Last nights very well attended talk covered an introduction to some of the worst abuses of our rights and privacy conducted by the UK and other governments, from hacking into the computers of our allies to indiscriminatingly recording every Yahoo video chat.
There’s an extensive write up from the Pirate Party on their web site, but some of the key takeaways were that
- We must defeat mass surveillance at the political level, or it becomes a technology arms race with no end or winners
- The Snoopers Charter is about giving police the same power GCHQ already has, and look how well that worked
- If you can use mass surveillance to spy on everyone, why bother sorting out child poverty or other issues abroad?