| Over 500 NO2ID supporters being registered a month The office is now registering
new supporters and supplying them with information packs at a rate of
over 500 a month. Requests come from people registering their interest
on-line or signing a paper petition like the one downloadable from the
website. But we could be getting many more. If everybody getting the
newsletter were to introduce just one other person every other month,
we would have a snowball effect bringing the supporter-base into six
figures well before 2007. Please continue to encourage friends and
family to support our campaign.
Currently membership just about supports our activity, but with a few more members we could do more. If one in ten of our current passive supporters joined NO2ID we'd be able to afford twice as much media work, press briefing and publicity materials. Please consider joining NO2ID (for details see the 'What you can do' section at the end of this newsletter). Thanks to all of our supporters that have already joined.
Thanks to all of the Activ8 media project volunteersMany thanks to all of those who responded to our appeal for film-makers in the last newsletter. Activ8 is a community television channel set up by the BBC's Action Network. The channel will follow eight social activists (one of which is NO2ID national co-ordinator Phil Booth) and their campaigns on TV, the web and broadband for the rest of 2006. Phil Booth told us: "I've had replies from all over the UK and we're working on the first short film, introducing NO2ID, for webcast/broadcast on the Community Channel & BBC Action Network later in July."
What's next?"Local" groups go international A new NO2ID group has been set up for british citizen's living abroad. The expats group will give advice on passport renewal and the ID card scheme and has produced a factsheet that will be available from the renew for freedom website shortly (www.renewforfreedom.org). For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still keen to set up more groups in the Midlands, particularly around Coventry, Wolverhampton, Leicester, and Derby. If you are interested in setting up a local group please contact us at (email@example.com). A list of groups (and a new interactive map) can be found at www.no2id.net/localGroups
Youth Against IDThe nascent NO2ID youth group are looking for volunteers aged between 14 and 25. They are looking for young people to: write content for their website, organise meetings and events, article writers, forum moderators, or anything else that you want to do really. The site is going to be run for young people by young people so if you want to help in anyway, or want to hear more about it once the site is launched please email firstname.lastname@example.org . The group is also launching a myspace site so if any of you out there have experience using this they'd appreciate the help. As the adverts say, 'every little helps'.22nd June - St Helens NO2ID MeetingThursday, 22nd June, 6.30pm at the Grove Social Club, Knowsley Road, St Helens, Merseyside. NO2ID St Helens will be holding their second meeting. Informal, friendly and informative. For anyone in the area: come along if you can, you'll be very welcome! More information from (email@example.com).
24th June - Deptford NO2ID stall
On Saturday (June 24th) Deptford NO2ID are organising a stall with a view to producing personalised ID cards that have any part of the body on the card that the user seeks to put on it. In contrast to the data the government will store on the National Identity Register the data on the card will remain solely the property of its owner, as does the card itself. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
27th June - North Staffs NO2ID Meeting
Tuesday, 27th June 7.30pm in the snug at the Swan, St. Edward's Street, Leek. This meeting will take the form of planning our stall at the Leek Show to be held on Saturday 29th July. For more details contact Laura Marcus (email@example.com).
28th June - NO2ID Edinburgh Meeting Wednesday 28th June in the Meeting Room, Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL. Speaker: Colin Fox MSP, Scottish Socialist Party. All are very welcome to attend! More details available from http://forum.no2id.net/viewtopic.php?t=9178
1st July - Cambridge NO2ID stall Saturday, 1st July 10am onwards, outside the Guildhall, Cambridge, NO2ID Cambridge have a stall. Drop round to collect a badge and car sticker, or just to say "Hello". Volunteers to help run the stall also welcome. Contact Andrew Watson via firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 07710 469624.
1st July - Manchester NO2ID FlyeringSaturday 1st July at Market Street in Manchester's city centre, Manchester NO2ID, Manchester Defy-ID and other groups from across the North West will be flyering. We're co-ordinating on the Manchester local group mailing list, and would be happy for people to join us.
4th July - Homeland and Border Security Conference (£695+vat)Tuesday, 4 July at QEII Conference Centre, London, UK. a one-day event that will look at the next steps for the security community. Featuring "key figures from the IT sector, government, the police, justice, and the international community". Cost - £695+vat for private sector, £175+VAT for public sector.
8th July - Rise Festival - Higbury NO2ID stallSaturday July 8th at Finsbury Park. Entrance is free, and the line up can be found at (http://www.risefestival.org/). Last year one campaigner handed out over 100 NO2ID leaflets in about 20 minutes. Come along to one of the biggest free events in London this summer and help to spread the word. Please note: a stall has been booked but no written confirmation has been received yet. For more information contact email@example.com
13th July NO2ID Volunteers Meeting Central London - 'ID cards: bad for your health'Thursday, 13th July at 7.00pm in the Brockway Hall at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1 (nearest tube: Holborn). All are welcome to NO2ID's next regular volunteers' meeting. The meeting will be on the theme of ID cards and health. The meeting is free to attend but we will be asking for donations to help cover the cost of the room hire.
What just happened?Unison Members vote against ID cardsDelegates at Unison's National Delegate Conference 2006 in Bournemouth this week re-affirmed their opposition to the government's ID card scheme and resolved to campaign for both ID cards and the National Identity Register to be scrapped. Ray Walker, who moved the motion opposing the costly scheme, said: "This is money better spent on public transport, improving patient care, protecting pensions, and public services". The issue of the security of personal data collected by the scheme was also raised as the work is to be contracted out to private companies. Delegates agreed to work with NO2ID and other groups to oppose ID cards.
