Why you should care about privacy rights even if you have “nothing to hide.”

Privacy matters to each of us, but it is often difficult to articulate exactly why having our privacy eroded makes us uncomfortable. It is all too easy, however, to dismiss the attempts of digital privacy activists to curb the culture of mass-surveillance that dominates governance in the modern age. So often in these conversations, we … More Why you should care about privacy rights even if you have “nothing to hide.”

Privacy advocate and security expert clash at debate over mass surveillance

If you ask Harmit Kambo about the privacy rights of UK citizens, he will describe an opaque system of spying as GCHQ and the NSA collect billions of personal emails and online communications. Kambo is a director at Privacy International, a London-based NGO that fights for the right to privacy across the world, and he is … More Privacy advocate and security expert clash at debate over mass surveillance

Citizenfour film review: A gripping documentary that will jolt you out of complacency toward mass surveillance

If you’re not already a bit paranoid about the government’s ability to monitor your phone and internet communications, and pretty much track your every movement and purchase, Citizenfour might compel you to go log off and go off the grid. The Academy Award winning documentary tells the story of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency … More Citizenfour film review: A gripping documentary that will jolt you out of complacency toward mass surveillance

Get Ready for the Anti-Mass Surveillance Campaign!

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 … More Get Ready for the Anti-Mass Surveillance Campaign!

“I’m Not a Joke”: Daniel Arzola’s campaign to combat violence, stereotyping, and ignorance

An enduring problem the LGBTI community continues to face concerns the persistence of negative stereotyping. Artist and activist Daniel Arzola seeks to reserve this grossly preserve form of abuse. In an interview with It Gets Better Project,1 Arzola describes how his childhood in Venezuela was saturated with violence. His sexuality spurned attacks. In one instance, he … More “I’m Not a Joke”: Daniel Arzola’s campaign to combat violence, stereotyping, and ignorance

Rising religious extremism causing immense setbacks for the LGBT rights movement

2015 – A year of progress for the LGBT community, or a year of setbacks? What can we expect for 2016? These are the questions on many people’s minds at the beginning of this new, uncertain year. Despite the fact that significant progress was made in 2015, such as the legalisation of gay marriage in … More Rising religious extremism causing immense setbacks for the LGBT rights movement

Let’s Talk About Talking About Rights

Rights matter. The narrative of “human rights” is, arguably, one of the most successful discursive tools ever created. Thousands of organisations exist worldwide with the protection of human rights as their primary goal; elections have been won and lost on candidates’ human rights records; we see the term as synonymous with democratic government. It has … More Let’s Talk About Talking About Rights

From Mubarak to Al-Sisi: Exploring LGBT Rights in Egypt

Egypt is a country with a deep, profound, and unique cultural history; a history that in fact still shapes the country’s largely positive worldwide reputation today. Although in recent years the country’s history have been a tumultuous one, consequently leading to a plethora of views concerning the country’s economic standing, its human rights abuses, and its … More From Mubarak to Al-Sisi: Exploring LGBT Rights in Egypt

Detention, dehumanization and disbelief: The challenges facing LGBTI asylum seekers in the UK

Despite all the discrimination and violence she experienced in Jamaica as a gay woman, perhaps the most traumatizing experience for PJ Samuels was her time in immigration detention in the UK. Samuels claimed asylum in July 2010, and instead of Home Office staff looking at her binder of documentation, they sent her to Yarl’s Wood … More Detention, dehumanization and disbelief: The challenges facing LGBTI asylum seekers in the UK