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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Creatives need to get political. And quick.

Instead of just doing and enjoying the work they get paid for, creatives should be aware of their potential societal impact and be more outspoken in their political choices.

Exposing the invisible

We can take advantage of the flaws that run across our current data landscape in order to investigate corruption and abuse of power.

To curtail mass surveillance, you have to be pragmatic: an interview with Jacob Mchangama

Strong civil mobilization fronted by the think tank Justitia prevented the Danish government from introducing unbridled mass surveillance. Justitia's Executive Director tells us how they achieved this.

Doctors of the World: how we discovered GCHQ was spying on us

Why do intelligence agencies think it's acceptable to identify our humanitarian doctors, nurses and midwives as a threat to national security?

Why Britain won’t talk about crucial elements of Jihadi John’s story

The role of our security services in the actions of 'Jihadi John' needs grown up discussion – we must not forget the lessons of Northern Ireland.

Why did intelligence agencies spy on Greenpeace?

Because they are building a vast system of social control.

Police cooperation: another angle on the surveillance debate

Meet Bahar Kimyongür, a political activist arrested, detained, and released in three European countries on an unsubstantiated charge. His case shows citizens are disarmed when they are reduced to a name in a database. 

Please mind the datachasm

They began to interpret things like him leaving the house without his mobile phone as indications that their suspicions were correct. Welcome to one half of the datachasm. Sleep safe.

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