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‘The World After Snowden’ – public debate, Science Museum, London, 6 November

The Dana Centre at the London Science Museum will host a public debate on ‘The World after Snowden’ on 6 November 2013, 7pm-8.45pm.

“Is there a balance between national security and privacy? Would the world be a better place without surveillance? Discuss how the whistleblower Edward Snowden changed the way we view privacy.”

Tickets are free on a first come, first served basis on application to ticketsdanacentre@ScienceMuseum.ac.uk

The Dana Centre is in the Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HD, UK. Ticket holders are advised to arrive 20 minutes before the start of the debate.

David Miranda: Witness statement of Oliver Robbins, Deputy National Security Adviser, UK Cabinet Office

Witness statement of Oliver Robbins, Deputy National Security Adviser for Intelligence, Security and Resilience to the UK Cabinet Office, given at the 27 August 2013 High Court hearing of David Miranda’s application for an injunction to prevent UK police from searching his electronic property, which was seized at Heathrow airport on 18 August 2013.

David Miranda is the partner of former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs.

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David Miranda: Lawyers’ letter before action

David Miranda’s lawyers’ Letter Before Action, sent to the UK Home Secretary on 20 August 2013, seeking injunctive relief to prevent UK police from searching electronic media taken from him at Heathrow airport. Mr Miranda is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist who broke the NSA surveillance story.

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Index on Censorship: EU leaders: Stop mass surveillance

Using the hashtag #dontspyonme, Index on Censorship has joined forces with 38 other organisations, spanning associations of journalists, human rights groups and freedom of information campaigners, to call on EU leaders and heads of government to take action against the use of mass surveillance programs in European countries. The petition is available to sign in eight languages: English, Russian, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Bulgarian and Estonian.

Read more and sign the petition here: EU leaders: Stop mass surveillance

Stop Watching Us: Letter to Congress

The Stop Watching Us campaign’s letter to Congress has attracted more than 575,000 signatures so far. It calls for Congress to reveal the full extent of the NSA spying programmes, and to:

  • Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
  • Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
  • Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.

Read more and add your name to the letter here: Stop Watching Us.

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Demand answers now

When the government was caught spying on American citizens in the 1960s and 70s, Congress created the Church Committee to right the government’s wrongs. Recommendations from that commission resulted in legal reforms that ensured judicial oversight of surveillance programs. Congress must act in a similar fashion and create a 21st Century Church Committee and enact strong legislation to rein in the Executive Branch and protect our communications.

“For far too long, secret law and a secret surveillance state have been a dark shadow on Americans’ freedom. It’s time to shine a light on NSA’s spying.”

Join EFF in calling for a full investigation by emailing Congress today.

If you are based in the US, read more and add your name to the message to Congress here: Massive Spying Program Exposed: Demand Answers Now

If you don’t live in the US, you can take part in EFF’s international action here: It’s Time to Call on US Internet Companies to Demand Accountability and Transparency