights and user friendliness"
> website
> campaigns/open letters 28 April 2011
> Design competition launched for AccessForRights website, 1000 euro prize
> Access Info Europe and Statewatch, two european NGO's campaigning to protect and defend our human rights and civil liberties, are launching a design competition for our new Access for Rights website and project. The Access for Rights project is at the crossroads between the transparency and the civil liberties communites, with coordinated freedom of information requests being designed to reveal violations of our human rights and fundamental freedoms.
> More info on AFR website design competition
> meetings/conferences 09 May 2011
> (SK) Conference From Theory to Practice: Creative Action Towards Social Change,
> Looking at the European political situation and its transformation in the past few years, one thing can be seen clearly. The years of the global financial crisis have been very helpful for nationalist, racist and far-right parties, groups and movements. (...) The aim of the conference is to form a platform for new ideas and strategies for the European antidiscrimination movement. In a time when far-right groups are more and more successful in recruiting new members and addressing a large part of the population, fresh strategies and ideas are needed.
> Bratislava (SK) 16-21 May 2011
> Announcement (English)
> campaigns/open letters 19 May 2011
> I Am Bradley Manning
> The Bradley Manning support network has started a new campaign. Everybody is asked to send in pictures declaring that he or she are Bradley Manning, to show support for the wikileaks source and demand justice for him.
> websitecampaign
> campaigns/open letters 08 June 2011
> (Be) Petition for dismissed researcher Barbara van Dyck
> On Friday June 3th 2011, the Catholic University of Leuven sacked researcher Barbara Van Dyck because of her public support for the actions of Field Liberation Movement (FLM) in the context of an action against a genetically modified potato field in Wetteren, Belgium on Sunday May 29th. Whether one agrees with the aim and tactic of this action or not, the sanction is disproportionate and a breach of academic freedom and freedom of speech. We appeal to academics worldwide to resist this dismissal and to sign this open letter.
> more informationOnline petition
> campaigns/open letters 09 July 2011
> Worse than China?
> Seven domestic privacy situations that are worse than the situation in China
> Dutch article
> campaigns/open letters 30 July 2011
> HCLU Wins Freedom of Speech Case at European Court of Human Rights
> On July 19th, after a lengthy legal battle, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled in favor of journalist Peter Uj, represented by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. The journalist criticized the state owned Tokaj Kereskedőház (Hungarian winery) and specifically characterized it’s wine as shit. Criminal charges (defamation and criminal libel) initiated by the Tokaj Kereskedőház were pressed against him.
> More on website Hungarian Civil Liberties Union HCLU
> meetings/conferences 11 August 2011
> IFJ Conference on Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws
> 10 years after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 (9/11) in New York and Washington, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) are organising a global conference on ' Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws' in Brussels on 10 -11 September 2011. Objective: To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, discuss the impact of anti-terror legislation on civil liberties and the work of journalists and to examine the way forward.
> Brussels 10-11 September 2011
> Conference flyer (pdf)
> meetings/conferences 01 September 2011
> A Decade of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism since 9/11: taking stock and new directions in research and policy
> A Decade of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism since 9/11: taking stock and new directions in research and policy. Conference organised by Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG) of the British International Studies Association, at the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow City Chambers, Central Glasgow.
> 8-11 September 2011
> Program on website
> campaigns/open letters 28 September 2011
> EDRI asks end to data retention
> European Digital Rights has issued a letter to the European Commission to ask the end of compulsive date retention by internet providers
> Letter to Commissioner MalmstroemWebsite EDRI
> publications/research 29 September 2011
> Conference speeches Statewatching Europe: Civil Liberties, the State and the EU
> Statewatchs 20th anniversary conference was held at Conway Hall in London on Saturday 25th June 2011. More than 220 people from 18 EU countries registered and over 30 NGOs attended the conference.
> September 2011
> Videos and material on website
> campaigns/open letters 04 October 2011
> (NL) Bits Of freedom fundraiser
> Bits Of freedom, fighting for digital rights in the Netherlands, will host 'Do Your Bit!' on October 8 to raise funds (also possible online)
> More information on website
> campaigns/open letters 08 October 2011
> AIP Held the 2011 Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony
> The 9th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria was held on 28 September in the Bulgarian News Agency, Sofia. Access to Information Programme opened the event with the song “Breathe.” The event was broadcast live on Internet. More than hundred people attended the ceremony.