New NO2ID group formed in Helensburgh, ScotlandFollowing a NO2ID public meeting held in Helensburgh last week there is now a group of concerned citizens who have decided to work against the Database state locally. Later this week there will be an open letter in the local newspapers asking the MPs, MSPs and other elected representatives for their views on the issue. This will hopefully spark an exchange of views on the letters pages that will give Helensburgh NO2ID a chance to argue the case against ID cards. The group is also planning to leaflet people in the street, lobby local politicians and hopefully get Argyll and Bute Council to affiliate to NO2ID.
Are Global ID cards the next step?
Delegates attending the recent 'ePassport Interoperability Test Event' in Berlin discussed more than just chipped passports. Also on the agenda was the next step in the International Civil Aviation Organisations(ICAO) plans - interoperability of ID cards aka global ID cards. You may recall that the UK government has used "international obligations" as an excuse for introducing biometric passports. These so called obligations refer to the guidelines set down by the unelected ICAO (the United Nations body charged with developing international standards for aviation safety). Governments around the world are using groups such as the ICAO to facilitate 'policy laundering' - the process of introducing authoritarian legislation to meet manufactured guidelines. At the heart of the biometric passport policy laundering scam is the ICAO Document 9303 (available from the ICAO for just £130 plus postage and packing). Part 3 of 9303 refers to ID cards and some details of its content can be gleaned from a presentation given by Claudia Hager at the Berlin Event (see http://www.interoptest-berlin.de/reading_material.htm). The document addresses the need to standardise ID cards in the way that ePassports have standardised passports. So watch out for global ID cards, just to meet our international obligations of course.
For more information on policy laundering see http://www.policylaundering.org
"ID" in the newsSuccessful cross-national testing of electronic passports at ‘Global Summit’ - europa.eu 19/6/06
Experts from 38 countries participated in a successful cross-national testing of electronic passports at the Global Interoperability Test Summit on Electronic Passports. In a major ‘interoperability’ test, organised as part of the event, over 400 electronic passports, from a wide range of countries, were tested on 50 reading devices from different producers.
eGovernment:Scottish elections to count on electronic vote tallies - europa.eu 19/6/06 Next year’s parliament and local authority elections in Scotland will use an eCounting system to tally the votes, improving the efficiency, accuracy and speed of the counting process. Regardless of the political outcome, eGovernment has scored a winner for the citizen. Although Scottish voters will still be using a paper ballot, it will be counted electronically.
ID cards good for tracking immigrants, says Blunkett - The Register 15/6/06The 'tracking' capabilities of the UK ID card system, hotly disputed by Home Office ministers whenever the notion is floated, have been commended by no less a person than former Home Secretary David Blunkett. Speaking on the Today programme yesterday on the subject of amnesties for illegal immigrants, Blunkett said "it's impossible to have an amnesty without ID cards and a clean database, because you firstly don't have any incentives for people to actually come up front and register, and make themselves available, and secondly you have no means of tracking them."
IT firms 'clueless' over ID card scheme - Contractor UK 12/6/06
UK IT suppliers eager to start work on the incoming biometric identity card scheme face delays of up to three months until they receive contracts from the Home Office. The Department is being accused of failing to start the procurement process on time, in its latest blunder which could force delays to the national roll out of the project.
Secret ID report 'must be shown' - BBC News Online 8/6/06Secret estimates of the benefits and risks of identity cards must be published, the freedom of information watchdog has told the government.
NHS IT : Enfield PCT back to paper after computer failure - e-health insider 8/6/06A London Primary Care Trust has had to switch off its computer system and start recording patients' details with pen and paper while it waits for a replacement to be delivered by the NHS IT programme.
US: No-work list' predicted - Daily Buletin 12/6/06Remember the Department of Homeland Security's "no-fly'' lists that erratically flagged 3-year-old children and dozens of men named David Nelson as terrorists seeking to board commercial airplanes? As Congress debates immigration reform, experts say a little-discussed aspect of the bill, mandatory employee eligibility verification, is likely to have a colossal impact on the lives of every person in the U.S. labor market -- citizen and foreigner alike.
US: Want a New Pet? Get Ready To Be Data-Mined - rense.com 12/6/06A recent visit to a local "Humane Society" revealed an interesting fact: Data mining for some of your personal information is now common-place. Apparently these people have not heard about a precious principle known as "privacy" - nor do they practice it.
(Please send me any items of interest you encounter - Editor(firstname.lastname@example.org) )
What you can doYou can help us by:
1. Joining NO2ID / donatingPlease become a NO2ID member, if you have not already done so. Our thanks go to those that have.
(There's a membership form at http://www.no2id.net/downloads/membForm.pdf)
Donate some money towards campaign expenses.
NO2ID, Box 412, 78 Marylebone High Street, LONDON W1U 5AP
2. Promoting our campaign to renew passportsThe ID Cards Act turns your passport into a one-way ticket to control of your identity by the government.
If you renew your passport now you can buy ten years of freedom for £51. Encourage others to do the same and promote our renew for freedom website http://www.renewforfreedom.org
* We also maintain a list of things you can do on our website at http://www.no2id.net/getInvolved/other.php
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