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About Julian Huppert

Julian Huppert is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.  He was previously the Member of Parliament for Cambridge as a Liberal Democrat, serving as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. He also sat on the Joint Committee that scrutinised and heavily criticised the Draft Communications Data bill – the so-called Snooper’s Charter – and was made the 2013 ISPA “Internet Hero of the Year” for his work in killing that bill. He tweets: @julianhuppert.

Articles by Julian Huppert

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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill is about to become law – here's why that should terrify us

The evidence that these powers are all needed is thin indeed. And the cost to all of our privacy is huge.

'Yes Minister' and the case of the UK's Investigatory Powers Bill

We need more safety and security, but that doesn’t have to come at the price of privacy, and it is not helped by unclear and rushed legislation.

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?

MPs' first report on the UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill – improvement needed

Will the Joint Committee have the confidence to echo this critique? We all hope they will, so the home secretary will be forced to fix this legislation.

Legislate in haste, repent in leisure

The Paris attacks have prompted (predictable) calls for the UK's new snoopers' charter to be rushed through. This would be a disaster, says a former member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

The Investigatory Powers Bill is our chance to publicly set the rules around surveillance

The UK successor to the Snooper’s Charter will be published next week. Whether we demand and engage in debate will shape the privacy and security we can expect to have.

Why 'backdoor' systems always fail

As the head of MI5 launches a push for unparalleled powers, will he answer challenging questions on why banning encryption, or weakening it through compulsory backdoors, won't make us all less safe?

1984 revisited

As a Lib Dem MP, I discovered just how close Britain is to Orwell's dystopian vision, where the state has incredible powers to monitor everything we do. 

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