13/01/2013   Shock and grief at the death of Aaron Swartz

demandprogressdemandprogressInternet pioneer, activist and Demand Progress founder Aaron Swartz has committed suicide in New York. He was 26. His family and friends blame his death on an impending criminal prosecution for downloading academic data for release into the public domain.

22/12/2012   Government fails to curb power of the press

Hacked Off’s campaign to adopt the Leveson Report is boosted by latest News of the World settlement, while Murdoch’s US presidential coup is foiled. Tell the politicians to support the victims of press abuse.

03/12/2012   Police evidence to Draft Comms Data Bill "misleading"

5 out of 6 cases supporting the “snooper’s charter” or Draft Communications Data Bill give no plausible need for “prior blanket retention of the entire nation’s traffic and location data”, writes Caspar Bowden. In one case cited a corrupt police officer accessed data leading to a double murder.

23/11/2012   Act now for justice in Gaza

War on WantWar on WantJoin the War on Want and CAAT campaign for an immediate two-way arms embargo to stop the UK arming Israel. Support Oxfam in calling on the UK Government to use its influence to lift the blockade on Gaza.

09/11/2012   £1m funding gap to save trees at risk

Woodland Trust needs £1m in government funding to bypass EU delays in creating a project to monitor and protect the UK’s trees and woods from further devastation by disease.

19/10/2012   Live exports partial ban success

After the death of 45 sheep Thanet Council’s ban on animal exports at Ramsgate, opposed by the NFU, has been overturned by the High Court acting for 3 Dutch companies. Live exports have ceased at Ipswich but they may resume or find an alternative port.

29/09/2012   Life-saving "smart" aid rubbished by the Right

EU aid increasingly focused on the poorest people and countries has been attacked by the UK press and described as “farcical” by Tory Eurosceptic Dominic Raab. Fight back with campaigners ONE.org.

07/09/2012   Cull ignores trial results and dangers of night-time shooting

Although a 10 year study concluded that “badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control”, the government plans to license the shooting of thousands of badgers. Keeping culling locations secret will risk night-shooting fatalities, against all professional safety advice.

24/08/2012   £675m taken from Lottery for 2012 Olympics

Hold the government to account on its promise to repay Lottery money “diverted” to pay for the London Olympics. Thousands of charities lost funding and won’t see it back for up to 25 years.