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NO2ID Newsletter No. 100
« on: June 25, 2008, 11:14:18 am »
     ++ NO2ID Supporters' Newsletter No. 100 - 19th June 2008 ++


NO2ID will be making the most of the opportunity provided by David Davis
MP's dramatic resignation to encourage discussion of the surveillance
society and ID cards. Mr Davis has repeatedly used the phrase "the
database state", and we are sure that this is something he will want to
talk about too.

Whilst NO2ID cannot endorse any candidate nor any particular party, and
has no position on questions such as police powers, we welcome Mr Davis'
stance wholeheartedly. Yorkshire NO2ID groups will be organising public
information stands in Haltemprice and Howden on the two weekends
preceeding the poll on 10th July (contact for
details of how you can help).  Other groups across the county and
country as a whole will be doing the same in their areas.

+How to talk to other supporters via NO2ID mailing lists+

If you want to discuss the ID scheme/database state with people in your
area and get together to do something about it (such as organising your
own activities), NO2ID offers the means for you to do so with email
'mailing lists'.

The principle is simple. Once you are a member of a list then an email
from you to that list's address (which would be something like will go to everyone on the list and others
can reply in the same way - you can therefore have multi-party
conversations. It doesn't require you to have any special software and
is all managed on NO2ID's private servers.

It may look a little strange at first because we don't use an elaborate
commercial package, but it is easy to use if you try it. You will get a
strangely titled email from our server (something like "confirm
d97d8443846e7983c43d887fae5c13275b579874" ) containing details of the
list you are joining and a link to click confirming you intend to join
it. This stops someone else subscribing in your name.

Look at: to see the local
lists you can join.


       What's next?

*+ Help wanted +*
NO2ID needs a part-time office manager to get on top of its
administration (no pay at the moment but we might scrape together some
funding for what is a very important role). The right person will be
fanatically neat and organised and have experience in an admin role.We
are also looking for meticulous people to do data-entry to maintain our
membership and supporter records. A couple of hours at a time on a
regular basis. Contact if you can help

*+ Request for volunteers +*
NO2ID is looking for someone to run the NO2ID Myspace page. Please email
Matty Mitford on if you think you might be able
to help.

*5th July -- NO2ID at Open Tech*
Saturday, 5th July at ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY. NO2ID will be
running a couple of sessions at this event which is an informal one-day
conference on technology, society and low-carbon living. Doors open at
10am; the event starts at 10.30am. Tickets are £5 on the door.

         + LOCAL GROUPS NEWS +

We now have local groups in 44 of the 69 proposed locations for
interrogation centres - of which just 3 have yet to open. Parliamentary
answers indicate that the most active centres are: Belfast, Birmingham,
Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport,
Peterborough and Sheffield.

For information on your nearest interrogation centre, see If you can help set up a local
group in one of the remaining locations, or anywhere else in the UK,
please contact Matty on

_*+ Aylesbury +*_

*+ 15th July - Inaugural NO2ID Aylesbury Meeting +*
Tuesday, 15th July 7.30pm at The Bricklayers Arms : 19 Walton Terrace,
Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7QY. Contact: Neil
Briscoe at

_*+ Cromer +*_

*+ 7th July - Cromer NO2ID First Meeting +*
Monday, 7th July 7:30pm, at The White Horse Inn, West Street,
Cromer.Thereafter meetings will be at the same time and venue, on the
first Monday of the month.

_*+ Cambridge +*_

*+ NO2ID Stall at Cambridge Strawberry Fair + *
Cambridge NO2ID ran its now-traditional stall at the city's annual
Strawberry Fair on Saturday 7th June. Despite iffy weather and
intermittent light drizzle we signed up over 500 new supporters in 7
hours, and handed out over 1000 flyers. At times the queue at the stall
was three deep. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped. Here's a
photo of first shift on the stall, getting ready to greet the public at
about 11am:

*+ 21st June - NO2ID Cambridge Stall +*
Saturday, 21st June at 10am in the usual spot outside Cambridge
Guildhall. Location Map: As ever, volunteers
to help very welcome - please email, or text/call
Andrew on 07710 469624 if you can make it.

*+ 2nd July - Cambridge NO2ID pub meeting (1st Wednesday of each month) + *
Wednesday, 2nd July 7.30pm at the Salisbury Arms, 76 Tenison Rd,
Cambridge CB1 2DW ( For more
details contact, or text/call Andrew on 07710 469624.

