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Big Brother Watch is a UK civil liberties campaign group fighting for a free future. We’re determined to reclaim our privacy and defend freedoms at this time of enormous technological change. And we fight to win.



Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch and host of this podcast, discusses the critical issues of our time: emergency powers, freedom of speech and surveillance.

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Big Brother Watch is a UK civil liberties campaign group fighting for a free future. We’re determined to reclaim our privacy and defend freedoms at this time of enormous technological change. And we fight to win.



Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch and host of this podcast, discusses the critical issues of our time: emergency powers, freedom of speech and surveillance.

    Coronavirus Act: Biggest Expansion of UK State Power in a Generation — Silkie Carlo & Steve Baker MP

    Coronavirus Act: Biggest Expansion of UK State Power in a Generation — Silkie Carlo & Steve Baker MP

    In this fifth episode of the Big Brother Watch Podcast, Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch and host of this show, talks with Steve Baker MP, a former minister and now an influential backbench MP who sits on the executive of the 1922 Committee. We had this conversation in a crossroads moment before the […]

    • 31 min
    Covid-19 and the Rise of Biosurveillance — Silkie Carlo, Dr. Stephanie Hare & Prof. Evan Selinger

    Covid-19 and the Rise of Biosurveillance — Silkie Carlo, Dr. Stephanie Hare & Prof. Evan Selinger

    How is surveillance evolving during the COVID-19 crisis? What are the economic incentives behind it? How stackable are these different sorts of surveillance? Is the pandemic putting the panopticon under our skin? In this fourth episode of the Big Brother Watch Podcast, Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch and host of this show, talks […]

    • 51 min
    Coronavirus: Battle for Liberty 2.0 — Silkie Carlo & Shami Chakrabarti — #3

    Coronavirus: Battle for Liberty 2.0 — Silkie Carlo & Shami Chakrabarti — #3

    Shami Chakrabarti, the former head of Liberty and Labour peer, joins Big Brother Watch director Silkie Carlo to discuss the changing landscape for civil liberties and human rights post-Covid-19. Shami joined Liberty the day before the 9/11 attacks, which changed the civil liberties debate for a generation. In this podcast, Shami and Silkie discuss the […]

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Coronavirus, social media censorship and the impact on free speech — Silkie Carlo, Matthew Lesh & Rachael Jolley — #2

    Coronavirus, social media censorship and the impact on free speech — Silkie Carlo, Matthew Lesh & Rachael Jolley — #2

    Are social media platforms still open public squares, or controlled speech zones censored on the whims of favoured governments? Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch and host of this show, is joined by Matthew Lesh (Adam Smith Institute) and Rachael Jolley (Index on Censorship) to analyse the impact of the pandemic on free speech […]

    • 46 min
    Over-policing, emergency laws and future biosecurity — Silkie Carlo, Kevin Blowe and Eveline Lubbers discuss the policing of the pandemic in the UK — S01E01

    Over-policing, emergency laws and future biosecurity — Silkie Carlo, Kevin Blowe and Eveline Lubbers discuss the policing of the pandemic in the UK — S01E01

    In this first episode of the Big Brother Watch Podcast, Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch and host of this show, talks with Kevin Blowe (Netpol) and Eveline Lubbers (co-founder of the Undercover Research Group). In this conversation we talk about the changes in policing in the UK with the use of the new […]

    • 51 min

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