> More on website AIP
> publications/research 21 October 2011
> Is the German State Hacking its Own Citizens?
> On October 8, the Berlin hacker collective known as the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) announced that they had analysed a piece of spying software they believed had been written by the German government. Once installed on a computer, the software had the ability to quietly listen to conversations on Skype, log keystrokes and remotely switch on the computer’s webcam.
> 8 October 2011
> Article with links
> campaigns/open letters 01 November 2011
> Urgent Appeal: Stop Arbitrary Detentions in Turkey!
> The international public has so far been oblivious to the so-called “KCK operations” carried out in Turkey by Prime Minister Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party for the past two years. Under the guise of “fighting terrorism,” the Erdogan government has been using the judiciary, the police, and the media to penalize all civic activism in support of rights demanded by Kurdish citizens in Turkey. The “KCK operations” in particular have been deployed to spread fear amongst activists, to silence public dissent, and to normalize the arbitrary arrest of citizens.
> Petition
> meetings/conferences 21 November 2011
> Media and the Riots
> a unique one-day conference that brings together young people from riot areas and media practitioners in a long-overdue and much needed dialogue. The event will be informative, educative and practical with general sessions and youth-focused breakout workshops. Afterwards, the plan is to produce a report, perhaps in multi-media format, that will have a positive impact on future media coverage of our communities.
> London 26 November
> more on website Latest.com
> publications/research 25 January 2012
> The EDRi papers, EDITION 02
> The purpose of this booklet is to briefly outline current EU surveillance and security measures in order to give an insight into their scale and cumulative effect. In order to be legal under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, each security measure that limits fundamental rights is understood to be effective and a “necessary” and “proportionate” breach of the rights which our society considers to be fundamental.
> Jan 2012
> PDF at statewatch
> EDRi
> publications/research 22 February 2012
> Everyone’s Trying to Track What You Do on the Web: Here’s How to Stop Them
> "Companies will pay to learn more about you, and service providers on the web are eager to get their hands on as much information about you as possible"
> 22 February 2012
> Website Lifehacker
> Lifehacker
> campaigns/open letters 28 February 2012
> Campaign for access of civil society and journalists for detention centres in Europe and Beyond:OPEN ACCESS NOW!
> European Alternatives and Migreurop, together with more than 20 organisations all over Europe launch the Campaign 'Open Access Now'. In Europe today, roughly 600,000 people including children are detained every year, most often without a court decision.Today, in most EU countries, journalists and civil society have very limited access to migrant detention centres. Often, even when one accesses it is impossible to meet people in detention, or even to talk to them. Generally, only Members of national and European Parliaments have right of access. This lack of transparency increases the risk of malpractice and numerous rights violations. Places where foreigners are detained must not remain a reality that is hidden from us. Why should we not have access? We want to know what is happening there.
> Campaign for access of civil society and
> Migreurop / European Alternatives
> publications/research 28 February 2012
> Infographic: What Next For ACTA?
> While the European Court of Justice decides if ACTA complies with existing EU rights and regulations, the European Parliament must still decide whether or not to ratify the controversial agreement. This infographic sets out the process for the coming months.
> 28 February 2012
> Article and infographics
> meetings/conferences 06 March 2012
> (NL): Big Brother Awards 2011
> Who will win a prestigious Big Brother Award at the upcoming ceremonies in Amsterdam? Find out at the eighth edition of the Big Brother Awards The Netherlands, held on March 7th 2012 in Amsterdam.
> Amsterdam 7 March 2011
> website
> Bits of Freedom
> publications/research 06 March 2012
> Swiss Parliament demands information on the use of ‘Staatstrojaner’
> After the discovery in 2011 of the use of ‘Staatstrojaner’ (computer mallware) by the Swiss security services, the Swiss parliament wants to be informed on the details.
> 02 March 2012
> Article on website (German)
> Unwatched.org
> publications/research 18 April 2012
> Getting the Voice Out
> Getting the Voice Out gathers stories from people detained in detention centres, to get their voices heard in the outside world and highlight what the authorities try so hard to hide. (Eng, Fr, Dutch)
> April 2012
> Website
> --
> campaigns/open letters 10 May 2012
> Imprisoned for telling the truth?
> On Thursday 26th April Mike Wells, a citizen journalist who writes for the Games Monitor website, was filming unsafe working practices on Leyton Marsh at the chaotically managed Olympic construction site. He was assaulted and arrested...
