Chris Jones

Journalist, researcher, editor and occasional translator based in London.

Biometrics in identity cards: the Member States want to fingerprint children

"Proposals to make fingerprinting of all identity card holders in the EU obligatory were published by the European Commission in April as part of a proposal on "strengthening the security of identity cards and residence documents". Early discussions in the Council foresee not only maintaining the... Read more

The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism Policies: Undermining human rights, instrumentalising civil society

"The globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) policies is the most significant development in counterterrorism policy in the last decade. What began as a rhetorical commitment from a handful of agencies has developed into a plethora of policies, deployed from Finland to the Philippines.... Read more

UN Security Council mandates worldwide air travel surveillance and profiling, biometric collection, terrorist watchlists

"In the name of "preventing, detecting and investigating terrorist offenses and related travel," all UN Member States must develop systems for processing and analysing Passenger Name Record (PNR), Advance Passenger Information (API) and "fingerprints, photographs, facial recognition, and other... Read more

Irregular migration to Spain: a state of exception

"In late 2017, a prison-to-be was converted into a detention centre by Spain’s interior ministry, and used to hold some 500 Algerian nationals travelling to the country by dinghy. One of them subsequently died, isolated in his cell. The majority of detainees have now been deported, and an official... Read more

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