Digital Culture –| 2008

electronic art, technology and culture

Freedom, not fear

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So, I stumbled across this, today:

It’s a worldwide protest against the use of surveillance technologies in repressive and oppressive ways.

Their demands?

1. Cutback on surveillance

  • no blanket registration of all air travellers (PNR data)
  • no information exchange with the US and other states lacking effective data protection
  • no secret searches of private computer systems, neither online nor offline
  • no blanket surveillance and filtering of internet communications (EU Telecoms-Package)
  • abolish the blanket logging of our communications and locations (data retention)
  • abolish the blanket collection of our biometric data as well as RFID passports
  • abolish the blanket collection of genetic data
  • abolish permanent CCTV camera surveillance and automatic detection techniques
  • scrap funding for the development of new surveillance techniques

2. Evaluation of existing surveillance powers

We call for an independent review of all existing surveillance powers as to their effectiveness and harmful side-effects.

3. Moratorium for new surveillance powers

After the homeland armament of the past few years we demand an immediate hold to new homeland security laws that further restrict civil liberties.

4. Guaranteeing freedom of expression, dialogue and information on the Internet

  • Ban the installation of filtering infrastructure on ISP networks.
  • Only independent and impartial judges may request the removal of Internet content.
  • Create a full right to quote multimedia, today indispensable to public debate in democracies.
  • Protect common internet places of expression (participatory sites, forums, comments on blogs) today threatened by inadequate laws encouraging self-censorship (chilling effect

Written by Danoot

September 8, 2008 at 5:35 am

2 Responses

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  1. Great idea to protest, but would we be singled out as “trouble makers”?


    September 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm

  2. I’m not pro-surveillance, but in reality, we are being watched all the time. They can track our phone call, internet access, bank account, personal data, personal purchase, almost everything can be tracked. From a viewpoint, it would be a great to be use for tracking crime suspects or predicting crimes/terrorism. What’s bad about it?

    However, personally I don’t trust the authority that utilizes surveillance system. For example government. Most of us will never know how, when and for what purposes we are being watched by the authority. How hard it is now to manipulate data (including video), done by those top-notch black hats? They found security holes in Pentagons “super safe” computer network. They hacked NASA’s encrypted mainframe. Is police networks are more “hacker-resistant” than US Military’s computer system? Then, how legitimate a surveillance data can be if we always have no assurance of the data security?

    It will never be a fair game. There will be no privacy in the future. Well, you can be alone enjoying your private time, but the authority always know where you are and what you are doing. At the end, total privacy must be afforded by money, I believe. Just for example, some multi-millionaires and billionaires are saving their money at the Swiss private bank. We know the bank, we know where it is, but safe-guard their clients details, even from government. How can we know that Bill Gates’ wealth listed on Forbes magazine is only a fraction of his total net worth?


    September 9, 2008 at 2:33 am

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