> More on website
> Save Leyton Marsh
> campaigns/open letters 21 June 2012
> Police Brutality: Know Your Rights
> US website criminology.com made a graphic overview of the state of police brutality in the US, the official rights citizens have and the relativity of it.
> know your rights
> criminology.com
> campaigns/open letters 22 June 2012
> Support the 'Call for an Open Europe'
> "Access to documents in the EU is not a "gift" from on high to be packaged, sanitised and manipulated. It is a "right" which is fundamental in a democracy": Tony Bunyan, Deirdre Curtin and Aidan White in Essays for an Open Europe. (see link) That was in 2000, now in 2012 the right of access to EU documents is under great threat again
> Essays for an Open EuropaCall 2012
> Statewatch
> publications/research 01 August 2012
> Brothers in arms
> "The event is the annual "Symposium of the UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO)". UKTI DSO has one aim: "to help UK companies to export" and it "works with industry to build and maintain relationships with overseas customers, providing the essential government-to-government interaction." An alternative description from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) refers to the organisation as a "taxpayer-funded arms sales unit". The annual Symposium sees arms industry executives mingling with military top brass, high-level bureaucrats, and government ministers."
> July 2012
> PDF on Statewatch website
> Chris Jones/Statewatch
> publications/research 16 August 2012
> Protect: Securing Advocacy
> New technologies create unprecedented opportunities for individuals and low-resourced groups working to document abuses, raise awareness and mobilise people around specific issues. At the same time, they open up new risks and vulnerabilities. Our Securing Advocacy programme works to help advocates take advantage of the opportunity while simultaneously managing and navigating the risks.
> website
> publications/research 16 August 2012
> Me & My Shadow
> If you use a computer, surf the Internet, text your friends via a mobile phone or shop online – you leave a digital shadow. You want to know how big it is? Find out with our interactive tools whenever you cast a shadow.
> Website
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Clean IT – Leak shows plans for large-scale, undemocratic surveillance of all communications
> A leaked document from the CleanIT project shows just how far internal discussions in that initiative have drifted away from its publicly stated aims, as well as the most fundamental legal rules that underpin European democracy and the rule of law.
> 21 September 2012
> Article on website DCRE
> Digital Civil Rights in Europe
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Everyone who attended #OWS with a cell phone had their identity logged, says security expert
> private investigator Steven Rambam tells about modern electronic surveillance powers and declares "Privacy Is Dead."
> 22 September 2012
> Article and video on website
> PrivacySOS
> campaigns/open letters 24 September 2012
> A call for financial support for 'NSU-watch'
> The NSU was a violent neofascist group that killed ten persons with migrant background in Germany. Much is still unclear about them, and the roll of the secret service is opaque.
> Website
> apabiz e.V
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Forced Migration Current Awareness
> A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason
> 19 September 2012
> Website
> Elisa Mason
> publications/research 25 October 2012
> CLEAN IT: the secret EU surveillance plan that wasn't
> There are elements in Europe who would dearly like to see the CLEAN IT wish list put into practice (including from the law enforcement community, the industries that serve it, and the European Commission), but we must distinguish between transnational talking shops, EU working groups and draft EU policy.
> 09 October 2012
> Article on website
> Ben Hayes/Open Democracy
> publications/research 25 October 2012
> University research shows US authorities have access to Dutch internet'cloud'.
> Report of Institute for Information Right (University of Amsterdam) reveals that the American Patriot Act claims the right to access computer information stored in 'cloud'even if this storage takes place outside of the USA.
> September 2012
> Report (in Dutch)Website IVIR
> campaigns/open letters 25 October 2012
> Dutch proposal to search and destroy foreign computers
> On 15 October, the Dutch ministry of Justice and Security proposed powers for the police to break into computers, install spyware, search computers and destroy data. These powers would extend to computers located outside the Netherlands. Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom warns for the unacceptable risks to cybersecurity and calls on other countries to strongly oppose the proposal.
> English article on BOF-websiteSupport for campaign by EFF
> Bits of Freedom
> publications/research 11 November 2012
> Delete Control
> Development organisation Hivos has started a website to help partners escape censorship and persecution on internet
> November 2012
> websiteVideo
> publications/research 21 November 2012
> Why privacy matters
> Privacy International asked lawyers, activists, researchers and hackers at Defcon 2012 about some of the debates that thrive at the intersection between law, technology and privacy. We also wanted to know why privacy matters to them, and what they thought the future of privacy looked like. This video is a result of those conversations.
