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About Val Swain

Val Swain is a founder and director of Netpol, a coalition of community and activist based support groups, which monitors policing and challenges practices which may be unlawful, excessive or damaging to society. She has a background in researching and campaigning on surveillance issues.

Articles by Val Swain

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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Disruption policing: surveillance and the right to protest

From overt, intrusive surveillance to 'network demolition': disruption is central to the strategies of intelligence-led policing. Deployed within the policing of protest, it poses a grave threat to the exercise of dissent.

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