Are you aware that your right to privacy is being violated everyday, even as you are reading these lines?
Governments around the world collect data from our private emails, calls, internet searches, contact lists, and phone locations. The UK government is one of the main perpetrators of this injustice. Join us during LSESU Amnesty International Society’s Anti-Mass Surveillance Campaign to demand an end to mass surveillance, call for more transparent surveillance laws, and fight for our right to privacy.
Here is what LSESU Amnesty International Society has planned for you!
Monday, February 8: Citizenfour (2014) Film Screening
6.30p in Kingsway 2.12
In 2013, documentary film director Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from someone who claimed to have information on the US and UK’s covert-surveillance programs. She flew to Hong Kong with investigative journalist Glen Greenwald and intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill to meet this stranger, who was revealed to be Edward Snowden.
Citizenfour gives the true account of Snowden, a former computer expert working for the US National Security Agency who offered inside information to the journalists regarding the unauthorised ways in which the US and UK governments were collecting and storing information on their own citizens and foreigners alike. Snowden sacrificed the comfort of his life to make the world aware of our governments’ extreme violations of privacy. Snowden lives in Russia as a political asylum seeker and is considered by some to be one of the most prominent human rights activists of the 21st century.
Pizza and drinks will be provided at the screening of this award-winning film!
Wednesday, February 10: Protect Your Privacy Online – Workshop
6.30p in Old Building 3.23
Have you ever wondered how private and secure your online communications really are? You invited to join a workshop that will empower you to protect yourself and safeguard your personal data in the online world. Please make sure you bring the devices that you use for communication, such as your mobile phones, laptops, tablets!
Ed Johnson-Williams from the Open Rights Group will run this workshop. Open Rights Group is the UK’s only digital campaigning organisation working to protect citizens’ rights to privacy and free speech online.
Thursday, February 11: Mass Surveillance – Debate Panel
7.00p in New Academic Building 2.14
This debate panel will examine the advantages and risks of mass surveillance. By engaging in this discussion, we can better understand the consequences of trading privacy for security.
Anthony Glees, MA MPhil DPhil (Oxford), Professor of Politics at the University of Buckingham. He is also Director of its Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies.
Harmit Kambo, Director of Campaigns & Development at Privacy International. This organisation is committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world.
The panel will be chaired by Andrew Murray, Professor of Law with particular reference to New Media and Technology at the LSE.
Monday, February 8 – Thursday, February 11: Come say hi to LSESU Amnesty International Society members outside Saw Swee Hock Student Centre if you would like to know more about this issue and to fundraise for the cause!
We hope to see you at these engaging and informative events! If you can’t make it, keep up to date through the blog!
Megan Erickson, Staff Writer