_*+ Camden & Islington +*_

*21st June - Camden & Islington NO2ID Street Stall*
Saturday, 21st June 1pm-4pm in Crouch End, opposite the clock tower. Any
helpers welcome.

*7th July - Camden & Islington NO2ID Meeting*
Monday, 7th July 8pm at The Castle, 54 Pentonville Road. We cover our
table with NO2ID flyers. Any enquiries

_*+ Canterbury +*_

*22nd June - 'Taking Liberties' Film Showing*
Sunday, 22nd June at Orange Street Music Club, Orange St, Canterbury.
Doors at 7pm, showing starts at 8.30pm.  Music before and afterwards.
Entry free.  Please spread the word!

*28th June - Canterbury NO2ID Street Stall*
Saturday 28th June - Next Canterbury NO2ID High St Stall. Please get in
touch if you are happy to help out (

There is talk of organising a day-time weekend NO2ID picnic somewhere in
the green areas of Canterbury city centre over the summer.  If you're
interested in getting involved with this, or any event, please e-mail

_*+ Dorking +*_

Streets stalls are regular events every couple of weeks.  We now have
over 1100 signatures from 6 stalls.  On 25th September we have organised
a special "Question Time" to discuss ID Cards.  The panel will be
announced in due course, but we already have our MP signed up for it. We
continue to push for action against ID from our Council.

Meetings every first Tuesday at 7.30pm.  Venue changed - tba.  For more
info email .

_*+ Edinburgh +*_

*Saturdays 1pm - 3pm - NO2ID Edinburgh street stall*
Every week, weather permitting, you will find our campaigning stall at
the east end of Princes Street, opposite the Balmoral Hotel.  Do drop by
for a chat.  New volunteers - please contact John (,
and for more group information see

_*+ Glasgow +*_

*Most Saturdays 2pm - NO2ID Glasgow street stall*
Most Saturdays there are stalls in Glasgow city centre (usually Buchanan
Street) from about 2pm. Volunteers are always welcome, please contact
Geraint if you would like to help:

_*+ Kensington and Chelsea +*_

*+ 6th Ju;y - Kensington and Chelsea NO2ID Stall +*
Sunday, 6th July at the Earl's Court Street Fair. Anyone who would like
to help please contact Jill Manasseh at (

_*+ Lancaster +*_

Lancaster NO2ID's presence at the Community Festival this year proved
very successful, with both the young and old coming to discuss the issue
and sign the petition at the stall. Even the Mayor of Lancaster,
Councillor Keith Budden, stopped by for a chat and took a leaflet. Most
people seemed to be more aware of the ID scheme and NO2ID than the
previous year and were eager to declare their stance against it. A good
day was had by all until it started to rain.

_*+ Oxford +*_

*+ 6th July - NO2ID Oxford at the Cowley Road Carnival +
*Sunday, 6th July from noon. This is a great opportunity to raise
awareness of the government's scheme, but the carnival is 6 hours long
so we are definitely going to need some helpers.  Please let us know if
you can lend a hand ( The day will be split into 3
shifts: 1200-1400, 1400-1600 and 1600-1800. If you have any preference
which shift you help on, let us know that too.

_*+ Southampton +*_

*2nd July - Southampton NO2ID Meeting (the first Wednesday of every month)*
Wednesday 2nd July, The Dolphin pub, Osbourne Road South, Southampton
(next to St Denys railway station), 8pm. All welcome.

_*+ Yorkshire +*_

*+ Yorkshire NO2ID call for activists +*
Yorkshire NO2ID is putting out a call to activists across the county to
help with additional street stalls, leafleting and writing letters in
the run up to the Davis by-election. If you have thought about getting
involved in the NO2ID campaign and live in the region then now is the
perfect opportunity to help put a stop to the database state. No
previous campaign experience is necessary just bring your enthusiasm!
Email Regional coordinator James Elsdon-Baker at who
will put you in touch with other local activists. (NO2ID is non-partisan
and will be campaigning as usual against the database state and ID
cards, not for or against David Davis).

       What just happened?

