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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 troubling link between economic and political inequality in Europe

Trust in institutions is not equally distributed among populations. In general, people from higher social strata show most support for the political system, as they're the ones who mostly benefit from it.

Jeremy Hunt goes nuclear - the 12 things you need to know

Jeremy Hunt's decision to impose a contract makes as little sense as the rest of his narrative about the junior doctors and a '7 day NHS' - unless you unpick the real story.

The BBC in the brave new China

After the box office success of BBC drama Sherlock, a look at who is accessing the BBC in China, and why.

Argentina’s trade unions will not go back to the 1990’s

Union leaders who remain loyal to the workers will question Macri’s policies, and will confront the government through the union membership both in the streets and in the National Congress. Español

From revolution to reaction in Egypt

Young people are now politicized and their experience of the revolution has not evaporated. No level of oppression can eradicate this. There are opportunities now to start building for a new revolutionary wave that will not fall prey to the "Islamic vs. secular" division.

Press conference: DiEM25 launched by Yanis Varoufakis and Srecko Horvat

The Democracy in Europe Movement 25 was launched by Yanis Varoufakis at the Volksbühne in Berlin on February 9. Here is a video of the press conference which preceded it.

Reform is not enough, we must abolish prisons

When you look at who actually lives behind bars, you overwhelmingly see a picture of institutional, not individual, failure.

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 Português

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.