cj#402> Population Survellance report (fwd)


Richard Moore

Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996
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Subject: cr> "Big Brother Incorporate"

We all know of the great work being done by Marc Rottenberg, Dave
Banisar, and the other folks at the Electronic Privacy Information
Center (EPIC).

Now comes a top-notch international privacy expert, Simon Davies,
(collaborating with EPIC) with some dire warnings about the
"international surveillance trade" and how it is fostering "mass
surveillance" by secret police and military authorities in developing

(I am posting an excerpt below.  The complete piece will
be posted to our Web site this weekend.)

Also look out for Simon Davies' upcoming piece in the March issue of
WIRED magazine on the damaging effect of U.S. politics on the Net.


Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995

LONDON, ENGLAND, 1995 DEC 11 (NB) -- Privacy International, a not-
for-profit personal privacy organization, has issued a free 150-page
report in which it claims that there exists a massive international
surveillance trade funded by the arms industry and led by the UK.

According to Simon Davies, the director of Privacy International,
"Big Brother Incorporate" aims to show the world exactly what goes in
the world trade as regards surveillance. The report is billed as
investigating what Davies calls "the global trade in repressive
surveillance technologies," and is available for free download at
http://www.privacy.org/pi/reports/big_bro/ .

Davies told Newsbytes that the report shows how technology companies
in Europe and North America provide the surveillance infrastructure
for the secret police and military authorities in such countries as
China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Angola, Rwanda, and Guatemala

The report's primary concern is the flow of sophisticated computer-
based technology from developed countries to developing countries --
and particularly to non-democratic regimes. The report claims to
demonstrate how these companies have strengthened the lethal
authority of the world's most dangerous regimes.


"Many countries in transition to democracy also rely heavily on
surveillance to satisfy the demands of police and military. The
technology described in the report makes possible mass surveillance
of populations. In the past, regimes relied on targeted surveillance,"
 says the report.

"Much of this technology is used to track the activities of
dissidents, human rights activists, journalists, student leaders,
minorities, trade union leaders, and political opponents. It is also
useful for monitoring larger sectors of the population. With this
technology, the financial transactions, communications activity, and
geographic movements of millions of people can be captured, analyzed,
and transmitted cheaply and efficiently," it adds.


(Steve Gold/19951208/Press & Reader Contact: David Banisar, Privacy
International, tel 202-544-9240, fax 202-547-5482, Internet e-mail

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