This announcement comes a bit late, but I've attached links to articles by Heather Brooke on government secrecy in the United Kingdom and the media for anyone interested in her work on "mind control propaganda." - AC

January 21, 2013

The investigative journalist who first exposed the MPs’ expenses scandal starts a series of lectures on Wednesday evening in London’s East End on how society is being manipulated by propaganda.

Award-winning journalist Heather Brooke holsds the series at the University of East Anglia’s London campus in Spitalfields.

Wednesday’s lecture includes a panel in which author Margaret Heffernan discusses ‘mind control’ and her book ‘Willful Blindness’.

Brooke, a freelance journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner who is a professor of journalism at City University, said: “Willful Blindness shows us just how vulnerable we can be to propaganda and mind manipulation. Heffernan goes through the scientific research to explain how our brains work when formulating opinion and how our hard limits on cognition can be used to peddle propaganda and false belief. We need to understand better how our brains work and why we think the way we do if we’re not to be fooled or manipulated.”

Her second lecture is February 12 when Guardian journalist Paul Lewis and former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis debate the problems of ‘Police, Propaganda and the Press.’

Articles by Heather Brooke

A sharp focus on CCTV

As the major political parties jostle for position in the run-up to the general election, it’s clear that the way the next government monitors and controls information about us will fundamentally shape British society in the next decades.

Electoral Secrecy

The secrecy and utter lack of accountability surrounding those public officials charged with overseeing UK elections.

Secret Policemen are having a ball at our expense

Once upon a time people complained of rarely seeing a bobby on the beat. Now they’re lucky to get a full glimpse of a policeman’s face.

PR is taking over our public institutions

A senior police worker is facing a disciplinary hearing for “damaging the reputation” of West Yorkshire police.

The libel laws are an abomination. They favour rich, litigious bullies at the expense of free expression.

Freedom – only if we can get the information

Two years on and the Freedom of Information Act has been enough of a success to warrant its possible demise.

Article: Academic use of freedom of information

Just as researchers are beginning to use the Freedom of Information Act for serious investigative research, the government has announced changes that will block all but the silliest and simplest requests.

Article: Future of investigative reporting

New techniques of accessing data online could lead to a revival of serious and challenging investigative reporting.

Article: Access denied to the laws that govern us

Article:  Journalists and wiretapping

The Information Commissioner thinks that journalists should be imprisoned for up to two years for paying private detectives to obtain information.

Article: Free Our Data