My CCC talk in Berlin in December 2007 about the role of Intelligence agencies in society.
In the name of protecting national security, spy agencies are being given sweeping new powers and resources. Their intelligence has been politicised to build a case for the disastrous war in Iraq, they are failing to stop terrorist attacks, and they continue to collude in illegal acts of internment and torture, euphemistically called “extraordinary rendition”. Most western democracies have already given so many new powers to the spies that we are effectively living in police states. As an informed community, what can we do about this?
Here is the presentation page on the CCC-2007-website. A video of the talk can be downloaded from the talk-page or watched directly through Google-video. I was honoured to receive a standing ovation at the end of my talk. A write-up of the talk can be found here. Enjoy!