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Technological developments in security

On 11 November 2010 the 'Global Security Challenge' conference took place in London.

The Global Security Challenge offers a $500,000 prize fund to the most innovative security startups and SMEs. Supported by US Government agency Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) and industry giant BAE Systems plc, GSC prides itself in attracting unique technologies with great disruptive potential.

Please find further information about the 2011 challenge on the conference website.

UK counter-terrorism chief pledges respect for civil liberties

The junior minister responsible for counter-terrorism in the UK, the EU's most surveillance-heavy country, has promised to keep civil liberties high on her agenda. But some new developments in security technology are making their own creators feel "uncomfortable.

Security chief criticises EU approach to air safety

The head of security at one of Europe's busiest airports has said that EU governments should invest more resources in old-fashioned human intelligence and fewer in new regulations and screening technology.

NUS starts campaign to oust leading Lib Dems

The controversy comes as police arrested a 57th person in connection with last week's student march through London, which ended in violent scenes. As police face continued criticism for failing to control the march, the Observer has learned that defence firms are working closely with UK armed forces and contemplating a "militarisation" strategy to counter the threat of civil disorder.

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