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@carlynyst is an independent consultant and expert on human rights and technology.

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The end of anonymity? Trump and the tyranny of the majority

Worldwide, there is an administration-sanctioned attack on anonymity, online and off.

After Snowden, can technology save our digital liberties?

In this wide-ranging interview with human rights lawyer and former Privacy International head of advocacy Carly Nyst, we discuss surveillance politics, radical thinking, and human rights on the internet.

The UN privacy report: Five Eyes remains

Will Navi Pillay's defiant stand on privacy be the first step to dismantling the dubious legal frameworks propping up the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing arrangement? 

Data, the new conflict resource

Forget blood diamonds. There's a new resource being mined and exploited in the developing world: data. 

Baghdad bombs kill 155

Two consecutive suicide bombs near Baghdad's Green Zone kill 155 people and wound more than 500. Fourteen die in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan. Palestine rules out immediate return to peace talks. Iran indicates openness to UN deal. All this and much more in today's security briefing.

Suicide bomb in Iran kills 42

42 people killed and dozens injured in a suicide bombing in Iran's southeast. Civilians flee as Pakistan launches South Waziristan offensive. South Sudan village raided, seven die. Gun battles and bombings in southern Russia. UN passes resolution in support of Gaza report. All in today's security briefing.

Airstrikes target Pakistan Taliban after weekend of deadly militant attacks

Militant attacks prompt Pakistan to accelerate Waziristan offensive. UN representative admits fraud in Afghanistan election. Turkey and Armenia normalize relations. All this and much more in today's update.

Pressure on Obama mounts after deadly day in Afghanistan

Pressure mounts on Obama after deaths of eight US soldiers in Afghanistan. Iran agrees to inspection of secret nuclear plant. China strengthens bonds with North Korea after state visit. All this and much more in today’s security briefing.

Iran courts controversy with long-range missile tests

Iran test-fires long-range missiles capable of striking Israel and American bases in the Persian Gulf. Somali government ousts insurgents from central town. Six die in Iraq minibus bomb. Honduras suspends civil liberties to forestall revolution. Security forces open fire as opposition gather in Guinea capital. All this and more in today's update.

Rebel leader calls for more suicide bombings in Somalia

Somali rebel leader calls for an increase in suicide bombings, Pentagon to undertake radical review of US nuclear program, Yemeni rebels using “human shields”, Taliban spokesman arrested in Pakistan, and more in today's security briefing.

Hunt for Taliban insurgents intensifies in Pakistan

Top Taliban leader in Swat Valley the target of intensified Pakistan military action; Bin Laden calls Obama 'powerless' on 9/11 anniversary; Venezuela borrows $2 billion from Russia for weapons; hundreds arrested in Uganda riots; all in today's security briefing.

US forces criticised for charity hospital raid in Afghanistan

Human rights organisation accuses US forces of violating humanitarian principles, Israel approves settlement expansion, Iran proposes global talks on peaceful use of nuclear energy, and UK PM to support families in Libya compensation claims, all in today’s security briefing.

UN reports that Iran is continuing nuclear program

IAEA releases report on Iran's nuclear program, top US general to admit US Afghan strategy is failing, refugees return to Burma as fighting subsides, fifteen police recruits die in suicide bombing in Swat Valley, and more in today's security briefing.

Turkish army rules out PKK role in peace process

New Turkish approach to Kurdish problem to proceed without ceasefire. South Korea launches satellite. US soldiers killed as death toll reaches eight year high. Four police die in suicide bomb attack in Chechnya. And much ore in today's update. 

Putin pledges increased military presence in disputed Georgian territories

Putin announces $500 million in funding to go towards increasing military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Clashes with militants in the Philippines result in dozens of deaths. New security concerns as violence increases in Kashmir. US troops launch pre-election offensive in Taliban town. Fifteen die in Yemen offensive. And more in today's security briefing.

Security in Iraq deteriorates in the wake of US troop withdrawal

Fears of a deterioration in the security situation in Iraq as 41 people are killed in a series of blasts; ETA blamed for Mallorca bombing; pre-election violence continues in Afghanistan; five die in explosions and shootout with Islamist militants in Russia; Israel bombs Gaza tunnel in first aerial bombing in two months; and more in today's security briefing.
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