Some campaign resources on privacy and surveillance

Owen Blacker
7 min readJul 24, 2015

I posted this to my blog about a year ago and figured it might be worth syndicating to Medium. Most of these resource are a little dated in context and somewhat UK-specific, but they may be of interest to some.

So I’ve been clearing out my filing cabinet, which I’ve barely even opened in the four years we’ve been living in Woking. This means I’ve been reminded of a bunch of papers and references I compiled for campaigning — mainly against ID cards. Now I don’t need all of these in hardcopy, so I’m looking them all up electronically. As I wanted to have them as reference, I figure that other people might also like the references, so why not put together a blogpost at the same time.

Also, I had a folder of stuff specific to the 2002 “Snoopers’ Charter” stuff relating to the draft “The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data: Additional Public Authorities) Order 2002″ to implement parts of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 , which we defeated. Descriptions and summaries of posts to the UK Crypto mailing list are my own analysis added now, not at the time.

This post was originally accompanied by the photo Restore The Fourth Amendment 25, by Stephen Melkisethian. As it was released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence on Flickr, however, I have not used it here, because I have come to realise that non-commercial licences should be considered non-Free and the compatibility of NC licences with commercial software-as-a-service hosting is in doubt.

Originally published at on 5 July 2014.

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Owen Blacker

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