In this talk I gave at TEDXEastEnd Salon on December 10th, 2015, I explore how my understanding of anonymity and privacy was formed during the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980’s and how since that time our sense of privacy has been manipulated by our use of new technologies. I also look at how technology can be used to turn the tables on the state to surveil them and hold them accountable.
Projects and organisations mentioned
- What we’ve learned from sex workers – Project conducted by Tactical Tech working with sex worker collectives in Kolkata (DMSC) and Phnom Penh (WNU) to document police violence in their communities.
- Women Against Violence – Project conducted by the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network to expose police violence against women who use drugs.
- Rudiment – project using new and emergent technologies to help human rights investigators and journalists obtain, sift and analyse information.
- International Budget Partnership – collaborates with civil society around the world to use budget analysis and advocacy as a tool to improve effective governance and reduce poverty.
- FairPlay Alliance – works to provide data to investigative journalists and citizens to hold the government accountable
- Privacy International – investigates the secret world of government surveillance and expose the companies enabling it, litigates to ensure that surveillance is consistent with the rule of law, and advocates for strong national, regional, and international laws that protect privacy.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation – works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
- Privacy no longer a social norm, says Facebook founder. Bobbie Johnson, The Guardian. January 11, 2010
- GCHQ Accusted of ‘persistent’ illegal hacking at security tribunal. Owen Bowcott, The Guardian. December 1st, 2015
- Computer Crimes in Iran: Risky Online Behaviour. Article 19, 2015
- Boy, 16, bailed over TalkTalk hacking attack. BBC News, November 4th, 2015
- UK surveillance bill could bring ‘very dire consequences’, warns Apple chief. Ben Quinn, The Guardian. November 10, 2015
- Think you’re reading the news for free? New research shows you’re likely paying with your privacy. Tin Libert, Victor Picard, The Conversation. November 6th, 2015.
- Hackers can Hijack Wi-Fi Hello Barbie to spy on your children. Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian. November 26, 2015
- Theresa May to Tell Tory Conference that mass migration threatens UK Cohesion. Alan Travis, The Guardian. October 6th 2015.
- ‘Beyond terrifying’: Muslim Americans shocked by Trump and Carson quotes. Ed Pilkington, Ryan Felton and Nicky Woolf. The Guardian, November 2015