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Has a generation of activists given in to surveillance?

Reflections after months poring over interviews with activists about surveillance.

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Has a generation of activists given in to surveillance?

Reflections after months poring over interviews with activists about surveillance.

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openDemocracy is looking for a skilled editor to help shape a public debate about the future of the BBC. Application deadline: May 31st 10am (GMT)

G4S promises (again) to repaint asylum seeker red doors and relocate families at risk

Four months after 'red doors' scandal broke, security company says it really will stop making asylum seekers’ homes so easy to locate and attack.

The UK Gangmasters Licensing Agency: a model to be followed and how to undermine it

The GLA has helped mitigate labour exploitation at the British end of agricultural sector supply chains, however British immigration policies and insufficient labour protections in sending countries threaten those gains.

This is what Anti-Austerity looks like

Photo essay: People's Assembly against Austerity protest, London, 16 April 2016.

Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

The invisible victims of economic violence ought to shame the media

The dominant media have failed to report on the pain, misery and fatalities associated with economic violence: from the devastating effects of the Work Capability Assessments to the increase in foodbanks.

Doubts over cause of death of man, 25, at remote UK immigration lockup

Day two of the inquest into the death of Bruno Dos Santos.

Has a generation of activists given in to surveillance?

Reflections after months poring over interviews with activists about surveillance.

Have we passed peak SNP?

With the SNP losing their majority, has the party reached its zenith? And what's happened to Tom Nairn's three dreams of Scottish Nationalism?

The BBC has lost touch: here's how it could re-connect

A filmmaker advises BBC news staff on how to better engage with the harsh realities of life for many in Britain.

Medicines untaken, appointments missed by young man who died at immigration lockup

Jury hears of ‘chaotic’ and ‘stressful time’ at the Verne immigration removal centre. Day one of the inquest into the death of Bruno Dos Santos.

Dangerous omissions and intellectual obfuscation: the ‘left-wing’ case for Trident

Recent arguments claiming to make a left wing case for Trident are riddled with holes.

Why is the government so close to BAE Systems?

The British government has a very cosy relationship with the people arming Saudi Arabia.

Report: Impacts of surveillance on contemporary British activism

St Andrews University and openDemocracy interviewed 25 activists, and surveyed more than a hundred, about the impacts of surveillance on activism in the UK. Here are our findings.

Dear Liberal Democrats

In the second of a series of letters to progressive political parties, the Compass chair encourages the Lib Dems to pick a side, and show why they are needed.

G4S suspends 5 staff over alleged attempts to massage 999 response figures

Commercial partners G4S and Lincolnshire Police are jointly investigating fake emergency calls that made outsourcing look good.

A roadmap for the BBC’s support of local journalism

Instead of strengthening the UK’s local news monopolies, here’s how the BBC could support civic journalism.

How long before the MOD’s flying panopticon starts spying on us?

Technologies developed by the military for use against foreign enemies have a habit of finding their way into the hands of civilian police forces.

Don’t be fooled: Brexit or Bremain, both want us to fear Turkey

Ironically, Britain’s PM did not counter the slanderous comments made against Turks, but instead sought to demonstrate that he too would prevent them from entering the country.

Asylum seekers with red doors are still being targeted by racists

Regardless of government orders and promises to Parliament, UK property company Jomast carries on putting asylum tenants at risk.

Democracies, free speech and the right to offend.

In light of Donald Trump's discriminatory comments towards women, Mexicans and Muslims, ought some voices to be silenced? 

Locked up, pushed out. Shaida’s welcome to Britain

While European leaders bicker over their asylum rules, Shaida waits in dread.

NHS managers are being forced to lie to the public

This latest “Transformation” will kill the NHS if we let it.

Media amnesia, austerity and the great crisis

In our era, media amnesia has played a central role in the legitimisation of Austerity measures. For certain sections of the media there is clearly a wilful forgetting – or, more accurately, misremembering.

Austerity as a failed experiment

Austerity is a failed experiment, it is an elite narrative that informs a set of policies whose outcomes are not yet fully known - they are contingent, contested and uncertain.

The European project is ours: let's roll up our sleeves for remain

How the EU got to where it is and what can be done about it. Chapter 8 of Blimey, it could be Brexit!

Dear Greens

In the first of a series of letters to progressive parties, the chair of Compass encourages the Green Party to drive the political debate.

The junior doctor agreement looks like a sell-out

It seems the government has won its "red lines". So it looks like this deal won't protect junior doctors or patients, and will hasten NHS privatisation. Doctors need the public to fight alongside us, more than ever.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans - kill or cure for the NHS?

Local NHS areas have til June to try and submit convincing plans to dramatically improve healthcare whilst saving large sums of cash. But the decision making is secretive and dysfunctional.

A Norwegian view: are things really so bad outside the EU?

The British are being told that leaving might mean 'the Norwegian option'. From our perspective, we're doing very well indeed outside the EU, and our people, by a big majority, have absolutely no desire to join whatsoever.

Who are the runners and riders for next Green Party leader?

With Natalie Bennett announcing she isn't restanding to lead the Green Party of England and Wales, who will replace her?

The England Euro 2016 team: an imagined community of eleven named people

What does the newly announced Euro 2016 team tell us about the state of multicultural England?

"Health as a social movement" - or just more jobs for the boys?

England's NHS boss has said he wants to turn the NHS into a 'social movement'. But you and I aren't invited.

New series: Anti-Austerity and Media Activism

Today we launch a new series, the latest collaboration between Goldsmiths and openDemocracyUK, exploring the role of media in both supporting austerity and empowering its opponents.

UK media and the legitimisation of austerity policies

By featuring some perspectives whilst excluding others, UK media has played a crucial role in the legitimisation of austerity policies.

Part of the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series.

Let’s not shatter the fragile ecology of British broadcasting

While the government's plans for the BBC are under scrutiny, the future of Britain's hugely successful system of public service broadcasting is at risk.

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