SIGINT10 - final10

Konferenz für Netzbewohner, Hacker und Aktivisten

Annie Machon

When people discuss government measures taken to combat the “war on terror”,they use terms such as totalitarian, police state, surveillance society. But what exactly are we dealing with? What are the criteria that define a police state, what constitutes an electronic surveillance society, and have our countries yet reached this point?

Annie Machon will draw on her wide-ranging experience to analyse these questions. She worked as an intelligence officer for MI5 in the 1990s before leaving to blow the whistle on the crimes, incompetence and lack of accountability of the spies.

Currently, she is an author, media pundit, political campaigner, and prominent public speaker on a variety of issues: security and intelligence, the war on terror, civil liberties, press and media freedoms, secrecy legislation and government accountability.

Annie had the pleasure of speaking at the 2007 CCC in Berlin. She focused on her experiences as a spy working for the British Security Service (MI5) and what it was like to blow the whistle on spy crimes.

Using her experience as a former intelligence officer for MI5 (the UK Security Service), a whistleblower and now a civil liberties campaigner, she will be talking about the increasing surveillance societies in which we live.

What do we mean by the words “totalitarian regime”? What is it like to live in a police state? Do we already live in an electronic surveillance society?


annie at anniemachon dot com

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