Government surveillance powers require careful legislation

snooper1In the shadow of the tragic attacks in Paris recently, people will undoubtedly be asking themselves again what could possibly be done to improve the safety of innocent civilians and protect all us of from further violence of that, or any other, kind. Predictable, voices will be calling for more powers for security agencies and urging government to rush the newly proposed Investigative Powers Bill (IPB) through parliament so that GCHQ can drag their search net though the internet and stop any future attacks from happening.

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Excellent information about Internet Tracking provided by Mozilla

tracking-hero.9459fc73aea2Today Mozilla’s Smart On series provided an excellent explanation and overview of the way in which Tracking is used online to gain access to personal information about web users.

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UK Data Service – Human Rights organizations data insight

UKDS logoLast week Thursday and Friday the ESRC and UK Data Services ran a workshop on “supporting human rights organizations to deliver insight from data”. Attendees for this workshop consisted of a mix of human rights organizations [Save the Children, Advocates for International Development, Fair Trials, the Ariadne network (European funders for social change and human rights), Housing Association Charitable Trust, the British Institute of Human Rights, Medaille trust, Freedom from Torture] and organizations or university researchers with relevant expertise in data management and/or analysis [UK Data Service, Surrey University, New Philanthropy Capital, The Times, The Guardian, the GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, King’s College London, DataKind UK, University of Manchester, COSMOS, CaSMa].

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