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Big Brother Is Coming Closer

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by Mona Elkateb, Postgraduate Student The issue of mass surveillance is a growing worry; its future undetermined and its current state often unknown. In the UK, the government’s increasing reliance on big data and video surveillance has sparked growing concern for the privacy of the general public. In London, it has been estimated that there is one CCTV camera for every 14 people. Tony Porter, the government’s surveillance camera commissioner,…

The Lies Told At An LSE Debate

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by Frank Morley, The debate was meant to go by the book. Two distinguished experts, Anthony Glees, an academic from the University of Buckingham, and Harmit Kambo, Director of Campaigns at Privacy International, would slug it out for two hours in what promised to be a lively and impassioned discussion. Except, that evening, the very foundations of debate, the very thing LSE stands for, was foolishly compromised. The evening started…

Our Right To Privacy Is Being Violated

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by Emilia Brown,  What if we were to tell you that your right to privacy is actively being violated as you are reading these lines? Governments around the world are able to know your internet searches, who you’ve called, who you’ve emailed, where your phone has been located, and what internet games you’ve played, amongst a number of other surveillance measures they do not need. With Theresa May’s proposed ‘Draft…

Surveillé, Sécurité, Inégalité!

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By Sam Earle Writing in 1928, Andre Breton expressed a fantasy to live in a glass house, ‘where you can always see who comes to call, where everything hanging from the ceiling and on the walls stays where it is as if by magic, where I sleep nights in a glass bed, under glass sheets.’ The idea of total transparency, of a world without privacy, will horrify many. But surely…

The Rise of a Surveillance State

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by Yllka Krasniqi In the age of technology, invasion of privacy is dangerous. When many people use their phones, laptops, iPads and other tech gadgets everyday across the UK, we would assume that only we are able to read our messages and emails. It seems that this may be coming to an end with Theresa May introducing the Investigatory Powers Bill, or more commonly known as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ to…

Unthoughtful, Reactionary and Sexist

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The Inclusivity report gets us no where, and achieves nothing. “We must act in stronger and more effective ways to achieve a truly inclusive, safe, and open institution….But even more, we need to find positive, proactive ways to reduce bias and hostility and increase mutual respect and support….This is a matter of culture… of individual actions… and of how the institution works.” You may be fooled into thinking that quote…

LSE Inclusivity Report Proposes Increased E-mail Surveillance

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In proposals drawn up by Simeon Underwood, Academic Registrar and Director of Academic Services, the School is investigating whether to make more frequent use of its powers to monitor individual email accounts. The report was put together in the wake of the Men’s Rugby club scandal to investigate a broader culture of discrimination on campus. Section 27 of the report states that “Under the ‘Conditions of Use of IT Facilities…