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."
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.’
Wired Magazine May 18, 2010
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.
Mail on Sunday May 10, 2010
The secrecy and utter lack of accountability surrounding those public officials charged with overseeing UK elections.
Big Issue January 18, 2009
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.
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.
A Ray of Light May be Snuffed Out
Sunshine Week March 12, 2007
Article for US Sunshine Week on Britain’s FOI laws.
The Times February 7, 2007
Two years on and the Freedom of Information Act has been enough of a success to warrant its possible demise.
Information World Review December 13, 2006
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.
The Journalist August 18, 2006
New techniques of accessing data online could lead to a revival of serious and challenging investigative reporting.
The Guardian August 17, 2006
The law of the land is unreadable – due to Crown Copyright.
The Times August 11, 2006
The Information Commissioner thinks that journalists should be imprisoned for up to two years for paying private detectives to obtain information.
The Guardian June 11, 2006
How can public information be free if there’s a charge?