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Building Syria’s surveillance state: new Privacy International investigation launched today

12 December 2016

The investigation was done with the assistance of Netzpolitik.

The Arab Spring of 2011 transformed the political landscape of the Middle East and Gulf. The scale of the popular uprisings seemingly caught off guard the governments of Syria, Egypt, and Libya among others, leading to brutal crackdowns, civil wars and instability that continue to this day.

Social media intelligence, the wayward child of open source intelligence

12 December 2016

This piece originally appeared in the Responsible Data Forum.

Would you mind if, every time you post a comment on Twitter, Facebook or another social media platform, the police logged it? I mean, it’s public — surely it’s fair game?

If you think that’s OK, then maybe it’s also OK for a police officer to follow you when you walk down a busy street. That’s also public, right?

New investigation reveals Syria’s mass surveillance ambitions and the shadowy Western surveillance companies that profit from it

12 December 2016

Privacy International has today published an investigation, which sheds light on the shady deals that built Syria’s surveillance state and the role Western companies have played in its construction. The investigation also shows how Western surveillance companies seek to exploit loopholes to do business with repressive states.

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Big Brother is about to be joined by his Crazy Cousin. The time for trust is over.

30 November 2016

This piece was written by PI Research Officer Edin Omanovic and originally appeared here.

Whatever happens over the next few years, if there is to be a storm, then it is best to prepare. It is essential that western liberal democratic societies are resilient enough to uphold their fundamental values.