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Human rights in Europe should not buckle under mass surveillance

Privacy is a fundamental human right, essential for living in dignity and security. This is why it is necessary that European countries pause and get back on the right track.

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Human rights in Europe should not buckle under mass surveillance

Privacy is a fundamental human right, essential for living in dignity and security. This is why it is necessary that European countries pause and get back on the right track.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

This week's editor

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Our guest editor, Valsamis Mitsilegas, director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London, introduces this week’s theme: Privacy and Surveillance in 2016.

The Danish refugee bill and what happens when you treat everyone the same

The seizure of asylum seekers’ assets in Denmark confirms that the state sees refugees as economic burdens by default, but this new bill makes them dependent by design.

Millions are missing from the UK’s electoral registers

The foundations of UK democracy are threatened by a crisis in voter registration. 

Schools like prisons, prisons like schools

The Conservative government's latest announcement is not as absurd as first seems.

Human rights in Europe should not buckle under mass surveillance

Privacy is a fundamental human right essential for living in dignity and security. This is why it is necessary that European countries pause and get back on the right track.

Breaking Free: a women's movement in Indian universities

Female students in Delhi are protesting against their hostels resembling prisons - arguing that restricting women’s freedom is not a way to ensure safety: it is society that must be made safe for women.

The current situation in Yemen: causes and consequences

The conflict will not lead to a clear victory: there will need to be some difficult compromises. Meanwhile, the destruction continues and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State terrorists are exploiting the situation.

Postconflict in Colombia (6). Military and police transition: five challenges

The Colombian case breaks all previous patterns and will surely become a model for overcoming non-international armed conflicts in the 21st century, which cannot be categorized as civil wars. Español

Three strikes against the IP bill

As of this morning, three committees have now passed damning judgement on the Home Office's draft Investigatory Powers Bill. But will they listen?

Men campaigning against violence against women: on whose terms?

There is a surge in the numbers of men wanting to join anti-harassment campaigns in Europe, but their demand for immediate solutions to a long term problem is problematic.

Raw intelligence-sharing and the Investigatory Powers Bill

Despite wanting to set a 'gold standard' some areas remain too sensitive to place under the rule of law, it seems.

The paradox at the heart of the Snowden revelations

If proper oversight is not developed, Snowden’s legacy will have served only to reinforce one thing: the intrusiveness of global surveillance.

Is Hollywood helping to change attitudes to the Cold War?

A Bridge of Spies is a timely reminder that East-West relations in the Cold War can be viewed now with the perspective of history. This is not always in the West’s favour.

'Modern Slavery': a response to Rahila Gupta

Policymakers and modern-day abolitionists have co-opted trafficking and slavery discourse for illiberal ends. To say so is not the same as denying the appalling realities of the modern world. Quite the opposite.

A fascist history of the Egyptian revolution II: laughter and the future

The revolutionary calls were necessary; they united otherwise mutually hostile groups, politicised the apolitical and neutralised the anti-political. But it was not exactly a rupture nor a total break with the past.

On illusions and inflated condoms

Maged Mandour

The Muslim Brotherhood, secular activists and even regime supporters have decided to shield themselves from reality, focusing on a discourse that provides them with a protective layer from the grim conditions engulfing them.

Enforceability of ESC Rights: some background and misleading assumptions

In the American continent, a Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man combined Civil and Political Rights and Economic Social and Civic provisions with no distinction. But they grew apart. Español

Trust and suspicion under ‘policed multiculturalism’

‘Policed multiculturalism’, removes decisions regarding community relations from political discussion by presenting them as matters of ‘security’, to be decided in governmental or bureaucratic circles by security professionals.

Surveillance and the 2015-16 refugee crisis in Europe

The EU deals with 320 million third country nationals every year, immigration officials, according to FRONTEX, needing only 12 seconds to make a decision on their entry. So why the crisis?

Why understanding gut reactions is key to building powerful social movements

Activists need to recognize and utilize their intuition as well as their rational minds.

Help us to help the NHS

Doctors striking, nurses protesting - the NHS needs independent journalism, free of government and corporate spin, more than ever. And now we need your help to crowd-source funding for our coverage.

Confronting the brutal reality: how to teach the legacy of transatlantic slavery

The British curriculum sanitises the history of slavery by isolating it as an aberration of evil. Slavery built the west. Acknowledging that is the first step to undoing its damage.

Peel power, the real Northern Powerhouse

Examining one holder of real power in the northwest can give us clues about the true shape of the Northern Powerhouse.

Austerity Ireland: Europe open your eyes

Europe must stop lauding Ireland as a success story and instead recognise the damage done to Irish society by the harsh austerity politics inflicted upon her.

What's the junior doctors strike got to do with neoliberalism, anyway?

If we can win the argument against neoliberalism anywhere, it should be in healthcare.

The problem(s) with Varoufakis’ DiEM25 manifesto

Can the EU really be democratised? A response to Varoufakis' new programme

Post-conflict in Colombia (5). ICTs and citizen participation

Information and Communication Technologies must play an important role in promoting the participation of citizens in the process of implementing the Havana agreements. Español Português

Climate change increases risk of Zika virus

22 Latin American countries have reported cases of Zika. As the global temperature rises and Aedes aegypti moves to new habitats, the emergency becomes international. Español Português

Workaholics anonymous: four ways to take time out

Being an effective, productive employee was everything I dreamt of. Until illness caught up with me and I had to learn to take a break.

Why I have removed my backing for an NHS commission

The proposed 'NHS Commission' lacks red lines on the founding principles of the NHS - that it is comprehensive and publicly funded - and so risks becoming a vehicle for privateers.

What does Zika have to do with inequality? Everything.

Women’s rights advocates are using fears around Zika to fight for better access to birth control, but in Latin America the issues run much deeper than that. Español