A Conference hosted by the Network for Police Monitoring.
Sunday 17th April. 10.30am – 5pm.
Venue : Rich Mix 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Entry: £5 (unwaged) £10 (waged) donation. This includes tea, coffee and a
light lunch.
Prior registration is essential.

Speakers include: Tom Fowler (activist and editor of Radical Wales), Marc
Vallee (photojournalist and investigative journalist), Jason Parkinson
(videojournalist), Kevin Blowe (Community centre worker, writer and
commentator), Sam Walton, (activist with green and black cross and climate
camp legal teams), Emily Apple (Fitwatch activist) and others to be
confirmed.

The gathering of ‘intelligence’ by police on political protesters and
minority communities is now a commonplace activity. Some initiatives hit
the press – the use of undercover police officers to infiltrate pacifist
and environmental campaigns, for example, or installing ’covert’ cameras
with counter terrorism money to watch the movements of Birmingham’s Muslim
population.

Others have become routine and systematic; photographing people attending
demonstrations; demanding names and addresses; ’mapping’ communities;
gathering information from universities, Mosques and community
organisations; building up a database of protesters and their activities.
Intelligence gathering is big business, and there are huge sums to be made
by the companies that produce and supply the latest surveillance equipment
or analytical software.

What is driving this rapid and seemingly unstoppable descent into a
surveillance state? Why are so many of us potential targets for state
scrutiny? Is an increasing demand for intelligence driven by a fear of
‘extremism’? Or by the availability of technology and the millions that
can be made from it? And what can be done to stop it?

Many of the speakers at the Standing up to Surveillance conference have
first-hand experience of the personal and political consequences of
intelligence-gathering by police or security services. The aim is to
provide a space to share experiences, pool knowledge, and develop a deeper
understanding of how our society as a whole is affected.

Everyone is welcome.

The Network for Police Monitoring includes campaign groups Fitwatch,
CAMPACC, Newham Monitoring Project, Climate Camp Legal Team and The
Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp.