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> publications/research 19 October 2005
> Journalism, civil liberties and the war on terrorism
> includes an analysis of current policy developments as well as a survey of 20 selected countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin Amercia, the Middle East and the USA.
> May 2005
> Full-textStatewatch website
> International Federation of Journalists and Statewatch
 
> campaigns/open letters 22 October 2005
> International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance (ICAMS)
> ICAMS was launched on April 20 2005 in London, Manila, Ottawa and Washington with the support of almost one hundred groups from around the world. The ICAMS report, "The Emergence Of A Global Infrastructure For Mass Registration And Surveillance", was published with the launch of the campaign.
> ICAMS websitethe ICAMS report
> ICAMS
 
> campaigns/open letters 22 October 2005
> Data retention is no solution!
> Petition against EU proposals for mandatory data retention of all telecommunications traffic data (including internet usage & mobile phone location data)
> Sign the petitionEDRI websiteXS4ALL website
> European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRI) & XS4ALL
 
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> Legal proceedings in Italy by ALCEI against Sony for a “criminal” offence
> ALCEI reported SONY BMG Entertainment to the customs police after detecting intrusive anti-copy software in a CD that is surreptitiously downloaded and allows the “back-door” tracing of material when a user accepts the product license.
> ALCEI statement (English)ALCEI statement (Italian)Full-text of the complaint (Italian)
> ALCEI, Associazione per la libertà nella comunicazione elettronica interattiva
 
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Associazione per la Libertà nella Comunicazione Elettronica Interattiva (ALCEI)
> Electronic frontiers foundation
> Italy 
> ALCEI website
 
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Autistici
> Privacy organisation
> Italy 
> Autistici website
 
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP
> Covers civil liberties and policing and is based at the Free University of Berlin, founded in 1975
> Germany 
> CILIP website
 
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC)
> Group campaigning against laws based on a pretext of counter-terrorism
> UK 
> CAMPACC website
 
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> A democratic confederation of diverse national associations of democratic lawyers
> Europe 
> EALDH website
 
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Hellenic League for Human Rights
> Founded in 1953
> Greece 
> 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
> Radio Nizkor
> Europe's frst human rights radio station
> Spain 
> website
 
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Statewatch
> Monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe
> UK 
> Statewatch website
 
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> VD Amok
> Anti-militarist and conscientious objectors organization that works closely together with the peace movement
> Holland 
> website
 
> publications/research 11 November 2005
> Balancing security and democracy. The politics of biometric identification in the EU
> European University Institute working paper
> October 2005
> Full-textEUI website
> Angela Liberatore
 
> 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)
 
> publications/research 21 November 2005
> Terror Australis: Security, Australia and the 'War on Terror' Discourse
> Since September 11, 2001 there has been an intense normalising practice in place with regard to Australian security. From changes in airport security procedures to the ASIO home raids that took place across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in October and November 2002, it is argued that there must be 'a further lowering of the risk tolerance threshold'. This essay critically assesses how social and political life in Australia has become reconceptualized to include the imminent possibilities of terrorism, the need for eternal vigilance and the acceptance that certain sacrifices need to be made to protect the greater community.
> November 2005
> Full-text
> Katrina Lee Koo, Borderlands Journal, Vol 4(1), 2005.
 
> campaigns/open letters 06 December 2005
> Open Letter to the European Parliament on Data Retention
> Tomorrow is the dealine for amendments to the European Parliament's report on the EU proposals for the mandatory data retention of all telehone and internet usage records by service providers. As drafted, the proposals and the EP's report mean that all traffic data would wil have to be kept for two years for law enforcement purposes. A coalition of civil society groups has written to MEPs urging them to reject proposals.
> Open letter
> Privacy International, EDRI and others
 
> publications/research 06 December 2005
> La biométrie: des implications majeures pour nos droits et libertés [Biometrics: ipmlications for rights and liberties]
> Mémoire présenté à la Commission de l’éthique de la science et de la technologie du Québec
> November 2005
> full-textLigue website
> Ligue des droits et libertés
 
> meetings/conferences 15 December 2005
> Order and Violence: Delimiting Control - CALL FOR PAPERS - British-Irish Section of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control - Easter Conference, Hull 2006
> The ‘war on terror’ and threats to civil liberties - State and anti-state terror; Privatization and ‘othering’ of state violence -- The politics of mass incarceration: Ideologies of violence and control; ‘Ironies of social control’: evoking ‘evil’; Acculturation to the ‘new realities’: contemporary ‘truth’ telling games; Conscientious objectors and civil disobedience; Ideologies and identities -- Violence and control in everyday life: ‘Gender’, ‘race’ and violence; Cultural criminology: a new approach or an under-theorised melting-pot?; Cultures of behavioural control in the UK: from the cradle to the grave. Please send abstracts to: a.ward@hull.ac.uk and/or abeckmann@lincoln.ac.uk
> Hull, UK 19-21 April 2006
> European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
 
> 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
 
> campaigns/open letters 05 January 2006
> ACLU Calls for Investigation Into President’s Illegal Surveillance of U.S. Citizens
> The ACLU is running a series of adverts as part of its call for a special counsel to be appointed to determine whether President Bush violated federal wiretapping laws by authorizing illegal surveillance. The two that have run already compare George W. Bush to Richard M. Nixon.
> ACLU adverts
> American Civil Liberties Union
 
> publications/research 23 January 2006
> Human Rights Watch World Report 2006
> The Human Rights Watch World Report 2006 contains information on human rights developments in more than 60 countries in 2005.
> January 2006
> HRW World Report 2006
> Human Rights Watch
 
> meetings/conferences 23 January 2006
> Crime and punishment in a market society: how just is the criminal justice system?
> In her speech Vivien Stern will argue that "Criminal punishment has penetrated deeply into social policy and is being used disproportionately against the poor. With the entry of the free market into the delivery of punishment the possibilities for expanding the control of people seen as risky is limitless. This will not produce the safer society we all seek." [1-2pm, free of charge, no need to register in advance. Please arrive early]
> Somerset House, London 9 February 2006
> BIHR lunchtime lectures
> Vivien Stern, British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
 
> campaigns/open letters 04 February 2006
> NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No.38
> The bill will next get a third and final reading in the Lords on the 6th of February. After that the bill will return to the House of Commons where MPs will vote to accept or reject the Lords’ amendments. The government only won the last vote on the bill in the Commons by 31 votes. There were 19 MPs from opposition parties that did not vote during that last vote. Acceptance of peers’ amendments looks achievable in light of the government’s defeat this week, when MPs voted to accept Lords’ amendments to the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.
> NewsletterNO2ID website
> NO2ID campaign
 
> campaigns/open letters 17 February 2006
> Approvato in gran segreto il recepimento della direttiva 2004/48. Ennesimo ampliamento dei poteri delle major dell’audiovisivo.
> The Italian government approved a decree transposing Directive 2000/48/CE on intellectual property rights into Italian law "in great secret", using an "urgent procedure" at a time when the legislative chambers have broken up for elections. ALCEI notes that the decree targets ISPs "putting them in the position of having to sacrifice their users to avoid receiving heavy compensation claims" as "intermediaries", among other concerns such as the burden of proof to be employed.
> Statement criticising the secret approval of the decreeText of Directive 2000/48/CE (it)Decree transposing Directive 2000/48/CE (it)ALCEI - Electronic Frontiers italy
> ALCEI
 
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2006
> Turning the tables on the state - achieving human and social rights in the 21st century
> Chair: Corinna Lotz, secretary AWTW; Speakers: Bill Bowring, Professor of Human Rights & International Law, London Metropolitan University; John McDonnell MP, chair of the Campaign Group of Socialist MPs; Saleh Mamon, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities; Glenn Rikowski, School of Education, Northampton University; Paul Feldman, co-author of A World to Win; Plus speaker from NO2ID
> Diorama Arts Centre D2, Regents Place, London NW1 11 March 2006
> Registration
> A World to Win sponsored conference
 
> publications/research 01 March 2006
> Human rights: a broken promise
> Since 11 September 2001, the UK authorities have passed a series of new laws, even though the UK already had some of the toughest “anti-terrorism” laws in Europe. These laws contain sweeping provisions that contravene human rights law, and their implementation has led to serious abuses of human rights.
> 23 February 2006
> AI report
> Amnesty International
 
