Thursday, April 8, 2010

UK Internet Surveillance of Muslims (Part 2)

Last week the UK Guardian newspaper published an article (here) on police training internet cafe owners to conduct surveillance on Muslims who could be using the anonymity of such spaces to conduct illegal activities (i.e. terrorist plots). This comes just weeks after a report was released about police surveillance of bloggers on islam-related issues in order to classify them as pro- or anti-Islamic. It is clear that public safety and security is teh basis for such activities, but it also raises questions about the specific practices of security professionals in their attempts to identify and assess security threats. See my previous post for context and questions concerning this issue.