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Anti-snooping gurus converge on London

Surveillance experts gather in London to discuss growing concerns over snooping

The world's experts on surveillance and privacy will converge in London this Friday to discuss the growth of government snooping in the Internet age.

The International Surveillance by Design conference to be held at the London School of Economics will see an international band of technical and political experts discuss how the average Internet user can fight back against laws like the RIP Act.

Experts on government surveillance, the latest snooping technologies and cutting edge counter-surveillance measures for privacy-conscious citizens will be in attendance.

And the number of people concerned about hi-tech surveillance is set to grow with governments seemingly falling over themselves to install draconian laws. Several governments including Russia and the Netherlands helped Britain establish an international trend in introducing Internet surveillance protocols. It was recently found that the CIA in the US employs an ISP snooping device codenamed Carnivore.

"There is a genuine concern that, contrary to what the government says, new technology is removing people's privacy," says ex-Ministry of Defence cryptography expert Brian Gladman. "There is massive scope for completely undermining people's privacy and the data protection commissioner is completely unable to cope."

Notable figures at the meeting will include Duncan Campbell, a journalist world renowned for his work on the Echelon satellite surveillance network, Wayne Madsen of the US Electronic Privacy Information Centre and Tony Bunyan from the UK Statewatch Web site. Leading expert on cryptography Ross Anderson from Cambridge University will be explaining recent technological developments in surveillance and representatives from anonymous Internet browsing firm ZeroKnowledge will be advising citizens on how to protect their right to privacy.

Privacy campaigners from the Netherlands and Russia will also be at the event.

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