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2006
> Is it time to repeal the antiterrorism laws?
> Speakers: Michael Mansfield QC from Tooks Chambers and Gareth Pierce from Birnberg Pierce Solicitors, Solicitor for Moazzam Begg
> Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2 9th March 2006
> Flyer
> Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers in association with Tooks Chambers
 
> meetings/conferences 10 March 2006
> Crime, Justice and Surveillance
> In the UK the last decade has seen an unprecedented deployment of surveillance technologies and practices in the name of crime control. Drug testing, electronic monitoring, intelligence led policing initiatives, DNA testing and video monitoring have all expanded rapidly. These developments are not unique to the UK, and this conference seeks to explore the British experience in the context of developments in Europe and beyond and to consider the social, political and legal issues that arise from the expansion of surveillance. The conference is inter-disciplinary with contributions from sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, criminologists, socio-legal scholars, historians, and social scientists researching surveillance practices and technologies.
> Sheffield, UK 5-6 April 2006
> Conference flyerSurveillance-and-society.org
> Sheffield Centre for Criminological Research & Surveillance and society
 
> publications/research 10 March 2006
> Extraordinary Rendition
> New Issue (No.89) of The Spokesman - contents: Art, Truth and Politics (Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize Lecture); Precedents for Torture (Naomi Klein); Rendition is Abduction (Johan Steyn interviewed by Jon Snow); "US does not Condone" (Condeleezza Rice, Andrew Tyrie MP), Extraordinary Rendition (Ken Coates); Who Fooled America? (Lawrence Wilkerson); American Prisoners in Europe (Human Rights, Watch Council of Europe); Plus Case Studies: Maher Arar's story and others
> 2006
> Editorial and full contents
> The Spokesman
 
> meetings/conferences 26 March 2006
> The Regulation of migration, asylum and movement in the "new Europe" - call for papers
> The impact of the 2004 Madrid and 2005 London bombings brought a new and fiercely regulatory extension to the movement of people in the context of the ‘war on terror’. Other events, such as the assassination of the film director Van Gogh in the Netherlands or the riots at the suburbs of Paris, brought up new questions about immigration policies and models of integration in Europe. Ironically, these policies and models have consolidated at the very time that the European Union is going through unprecedented expansion to include member states from the former Eastern bloc. In turn, expansion has revived theoretical and political debates about ‘old’ and ‘new’ immigration and modes of social control or conflict.
> Corinth, Peloponnese, Greece 31 August - 3 September 2006
> Call for papers
> 34th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
 
> meetings/conferences 18 April 2006
> Torture & ‘Security’ Agencies in the ‘War on Terror’
> Recent revelations and allegations about extra-ordinary rendition suggest complicity by European governments in ‘torture flights’. Such involvement has precedents in British and American foreign policy, dating back to their involvement in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. Today the problem goes far beyond torture flights: ‘security’ agencies in Europe have a broader complicity in global torture through cooperation with repressive regimes, e.g. by exchanging information on dissidents, deporting them to torture, using the consequent ‘information’ to intern or prosecute individuals in Europe, etc. In some cases these agencies are targeting movements which were previously encouraged as means to counter Left or nationalist politics, before the ‘blow-back’ led to violent attacks in Europe.
> Garden Court Chambers, london 22 April 2006
> Invitation
> Human Rights & Social Justice Research Institute & others
 
> meetings/conferences 18 April 2006
> OSCE International NGO Conference
> Workshops: Security Concept OSCE; Human Trafficking; Small Arms; Racism (TBC); Kosovo; Drugs trafficking and use; Kaukasus; Dialogue among religions; Fight against Terrorism and Respect for Human Rights; Future of the OSCE.
> Palace d’Egmont, Brussels 16-17 May 2006
> Conference website and programme etc.
> OSCE NGO
 
> campaigns/open letters 21 April 2006
> Renew for freedom
> A broad coalition of opponents to the ID card in the UK is encouraging people to renew their passport in May 2006 to avoid avoid fingerprinting and the ID card.
> Renew for freedom websiteHow to do it - factsheet
> NO2ID + supporting groups
 
> publications/research 25 April 2006
> Arming Big Brother The EU’s Security Research Programme
> The European Union is preparing to spend up to €1 billion per year on new ‘research’ into surveillance and control technologies, according to Arming Big Brother, a new report by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Statewatch. “Arms industry lobbying is leading to the creation of a powerful new internal security-industrial complex,” says Ben Hayes, author of the report. Arming Big Brother lifts the lid on the secretive committees and arms industry lobbying that led to the creation of the European Security Research Programme (ESRP).
> April 2006
> Press releaseFull-text of report
> Statewatch & Transnational Institute
 
> meetings/conferences 08 May 2006
> 'Kick Control' The world championship: an obsession with 'security' (Die Fußball-WM als Einfallstor für Abschottung, Ausgrenzung und nationalen Sicherheitswahn)
> The conference will inform on the planned security measures for the world championship in Germany and whom the 'preventative measures' will target. Discussions will also focus on link between security measures and urban regeneration in Berlin, and between growing social insecurity resulting from the breakdown of the welfare state and its relationship to an increase in the 'internal security' discourse.
> Berlin 10 May 2006
> Grundrechtekomitee press release (DE)Conference flyer
> Grundrechtekomitee
 
> meetings/conferences 08 May 2006
> Homeland and Border Security: Securing Our Future
> "This event is aimed at the entire community working towards safeguarding the UK against organised crime, cybercrime and terrorism of all kinds." The conference is supported/sponsored by a host of private companies involved in the private security industry.
> QEII Conference Centre, London 4 July 2006
> Conference website
> GovNet events
 
> campaigns/open letters 15 May 2006
> Civil liberties monitoring project for the world-championship
> The Cologne-based Grundrechtekomitee has initiated a monitoring project for infringement of basic rights and civil liberties at the world championship, and is asking citizens and football fans to pass on their relevant experiences, to be compiled in a report. You can mail info@grundrechtekomitee.de, if you know of demonstrations being banned with the reasoning they represent a security risk for the championship, or know of control and police measures implemented in public spaces, if you see soldiers taking on police functions, or if you have been affected by repressive measures yourself, as a football fan, for example.
> Komitee für Grundrechte und DemokratieBackground article (in German)
 
> publications/research 19 May 2006
> Statewatch observatory on "rendition"
> The Observatory includes extensive documentation with the full-text of 173 documents submitted so far to the ongoing European Parliament inquiry (TDIP) into these matters - many of them published for the first time. Among the documents are detailed submissions on the inquiries in Italy (the Milan abduction), Spain (rendition flights), Canada (the Meher Arar public inquiry) and Ireland (the use of Shannon airport) as well as submissions from 26 national parliaments in Europe. Also included are reports issued by the European Parliament, Council of Europe and NGOs.
> May 2006
> Statewatch observatory
> Statewatch
 
> publications/research 19 May 2006
> Policing the world cup in Germany - an own goal against fundamental rights
> From 9 June to 9 July 2006, Germany will live in a sort of state of emergency. 100,000 police officers, 10,000 private security employees, an unknown number of secret intelligence officers and 7,000 soldiers are called to watch over the “security” of the football world championship. Not only the stadiums, but also vast parts of the inner cities will turn into police control areas and testing grounds for the products of the security industry - EU wide exchange of personal data, reintroduction of controls at internal EU-borders etc. seem to be normal. 250,000 persons who will enter the stadiums as journalists, cleaning people or sausage sellers had to undergo a security check by the Bundeskriminalamt (federal criminal police office) and the Verfassungsschutz (the internal secret intelligence). The world championship turns out to be a big advertising action for the internal deployment of the military, which during the championship will “only” provide technical assistance. However, the Interior minister is calling for a change of the constitution to allow the military to act as police.
> Germany May 2006
> Information leaflet (German)Summary of world cup security preparations (CILIP, English)send human rights infringements to info@grundrechtekomitee.de
> Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
 
> 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.
 