> 20 November 2012
> Article with video
> Emma Draper/Privacy International
> campaigns/open letters 28 November 2012
> Conference "For Your Eyes Only"
> For Your Eyes Only: International Conference on Privacy, Empowerment and Technology in the context of Online Social Networks
> Website Surveillance Studies
> Surveilance Studies
> publications/research 10 December 2012
> New global report on discrimination against the nonreligious
> The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has produced the first report focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people. Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious has been published to mark Human Rights Day, Monday 10 December.
> 10 December 2012
> Website IHEU
> campaigns/open letters 11 December 2012
> Open letter to Dutch Minister on plan for remote searches of computers
> 43 NGO's sign letter against plans to grant Dutch police the authority to break into local and foreign computers and remotely conduct searches and delete data in the course of a criminal investigation.
> Open letter (pdf)
> 43 NGO's
> publications/research 06 January 2013
> 5 Reasons to Be Terrified That Computers Can Now Read Faces
> The ability of computers to recognize faces is so common now that your Xbox Kinect can do it, logging you in the moment you step in front of the thing. It seems like a fairly harmless invention -- if anything, it will save you a few seconds when (for instance) your future house will recognize that it's you at the door instead of a burglar. But this technology is going in a series of extremely creepy directions.
> 29 November 2012
> Article on website cracked.com
> Monte Richard/Cracked.com
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> Joke Kaviaar, activist/ publicist, under attack by Dutch state - solidarity needed
> Joke Kaviaar, writer/ poet/ anarchist/activist, had been put on trial by the Dutch state for íncitement against public order'. The charge is based on four articles she wrote and published on het website, in which she strongly criticized the oppression, detention and deportation of migrants/ refugees/ people without papers, and called for active resistance aganist these policies.
> Article on libcom.orgSupport group
> rooieravotr/libcom.org
> meetings/conferences 15 January 2013
> HANDS UP FOR INQUEST 2013 – Fundraising dinner
> Hosted by Jon Snow, with special guest comedian Doc Brown. Thursday 7 March 2013 @ The Tabernacle, London W11 Please join us for an evening of good food, laughter and entertainment, all in aid of INQUEST’s award-winning work
> 08 January 2013
> Website Inquest
> Inquest
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> European Privacy Day 2013
> On January 28, the world celebrates Privacy Day, a day in which events are held around the world to recognize the importance of privacy for our human values and fundamental freedoms. European Privacy Day 2013 is a platform that gives visibility to events, organised by governmental and other institutions and civil society,that draw the attention to the value privacy and data protection have in our societies or engage the citizen in privacy relevant activities.
> website
> europeanprivacyday.org/
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> Me and my Shadow
> This website is created by the Tactical Technology Collective (and is in stable-Beta mode) to help you see which digital shadows you cast and how to make them smaller. Learn how you, your friends and family stay safe and sound in the digital world.
> website
> Tactical Technology Collective
> campaigns/open letters 29 January 2013
> Pinar Selek Receives Life Sentence
> PINAR SELEK TRIAL Pinar Selek Receives Life Sentence An Istanbul court ordered life sentence for sociologist Pinar Selek for her involvement in the 1998 Spice Bazaar explosion, a case that has reopened three times in 14 years.
> Article on BianetMore background
> Çiçek TAHAOĞLU/Bianet
> publications/research 29 January 2013
> Can Skype eavesdrop on your calls?
> Does Skype let police and authorities spy on users' conversations? That's the question a wide group of advocacy organisations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as Reporters Without Borders, and many activists and journalists, are asking in an open letter published online.
> 28 January 2013
> Article SMH
> Sydney Morning Herald
> publications/research 29 January 2013
> Nestlé condemned for spying on activists
> Swiss multinational Nestlé was condemned to pay thousands of euros to two activists from Attac who were writing a book on the company, and were spied on by a security firm sent by Nestlé.
> 25 January 2013
> German article in WirtschaftsBlatt
> WirtschaftsBlatt
> publications/research 28 February 2013
> Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000: A police snooping tool to protect private profit
> Corporate Watch researchers Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper have been stopped and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 a total of five times between them at UK airports while travelling to Egypt and returning from research trips in Palestine.
