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Talking to People about Privacy
This week we talk to Ina Sander from Cardiff University about how to talk to people about privacy, drawing on her research looking at how to teach 'critical data literacy' in schools.
You can find a resource for teachers we've been working with Ina on here: https://privacyinternational.org/learning-resources/teaching-about-data-resource-educators
You can read more about critical data literacy here: https://policyreview.info/articles/analysis/what-critical-big-data-literacy-and-how-can-it-be-implemented
You can find the database of resources for teaching about big data and algorithmic systems Ina mentions here: https://www.bigdataliteracy.net/database/
You can find PI's guides to help you and your loved ones protect yourselves online: https://privacyinternational.org/act
The EU, the Sahel and the Externalisation of Surveillance
While being the world’s largest provider of aid, Europe also exports surveillance around the world by training police, providing surveillance techand building widescale databases. While the benefits for European arms and security companies is clear, how this helps those it’s supposed to is less obvious.
We sat down with investigative journalist Giacomo to talk more about the impact of this financial flow to security forces and surveillance.
Giacomo’s report on Europe’s Shady Funds to Border Forces in the Sahel https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/3223/europes-shady-funds-border-forces-sahel
Giacomo’s report on The European Chase for Saharan Smugglers https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3347/european-chase-saharan-smugglers
Privacy International’s disclosures on the EU’s surveillance aid https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4291/surveillance-disclosures-show-urgent-need-reforms-eu-aid-programmes
You can follow Giacomo at @giacomo_zando
Surveillance: Made in Italy and sold around the world
Hundreds of companies around the world which develop and sell surveillance tech used to spy on people, making everything from malware used by governments to hack into phones to mass internet surveillance tools to monitor nationwide internet traffic. Italy is one of the main producers.
We spoke to investigative journalists Lorenzo and Riccardo from IRPI Media who have been digging into these companies.
You can check out IRPI Media at https://irpi.eu
Their series on surveillance (in Italian) is at https://irpimedia.irpi.eu/sorveglianze/
Their report on Med-Or (in English) is at https://irpimedia.irpi.eu/en-surveillances-medor-leonardo-marco-minniti/
Their report on Cy4Gate (in English) is at https://irpimedia.irpi.eu/en-surveillances-cy4gate-united-arab-emirates/
Violence at the EU’s borders: Tech and surveillance in Europe’s Human Rights Crisis
The migration crisis in 2015 brutally exposed the divisions in Europe. People who fled war and make it to Europe are being met with violence and intrusive surveillance at the border at the hands of state authorities.
We sat down with Natalie & Sergio from the Border Violence Monitoring Network to learn more about the situation at Europe’s borders.
This is the first episode in our Border Surveillance series. Join us next week for Surveillance: Made in Italy and sold around the world.
Josoor International Solidarity’s website is at https://www.josoor.net
No Name Kitchen’s website https://www.nonamekitchen.org
Border Violence Monitoring Network’s Website is at https://www.borderviolence.eu
Their reports documenting violence and trends in Greece and the Balkans route are at https://www.borderviolence.eu/category/monthly-report/
Lighthouse Report’s investigations on pushbacks in the Aegean are available at https://www.lighthousereports.nl/investigation/aegean-pushbacks-lead-to-drowning/
Privacy Internationa’s disclosures on the EU’s surveillance aid https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4291/surveillance-disclosures-show-urgent-need-reforms-eu-aid-programmes
Upcoming: Border Surveillance
This is a brief programming note. The next three weeks we'll be releasing episodes of a new mini-series looking at how surveillance is spreading around the world, driven by Europe’s war on migration and a complex web of surveillance and arms companies. Join Edin, PI's advocacy director, and some fascinating guests every Friday for the next three weeks for: Border Surveillance.
Then we'll be back to our Technology Pill episodes. Enjoy!
Corporate Spies Gone Wild
This week talk to Franz Wild from the Bureau of Investigative Journalists to discuss how the UK became a haven for the private intelligence industry and how corporate spies have been allowed to run wild.
The Enablers by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/projects/the-enablers
PI’s report: https://privacyinternational.org/report/4850/briefing-controlling-uks-private-intelligence-industry
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