6:30 for 7pm start.
Edward Snowden has revealed how GCHQ conduct indiscriminate mass surveillance of internet communications. At this month's meet-up we'll have a run down of the GCHQ snooping operations and we'll be asking you to tell us which of them concern you the most. We'll also be discussing what actions we can take against mass surveillance of our private communications.
One of the most recent revelations is the routine mass collection of images from the webcams of Yahoo! users. Other revelations include the 'Tempora' program which taps into fibre-optic cables that pass through the UK and the introduction of flaws into the systems that the world relies on for secure internet commerce.
You can read about the revelations to date on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_surveillance_disclosures_(2013%E2%80%93present)
and in particular the ones that relate to GCHQ on Wired: http://www.wired.co.uk/tags/GCHQ
We're looking for people to find out about a GCHQ operation of their choice and then talk for 5-10 mins about it. If you want to get involved then please leave a comment to say what you'll be talking about.
Mark Wrangham will be talking about interception of data from mobile phones and the Smurf tools project to control mobile phones remotely.
Richard King will be talking about the Optic-Nerve project which involves the harvesting of images from the webcams of Yahoo users.
This meeting is open to everyone. Please come along if you want to learn about mass surveillance or if you want to join in the discussion.
The Don't Spy on us campaign (http://www.dontspyonus.org.uk) was launched by the Open Rights Group and other organisations last month. The key principles are:
1) No surveillance without suspicion
2) Transparent laws, not secret laws
3) Judicial not political authorisation
4) Effective democratic oversight
5) The right to redress
6) A secure web for all
"The UK's intelligence services can process 21 petabytes of data per day - that's 39 billion pieces of information that could be the private data of any citizen. This mass surveillance violates your privacy and chills free speech across the globe. The current law offers little protection. The Don't spy on us campaign is calling for reform of the legal framework so the intelligence agencies stop spying on us."
Richard King will also be updating us on the Censorship Monitoring Project.