UK: Modern Liberty

by Irma Arkus

The erosion of our rights and freedoms has been a growing problem across the first world nations, and it has been coupled with improvements in technology that allows for more efficient surveillance methods.

What started with an excuse of “war on terror” or “fighting crime” has grown into a serious concern, as freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, and pretty much all other freedoms have been on the sacrificing platter for the sake of some type of security and law enforcement or another.

UK, of all places, has served as a type of incubator for a lot of ideas of social control and civil rights curtailments by methods that are now up for sale in Canada and US.

Not only is UK one of the most surveilled nations, with CCTV capturing continuous movements of its citizens at every step, but its recent anti-terror legislation which allows the police to arrest anyone holding a camera or a recording device, has some members of UK public feeling that all of this has crossed a line of tolerance.

Now (seriously? only now?) UK academics and public have formed a convention on Modern Liberty. It contains some interesting blog posts, and videos about fundamental rights and freedoms that seem to have been flushed down the sink in the last decade or so. It is well worth the time and effort to check it out, and take some action, whether you are in UK or not. [Modern Liberty]