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Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell is an award-winning investigative journalist, a computer forensic expert witness, and a civil liberties and human rights advocate.  He first revealed the existence of GCHQ and surveillance and tapping systems in the 1970s, and satellite surveillance and interceptions systems in the 1980s.  He previewed and forecast the scale of civil communications surveillance for the European Parliament in 2000, and has continued to break and report news on surveillance and signals intelligence.   As an expert witness, he has provided evidence in over 200 serious criminal cases and in major international actions.  He was the sole expert witness reporting on interception arrangements for the Courts regarding Operation Venetic, where French agencies hacked and tapped specialised secure phones alleged to be used by major criminals.   He is a founder member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.  He is a founder member of the LGBT rights organisation Stonewall, formed to fight the Thatcher government’s notorious Section 28.  An Oxford physics graduate, Campbell was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sussex in 2017, and is now a Senior Visiting Fellow to the School of Law, Politics and Sociology.  In 2020 and 2021, he represented ORG Scotland on the Police Scotland Kiosk (mobile phone examination) External Reference Group.