UK/USA Extradition

Haven’t had much chance to update my blog recently due to uni work overload, but now have sometime in which I can update before my final exam.

Since I completed my poster for the Lovelace Colloquium 2012 on Extradition and how it affects the Internet, a lot has changed with what I put on it. Firstly Chris Tappin has been released on bail of £31,026 and is now awaiting trial which his lawyers say will start in early autumn. His lawyer Kent Schaffer said “He was disappointed that the British justice system wasn’t more supportive of him and did not give him due process, but on the other hand, he’s very grateful to the judge who set the bond. Because he knows that if things hadn’t gone the way they did, you know he would have been in jail for the next five or six months”.

Although it is some way to sort out the one-sided Extradition treaty between the USA and the UK, there is still a long way to go. As with Richard O’Dwyer his trial date is on the 30th/31st July 2012 when hopefully some justice will be done to solve the problem of the treaty being biased towards their own citizens. At the same time when Richard’s website was taken down there was several other domains taken down, as well whose “crimes” being the same haven’t been sent to trials.

When David Cameron went to America back in July 2010 but it has been over 20 months where nothing has been done about it where along with Chris Tappin, the Gary McKinnon case was mentioned along side it. The only news that has been recently said about it was back on the 28th March 2012 that he wasn’t a suicide risk and can be sent to be extradited.

All of this shows that the only way to get it mentioned in government is through signing petitions to get more pressure on the government to do something about it, and make sure that the Internet is made more secure for everyone. Please sign the petitions and send emails to the UK government as this is the only way to get the unfair Extradition Treaty 2003 changed. It is also essential in helping to prevent more UK citizens sent to America for crimes which aren’t a crime in this country.

Richard O’Dwyer:

Gary McKinnon:

Email your mp:


BCS Lovelace Colloquium 2012

I went to the Lovelace Colloquium this year and it was an amazing experience as the atmosphere was so different to anywhere I have ever been. As I’m a naturally shy person when it came to presenting my poster I felt confident, and at ease as there wasn’t many males around to make me feel worried about it.

It was an empowering experience as I got to talk to women in IT from various companies such as Google, ThoughtWorks, Bloomberg. It made me more confident as they had got into the IT industry and are taking on women who are in their undergraduate years of university studying computer related degrees.

A big surprise to me came when they was presenting the awards out and my name came up for the People’s choice award and I won £100. My poster was about the Extradition Treaty 2003 and cases on Richard O’Dwyer, Chris Tappin and Gary McKinnon. When I was presenting it people seemed interested in the poster topic, but as I didn’t get to see half of the posters winning one of the prizes was a shock to me.

Attending the event has made me more confident in myself and has made me think about int he future maybe educating young girls into the benefits and rewards of working in the IT industry. It has also made me want to help make young girls believe that they can make it into a male dominated industry, so I will look into the idea of mentoring when any opportunities come up. I will definitely be attending next years (if my abstract is chosen), as it is an amazing experience and I definitely recommend it to any female doing a computer related degree at university.