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The end of ID cards?
08-06-2010 13:36 | 6 comment(s)
Critique of Climate Camp action 17/18 October
16-09-2009 11:09 | 19 comment(s)
AirRobots Drone deployed at Demo against the BNP Event in Derbyshire
21-08-2009 01:26 | 9 comment(s)
Solar Water Heating Course
CCTV for Forest Fields approved by City Council
01-07-2009 09:42 | 4 comment(s)
CCTV proposed scheme for Forest Fields : public meeting report
24-04-2009 12:56 | 5 comment(s)
Police bail sysadmin in animal rights extremism probe
10-02-2009 22:01 | 6 comment(s)
Surveillance of Nottingham City Centre [Update]
20-01-2009 16:29 | 6 comment(s)
CCTV 'Treasure Hunt' around Nottingham
19-01-2009 18:10 | 1 comment(s)
CPO's with HeadCam, at protests against deportation of Amdani Juma
03-06-2008 20:57 | 11 comment(s)
Nottingham & Lincoln Animal Rights Joint Day of Action Against P&G
ID roadshow in Nottingham
21-05-2008 12:02 | 2 comment(s)
1 may Day of Climate Action
22-04-2008 20:52 | 14 comment(s)
New Nottingham Defy-ID Bulletin
Nottingham Defy-ID group back in business
15-03-2008 14:45 | 3 comment(s)
Iris scans for mental health service users
12-03-2008 16:28 | 4 comment(s)
NSPM: Climate Change Solutions Conference a Sucess
14-02-2008 18:08 | 2 comment(s)
Climate Change Solutions Conference
05-02-2008 20:49 | 2 comment(s)
Police State Britain - volunteer snitchessought for CCTV watch.
09-01-2008 13:57 | 3 comment(s)
Linux skill share at the Sumac
16-12-2007 12:18 | 2 comment(s)
Tasers in Nottingham
03-12-2007 21:47 | 2 comment(s)
Solar Panels installed at the Sumac
31-10-2007 20:33 | 4 comment(s)
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns Part 22
05-10-2007 12:40 | 1 comment(s)
wind power wins!
24-09-2007 22:31 | 1 comment(s)
Grey Water System at EcoWorks
24-09-2007 01:13 | 2 comment(s)
Straw Bale work on eco-building in St.Anns: Part 21
Biofuels talk and protest planning on 26th Sept 8pm @ Sumac
20-09-2007 13:07 | 1 comment(s)
Wind Turbines: Practical uses in Nottingham Area 3
Wind Turbines: Practical uses in Nottingham Area 2
Wind Turbines: Practical uses in Nottingham Area 1
15-09-2007 12:03 | 2 comment(s)
Polymer Chemist Smashes Environmental Apathy
23-08-2007 06:29 | 4 comment(s)
Hand Built Wind Turbine Course 20-22 July, Lincs/Notts
10-07-2007 13:27 | 1 comment(s)
School biometrics in the City and Notts
21-05-2007 11:05 | 3 comment(s)
Wind turbine building course, June 8th - 10th
12-05-2007 10:54 | 2 comment(s)
It's "International TV Turnoff Week" - kill your TV and get a life!
23-04-2007 13:25 | 1 comment(s)
'Rebel' bulletin - The Nottingham Sparrow - May 2007 - no.2
23-04-2007 10:26 | 6 comment(s)
Getting your message out there - workshop report back
Stagecoach: Take customers money & their health!!!!!!!!!!
06-04-2007 19:21 | 1 comment(s)
University project wants YOU to help spot suspicious behaviour on CCTV
31-03-2007 13:44 | 5 comment(s)
27-03-2007 00:26 | 1 comment(s)
Build your own wind turbine
03-03-2007 09:24 | 1 comment(s)
Nano Hazard Competition samples
07-01-2007 06:18 | 5 comment(s)
Report back from Defy-ID gathering in Nottingham
National Defy-ID Gathering in Nottingham next Sat Nov 25th
Notts Defy-ID Bulletin 4 Released
A glimpse of national ID card enforcement
19-10-2006 14:01 | 3 comment(s)
OFFER: 27 computer monitors (Mansfield Road Nottingham)
Defy-ID National Gathering - Nov 25th, Nottingham
22-09-2006 09:49 | 2 comment(s)
derby potatoes needs stopping, but what about genetic "medicine"?
Alarming rise of Children’s ID databases and biometrics in schools
21-08-2006 23:47 | 1 comment(s)
Notts Defy-ID Bulletin 3 Released
products using Nanotechnology
12-07-2006 06:09 | 1 comment(s)
Yet another bike 'thingy' is made: Pictures
Notts Defy ID website launched
29-04-2006 16:10 | 2 comment(s)
Nottingham/Notts Defy-ID meeting - Bill is now an Act
Dirty, Dangerous & Expensive
Video about the NAIL campaign
Indymedia needs YOU
17-03-2006 15:50 | 8 comment(s)
Designing and building the multi-person powered thingy - Nottm's Rinky-Dink
10-03-2006 01:18 | 4 comment(s)
Cog in the Machine (tagging & tracking workers - which, and by who?)