> 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
> CILIP
 
> meetings/conferences 31 May 2006
> The uses and abuses of intelligence in the global war on terror
> Speaker: David Rose (investigative journalist and author of Guantanamo: America¹s War on Human Rights). Chair: Frances Webber (Immigration barrister, Garden Court Chambers). The seminar will be a discussion ­ not a debate ­ aimed at facilitating a genuine exchange of views and ideas between speakers and participants.
> London 1pm, Monday 5 June
> Institute of Race Relations events
> IRR lunchtime seminars
 
> demonstrations 08 June 2006
> Emergency Demonstration: Breaking the Spider¹s Web - End torture flights; Properly investigate the allegations
> Liberty is demanding an independent inquiry into UK assistance with CIA "torture flights" in light of the damning Council of Europe report released on the 7th June. The report concludes that CIA flights carrying terror suspects likely to face torture have been given access to UK airspace and airports. It states that there is a "spider's web" of rendition flights spun across the globe by the CIA. Since November 2005, Liberty has warned the Government that the UK will breach domestic and international law if CIA ³extraordinary rendition flights have been allowed to land and re-fuel in Britain. In response to the new findings, Liberty and Reprieve are holding an emergency demonstration to demand an end to torture flights on 25 June, the eve of the United Nations Day Against Torture. Please wear black...
> United States Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, W1 Sunday 25th June, 12 noon
> Liberty: renditionCoE reportCoE ''spider’s web'' map
> Liberty
 
> meetings/conferences 19 June 2006
> Children: Over Surveilled, Under Protected
> The government is introducing radical changes in children’s services aimed at improving early identification and intervention with children thought to be at risk of failing to reach their potential. They place a particular emphasis on identifying children who might become delinquent or achieve poorly at school. As part of this policy, several databases are being set up which will contain extensive personal information about children and their families. The amount of data collected will radically alter the privacy of family life and many concerns have been raised about the potential harmful effects of such large-scale surveillance.
> Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House Building, LSE 27 June 2006, 2-5 pm
> Conference website
> LSE & ARCH
 
> 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
 
> meetings/conferences 29 June 2006
> Racism, Liberty and the War on Terror
> How should we respond to the attacks on our civil rights, refugee rights and our multicultural society - carried out in the name of national security? Join leading campaigners, lawyers and thinkers in debating how we can defend our liberties and our communities... Panel discussions: The impact of anti-terror powers in the UK; The attack on multiculturalism; Detention and incarceration; Combating racial violence; Civil liberties: the racial dimension; Liberty and the global war on terror; Campaigning against deportations; Defending international conventions
> Conway Hall, Central London 16 September 2006
> Programme and booking information
> Institute of Race Relations
 
> 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
 
> publications/research 12 August 2006
> Informationen
> This monthly newsletter of the German civil liberties organisation includes a survey of the world cup and the infringement of civil rights it brought about: excessive data collection, systematic surveillance, preventative arrests, repressive police tactics and the planned increase of law enforcement powers are highlighted.
> July 2006
> Download newsletterHome page
> Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
 
> 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 19 October 2006
> Ottawa Principles on Anti-terrorism and Human Rights
> In June 2006, experts on human rights and terrorism met in their individual capacities at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada to develop the following Principles on Anti-terrorism and Human Rights. They shared a common view that the preservation of human rights – not least the right to life – is the central motivator of anti-terrorism. They also believed that human rights constitute an elemental and immutable constraint on how anti-terrorism is conducted. The struggle for collective security must not be an assault on the individual’s life, liberty and security of the person. This document is the product of their deliberations.
> The Ottawa PrinciplesHuman Rights of Anti-Terrorism Colloquium, Ottawa
> University of Ottawa colloqium
 
> meetings/conferences 20 October 2006
> Reclaiming Our Rights
> The government has been attacking our basic democratic rights through unjust principles: a presumption of guilt, punishment without trial, and pre-emptive restraints on liberty. These principles link diverse measures and pretexts. Through ASBOs the definition of ‘anti-social behaviour’ has been broadened to prohibit activities which would not otherwise be illegal, even to criminalise individuals who contravene an ASBO. ‘Anti-stalker’ laws have been used to prohibit and criminalise political protest against companies. Having broadened the definition of terrorism, ‘anti-terror’ laws are used to deter, suppress and criminalise political activities.
> London Metropolitan University 2 December 2006
> Programme
> CAMPACC, Institute for Human Rights and Social Justice (London Metropolitan University) and others
 
> meetings/conferences 04 January 2007
> CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (AUDIO FILES): CIA flights, extraordinary renditions, secret prisons. American policy and European complicity
> Proceedings from conference organised by Nordic Green Left and United Left Groups in the European Parliament and Rifondazione Comunista, Italy. [Convegno dal titolo "Voli della Cia, extraordinary renditions, carceri segrete. Strategia americana e complicità europea"; audio files in Italian, German and English]
> Milan 16 December 2006
> Audio files
> RadioRadicale.it
 
> meetings/conferences 06 January 2007
> The European Constitution - Critiques and Alternatives
> Germany has taken on the EU presidency for the first half of 2007 and has announced to push for ratification of the EU Constitution by the end of 2008 (during the French presidency). Attac Germany is holding an international conference to discuss its ideas about an alternative constitution and define its content in a common statement. Discussion blocks will include: debates on what a constitution should contain, democratic participation in EU institutions and neoliberalism in relation to basic rights and economic and social policy. For more information contact Regina Viotto, regina.viotto (at) uni-bielefeld.de
> Hanover, Germany 23-24 June 2007
> Conference announcement, Attac-GermanyEALDH
> Attac-Germany & EALDH
 
> 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
 
> campaigns/open letters 09 February 2007
> Serbia rejects biometric ID cards
> A grass-roots campaign in Serbia successfully pressed the Serbian government to back off on a plan to make biometric data compulsory in the country's new ID cards. The decision followed a pitched battle prior to the 21 January 2007 election as opponents criticized the accompanying plan for a centralized database of citizen information and the taking of fingerprints.
> EDRI-gram - Number 5.2, 31 January 2007
> European Digital Rights
 
> meetings/conferences 09 February 2007
> Autonomy: Fencing in Freedoms on the Electronic Frontier
> We are moving to a world of ubiquitous surveillance, faster than anyone could have imagined. More ominously, the computers that take charge of the world, aptly foretold in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, are here. Meet Hal, your new cell phone, that will decide when it will turn itself on and on off, and when it will report your geographical location to the authorities. Meet Hal, your new refrigerator that reorders the food as it expires…or not, depending on what your health care provider stipulates. Meet Hal, the robot that is looking after your mother in her assisted living apartment, nagging her to take her pills, monitoring her blood sugar, her caloric intake, and her mood swings. Meet Hal, the resource manager that operates on behalf of your utility company to ensure you do not over-consume. Meet Hal, the friendly update manager who takes over your computer to make sure you have the latest anti-virus protection, the latest digital rights management software to ensure you only do what you are allowed to do with the music you buy. Who is in control of this new world?
> Montreal, Canada 1-4 May 2007
> CFP2007 website
> Computers, Freedom and Privacy - CFP2007
 
> campaigns/open letters 09 February 2007
> Petition the UK Prime Minister to Scrap the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy
> The idea of tracking every vehicle at all times is sinister and wrong. Road pricing is already here with the high level of taxation on fuel. The more you travel - the more tax you pay. It will be an unfair tax on those who live apart from families and poorer people who will not be able to afford the high monthly costs. Please Mr Blair - forget about road pricing and concentrate on improving our roads to reduce congestion.
> Petition
> Prime minister's office - petitions
 
> publications/research 24 May 2007
> UK: racism and the state 2007
> On 16 September 2006, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) held a unique conference in London on ‘Racism, Liberty and the War on Terror’, attended by over 250 participants, including human rights activists, community workers, lawyers, students, radical academics and solidarity groups. The April 2007 edition of the IRR journal Race & Class features extracts from the pioneering conference, including speeches and talks by Gareth Peirce, A. Sivanandan, Salma Yaqoob, Tony Bunyan, David Rose, Victoria Brittain and Herman Ouseley. Together with a range of other contributors from community organisations around the UK, they dissect the recent media attacks on multiculturalism and document the impact of the ‘war on terror’, both on local communities and internationally.
> April 2007
> Institute of Race Relations
> Race & Class - conference special
 
