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Where next for the #spanishrevolution? NEW
Safer Cities? 3 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
(I am taking the liberty of using this space to publish a follow-up on my previous post, this time not talking specifically about the issues I usually deal with in this column. I hope readers will understand, forgive, and come back for more on securi...
Insecurity and the #spanishrevolution NEW
Safer Cities? 3 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Hour, 38 Minutes ago
First of all, apologies for neglecting this space for so long. I do my best to update it regularly, but life has a way of making time fly (if the wait becomes unbearable -haha- you can always follow me on the Spanish daily Público). As some of you m...
You think you’re not a terrorist? Think again NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
I have written extensively about the growing confusion between Homeland Security and community safety, and outside and inside enemies, both in Englishand in Spanish. I feel that the current lack of interest in defining where the limits of governmen...
The Nonsense Game (not funny) NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
When I was little, there was a game we would play quite often, called The Nonsense Game. We would sit in a small circle and the person to my left would whisper a simple question to my ear, and I would reply. I would then ask something else to the per...
WikiLeaks: welcome to the sousveillance society NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 39 Minutes ago
Nobody questions the fact that we live in a surveillance society -the development of surveillance-oriented security technology, improved intelligence-gathering and data-mining, identification and tracking techniques embedded in our everyday lives and...
If you see something, say something NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
There are several catchphrases that have caught up in our surveillance culture. “If you see something, say something” is up there with “Nothing to hide, nothing to fear” and “There is no liberty without security”.
The limits of my privacy NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Working on surveillance, one of the issues that keeps coming up is that of privacy. Most arguments against the proliferation of surveillance technologies are based on their intrusive character and the need to guarantee people’s right to their p...
Things money can’t buy NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
If you have money, you can buy yourself a good education and a good medical care. You just have to pay enough money to access a good service, and your increased health and education will not depend on the heath and education of the rest of the popul...
From Foe to Friend NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
One of the things that strikes me about security is how the safer we are, the more scared we feel. So much so that I think there must be some truth in the hypothesis that there is something about fear and suspicion that just breeds fear and suspicion...
The burqa as a symptom NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
In the last few days, several towns and cities in Spain have banned the burqa in municipal buildings. The initial intention was to ban it altogether in public space, but luckily, and in line with the trend of local governments leading the drive to co...
Arizona in our backyard NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 9 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 37 Minutes ago
It is interesting to follow the debate over Arizona’s new immigration law from Europe. With the US being the country that exported the “Broken Windows Theory” that led to Zero Tolerance and 3-strikes-and-you’re-out practices,...
Times Square bomb scare: Jane Jacobs vindicated NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
In 1961, writer and community activist Jane Jacobs published The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which continues to be a powerful tool to question most mainstream urban planning, but also security policies in public space. One of her main ar...
So what’s that camera up there for again??? NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
… or CCTV? Think Twice (III) Every once in a while, the press reports on a case of bystander passivity, of people being attacked, insulted, killed or abused in a public space or area while people around the scene just ignore it. The latest inci...
Police Code of Ethics: nothing to hide, nothing to fear… right? NEW
Safer Cities? 4 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
A few days ago, a Commission including police trade-unions and officials decided to vote against a Code of Ethics which has been developed over the last year by the former anti-corruption prosecutor, Carlos Jimenez Villarejo, now in charge of the so...
The only safe street is the empty street NEW
Safer Cities? 5 Years, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
George Monbiot publishes an interesting op-ed article today in The Guardian, remembering Ian Tomlinson’s death at the G20 protests a year ago and reflecting about police tactics when dealing with protest. In the second half of his piece, he als...
Cámaras que no ven, gobiernos que no sienten NEW
Safer Cities? 5 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
After the latest of a series of ‘mistaken identity’ episodes linked to wrongly-identified terrorists, one wonders how many more innocent people will have to pay such a high price in terms of rights for Security policies which look more li...
Does this make you feel unsafe? NEW
Safer Cities? 5 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
If painting things over walls leads to crime, what does drawing things by cleaning walls lead to?
(in)seguridad, (im)productividad y desigualdades NEW
Safer Cities? 5 Years, 1 Month, 7 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
According to a Santa Fe Institute economist, one in four Americans is employed to guard the wealth of the rich (links in English).