08-03-2006 17:26 | 1 comment(s)
Surveillance of Nottingham city centre
04-03-2006 00:32 | 38 comment(s)
ID Cards and Labour's "Enabling Act"
28-02-2006 19:32 | 1 comment(s)
Nottingham/Notts Defy-ID launches first bulletin
Union pushes for urgent energy reform
16-01-2006 14:32 | 9 comment(s)
Blair hypocrisy over nukiller power
14-01-2006 15:10 | 6 comment(s)
Reduce, re-use and re-design your rubbish - new website launched
Short Sharp Shots: A Tour of CCTV in Nottingham City Centre
Notts campaign against ID cards steps up a gear
Beam me up Scottie - ID Cards and Biometrics.
One day workshop on facilitation and decision making
Reminder: Big Day Out festival at the Castle this Saturday
New group set up in Notts to discuss issues of energy
ID Cards take action NOW for your right to be a person not data to be bought and
16-09-2005 20:13 | 2 comment(s)
Notts NO2ID meeting
16-09-2005 15:14 | 2 comment(s)
East midlands arms manufacturing @ Castle Donnington 14-15th September
10-09-2005 14:48 | 1 comment(s)
INDENITY CARDS - WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Jumping the gun on ID cards?
Free / Libre, Open Source Software and other technology news.
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The Nottingham City Council scheme to impose CCTV on Forest Fields is facing increasingly organised opposition. Much of the affected area has been leafletted with anti-CCTV material and campaigners against the scheme attended a consultation meeting last Thursday to make their views known. Many are worried about the intrusive and controlling nature of CCTV and think it would contribute to suspicion rather than strengthening the local community.
Whilst the police and the Council's Area 4 Management claim to be engaging in consultation their language regarding CCTV has always framed it as a necessary development. Ironically, these same people objected to a journalist taking their photos at the meeting, indicating that residents are not the only ones who are concerned about surveillance! The plans have already been scaled down from 5 camera masts in Forest Fields to masts at 3 locations but campaigners vow to continue until it is scrapped.
Newswire: CCTV proposed scheme for Forest Fields : public meeting report | CCTV in Forest Fields - public meeting on April 23rd | Forest Fields Latest: CCTV | Forest Fields CCTV Update | CCTV coming to Forest Fields unless we act NOW! | Surveillance of Nottingham city centre | Surveillance of Nottingham City Centre [Update]
Previous feature: Watching the watchers in Nottingham
From the 28th January, as part of an extended pilot scheme, residents of Nottingham will be subject to Voice Risk Analysis when telephoning to make a claim for Job Seekers' Allowance.
Voice Risk Analysis (VRA) software analyses a person's 'normal' voice and flags up changes in frequency and tone characteristics which may mean the person is lying. The DWP has helped to fund a series of local pilot schemes to study the effectiveness of the technology in reducing so-called "benefit fraud" (which pales into insignificance when compared with tax evasion by the rich). Even amongst those who worry about such things, there is scepticism about this usefulness of this technology as an anti-fraud tool. Mainstream critics say that savings do not necessarily mean the software is accurately pinpointing fraudsters, arguing that genuine claimants may also be deterred from claiming when entitled to benefits.
Background Links: Nottingham Proforma for Expressions of Interest for DWP City Strategy | Strategy: Nottingham Local Area Agreement | DWP Fraud and error - Voice Risk Analysis (VRA) | DWP Press Release: Hutton announces new technology to strengthen fight against benefit fraud | TUC lies, damned lies and lie detectors: introducing lie detector tests for benefit claimants | Handard - Social Security Benefits: Lie Detectors 23 Apr 2007 : Column 928W | Government to use voice 'lie detector' technology to catch benefit thieves | Advanced Validation Services (AVS)
On Tuesday November 27, Nottinghamshire Police used a Taser stun gun on a man in Beeston. Although it has attracted only limited interest, it could be an important development. Tasers have recently been introduced to the police arsenal in the UK, having been widely used by police in the US and Canada for some time. This happened with minimal public debate, despite increasing concerns about their use across North America. Currently restricted to armed response officers there are calls from both senior and rank and file police officers for their use to be greatly expanded. They certainly aren’t going to go away any time soon
According to the Evening Post, Notts police were called to reports of a man acting erratically outside the Natwest on High Road, Beeston at 11.30am. The Post also indicates that there was a suggestion the man might have been carrying a firearm, however it is now clear the man did not have a gun and there is little in the article to indicate on what basis such suspicions might have arisen. The various eyewitness reports certainly indicate erratic behaviour, but if anything make the presence of a gun seem unlikely. One account has the man shouting, “Call the police,” while another has him pushing people about threatening to “knock you out.” Hardly behaviour which would indicate he was armed.
Links: Tasers in Nottingham | Police taser diabetic in a fit,when they should be arresting terror oil corprats | Canada Probes Taser After Another Death | USA - anotherone killed by police using "less" lethal taser | TASER GUNS BY UK POLICE ,HAVE BEEN CAUSING CONTROVERSY IN AMERICA | Taser’s don’t kill, Excited Delirium does!
