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Privacy, open society and the challenge of 11 September

A one-day public conference organised by Privacy International & the Electronic Privacy Information Center

The Old Theatre, London School of Economics
Friday 6th September 2002
10.00 - 5.00

Hosted by the Department of Information Systems,
London School of Economics

Admission - free

The events of September 11th have placed unprecedented pressures on such fundamental rights as privacy, freedom of association and freedom of expression. National security and law enforcement agencies have moved quickly to increase their mandate, often without the checks and balances of transparency and accountability. Legislators have rushed to promulgate security laws, often without open debate.

In an era of concern over public safety, what is the future for civil liberties and open society? One year after September 11th, this important conference brings together key figures from throughout the world to discuss these crucial issues.

Speakers and respondents will discuss developments in privacy and surveillance, free speech and censorship, national security, international government co-operation, freedom of information, law enforcement capability, financial privacy, identity and tracking systems and the role of civil society.

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