> campaigns/open letters 29 May 2007
> LEGAL EMERGENCY SERVICE AT THE G8 SUMMIT 2007
> On the occasion of the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, extensive restrictions of fundamental rights as well as civil rights and liberties are to be feared. The federal government and the police already conjure up violent conflicts in the run-up to the summit. Doing this, they aim at preventing legitimate and many-voiced protests on the spot or at least to intimidate and criminalise the protesters. The fundamental rights of freedom of opinion and freedom of assembly will have to be defended in the court room, but also on the streets and during meetings and demonstrations. For these purposes, the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) together with local associations of criminal defence lawyers and committees of inquiry organise a legal emergency service in the run-up to and during the G8 summit. For the duration of three weeks, an office will be established in Rostock that will ensure on-site counselling and legal protection in cases of arrests, restrictions of the freedom of assembly, bullying at the arrival etc. The telephone number of the Legal Team during the G8 summit is: 0049 (0)3820 4768111. Anybody in need of legal help during the summit is advised to call here, the information will be then transmitted to the lawyers. Please communicate the number. Also: press information service concerning the protests: +49 (0)1577-4704760 and +49 (0)163-6195151
> ContactRAV website
> Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV)
 
> 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 26 June 2007
> Press Statement on G8 summit in Rostock
> During the G8 summit, held in Heiligendamm from the 6th to the 8th of June 2007, a great number of German lawyers belonging to the RAV (Association of Republican Lawyers), the Strafverteidigervereinigung von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (association of defence lawyers) as well as lawyers belonging to the EDL (European Democratic Lawyers) and to the Legal Team Europa have committed themselves to defend the fundamental rights of those who had come from all over Europe to express their dissent.
> EDL home pageEDL Press statement (PDF)
> European Democratic Lawyers
 
> meetings/conferences 27 June 2007
> Privacy Rights In A World Under Surveillance
> A one-day workshop organized by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) in cooperation with Canadian and international civil rights and privacy organizations ahead of the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Montreal. Panellists: Simon Davies – Privacy International/Ben Hayes – Statewatch/Gus Hosein –Privacy International/Allison Knight –Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)/Philippa Lawson – Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)/Toshimaru Ogura – Toyama University, Japanese human rights and privacy activist/Katitza Rodriguez – Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility – Peru/Richard Rosenberg – Freedom of Information and Privacy Association BC (FIPA)/Jay Stanley – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)/Barry Steinhardt –ACLU/Dr.Helen Wallace (GeneWatch-UK)/Maureen Webb – International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG).
> Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Canada 25 September 2007
> Details
> International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)
 
> 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
> German terrorist legislation criminalises academics
> A wave of protest is growing against the arrest by German authorities of academics accused of belonging to a terror group because they engage in research on urban gentrification and are 'intellectually capable' of drafting texts claiming responsibility for arson attacks, which law enforcement apparently had difficulties deciphering. Three of the four arrested were beaten during their arrest, and all four are held under conditions severely infringing their civil rights, due to the draconian terrorist legislation provision Article 129a of the German Criminal Code. The campaign for their release set up a website detailing growing international protest by civil rights activists and the academic community. They demand the immediate release of the prisoners, the cessation of the § 129a proceedings, and the repeal of §§ 129, 129a and 129b of the German criminal code.
> Campaign websiteGuardian article by Richard Sennett and Saskia SassenOpen letter by international academics to the German prosecution
> Einstellung des §129a-Verfahrens sofort!
 
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2007
> Internet users criticise Google's data greed and call for anonymous services
> The Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (German Working Group on Data Retention), an association of civil rights campaigners, data protection activists and Internet users, sent an open letter to Google today. The group warns that Google's blanket retention of users Internet protocol addresses allows tracking every mouse click and every search made by a user for months. "The anonimisation of personally identifiable data after '18 to 24 months' as announced by Google is entirely inadequate", explains the NGO's legal expert Patrick Breyer. "According to German and European law the systematic retention of personally identifiable data on all users is prohibited."
> More information on the campaign website
> Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung
 
> 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
 
> 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)
 
> meetings/conferences 20 September 2007
> 24th Chaos Communication Congress: Call for Participation
> The Chaos Communication Congress is the annual four-day conference organized by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC). The 24C3s slogan is Volldampf voraus!— the German equivalent of “full steam ahead” – a particular request for talks and projects featuring forward looking hands-on topics. CCC has always encouraged creative and unorthodox interaction with technology and society, in the good tradition of the real meaning of “hacking”. This year’s congress introduces a new category for talks called “Making”. This category is all about making and breaking things and the wonderful stuff you can build in your basement or garage. Most welcome are submissions dealing with the latest in electronics, 3D-fabbing, climate-change survival technology, robots and drones, steam machines, alternative transportation tools and guerilla-style knitting.
> Berlin, Germany 27 - 30 December 2007
> More information
> Chaos Computer Club
 
> meetings/conferences 20 September 2007
> Information event on Article 129a terrorist procedures in Berlin and Germany's security politics
> At the end of July 2007, seven persons, accused of membership of a terrorist organisation, were arrested in Berlin, Germany. Three are charged with arson against army vehicles, the other four of some form of “intellectual culpability”, whereby their scientific publications critical of gentrification and security state features are used to construct a terrorist organisation. Their arrests form the current highpoint in the general criminalisation of critical science and protest movements reminiscent of the 1980s. This info-event will inform about this case but also provide information on the history of Germany’s anti-terrorist Article 129a Criminal Code and its political use, more security laws in the planning, and asks what the implications of the gradual erosion of civil liberties means for state critics today.
> Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany. 30/09/2007, 11.00 – 13.30
> RAVCampaign to stop the terrorist proceedings
> Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein e.V. (RAV)
 
> publications/research 12 November 2007
> Escape from Tripoli Report on the Conditions of Migrants in Transit in Libya
> "The deaths in the desert and in the Channel of Sicily, the tortures and rapes in detention centres funded by Italy, deportations to the Sahara, collective refoulements, the repatriation of refugees on flights paid by Rome, deportations from Lampedusa, murders in police stations, the abuses perpetrated by passeurs and racist attacks in Tripoli. Everything that must not be known about the country to which Italy and the EU entrust the control of the southern border, on the eve of Frontex patrol operations in Libya in 2008, when refoulements at sea will become the norm."
> October 2007
> Fortress EuropeReport (PDF)
> Fortress Europe. The observatory on victims of migrations
 
> 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 06 June 2008
> EURO 08: Legal support and helpful advice for football fans
> This information sheet is intended for visitors of the EURO 08 football games in Switzerland. It contains some recommendations and legal advice on how to avoid confrontations with the police and private security personnel and to exercise your rights when dealing with police in Switzerland.
> 2008
> Download leaflet (EN)Download leaflet (DE)Download leaflet (FR)Download leaflet (Turkish)More info on the DJS website
> Democratic Lawyers of Switzerland (DJS)
 
> demonstrations 09 July 2008
> Dosta… Basta … manipolazione e autoreferenzialità. Rom e Sinti: dialogo diretto e ruolo attivo
> Public assembly and demonstration called by the Federazione Rom e Sinti Insieme to say "dosta!" (enough) to racial discrimination against Roma and Sinti people, calling for principles and norms included in constitutional, European and international texts to be implemented, and for the identification of these minorities as an enemy to cease. Treating an entire community as dangerous criminals, is something that is reminiscent of the past, when it has cost many lives, and the media and political class are accused of fostering a climate of racial hatred against them by using mystification and falsehood, without giving them the right to reply.
> Rome 10/07/2008
> Public assembly documentFederazione Rom e Sinti Insieme blog
> Federazione Rom e Sinti Insieme
 
> campaigns/open letters 19 December 2010
> Progress Lawyers: Big Brother Watching Team
> The network of progressive lawyers in Belgium announced January 2011 to be 'protect your privacy month' and launched a 'Big Brother Watching Team'.
> More information in Dutch
 
> publications/research 20 December 2010
> The robot armies at our borders
> The EU is entering a new, and disturbing, phase in its efforts to police its borders. In a hi-tech upgrade to ‘Fortress Europe', the EU is developing drone planes, satellite surveillance systems, unmanned ground and marine vehicles, even combat robots, to be deployed to ‘defend' Europe from migrants.
> 02 December 2010
> Article in European VoiceNeoConOpticon
> Ben Hayes
 
> publications/research 05 January 2011
> Prevent and Tame. Protest under (Self)Control
> The contributors to the edited collection "Prevent and Tame" argue that the understanding of the interplay between social movements and power is crucial when analysing ongoing struggles. The articles reflect on how current neo-liberal or neo-social transformations affect social movement practices, including the impact of surveillance, the criminalization and stigmatization of protest, and how these can lead movements to engage in self-taming behaviour amongst themselves. The stated aim of the book, however, is not to tame protest by over-amplifying its apparent obstacles, but to prevent its energy from being pointlessly wasted or misdirected. "Prevent and Tame" is published in the series "Manuskripte" of the German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and includes contributions by Stephen Gill, Peter Ullrich, Florian Heßdörfer, Andrej Holm, Anne Roth, Marco Tullney, Michael Shane Boyle, Darcy K. Leach, Sebastian Haunss and Nick Montgomery.
> Berlin November 2010
> Prevent and Tame
> Florian Heßdörfer, Andrea Pabst, Peter Ullrich (Eds.)
 