This week Europe’s largest Biofuels event took place in Nottinghamshire amid growing concerns about severe impacts on climate, biodiversity and food production. The exhibition, featuring over a hundred trade stands, ran alongside a conference which opened on Wednesday with a key note speech from BP Biofuels’ Europe & Africa Director Oliver Mace, but was quickly thrown into chaos when a number of people dressed in suits marched onto the stage and pied the BP’s CEO for the ‘dangerous and dishonest’ greenwash and protest at the catastrophic effects of replacing climate-stabilising ecosystems with arable crops for biofuel feedstocks.
Throughout the afternoon, people held a very visible protest outside the conference which was held at the Newark Showground, north of Nottingham. To coincide with the national Biofuels Conference, protestors from No Agrofuels UK blockaded the D1 oils refinery and offices in Middlesbrough to raise awareness of the detrimental impact of agrofuels. 18 Protestors chained the 3 gates to the refinery shut and 2 protestors were D-locked to the main gates. No vehicles were able to enter or leave the site and all work appeared to have been stopped. Several banners were tied over the gates including "No Agrofuels, Land 4 People, Food, Biodiversity" and "Climate Change Profiteers".
On the newswire: Activists crash biofuel party 2 [afternoon] | Activists crash biofuel party 1 [morning] | Photos from Bio-Diesel Expo banner demo | Banner Protest outside Biodiesel Expo in Newark | Blockade of D1 Oils - anti-agrofuel demo | BP Executive pied as Europe's largest Biofuels Event disrupted | Biofuelwatch talk at the Sumac Centre, Nottingham
V3 Power build small wind turbines and run courses teaching people how to make their own turbines. They put a couple up at various events, to inspire folks to get involved with such alternatives. The turbines they build are 'axial flux' turbines with a 2.4 metre blade in diameter and typically sit on top of a 10 metre guyed mast. They are mostly made from recycled materials
By running courses where people can learn how to build, install and maintain their own turbine they offer people and communities the chance to release themselves from reliance on the national grid while making a real difference to the climate change problem. So, get involved.
Pictures: Wind Turbine Workshop [ 1 ] | [ 2 ] |
Wind Turbines: Practical uses in Nottingham Area [ 1 ] | [ 2 ] | [ 3 ] |
Spring into Action :: Build your own wind turbine workshop | Sounds on the Downs - Wind Turbine Set-up
Links: V3 Power | Hugh Piggott - Scoraig Wind | Construction of Permanent magnet generator' (PMG). [pdf] | Wind rotor blade construction [pdf] | Small Wind Systems for Battery Charging [pdf] | Fieldlines: Wind 'Expert'discussion board [lodsa help here] | British Wind Energy Association | Wind power - Wikipedia | Centre for Alternative Technology | Engineers Without Borders [International NGO for engineering students] |
Labour's ID scheme is supposedly on the rocks, but let’s not be overly comforted by this news. There are good reasons to continue to build up the pressure. In particular, passport developments in the UK Identity and Passport Service (IPS) and the European Union could result in alternative identity databases, and since the Act is on the statute books, compulsory ID could start at any future date.
From emails leaked to the Sunday Times on July 9th, a senior Whitehall official has said the multi-billion pound scheme for compulsory ID cards and the National Identity Register (NIR) could take years to introduce and is likely to end in failure, and officials responsible for ID in the crisis-ridden Home Office are preparing for the project to be 'canned completely'. We can rejoice that a damning assessment from those closest to the plan should help to undermine Labour’s attempts to win support for ID cards. But let’s not be overly comforted by this news.
Also, work has been done on another "eco-building" at ECOWORKS, a community garden project on the Hungerhill allotments in St. Ann's. Volunteers have been working on this exciting project since last October, and the walls up now! Straw bales are a low-impact, highly insulating and user-friendly building material. The construction process is highly inclusive, satisfying and fun.
Tony Blair set out new plans today for a nuclear power policy, as him and other cabinet ministers attended a Labour Party forum, at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. The conference centre is based at Nottingham University, where students jumped into action after it was leaked to Nottinghamshire Indymedia that Tony Blair was to visit the Uni. A call out for a demonstration, meeting at 10am at the Portland Building (on Notts Uni campus) was supported by a number of local campaign groups including the Students Union, Nottingham Stop the War, Nottingham Student Peace Movement, Lenton Anarchist Forum and the arts activism collective the Mischief Makers.
Read: report and timeline
From the newswire: Union pushes for urgent energy reform | Prime Minister visits Nottingham University :: Surveillance Operations | Prime Minister visits Nottingham University :: piccys 1 | Prime Minister visits Nottingham University :: piccys 2 | Pic's of Tony Blair visit in Nottingham | Blair hypocrisy over nukiller power | PM rallies for nuclear power in Nottingham | Blair to visit Nottingham Uni THIS Saturday
Background links: Greenpeace target climate changer Blair at Downing Street | Blair nuclear announcement scuppered | Meacher condemns pro-nuclear 'spin' | Blair Reignites Nuclear Debate - American lobbying adds to pressure | Blair must not back new nuclear power plants