         + Home Affairs Committee "A Surveillance Society?" Report
         published +

Last week (8th June) the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee
released their 'A Surveillance Society?' report. The report warns that
"ours could be described as a surveillance society unless trust in the
Government's intentions in relation to data and data sharing is
preserved" - so that's a yes then! On the database state they quote the
Surveillance Studies Network who point out that "the foundation for all
new surveillance technologies is the database". With regard to the ID
scheme the report recommends "that the Home Office publish its plans for
collecting and retaining administrative information as part of the NIR
[National Identity Register] and that it commit to a principle of data
minimisation for the National Identity Scheme".
Download the report (Fifth Report, HC 58-I & HC 58-II) at

         + Brown tells IPPR that technology will save us all +

Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a speech this week to the Institute of
Public Policy Research (IPPR) about "liberty and emerging threats to
security in London". Brown tried to suggest that there is public support
for the ID scheme because, although nay-sayers try to suggest that it's
about enhancing the power of the state, "in fact it starts from a
recognition of the importance of something which is fundamental to the
rights of the individual: the right to have your identity protected and
secure". The reality is of course that the more people hear about the ID
scheme the more they dislike it. On the recently released Home Affairs
Committee report he said: "I believe that the new plan for the ID card
scheme announced by the Home Secretary in March included important steps
in the direction of the 'principle of data minimization' which the
Committee recommends". It's hard to see how demanding from each of us
the 50 pieces of information (as laid out in Schedule 1 of the ID cards
act) and loading them into the National Identity Register, where they
will have to be updated and maintained throughout your life and beyond,
could be seen as data minimisation!
Read or watch the speech at

         + Sweden's little Echelon +

By the narrowest of margins (143 to 139), the Swedish parliament has
passed a law allowing the military radio service to monitor all
telecommunications between Sweden and other countries. The vote sparked
a furore in a country where midsummer celebrations generally mean a lull
in political interest. Visits to websites opposing the law outstripped
those to sites about the EURO 2008 football cup. Leading the "No"
campaign were IT specialists, lawyers' associations, civil rights
groups, the journalists' union and the newspaper publishers'
association. Many of the government's own MPs deserted it in the run-up
to the vote on 18 June. Major newspaper Dagens Nyheter commented: "It
will now be legal to eavesdrop and spy on people who are not under any
kind of suspicion. We're not talking about Yemen, North Korea or the
former GDR here, but about Sweden." Contacted by the paper, Privacy
International said the only known comparable surveillance system in
terms of intrusiveness is the US-British Echelon.

       "ID" in the news

*+ ICO to review surveillance annually - KableNet 17/6/08 +*
The prime minister has defended identity cards, biometrics and CCTV, but
has agreed that the information commissioner will write an annual review
of government surveillance for Parliament.

*+ David Davis is still right - The Guardian 17/6/08 + *
Those who doubted the effectiveness of David Davis's resignation last
week, saying it was a one-day stunt that would be quickly forgotten,
have only to read Gordon Brown's speech to the IPPR today to see how big
an impact Davis has had. The prime minister responded to all the main
charges made by Davis from the steps of the House of Commons last week
on 42-day pre-charge detention, ID cards, CCTV cameras and the DNA database.

*+ UK shame and US pride - The Guardian 16/6/08 +*
Guantánamo, however grotesque, is a one-off, which may soon end; but 42
days is part of a pattern which includes ID cards, CCTV cameras, and a
host of other measures whittling away our rights and the rule of law.
Unlike Guantánamo, the British laws are meant to last.

*+ MPs warn ID cards could be used to spy on the public - The Scotsman
9/6/08 +*
The UK government's controversial national identity card scheme could be
used to mount surveillance operations on members of the public, a
powerful committee of MPs has warned.

*+ Stallman attacks Oyster's 'unethical' use of Linux - ZDNet 9/6/08 +*
Free-software advocate Richard Stallman has spoken out against the
association of open-source software with London's "unethical"
Oyster-card system. "The GNU system (often called "Linux") has been
developed, since 1984, for the sake of computer users' freedom.
Ironically, it is now the basis for a system designed to smother the
freedom of the people of London, through online payments to Oyster cards".,1000000121,39431419,00.htm

*+ Mafia will steal millions of biometric identities, MPs warned - Mail
On Sunday 8/6/08 +*
Plans for biometric identity cards and a national ID database will play
into the hands of Mafia bosses, MPs have been warned. Crime bosses would
get hold of a person's unique fingerprint data and capture his or her
identity forever, said Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering
at Cambridge University.

*+ Cybercrooks plant phishing scam on crime reduction website - The
Register 3/6/08 +*
Phishing fraudsters hacked a Home Office crime reduction website to host
an Italian phishing website on Monday.

(Please send me any items of interest you encounter -
Editor( )


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