> campaigns/open letters 06 January 2011
> German Journalist gets cleared from secret service
> Three years after the anti-G8 protests in Heiligendamm, German Journalist Friedrich Burschel wins case against secret service (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfVS) ). They have to stop spying on him and have to destroy the information they gathered on him. Friedrich Burschel discovered that the service was targeting him, when he was denied accreditation as a journalist at the G8-summit in 2007. Earlier in 2009 he had already won a first court case denouncing that fact.
> Press release from his lawyer
 
> campaigns/open letters 07 January 2011
> (NL) CamWatch project looking for volunteers
> CamWatch is an interactive map that shows cctv in the Netherlands, but that could also be used in other countries and regions. Readers can add surveillance cameras and additional information and search the database. The aim is first to raise awareness on the proliferation of cctv in the Netherlands. But second, and more importantly, it is to build a reliable database with useful cctv information that we can mine for journalistic purposes.
> Website
 
> publications/research 07 January 2011
> Police-infiltrator outed in Heidelberg (Germany)
> Simon Bromma appeared to be the name of a full time undercover police officer who tried to infiltrate in leftist activist groups in Baden-Württemberg disguised as a student who called himself Simon Brenner. He also operated in international structures. like the No Border Camp in Brussels last year. He was outed after a thorough investigation in which most of his real personal details were found out and disclosed. More in German in two postings on indymedia-linksunten
> 15/12/2010
> Part 1Part 2
 
> meetings/conferences 07 January 2011
> entsichern kongress (Desecuritising the European Union)
> A two-days congress for critical debates on the current state of the European "security architecture" at Mehringhof in Berlin. The event is organised as antipode to the 14th European Police Congress that will take place in mid-February in Berlin.
> Berlin, Germany 29.-30. January 2011
> entsichern kongress
 
> publications/research 20 January 2011
> Nl: Ombudsman starts investigation on 'stop and search'
> The Dutch national ombudsman has announced to start an investigation on the 'preventative stop and search' operations by the police. The inquiry is done in collaboration with the local ombudsman of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. They want to know if you your - good or bad - experience.
> Till 1 March 2011
> More info on website ombudsman
 
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2011
> Data retention in Europe
> a growing number of countries in Europe is demanding storage of biometrics (fingerprints and facial scans) of citizens on RFID chips in passports and/or ID cards. France, the Netherlands and Austria (and more countries?) are implementing (de)central database storage of these biometric data too. In a democratic society both ways of unsafe and disproportional storage constitute an unnecessary breach of our physical integrity and private life (art. 8) and other articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. Ask the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to request countries to explain whether their national law is in line with the European Convention and ECHR court rulings. Following article 52 ECHR member countries then have to answer to subjects like proportionality, subsidiarity, effectiveness, function creep, safety and whether measures are 'in accordance with the law'. So, let's convince the Norwegian Secretary General Jagland in Strasbourg and ask him to start an investigation!
> Article 52 ECHR examples (English) French
 
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2011
> january 22: DNA-solidarity demonstration Gottingen
> On January 5 an antifascist activist was summoned to present himself to the police in Gottingen to hand over his DNA-material in the course of an investigation on the occurrence during a previous antifascist demonstration, where police claims demonstrators threw fireworks at them. The suspect did not obey, and police issued a warrant for him. On Saturday 22 January a demonstration will be held in solidarity.
> More information (German)
 
> publications/research 20 January 2011
> (Nl) Black book data leeks
> Bits of Freedom has started a project to register unwanted leeks of data (from governments and corporations) and adjacent black book. 'Because registering faults is not enough, we also made a concept for a proposal for law which obliges institutions to immediately make public when they had such a leek".
> January 2011
> Announcement BOFProposal for Law (pdf)
 
> meetings/conferences 25 January 2011
> 39th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
> The 39th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control will take place at the Université de Savoie in the picturesque town of Chambéry, France from 3rd to 7th September 2011. The titel is: No borders? Exclusion, justice and the politics of fear
> 3-7 September 2011
> Website
 
> 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 12 February 2011
> Netherlands only EU country to store fingerprints after UK decides to quit
> The UK gives up the Identity Card Scheme, but the Netherlands hold on to a nationwide database for fingerprints (report on joop.nl)
> Jan 2011
> Dutch report on joop.nl
 
> publications/research 12 February 2011
> Electronical Patient Database doesn't work
> British researcher have found no evidence that central storage of data of patients helps to achieve better health care. The Dutch government wants to forcefully install such a database, called EPD
> 19 Jan 2011
> Dutch article on Britisch research
 
> 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
 
> campaigns/open letters 19 February 2011
> Petition to Council of Europe on government use of citizens biometrics
> European governments are increasingly demanding storage of biometric data (fingerprints and facial scans) from individuals.  These include storing them on contactless 'RFID' chips in passports and/or ID cards.  Some are going even further and implementing database storage of these biometric data too, e.g. France, Lithuania, and the Netherlands. These are inherently dangerous practices. (...) That's why we'll urgently ask Secretary General Jagland of the Council of Europe to request the countries involved to explain whether their national law on this subject is in line with the European Convention and ECHR court rulings.
> Petition online
> Privacy International (et al)
 
> campaigns/open letters 04 March 2011
> Dutch judge rejects objection to finger print registration in passport
> The administrative judge in Maastricht ('bestuursrechter') rejected a request by businessman Wim Willems to have a right to a passport without having to hand over his fingerprints which would then be registered in a database and on a chip in his passport. Willems - who needs his passport because he often travels abroad - states that this is a violation of human rights and rejects being treated as a criminal. Also he states that the safety of the database is questionable and the fingerprints could be stolen by someone to create a false identity. But the judge rejected his claims on Feb. 28 2011.
> More on tweakers.net (Dutch)
 
> campaigns/open letters 16 March 2011
> Rotterdam Police Chief wants general DNA archive
> Rotterdam Police Chief Frank Paauw declared to want a general DNA data-archive, where all Dutch inhabitants have to deliver their DNA-sample.
> Dutch article
 
> publications/research 22 March 2011
> Fingerprint evidence in the dock
> Surveillance Studies website points at an interesting radio report on fingerprint-databases: High profile mistakes, a growing body of scientific research and a pending inquiry in Scotland: fingerprint evidence finds itself in the dock. Claudia Hammond investigates. (for BBC Radio)
> 10 march 2011
> Surveillance StudiesBBC radio program
 
> publications/research 22 March 2011
> Two fundamental privacy problems with the SWIFT agreement and Europol’s role in it
> Two fundamental privacy problems with the SWIFT agreement and Europol’s role in it; Commission sees no problems EUROPOL’s Joint Supervisory Body recently performed its first inspection at Europol regarding the TFTP Agreement, which entered into force in August 2010. The TFTP Agreement gave the JSB a new task – to monitor whether the Europol respects the provisions of personal data protection principles in the TFTP Agreement when deciding on the admissibility of the US’ requests to SWIFT.
> 17 March 2011
> More on legalift
 
> publications/research 22 March 2011
> 5 years Surveillance Studies
> To celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the investigative network Surveillance Studies two prizes have been issued for 'young colleagues who have done important scientific work on the issues of surveillance and control. There is a jury-prize (for a yet unpublished article of 5000-8000 words) and a public one, for articles that have already been publicised. Submissions or suggestions (in German or English language) can be sent in until June 15 2011.
> March 2011
> More information (German)
 
> campaigns/open letters 30 March 2011
> Dutch senate will probably not approve medical central data base
> Dutch senate will not approve medical central data base A majority in the Dutch senate is agains approval of a law permitting the start of a centralised data base with medical records. Minister of Health Edith Schippers (VVD) defended this project in the senate on March 29, but could not convince most of the members about the need and safety of storing sensitive data in a central archive that would be accessible for too many people.
> Article at nu.nl
 
