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Terror on an Olympian scale

Book extract Headspace is Reg contributor Amber Marks's exploration of how the state and private sectors are trying to exploit the science of smell to watch and control citizens. The book is published by Virgin Books and is available here. This week, in Chapter 20, Eden Olympia, Amber attends a conference dubbed Building a Secure World, …
Amber Marks, 14 Apr 2008
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So what could the MoD learn from the Stasi?

Book extract Headspace is Reg contributor Amber Marks's exploration of how the state and private sectors are trying to exploit the science of smell to watch and control citizens. Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing exclusive extracts from the book, which is published by Virgin Books and available here. Today we present Chapter 5 …
Amber Marks, 07 Apr 2008
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The Baying of the Hounds

Book extract Today marks the publication of Headspace - Reg contributor Amber Marks's exploration of how the state and private sectors are trying to exploit the science of smell to watch and control citizens. Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing exclusive extracts from the book, which is published by Virgin Books and available here …
Amber Marks, 27 Mar 2008
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Bladerunner and biometrics: Heathrow T5 unveiled

I felt like Charlie must have done when he glimpsed gold in the Wonka Bar, as I opened my email to see that The Register wanted me to go on an exclusive guided tour of Heathrow's Terminal 5. I'd read a lot about it in the press. It is a "building for a new age" and the public has been clamouring to get into it for years. A team …
Amber Marks, 26 Mar 2008
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Bioethics group raises DNA database concerns

Analysis The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has condemned the retention of "innocent" DNA on the National Database as unjustifed and unethical with "overtones of a police state". The council - a group of clinicians, lawyers, philosophers, scientists, and theologians - was established in 1991 to examine ethical issues raised by new …
Amber Marks, 19 Sep 2007
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Matching genes for criminal injustice

Next week, the Nuffield council on Bioethics is set to publish its thoughts on the ethics of using biometrics as forensic tools. In the lead up to the publication of the report, to be entitled The Forensic Use of Bioinformation: Ethical Issues, the debate about the use of DNA, particularly, has intensified. At the close of The …
Amber Marks, 12 Sep 2007
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Neuromancing the law

Column According to the Information Commissioner we are now waking up to find ourselves in a surveillance society. But what is a surveillance society? We can all see the cameras, so now everyone's chattering about CCTV. But what about the vast array of other technologies being sewn into the fabric of society? Who is controlling them, …
Amber Marks, 16 Apr 2007
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Science you can sniff at?

Analysis Ever wondered where the expression "barking up the wrong tree" comes from? It comes from dogs, who have been getting the wrong end of the stick for donkeys' years. Ironically, it is a dog's knack of following mistaken lines of inquiry that makes it such a reliable police surveillance tool. The police describe false alerts by …
Amber Marks, 12 May 2006