Silkie Carlo

Silkie Carlo
Liberty
Policy Officer (Technology)

Silkie Carlo is one of our Policy Officers, specialising in technology and surveillance. Since joining Liberty in November 2015, she has focused on the Investigatory Powers Bill, contributing to our legal, policy and technical analysis and promoting surveillance powers that are human rights compliant.

Before joining Liberty, Silkie provided technical training to journalists and lawyers at risk and worked for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund.  

Information Security for Journalists, of which Silkie is the co-author, can be accessed here. 

Articles by Silkie Carlo

Sacrificing our rights is a surrender of the values terrorists seek to destroy

Last week’s terrorist attack was horrifying. From our office in Westminster, the sudden sound of sirens, racing police cars and then helicopters was chilling. As news came in of the lives lost, London was stunned to a sort of silence.

But the aftermath is characterised by the solidarity and British resilience we rely on for national healing.

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As Snoopers’ Charter becomes law, our message to the Government: see you in court

The passage of the Investigatory Powers Bill through Parliament is a sad day for British liberty – but the fight does not end here.

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A review of the bulk powers in the Snoopers' Charter is welcome - but the Government must get it right

After consistent lobbying by the Labour party and Liberty, Home Secretary Theresa May has finally announced that there will be a review of bulk powers.
 
The Government’s outgoing Reviewer of Terror Legislation, David Anderson QC, is to conduct a review of practices first revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden that Government is now seeking to retrospectively legitimise via powers contained the Snoopers’ Charter. 

The news has been given a cautious welcome at Liberty HQ. 

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The IP Bill: the good, the bad and the downright scary

On Tuesday – less than three weeks after the draft version came in for severe criticism from no less than three cross-party committees – the Home Office published its Investigatory Powers Bill.

In an accompanying statement, Theresa May said she was “pleased to say that the revised Bill, along with the supporting material that we are publishing alongside it, give effect to the vast majority of the recommendations made by the three Committees”.

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5 Reasons why we need intercept evidence in court

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – the Government’s new surveillance law – is currently going through Parliament – and has just received huge criticism from every committee to scrutinise it. The Bill is a once-in-a-generation chance to shape our spying laws for the better. But as it stands, it risks both our freedom and our safety.

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Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: a jargon-buster

The 300-page Draft Investigatory Powers Bill is so filled with technical jargon that the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee labelled it “confusing”. Here, we break down the language barrier that shields this crucial piece of legislation from much-needed public scrutiny.

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Control Alt Delete: Time to re-boot the IP Bill

Today the ISC – or to give its full name, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament – has released a report condemning much of the Government’s Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. This is noteworthy because the criticism comes not from the mouths of ‘tech nerds’ or rights groups, but from the Government’s own committee for overseeing the affairs of the security services and GCHQ.

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Respect our data

Whether you have read the entire copy of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill or just caught snippets in the news, it doesn’t take much to notice the Government is using a lot of complicated terms to legislate for mass surveillance.

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"Widespread doubts" towards the Investigatory Powers Bill

Yesterday, the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee released its assessment of the Government’s Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. Its conclusion: the legislation is confusing, even to tech experts.

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The case for targeted surveillance

Go back just a few years and it’s doubtful you or your friends expected you were being spied on – persons of interest just because you’re people. Of course, thanks to Snowden and subsequent legal challenges by Liberty and others, we now know all too well that secret surveillance of the entire population has been the status quo for over a decade.

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