🏛️ Public institutions and accountability
MI5 have been criticised for an unspecified, but “serious” breach of surveillance safeguards, leading Liberty to question if the Investigatory Powers Commissioners Office - who are responsible for oversight of the UK’s surveillance and policing forces - has the clout or expertise needed to do the job.
Further afield in Belgium, Politico reports on an interesting democratic experiment. In September, a small German-speaking region in the east of the country will be establishing a first-of-its-kind “Bürgerrat” Citizens Council - set up as a permanent structure to involve the public directly in setting the policy agenda and making political decisions.
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