> publications/research 30 March 2011
> EDPS against passenger data storage
> European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) declares that there is no proof that massive storage of data of airplane passengers (PNR) by the EU would be needed to combat organised crime and terrorism. The European Commission wants to force airplane companies to hand over detailed information about their passengers (including mobile phone numbers, credit card information etc.). The EPDS states that there is no relation shown by the commission between the massive storage of data, and its use. The advise is to narrow down the amount of data stored, and only keep that information stored for no longer than 30 days.
> 25 march 2011
> Article security.nlDocument EDPS (pdf)
 
> publications/research 30 March 2011
> (Israel) Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizations
> IDF officers say special department has been created to monitor left-wing groups that the army sees as aiming to delegitimize Israel; department will work closely with government ministries.
> 21 march 2011
> Article in Haaretz
 
> 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
 
> publications/research 19 April 2011
> (NL) Fingerprints database decreases security
> A political debate is enrolling in the Netherlands about the desirability and the feasibility of the creation of a database with the fingerprints of every person living in the Netherlands. This is partly practice in the Netherlands. Since September 2009 fingerprints - that everybody who applies for a new passport or ID is obliged to give - are being stored in a decentralised database. The plan is to create a centralised database that can also be used by different law enforcement institutions. But a majority in parliament and all privacy watchdogs are not in favor of this plan. Jaap-Henk Hoekman (senior scientist at TNO and an associate professor in security and applied cryptography at the Radboud University Nijmegen) thinks such a database will make the passport less secure, instead of more.
> April 2011
> Author's blog
> Jaap-Henk Hoekman
 
> publications/research 19 April 2011
> (Nl) digiMe
> Journalist Mariette Hummel is looking for funders/donors to write a book about the digital traces people leave behind on internet, revealing details about their private lives.
> April 2011
> (Dutch) description
> Mariette Hummel
 
> meetings/conferences 19 April 2011
> Conference on Criminalization of Undocumented Migrants in the Netherlands
> The Dutch government recently launched a proposal to criminalize undocumented migrants. In response, PICUM and some of its Dutch Members, Stichting LOS, Stichting ROS and the Paulus Church, have decided to organize an international workshop. The workshop titled, “Countering New Legislative Proposals Criminalizing Undocumented Migrants in the Netherlands: Building on Experiences of Resistance Throughout Europe”, is intended to provide a better understanding of laws, policies and practices concerning criminalization of undocumented migrants in different European countries. The workshop will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Friday, 27 May 2011.
> 27 May 2011
> Announcement PICUM
> PICUM eo.
 
> publications/research 19 April 2011
> New detention phone system to keep detainees under control
> A new phone system run by a private company will replace personal mobile phones in immigration detention centres, Corporate Watch can reveal. The trial at Tinsley House detention centre, near Gatwick airport, is run by Global Comms & Consulting Ltd (GCC), which specialises in secure telecommunications services to major government agencies and multinational companies. As a result, detainees will not be able to call free numbers and will pay significantly higher rates to call their family and solicitors. All calls will also be recorded, monitored and disrupted when necessary by the immigration authorities and/or the immigration prison’s management.
> April 2011
> Corporate Watch Article
> Corpwatch
 
> 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
 
> meetings/conferences 08 May 2011
> Anti - Frontex Days /16-23 May Warsaw
> Ending oppression in Europe requires radical solidarity; this entails realizing that our liberation is co-dependent. Migrants and non-alike, our freedom is bound together, and thus so must be our struggle.
> Warsaw 16-23 May 2011
> WebsiteAnti-Borders CollectiveProgram
 
> campaigns/open letters 09 May 2011
> Court case for indemnity after G8 searches 2007
> On May 9 2007, a few weeks before the G8-summit in Heiligendamm, German police stormed around 40 houses and offices of people thought to be involved in organizing protest against the G8. The Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) later judged these searches to be illegal. But up till now the German authorities refuse to pay any indemnity to the victims of these searches. Therefore they are going to court again to demand these. The courtcase will be on May 20 in Hamburg.
> More information in German
 
> campaigns/open letters 09 May 2011
> (GE) Census 2011 illegitimate?
> The comprehensive census of the complete population of Germany, started on May 9 and will last until March 30 2012. Privacy watchdogs are very critical,and some urge to boycott the census (but a fine of 5000.- Euro threatens those that do). Ak Vorrat states that the information gathered is unnecessary and not anonimized.
> Website vorratsdatenspeicherung.de
 
> publications/research 09 May 2011
> Are you a 'domestic extremist'?
> How to ask if you are on police databases Rob Evans and Paul Lewis explain how the Data Protection Act can open up police files. Plus a step-by-step guide to making your own request
> April 11
> Article on Website Guardian
> The Guardian
 
> publications/research 19 May 2011
> European Commission: Top 10 misleading statements on data retention
> The European Commission adopted its evaluation report on the Data Retention Directive this week. The Commission lived down to our expectations, with the report itself and the Commissioner’s press conference producing an imaginative selection of misleading statements. The following are ten of the most egregious examples:
> April 17 2011
> On website Bits of Freedom Shadow report EDRi (pdf)
> Bits of freedom
 
> campaigns/open letters 19 May 2011
> Dutch minister announced to stop collecting fingerprints for central database
> Everybody who applies for a passport will still be demanded to hand over fingerprints, but for the time being this will only be stored on the chip in the passport, without a copy in a central database as they had wanted (and had done so far). This after a majority in parliament, advised by experts on privacy and data retention refused to support the plan.
> Newsarticle at nu.nl (Dutch)
 
> publications/research 19 May 2011
> (NL) Police break telecom privacy rules
> The police regularly break the rules when asking for information about suspects' telephone calls, the national privacy watchdog CBP said in a new report published on Thursday.
> April 2011
> NewsarticleReport CBP (Dutch, PDF)
> CBP
 
> campaigns/open letters 19 June 2011
> Stop the EU plane passenger database
> We urge the EU to abandon its plans to adopt a EU-PNR system. The EU should not use PNR data or transfer them to third countries. The discussion about the EU-PNR systems shows that all travel movements of innocent individuals are to be monitored. This form of “total surveillance” must be prevented. Otherwise, the protection of privacy and civil liberties is at risk. The monitoring of travel movements of citizens in absence of an initial suspicion is a non-justified interference with the fundamental right to privacy/private life! As the data are exclusively collected by private airlines, the accuracy of the data can not be guaranteed. Mistakes arising in this context may lead to serious restrictions to the freedoms of individuals concerned.
> websiteon facebookGerman wiki
 
> campaigns/open letters 19 June 2011
> Doctors asked to identify potential terrorists under government plans
> Redrawn counter-terrorism programme will call on doctors' help, but BMA fears threat to patient confidentiality
> Guardian, 6 June 2011
 
> publications/research 19 June 2011
> EU privacy watchdog: Data Retention Directive unlawful
> The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an Opinion on the European Commission’s Evaluation Report on the Data Retention Directive. The EDPS demonstrates that the Directive violates the privacy of all EU citizens and that the evaluation report itself is flawed. This is good news for your privacy.
> June 2011
> Bitd of FreedomOpinion (pdf)
 
> publications/research 19 June 2011
> EU: European Parliament: Body Scanners: MEPs back body scanners but want strict safeguards
> "MEPs on the Transport Committee agreed Tuesday that the use of body scanners in EU airports would enhance security but said it should be voluntary. They approved a report by Spanish Christian Democrat Luis de Grandes Pascual that backs the use of body scanners so long as they don't interfere with passenger privacy or pose health risks. The report should be voted in the plenary on 23 June."
> June 2011
> Press Release (pdf)Draft Report (pdf)comment/call (German)
 
> publications/research 09 July 2011
> Huge scandal in Dresden as police stores mobile phone data
> German police has been found to record and store data of at least 65.645 persons in Dresden. This information was used to research people who were involved in organising actions during and against a huge gathering of fascists in February
> June 2011
> Campaign against 'Datenskandal'Taz (German) report
 
> campaigns/open letters 09 July 2011
> Worse than China?
> Seven domestic privacy situations that are worse than the situation in China
> Dutch article
 
