The Big Brother Complex: What Information Can The Police Get From Your Phone?

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(Original post at Decode Magazine)

What does your phone say about you?

From drunken selfies to private emails to banking information, modern smartphones can store vast amounts of personal data about their users. Police across the country are taking advantage of this new reality, investing in new mobile phone extraction technology that can reveal more about the people than your contact list.

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Solitary Confinement in the UK: A Closer Look at an Ineffective System

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The practice of solitary confinement, in which prisoners are restricted to individual cells for 22 to 24 hours a day with minimal human contact, is a highly controversial and contentious issue.

Whilst the use of solitary confinement is often justified through appeals to prisoner safety or order, the adverse effects on the health of those who are isolated as well as the potential for its misapplication renders the practice dangerous and potentially inhumane. The UK must take steps to ensure that as few people as possible are placed in solitary confinement in the future, and guarantee that no children or vulnerable adults are subject to this potentially destructive practice.

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On June 8th, we must protect the future of disabled people in the UK

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(Original post at Tremr)

Over 13 million people in the UK are disabled. On average, disabled people spend an extra £550 a month on living costs due to conditions outside of their control, and over the last seven years they have been disproportionately affected by changes to benefits and social care.

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Parliamentary candidates take part in Education Question Time event in Leamington

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(Original post at The Boar)

Parliamentary candidates for Leamington and Warwick took part in an Education Question Time event on Monday 22 May, in the run up to this months snap General Election.

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Mind the Gap: Dispelling Grammar School Myths

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(Original post at Tremr)

The grammar school debate is one of the most divisive issues affecting the UK’s education policy. Proponents have hailed grammar schools as tools for social mobility and academic excellence, whilst detractors have claimed selective education in fact reinforces social inequalities and leads to an overall decline in educational quality.

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The Art of the Deal: Tristram Hunt resigns

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(Original post at The Boar)

Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, has resigned in order to become Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum. The former shadow education secretary was a surprise appointment, as Hunt has no experience running an organisation of such size, despite a strong background in patronage for the arts.

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