A World First In Citizen Surveillance By The State

6 December 2018 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Last month TruePublica reported that the British government were going full Orwellian and was now aiming to create a biometric database on top of its mass data bulk collection through surveillance systems that have been deemed illegal by the highest courts in the UK and EU. However, in Australia – a member of the Five-Eyes surveillance clan, the law is being changed to take us one step closer to the complete eradication of privacy.

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Is China Really More “Dystopian” Than The UK? By Andrew KORYBKO

4 December 2018 — Oriental Review

RT reported that the UK’s so-called “National Data Analytics Solution” will see an algorithm process whichever of 30 separate data points have been recorded about a person in local and national police databases in order to predict which members of the population are most likely to commit a crime or be victimized by one, after which the state will dispatch local health and social workers to offer “counseling” to them in an attempt to prevent the computer’s envisioned scenario from transpiring. This program is being likened to the 2002 film “Minority Report” and carries with it a vibe of China’s controversial “social credit” system, albeit without any “rewards” being offered for law-abiding behavior. In fact, one can actually make the claim that instead of the UK copying China to a degree, it was actually China that learned from the UK seeing as how the island nation’s mass surveillance system used to be far ahead of the communist nation’s one.

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State control and repression of dissent in Britain through legislation and policing methods By Sarah Pickard

21 November 2018 — Open Democracy

There has been a move towards tougher legislation, ambiguous terminology, lower thresholds and legislation allowing police greater rights, together with an escalation of militaristic forms of policing in recent years.

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Sarah Pickard, National Union of Students march, London, 2012. All rights reserved.

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UK Government Goes Full Orwellian: DNA, Fingerprint, Face, Voice: Biometric Data for Every Single Citizen in the UK

9 November 2018 — TruePublica

We’ve been warning about this moment since the first day TruePublica went online. We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons.  DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.

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Statewatch New Analyses, 5 November 2018: Biometric identity cards; Undercover policing; Criminalisation of solidarity; EU migration policies in Morocco…

5 November 2018 — Statewatch

New analyses: biometric identity cards; undercover policing; criminalisation of solidarity; EU migration policies in Morocco; from  GAMM to “Partnerships”

Over the last fortnight Statewatch has published five new analyses looking at a series of crucial issues in the EU and beyond: proposals for biometric identity cards across the EU; European networks for coordinating undercover policing; decriminalising solidarity movements through the regularisation of migrants; the effects of EU migration policies on the ground in Morocco and Migration: From the “carrot and stick to the “stick” in Africa

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Listening In to Killings – and Everything Else By Brian Cloughly

24 October 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

It was intriguing that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 was apparently recorded in some fashion. The BBC reported that “A Turkish security source has confirmed to BBC Arabic the existence of an audio and a video recording. What is not clear is if anyone other than Turkish officials has seen or heard them. One source is cited by the Washington Post saying men can be heard beating Mr Khashoggi; it adds that the recordings show he was killed and dismembered.”

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The “new cold war,” censorship, and the future of the Internet By Andre Damon

17 October 2018 — WSWS

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a major editorial statement warning about the “breakup of the web” amid the rise of internet censorship and international geopolitical conflicts. “If things continue along this path,” the newspaper warns, “the next decade may see the internet relegated to little more than just another front on the new cold war.”

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