> publications/research 09 July 2011
> Hackers publish information from German police server
> The Hacker-group NN-Crew claims to have accessed a server of the German federal police (Bundespolizei) and set the information online. The charts show which cars have been tracked traveling through Europe.
> July 2011
> German article
 
> campaigns/open letters 26 August 2011
> Hands off my DNA!
> German campaign against the linking of different police databases in Europe, and against 'DNA collecting fanatism'
> Website (German)
 
> demonstrations 01 September 2011
> (GE)Freedom, not Fear
> The annual demonstration against the surveillance state starts at 13:00 at the Brandenburger Tor
> Berlin 10 September 2011
> Website
 
> campaigns/open letters 19 September 2011
> (GE) Sign petition against data retention
> The petition is aimed at the German parliament, to decide that data retention ('vorratsdatenspeicherung') without a serious suspicion on a person, be declared illegal in many cases. A petition to demand this has already been signed by more than 50.000 persons, but the aim is at least 100.000.
> website for the petition Overview of National data retention policies
 
> 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
> 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
 
> publications/research 08 October 2011
> (USA) Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection
> An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned.
> 7 October 2011
> Article with links at Cnet
 
> 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
 
> publications/research 04 November 2011
> ‘Time to replace RIPA’: New JUSTICE report calls for overhaul of surveillance laws
> In a major new report released today, human rights organisation JUSTICE called for a fundamental overhaul of Britain’s surveillance laws in order to protect the right of individual privacy from unnecessary, unwarranted and unchecked state intrusion. The JUSTICE report, Freedom from Suspicion , is a detailed study of the operation of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 – or ‘RIPA’ for short – over the past decade.
> November 2011
> Justice Report (pdf)Also see: Freedom from Suspicion Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age (pdf)
 
> publications/research 18 November 2011
> (NL) Lobbying for War
> Corporate Europe Observatory in Brussels has issued a report on the lobbying activities of the weapons industry towards the EU
> November 2011
> Report (in Dutch, pdf)
 
> publications/research 06 December 2011
> Migreurop Migration Policy Chronology
> This chronology seeks to make it easier to understand European migration and asylum policies through a time-framed comparison of the evolution of the legal framework (columns A1 to A3), the public discourse (B1) and the facts (B2). The table is updated twice a year.
> 30 November 2011
> Migreurop website
 
> publications/research 06 December 2011
> State of Surveillance - The Data
> The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: The State of Surveillance: The Data (link): The Bureau and London-based human rights group Privacy International have compiled a comprehensive database of companies that sell surveillance products.
> 1 December 2011
> State of Surveilance: The Data
 
> publications/research 20 December 2011
> Hungarian Government to Create Top-rank National Security Informational Center
> The Hungarian government came up with a new proposal, which talks about the setting up of a National Security Informational and Criminal Analysis Center. This new government body could freely roam about in other government databases and could collect and retain our data without any restriction. The monster feeding on our personal data is digging privacy’s grave even deeper.
> 30 November 2011
> More details on website HCLU
> HCLU
 
> 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
 
> meetings/conferences 01 February 2012
> Social Movements in the Digital Tsunami
> Day long conference on many aspects of policing protests, as counter to the European Police Congress” (14. – 15.february)
> Berlin 04 February 2012
> Details conference
 
> publications/research 01 February 2012
> When Preparing for Major Events, How Should Cities Balance Civil Rights and Security?
> The G8/NATO summit heading to Chicago this spring is still several months off, but the city’s security preparations are in full swing. Officials recently expanded Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s authority and increased the application requirements for protest groups in preparation for the Chicago’s turn in the international spotlight this May.
> 30 January 2012
> Article on website Atlantic Cities
> David Lepeska
 
> publications/research 16 February 2012
> Building Biometrics: Knowledge Construction in the Democratic Control of Surveillance Technology
> If surveillance technologies are to be democratically controlled, then knowledge of these technologies is required. What do they do? How do they work? What are the costs? Yet gaining this knowledge in the context of a new surveillance technology such as biometrics can be problematic, because no settled definition exists. Competing versions of biometrics appear in both public and governmental discourse on the technology: different ideas about how often it fails, where it can be used and even what it does. This paper is an exploration of how these different versions compete with each other, and how knowledge about a new surveillance technology such as biometrics is thus constructed.
> Dec 2011
> Website with link to pdf
> Jonathan Bright/Surveillance & Society
 
> meetings/conferences 16 February 2012
> London Noborders Convergence
> London NoBorders, along with Goldsmiths students and other groups, are organising a week-long convergence to be held in London between 13 - 18 February 2012. The aim is to get together to share our knowledge and experiences in relation to people's freedom of movement and the restrictions on it, and to share skills, network, strategise and take action.
> London 13-18 February 2012
> Program on website
 
> demonstrations 18 February 2012
> Drown out the drone conference
> Monday 2nd April is the 27th annual Bristol drone conference, but this years gonna be different. Bristol Against Arms Trade have teamed up with Bristol Stop the War and Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign, with the aim of making so much noise the conference will be a flop.
> Bristol 2 April 2012
> Website
 
> 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
 
> 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
> OWNI
 
> campaigns/open letters 06 March 2012
> (Nl) Woman refused passport before judge in appeal
> Nanette Boers was refused a passport because she refused to hand over her digital fingerprints to be stored on a chip in her passport, and in a central database. A courtcase will decide on March 8.
> Press release VrijbitDossier on Boers (Dutch)
> Vrijbit
 
> 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 22 March 2012
> Counter-terrorism, Policy Laundering and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force)
> Ben Hayes' study on Counter-terrorism, Policy Laundering and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force): legalizing surveillance, regulating civil society gives a thorough account of an important institutional phenomenon: the world of financial regulation of non-profit organisations (NPOs) in the post 9/11 era.
> February 2012
> Report as pdf-file
> Ben Hayes TNI/Statewatch
 
> publications/research 22 March 2012
> Europol chasing the anarchist ghost
> (German) description of increasing cross-border activities of European institutions against leftist organisations
> 22 March 2012
> Article on Euro-policeOriginal article on website heisse.de
> Matthias Monroy/Europolice
 
> campaigns/open letters 25 March 2012
> Know your rights on on stop & search, especially during the 2012 Olympics
> Poet, writer and patron of Newham Monitoring Project Benjamin Zephaniah explains why it is important for young people in east London to know their rights on stop & search, especially during the 2012 Olympics.
> Article and clip on NMP-website
> Newham Monitoring Project (NMP)
 
> meetings/conferences 25 March 2012
> Invitation for yearly Conference Komitee fur Grundrechte und Demokratie
> Who defends, and endagers the 'active democratic system' is the theme for this years conference. in the setting about disclosures of fascist violence in Germany, and the role the secret service has plaid.
> Cologne 22/23 September 2012
> Invite on website (in German)
> Komitee fur Grundrechte und Demokratie
 
> publications/research 04 April 2012
> Stop and search flashmob
> urban dancers flash mobbed Trafalgar Square and Grosvenor Square on Saturday 31 March 2012 as part of the Stopwatch campaign against discrimination in stop and search.
> London 4 April 2012
> Clip and description on website
> Network for Police Monitoring
 
> publications/research 18 April 2012
> The Frontex Regulation – Consolidated text after final 2011 amendments
> All agreements signed by Frontex with third parties are available on Statewatch's Observatory. (www.statewatch.org/frontex (Frontex publications)
>
> pdf-file
 
> publications/research 19 April 2012
> German Government wants to retain information on all internet traffic
> According to a leaked law proposal, the German government wants to collect - and retain for 7 days - all traffic on internet (including mobile phones and email).
> 18 April 2012
> German article Vorratsdatenspeicherung
> Arbeitskreise Vorratsdatenspeicherung
 
> publications/research 10 May 2012
> Secret meeting on EU 'Security' in Munich
> Six European ministers of Interior meet with the European Commission and representants of the US Homeland Security to discuss exchange of police information and more pressure on Greece
> 10 May 2012
> German article
> Europolice
 
> campaigns/open letters 13 June 2012
> European Data Protection Supervisor warns against 'smart meters'
> Smart meters: consumer profiling will track much more than energy consumption if not properly safeguarded, says the EDP
> Press release (pdf)
> EDPS
 
> campaigns/open letters 14 June 2012
> WeWatch
> WeWatch informs you about CCTV surveillance in London and aims to help you to protect your privacy!
> website WeWatch
> datapanik.org
 
