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Funzing Talks | Privacy: Post Wikileaks & Snowden

Funzing Talks | Privacy: Post Wikileaks & Snowden

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  •  91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Suitable for: Adults
Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK's Security Service, MI5, in the 1990s, before resigning to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the Br... More Info »
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When I resigned from MI5, helped to blow the whistle on spy crimes, and went on the run across Europe in the late 1990s, I knew that I would be hunted by my former colleagues. Twenty years ago a full investigation was limited by the technology, was resource-intensive, and had to be targeted, but I knew that my personal privacy was at an end: all electronic communications would be intercepted, friends could be pressured to report on me, and potentially even my home would be bugged – including the bedroom…

Now, however, it is so much worse – the growth of the internet has laid us all open to perpetual surveillance. We know from the NSA and GCHQ disclosures of Edward Snowden and those published recently on Wikileaks about the CIA’s spying and hacking capabilities that such intrusions are now carried out on an industrialised, global scale.

Forget about so-called Russian hacking - that is a diversionary tactic – it is America’s NSA and our GCHQ that we need to worry about. With the new Investigatory Powers Act in effect in the UK, everything we look at and everyone we contact can be legally collected and stored, and all our devices can be legally hacked to covertly record and watch us.

This talk explores why privacy is fundamentally important and how we can protect ourselves – from someone who has lived through the process.

Venue: Cafe 1001, Brick Lane

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

Earlybird Tickets: £12 (SOLD OUT)

Standard Tickets: £15

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Funzing Talks @ Night is a new concept which aims to make"Tedx" style talks more accessible. We've pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire and re-invent your after work beers.

Held in a hand picked range of bars across London, a Funzing Talks @ Night event makes the perfect after work mid-week activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that - you never know where it may lead you!

Photo credit: Flickr @Mike Mozart

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When I resigned from MI5, helped to blow the whistle on spy crimes, and went on the run across Europe in the late 1990s, I knew that I would be hunted by my former colleagues. Twenty years ago a full investigation was limited by the technology, ... Read More
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