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05-11-2007 18:09The academic world changes fundamentally when universities are understood as businesses. Rectors become CEOs and researchers and teachers become point-chasers through conditioning. A process of closure follows on the heels of the knowledge revolution.
05-11-2007 17:49Manchester Projectile Films presents a screening of acclaimed documentary "Taking Liberties", which details ten years of loss of civil liberties under Tony Blair and New Labour.
05-11-2007 17:13Today, the judges in Barry George's appeal described two recent documentaries on the case as "irresponsible".
05-11-2007 16:05Don't Back the Bid, back the Kids!
05-11-2007 14:16....terror threat."
05-11-2007 12:29Have you been stopped and searched by the FIT? Do you still have a record of your search?
05-11-2007 12:11Bail conditions imposed on a FIT Watch activist for allegedly causing £1 of criminal damage.
05-11-2007 11:37Maya Anne Evans, the first person to be convicted of noncompliance with the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (2005) - for reading the names of the Iraq war dead opposite Downing Street in October 2005, is in court on Tuesday 6 November for her refusal to pay two fines imposed for SOCPA convictions. She explains the reasons behind her refusal.
Against a “Global Security Architecture”, for more security-critical behaviour!
In the recent months more information about the investigation methods of security forces has been revealed: data storage, online searches, so-called “textual analysis of political pamphlets“ (used in the paragrpah 129a investigations against anti-G8 activists in Germany) and so forth. Police and intelligence services want to attain unrestricted access to personal data and internet user profiles. Internet providers are now forced to save their data traffic long-term in order to relieve the police databases.
The debate around the introduction of biometrical passports has called into attention the fact that the industry has already developed complex surveillance systems: Iris-scanning, RFID chips (e.g. for supermarkets or on ID cards) or automatic facial recognition. In the context of border control “privileged travellers” are supposed to be able to cross borders “automatically”. The new “European Agency for the operative cooperation in the field of management of external borders” (FRONTEX) is in charge of assessing permanently the risks and dangers at the borders of the EU, and to provide more coordination and control. Technological armament is at the centre of the agency’s policies.
05-11-2007 02:11Last Monday Channel 4's Dispatches broadcast a tired old story about corruption in Africa. In contrast, it has refused to make a program about fraud on UK government arms contracts, and the extraordinary favours government ministers and civil servants have done for companies accused of such fraud.