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Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 14:25:15 -0800
From: Phil Agre <pagre@alpha.oac.ucla.edu>
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Subject: [RRE]Call for Nominations: 2001 US Big Brother Awards

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Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 15:46:07 -0500
From: David Banisar <dbanisar@privacy.org>
Subject: Call for Nominations: 2001 US Big Brother Awards



On March 7, 2001 the watchdog group Privacy International will hold
the third annual "U.S. Big Brother Awards" to name and shame the
public and private sector individuals and organizations which have
done the most to invade personal privacy in the United States in
the past year.  The ceremony will be held at the Cambridge Hyatt in
Cambridge, Mass at the 2001 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference.

Three distinctive "Orwell" statutes of a golden boot stomping
a head will be presented to the government agencies, companies
and initiatives which have done most to invade personal privacy.
A "lifetime achievement" award will also be presented to the
organization that has systematically invaded privacy over a long
period of time.

Previous "winners" in the United States include The Federal Bureau of
Investigation, DoubleClick, The FAA's BodyScan system, the Department
of Commerce and Microsoft.

Positive "Brandeis" awards will be also be given out to champions of
privacy.  The Brandeis Award is named after US Supreme Court Justice
Louis Brandeis, who is considered the father of American privacy
law, describing privacy as "the right to be left alone".  The awards
are given to those have done exemplary work to protect and enhance

The judging panel, consisting of lawyers, academics, consultants,
journalists and civil rights activists, are inviting nominations
from members of the public.  Nominations can be made directly from
the site:


Privacy International will post the 'most popular' current nominations
on the site.

More information on the Computers, Freedom and Privacy 2001 Conference
is available at:



About the Big Brother Awards

The first awards ceremony was held in October 1998 in the United
Kingdom on the 50th anniversary of the writing of George Orwell's
1984.  There have now been 10 awards ceremonies in 6 countries --
US, UK, Austria, France, Germany, and Switzerland and PI members
and associated groups are planning events in several more countries.

The International Big Brother Awards page can be found at:



About Privacy International

Privacy International (PI) is a human rights group formed in
1990 as a watchdog on surveillance by governments and corporations.
PI is based in London, England, and has an office in Washington,
D.C.  PI has conducted campaigns throughout the world on issues
ranging from wiretapping and national security activities, to ID
cards, video surveillance, data matching, police information systems,
medical privacy and Freedom of Information.  PI's membership includes
IT specialists, lawyers, judges and journalists from forty countries.
More information on PI is available at:


David Banisar, Deputy Director             *  Banisar@privacy.org
Privacy International - Washington Office  *  (202) 483-1217 (tel)
1718 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200       *  (202) 483-1248 (fax)
Washington, DC 20009          http://www.privacyinternational.org/