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The fight against the surveillance state has only just begun

The truth is that Labour and Conservatives have colluded over subsequent governments to dramatically expand the extent of the surveillance state in Britain – writes Loz Kaye

We are often told that the British public at large does not really care about the issue of mass surveillance. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he does not “think that Snowden has had an enormous public impact”. Certainly, the United Kingdom has not seen huge public demos or the kind of intense pressure on our politicians that has been seen in the United States and in Germany.

Thursday, 13 February, 2014 (All day)

David Cameron takes snooping lessons from the telly

THE UK PRIME MINISTER reckons that watching telly has told him a lot of what he knows and thinks is right about government surveillance of mobile communications and internet data traffic.

Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party, was unimpressed with this, and suggested that there is an attention gap somewhere.

"Anyone who argues that we don't have the capability to target communications clearly hasn't been paying attention over the months of the Snowden revelations. What is going on is an attempt to justify the liberties that have been taken without a democratic mandate," he said.

Friday, 31 January, 2014 - 23:00

Don't Spy On Us: it's time to hold politicians to account for mass surveillance

UK digital rights organisations have teamed up to launch Don't Spy On Us, a protest against mass surveillance perpetrated by the NSA and GCHQ and a call for a public inquiry on the topic. It coincides with a similar initiative in the US titled The Day We Fight Back, which takes place today, 11 February 2014.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said: "We're often told that the British public at large doesn't really care about the issue of mass surveillance. But the Westminster crowd should not mistake their own inability or unwillingness to act for a wider apathy."

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014 - 23:00

Loz Kaye on ACTA crash: Politically poisonous to be anti-Internet

Europe's Internet users welcomed the EU parliament's decision to reject a controversial anti-piracy treaty. ACTA which is an international trade agreement is aimed at preventing large-scale intellectual property theft. Critics claim the treaty would threaten people's web freedom. Outside the EU, ACTA has been signed by the US, Canada, Japan and several other countries. Loz Kaye, from the Pirate Party UK, says the rejection by the EU Parliament is a historic victory for citizens over lobbyists.

 

Thursday, 5 July, 2012 - 23:00

Interview with UK Pirate Party leader, Loz Kaye

Shout Out UK interviews Loz Kaye.

How did you feel when you were made leader of the Pirate party UK? Is it hard to lead a UK fringe party?

I’m happy that the members have backed me as Leader – after all it’s their party not mine. And to be honest when I was voted in for the first time in 2010 it was all still a bit of a surprise. I have always been interested in politics, but had the idea that it was something that other people did. You know, the ones in think tanks and with politics degrees. But after all, politics is too important to be left to politicians.

I think this is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, I’d say to anyone who has ever moaned about politicians, get in there and see what you can do.

Tuesday, 21 January, 2014 - 23:00

UK Government wants to throw filesharers in jail

OVERBEARING UK GOVERNMENT ministers have called for custodial sentences for persistent filesharing offenders.

The INQUIRER spoke with Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party. He told us in a statement, "It is beyond belief that the coalition continues to swallow the copyright fundamentalist line uncritically. These draconian proposals of 10 years for 'digital copyright theft' are completely out of proportion. Compare to the 30 months that Stuart Hall got for indecent assaults on girls, for example.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014 - 23:00

More Democracy: Learning From Norway's Response to Terror

Loz Kaye comments on the context of the Anders Breivik attacks.

Right from the outset, the reaction from Norway has set the tragic events in a wider perspective. The Justice Minister noted how the attack was against one of the best expressions of democracy, young people meeting together to discuss politics and be active. In Scandinavia many have felt it was an assault on the kind of open society that people see as fundamental to their way of life. They pride themselves that their politicians and public figures are accessible.

The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's response has been very clear- the answer to violence must be more democracy, more openness, more participation in society. On the national broadcaster NRK various commentators expressed a fear that increased security would also lead to the shutting off of the political class from ordinary people.

Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 01:00

Could Wikileaks revelations result in less internet freedom?

The Wikileaks website has revealed a diplomatic report setting out a long list of key facilities around the world which the United States describes as vital to its national security.

As cyber attacks on the Wikileaks site mount, could the affair end up limiting the freedom and power of the internet?

The BBC's Lawrence Pollard brought together Loz Kaye from the UK Pirate Party, which campaigns for internet freedom, and Stewart Baker, who used to work in policy for the US Department for Homeland Security.

Monday, 6 December, 2010 (All day)

Filesharer sentenced to three years' probation

A 58-year-old grandmother has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegal music downloading.

Muir was caught downloading the tracks after an investigation by two music trade bodies, British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party, said he was "hugely dismayed" by Muir's "disproportionate sentence". He added: "The evidence should have been properly tested in court. It seems now there is a pattern of rights holders targeting vulnerable people to score quick wins for publicity."

Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 23:00

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