Parliament passes most extreme surveillance law in UK history 20 Nov 2016; posted by the editor - Human Rights, United Kingdom
By Reporters Without Borders
The UK Government has failed to respond to widespread public dismay over secret mass surveillance revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. The Bill will not only put into statute the capabilities revealed by Snowden but extend surveillance even further. This is not just of grave concern for UK citizens. The impact of the Bill will be felt around the world. Authoritarian leaders with poor human rights records can now point to the UK when justifying their own surveillance regimes.
State of emergency worsens digital crackdown in Turkey 17 Nov 2016; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Internet news, Turkey
by Asli Telli Aydemir, EDRi member Alternative Informatics Association, Turkey
According to a new report by Freedom House, web freedom across the globe declined for the sixth consecutive year. Turkey was placed among the red-flag states in terms of web freedom in 2015-2016 and is now rated “not free” in “Freedom on the net 2016” report after repeated blocking of social media. The country's status score is “61/100 not free” with 13/25 for obstacles to access, 21/35 for limits on content and 27/40 for violations of user rights.
Now We Can Finally Get to Work 09 Nov 2016; posted by the editor - Features, Opinion, International
By David Swanson Dear Democrats,
Are you finding yourselves suddenly a bit doubtful of the wisdom of drone wars? Presidential wars without Congress? Massive investment in new, smaller, "more usable" nuclear weapons? The expansion of bases across Africa and Asia? Are you disturbed by the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen? Can total surveillance and the persecution of whistleblowers hit a point where they've gone too far? Is the new Cold War with Russia looking less than ideal now? How about the militarization of U.S. police: is it time to consider alternatives to that?
Food Safety Authority and European Commission investigate Fluoridation birth defects 04 Nov 2016; posted by the editor - Health, European Union, Ireland
Fluoride Free Towns, a national campaign group has called on the Minister for Health to sanction a moratorium on the State's Community Water Fluoridation policy pending investigations by both the FSAI's (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) Scientific Committee and the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety into the issue of fluoridation induced birth defects.
IAWM - stop Syria war now 18 Oct 2016; posted by the editor - International, Ireland, Syria
In condemning the continued bombardment of Aleppo, and other Syrian centres of resistance, by Russian and Syrian army forces, the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is repeating its call to the Irish Government to cease the use of Shannon Airport by the US Military, an act alone which the IAWM says would send a powerful message to western powers that we are sick of their perpetual warfare.
Eight challenges of opening the web 18 Oct 2016; posted by the editor - Internet news, International
Open Web Fellows programme is an international programme designed to link developers, engineers, technologists and programmers with civil society organisations around the world. This article is written by Sid Rao, the Open Web Fellow who is spending ten months with the EDRi office in Brussels, working in cooperation with us to safeguard the internet as a global public resource.
New Citizens' Assembly meets for first time 16 Oct 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
Dublin Saturday, 15th October 2016
The Citizens' Assembly (the Assembly) met for the first time at Dublin Castle on Saturday 15 October. The Assembly is a body made up of the Chairperson, Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy, and 99 citizens randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate, with a mandate to look at a number of key issues.