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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

This week's editor


Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, introducing the theme, ‘New Turkey and Old Troubles’.

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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