Silkie Carlo

Silkie Carlo
Liberty
Senior Advocacy Officer

Silkie Carlo is our Senior Advocacy Officer. She leads our programme on Technology and Human Rights, advocating for the protection of rights in areas including state surveillance, new policing technologies, uses of big data, artificial intelligence and free expression online.

Liberty recently launched a landmark legal challenge to the mass surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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

Silkie is the co-author of Information Security for Journalists.

Articles by Silkie Carlo

Misidentification and improvised rules - we lift the lid on the Met's Notting Hill facial recognition operation

Silkie Carlo goes behind the scenes of the Met's worryingly inaccurate and painfully crude facial recognition operation where the rules are devised on the spot. 

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Facial recognition: what it is and why you should care

With the Met set to 'trial' controversial facial recognition technology at Notting Hill Carnival again, it's vital all attendees know what it is and why the plan must be scrapped. 

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Why Google DeepMind secretly gaining 1.6 million UK patient records is a human rights issue

There’s been a privacy scandal unravelling behind the scenes in the NHS for the last 18 months. You might be affected – and you wouldn’t even know.

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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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