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Help Wanted Making the Business Case Against Mass Surveillance

Once again the threat of blanket surveillance legislation is back thanks to the new government. One of their first acts was to announce the return of the Snoopers' Charter.

This is not just a threat to civil liberties, and a waste of resources that should be better channelled on actually protecting us. It is a threat to our economy too. Software companies announced they would be pulling out of the UK :
http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/software-companies-are-leaving-the-uk-because-of-governments-surveillance-plans/
This is way more significant than whether Katie Hopkins or Paul O'Grady come and go. The signal is that we have a government that doesn't get tech, that would put investment in danger, and would directly interfere in digital business.

I'm working on a non-partisan project with http://fight-back.org.uk/ to preparing briefings for politicians and influencers in a language they understand. I want to help build the case already articulated by Aral Balkan for example.

What would be immensely helpful is short (1 or 2 sentence) quotes from people involved in the tech sector and business why-
the Snoopers' charter would impact your business or
mass surveillance threatens the UK tech sector or
the government's approach threatens tech investment or growth

You can email me l.kaye@pirateparty.org.uk
Or tweet @LozKaye ( that will help to keep it focused)
Or leave a message here

Include who you are and your business / background.
Initially I am after input by Friday 10th July- but input always welcome.

There is a big fight ahead. We have to make our case, and make it well.

Comments

  • edited July 2015
    From my perspective, Regardless of whether I'm in the I.T industry or not, the collection of my information could be used to target me outside of the web or even used to assassinate my character - and that's what's most concerning. We're literally entering into a period which has stark contrast to Nazi Germany, whereby anything a person did which was deemed "wrong" by the Nazi party was immediately used against them.
    Imagine for example, if I was to utilise the webs vast collection of explicit material (i.e. porn) and that data was collected and then later used against me alongside the fact that I'm a parent. I'm sure I don't need to go into detail about how dangerous those situations could become if put across in the wrong manner by the media.

    In terms of contacts, I would suggest trying to contact Rob Miles, of the University of Hull. He's a computer science lecturer and has headed the Microsoft Imagine Cup a few times. So I should think he's got a few opinions on it. Additionally, Contacting Jon Moss of C4Di in Hull might be a good idea. I will put the feelers out and get in touch with you direct if they're willing to comment Loz.

    Is there anything we can do to highlight the issue? Perhaps we could attract Russell Brand to do a Pirate Edition of his Youtube "Trews"(?) vlog. That has a decent audience.

    Ed.
  • edited July 2015
    Interesting fact of the day: I'm just watching



    about 1 hr 20 into the documentary, there's an ex-director of the NSA who says "If you've got nothing to hide, it's ok, you're fine... but, you know who said that first? It was Goebbels (Nazi)". Interesting because William Hague has said the same thing.
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