> 27 February 2013
> Article on website
> Corporate Watch
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> No to secret justice: The letter from 700 legal professionals
> Dear Sir, I strongly oppose the Government’s plan in the Justice and Security Bill to extend the controversial Closed Material Procedures (CMP) to ordinary civil law cases and oust the court’s jurisdiction to hear certain Norwich Pharmacal applications for disclosure.
> More on website CAMPACC
> campaigns/open letters 11 April 2013
> What is it that you do not understand, mr prime minister?
> A magazine cover showing a photoshopped image of the Greek Prime Minister with torture scars on his face, in direct reference to the Greek Police’s use of torture, sparked controversy, with MPs maintaining that it is “an invitation to terrorism”.
> Article on Borderline Reports
> Augustine Zenakos, Borderline Reports
> publications/research 15 April 2013
> Era of the digital mercenaries
> This year’s “Enemies of the Internet” report is focusing on surveillance – all the monitoring and spying that is carried out in order to control dissidents and prevent the dissemination of sensitive information, activities designed to shore up governments and head off potential destabilization.
> 12 march 2013
> Announcement on website RSFReport Enemies of the Internet (pdf)
> Reporters without Borders
> publications/research 28 April 2013
> Venice Commission Reexamines the Hungarian Fundamental Law
> The delegation of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, has visited Hungary with the mandate to reexamine and reevaluate the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary and its potential consequences.
> 17 April 2013
> Article on website HCLU
> campaigns/open letters 29 April 2013
> Launching Big Brother Awards (Belgium)
> On May 30th the Big Brother Award will be announced, voting has started on 8 candidates.
> WebsiteAnnouncement at datapanik.org (Dutch)
> campaigns/open letters 27 May 2013
> Freedom for the five of Barcelona
> On May 15, Yolanda, Silvia, Juan, Xabier and José were arrested in their homes in the province of Barcelona, by order of the Spanish National Court, in a police operation that resulted as well in the smashing and seizure of material from Catalan anarchists premises.
> Text in English on website
> Solidarity website
> publications/research 13 June 2013
> Naked Citizens – new documentary about surveillance technology
> (...) A new documentary out about surveillance, police using drones, legally extracting information form phones, FinFisher, CCTV, the NSA, Wikileaks and new trends in surveillance technology: Naked Citizens, Journeyman Pictures.
> 28 May 2013
> Review on Blog
> Annalist
> publications/research 11 July 2013
> Access to justice for undocumented migrants: new PICUM report explains how to engage with legal systems
> PICUM's new report "Using Legal Strategies to Enforce Undocumented Migrants' Human Rights" outlines ways for advocates of undocumented migrants to engage with legal systems on both national and international levels. The report is a practical guide to mechanisms within the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations that advocates can use to enforce undocumented migrants' fundamental rights and to fight impunity. The report is the outcome of a discussion amongst representatives from key monitoring bodies, legal experts, and frontline service providers at PICUM's Annual Workshop in June 2012.
> 25 June 2013
> Announcement on website
> campaigns/open letters 11 July 2013
> Statement on covert police surveillance of Newham Monitoring Project
> It is alarming that a Metropolitan police undercover surveillance unit, the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), targeted Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) and serves as a reminder of the levels of corruption and misuse of power within the police that we have tirelessly campaigned against for years.
> Announcement on website
> Newham Monitoring Project (NMP)
> publications/research 23 July 2013
> Big Brother is a Technology Company
> How Your personal Information is Used Online
> July 2013
> Infograph on website (click to enlarge)
> Baynote
> campaigns/open letters 14 August 2013
> After PRISM : 181 ONGs ask for less surveillance and improved data protection standards
> As technologies that facilitate State surveillance of communications advance, States are failing to ensure that laws and regulations related to communications surveillance adhere to international human rights and adequately protect the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. This document attempts to explain how international human rights law applies in the current digital environment, particularly in light of the increase in and changes to communications surveillance technologies and techniques.
> Announcement on website EAFSJOriginal call
> demonstrations 24 August 2013
> (Germany) Freedom not fear
> The yearly demonstration for civil rights and against the 'Uberwachungsstaat' starts at 13.00 hours at Alexanderplatz in Berlin
> Berlin 24 August 2013
> WebsiteTrailer
> Freiheit statt Angst
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2013
> Two Reasons to Liberate European Cinema
> European governments should liberate the films and television series that they fund from copyright law, both as a matter of fairness to their own citizens, and as a pragmatic matter of cultural and industrial strategy.
> Article on website BOFComment on European Audiovisual Policy