November 2022: The cost of technology
The UK’s Home Office has introduced changes to immigration law that now sees electronic monitoring as a mandatory condition for many on immigration bail. The overwhelming majority of those subject to it will be fitted with an invasive GPS tag, tracking the wearer's every move, including where they shop, worship and who they spend time with. They are forced to wear this invasive surveillance device while waiting for the Home Office to make a decision regarding their immigration status (a process that can take up to five years). This month’s newsletter shares research addressing the associated ‘psychological torture’ caused by this inhumane technology, the accelerated use of tech in migration surveillance in relation to the financial growth of the sector, and the colonial legacy of policing and biometrics embedded in these measures.