> 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
 
> meetings/conferences 22 June 2012
> 8th Symposium of Kritnet in Kassel
> Network Critical Migration and Border Regime Research (Kritnet) holds its 8th symposium during the Documenta in Kassel (July 13-15)
> Kassel (GE) 13-15 July
> Symposium 2012
> Netzwerks Kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung
 
> 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 11 September 2012
> Dutch internettaps doubled in 2011
> According to figures from the Dutch ministry of Security and Justice, the amount of internettaps has doubled in 2011, compared to 2010, while the amount of phonetaps stayed more or less the same
> 03 September 2012
> report on journalists website
> Rejo Zenger
 
> 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
 
> publications/research 09 October 2012
> (NL) No privacy anymore for anyone on the dole.
> A new law was adopted by the Dutch senate on October 2 2012, allowing searches of homes of anyone receiving any state support (unemployment benefits or child-support). Authorities can perform a search of a house without a formal suspicion of fraud (as was needed previous for a house search).
> 8 October 2012
> Article on website
> privacybarrometer
 
> campaigns/open letters 09 October 2012
> EU: FRONTEX Fundamental Rights Strategy: Statewatch and Migreurop’s joint submission to the Ombudsman of the European Union (pdf)
> "Frontex has adopted a restrictive approach to the human rights impact of its activities, and put forward a strategy where preventive mechanisms remain weak and where redress mechanisms are absent. In so doing, Frontex seems to fall short of two of its commitments presented in its reply to the Ombudsman: a "zero tolerance policy" and the mainstreaming of fundamental rights into all Frontex activities. We thus argue that the understanding of the human rights risks in the context of Frontex operations may be underestimated and that the proposed safeguards are unsatisfactory as a result".
> pdf (English)pdf French)
> Statewatch and Migreurop
 
> 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
> 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
> HIVOS
 
> publications/research 21 November 2012
> The trouble with Fortress Europe
> To prevent illegal immigration, the EU has built a set of far-reaching border control and enforcement policies. But it doesn't work: today's 'Fortress Europe' is an inefficient, immoral and costly bureaucratic construction that should be urgently reformed.
> 21 November 2012
> Article on website Opendemocracy
> Mathew Carr/Open Democracy
 
> 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
 
> publications/research 28 November 2012
> German Secret service spies on leftist MPs
> According to the weekly Welt am Sonntag, Minister of interior Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) ordered the secret service (Verfassungsschutz) to spy on 25 (of in total 76) members of parliament of the leftist party Die Linke. Also four members of the European Parliament would be spied on. The minister refused to confirm this disclosure, but had stated to the same magazine that Die Linke would be object of observation as long as they "comprised extremists". The leader of the Linke Fraction Gregor Gysi protested vehemently against the Verfassungschutz act, as "Die Linke does not form a threat tot the security of the state". He got the support of the Social Democrats and The Greens, both demanding stopping of the activities.
> 28 November 2012
> German Article in Die WeltGerman article on reactions in parliament
> Kees/Statewatch
 
> 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
 
> campaigns/open letters 10 December 2012
> Dutch general practitioners refuse to hand over information on patients
> The Association of Dutch General Practitioners (VPHuisartsen) has started a law suit against four of the major health insurance companies. These companies demand that the practitioners hand over information about their patients in a 'voluntary; electronic data network LSP. The attempt to force all doctors to store all their data on a compulsive system called EPD (Electronic Patients' Dossier) failed in 2010 after the senate refused to approve a law on this.The practitioners warn that they will not be able to uphold their vow of confidentiality if they are forced to take part in such a system.
> Earlier article at Statewatch epdPress Release in Dutch
 
> 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 04 January 2013
> New video on Canadas 'Refugee Exclusion Act'
> On December 15, 2012, the Refugee Exclusion Act (Bill C-31, formally the "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act") will be fully implemented. Please watch, and share this video, of past and current immigration detainees and No One Is Illegal - Toronto organizers explaining the impacts of these new laws. Filmed by Liberation Cooperative Organization outside the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre.
> 14 December 2012
> New VideoKey Facts about Detention
> No One is Illegal Toronto
 
> 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
 
> meetings/conferences 06 January 2013
> Lecture: Big Brother in Europe
> Raf Jespers, writer of the book 'Big Brother in Europe' gives a lecture in ‘Het Huis Happaert’ in Antwerp on February 21 2013
> Antwerpen 21 February 2013
> More informationMore on the book (Dutch)
> Progress Lawyers Network
 
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> Schedule 7 terror laws used to interrogate activists
> There is now abundant evidence that the police are using terrorism powers to stop and question activists on their political activities when they pass through UK ports.
> Article on website
> Netpol
 
> 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
 
> 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
 
> demonstrations 07 February 2013
> Demonstration against the European Police Conference
> In February 2013 the 16th European Police Congress will be held in Berlin. According to the numbers of the responsible organiser, a publishing company for administration issues, around 1.600 participants coming from more than 50 countries attended the last congress in 2012.
> Berlin 16 February 2013
> Announcement on website More information (German)
 
> 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
 
> demonstrations 14 March 2013
> Solidarity gathering for No Border Activists Brussels
> During the week of September 26 to October 1, 2010 was held a No Border camp in Brussels (..) Activists were arrested and convicted in April 2012 respectively to one year and six months suspended sentence (five years !) during a political-like trial they decided to appeal that verdict.
> Brussels 10 March 2013
> Press Release on website
> Indymedia Brussels
 
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> AEDH reaffirms that personal data protection is a fundamental right that must be strengthened
> The European Parliament’s presentation of its 16 January 2013 draft report regarding the processing and free movement of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation1) does take positive steps forward but there is still progress to be made. The upcoming adoption of the final amendments to this regulation provides an opportunity to do so.
> Press Release (pdf)
> AEDH
 
> publications/research 28 March 2013
> (Nl) Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)-camera’s
> Weblog Sargasso has mapped the 1625 ANPR-camera's on Dutch soil, and reveals what they are capable to
> 21 march 2013
> Dutch article on weblog
> Sargasso.nl
 
> 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
> European police to gain access to visa database
> Europol and national law enforcement authorities look likely to obtain access to asylum seekers' and irregular migrants' fingerprints held in the Eurodac database, following approval from the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee. Meanwhile, the Council is also looking to give effect to powers that provide access to the Visa Information System (VIS) for Europol and national law enforcement authorities.
> 26 April 2013
> Article on Statewatch website
> Statewatch News Online
 
> 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
> The Era of the Digital Mercenaries
> Online surveillance is a growing danger for journalists, bloggers, citizen-journalists and human rights defenders. The Spyfiles that WikiLeaks released in 2012 showed the extent of the surveillance market, its worth (more than 5 billion dollars) and the sophistication of its products.
> Report on website
> Reporters Without Borders
 
> campaigns/open letters 13 June 2013
> Bits of Freedom: Dutch spooks must stop use of PRISM
> Today reveals that also the Dutch intelligence services make use of PRISM, the controversial US intelligence program that was exposed by the newspaper The Guardian. Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom demands the immediate halt of this practice and a thorough investigation into the use by the Dutch intelligence services of PRISM and comparable programs.
> Article on website BOF
> Bits of freedom
 
> publications/research 13 June 2013
> Data protection in the EU: the certainty of uncertainty
> When a regulation asserts that some data is 'anonymous', it is disconnected from the best theories in computer science
> 5 June 2013
> blog on Guardian website
> Cory Doctorow/The Guardian
 
> 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 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 23 July 2013
> Political surveillance cannot be justified – Netpol statement on Police Spying.
> Recent revelations about undercover policing have shown that a number of legal and political campaigns and organisations, including the Newham Monitoring Group, a partner organisation in Netpol, have been subject to covert surveillance operations. While the police are keen to dismiss criticism as being merely an historic issue, applying to a bygone era, Netpol sees no reason to believe that things have improved in recent years. The covert policing of dissent still lacks any effective internal accountability mechanism or means of independent/public scrutiny.
> Article on website
> Netpol
 
> 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
> EAFSJ
 
> campaigns/open letters 14 August 2013
> Big Brother Awards Netherlands
> on August 29 the annual prices will be awarded to the bigest enemies of privacy
> Announcement (Dutch)
> Bits of Freedom
 
> 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