Belfast arrest of journalists condemned 04 Sep 2018; posted by the editor - Journalism, Northern Ireland
Press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders has condemned the arrests of journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey in Northern Ireland after the two men were detained on allegations of theft of confidential documents from the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, related to the police investigation into the murder of six men in County Down in 1994, widely referred to as the ‘Loughinisland massacre’.
What’s your trustworthiness according to Facebook? Find out! 29 Aug 2018; posted by the editor - Internet news
By David Korteweg, EDRi member Bits of Freedom, the Netherlands
On 21 August 2018 it was revealed that Facebook rates the trustworthiness of its users in its attempt to tackle misinformation. But how does Facebook judge you, what are the consequences and... how do you score? Ask Facebook by exercising your access right!
International Peace Conference set for Tipperary 08 Aug 2018; posted by the editor - International, Ireland
World BEYOND War, in collaboration with Shannonwatch, is organizing a Peace Conference in Cloughjordan Eco-village, Tipperary, on Saturday the 8th of September, to investigate many aspects of war and militarism in relation to international law and conventions.
Russia Is Our Friend 06 Aug 2018; posted by the editor - Features, International
By David Swanson Last May I was in Russia when fascists held a rally in my hometown of Charlottesville, not to be confused with their larger rally which followed in August. At the May rally, people shouted "Russia is our friend." I was on a Russian TV show called Crosstalk the next day and discussed this. I also discussed it with other Russians, actual friends in the human sense. Some of them were completely bewildered, arguing that Russia never had slavery and couldn't be the friend of Confederate-flag-waving people whom they saw as advocates for slavery. (Anti-Russian Ukrainians have also waved Confederate flags.)
German police raid privacy group's premises 17 Jul 2018; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Internet news, Germany
By Anamarija Tomicic, Communications and Community Officer at EDRi
In the early morning of 20 June 2018, German police forces raided several locations – the headquarters of the privacy group Zwiebelfreunde, and the homes of three of its board members, as well as the association OpenLab, which is part of EDRi member Chaos Computer Club (CCC) in Augsburg. Zwiebelfreunde promotes and creates privacy enhancing technologies, and educates the public in their use. The board members are not considered suspects but witnesses in an ongoing investigation.
Spycops Infiltrated Bloody Sunday March Organisers 18 Jun 2018; posted by the editor - Human Rights, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
Report by campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com
There are renewed calls for a Northern Ireland Inquiry after it has been revealed that an undercover officer from a disgraced political policing unit infiltrated Northern Irish civil rights groups, including the Bloody Sunday march organisers.
EU plans to include fingerprints in identity cards are unjustified and unnecessary 11 Jun 2018; posted by the editor - Human Rights, European Union
By Chris Jones, Statewatch Proposals for mandatory fingerprints in national ID cards to "facilitate free movement" will affect 370 million people London, UK, 11 June 2018 - The European Commission has published a proposal calling for the mandatory inclusion of biometrics (two fingerprints and a facial image) in all EU Member States' identity cards. The demands to include fingerprints are an unnecessary and unjustified infringement on the right to privacy of almost 85% of EU citizens, as explained in a new analysis published today by civil liberties organisation Statewatch. (1)