As we're a supporter-based organisation, we would love your help in making sure that digital rights are protected.
Apart from your financial support, there are many ways to get involved:
Help make our campaigns a success! Visit our campaigns page to take direct action to defend your digital rights. You can also sign up to receive our campaign emails, newsletters and updates on our home page (just above the Get Involved button).
ORG have a number of local groups around the country who regularly meet to have talks, discussions and take action on current campaigns, and generate ideas for activism, and socialise with others who care about digital rights. There are currently existing groups in London, Sheffield, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, North East and Brighton. Sign up to a group, join their mailing list (there's one for every group) - and if there isn't one we will support you in starting one in your local area, putting you in touch with other interested activists. Interested? Get in touch with Ruth, email@example.com
If you are a supporter of ORG and want to help get the message out, we have a number of resources you can use. Badges and other resources that let people know you are a supporter or promote our site are available for your website. If you are interested in representing ORG at a local festival or hack-day, on a stall or giving a talk, please let us know and we will help you out. Or could you fundraise for us? If you are interested in doing sponsored run, hack event or Mount Everest we will support you in that. Get in touch with any idea at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're always looking for a new ideas and volunteer support to help us in our offices. If you have marketing or management, cartooning or campaigning and have some time to lend a hand, please let us know how you could help and get involved! There are many different ways you can help depending on your skills, so if you can offer some time, or advice, drop into the office and discuss it with us or email email@example.com explaining where your skills and interests lie.
We also run structured internships in our office which are a great opportunity to gain experience of working at a fast-paced NGO. Internships are voluntary, but we pay travel and lunch expenses. They help you gain skills and confidence and offer chances to attend events, implement changes, discuss policy development, and publish your findings online. Internships are for three days a week for three months (subject to paid employment) from our offices in London. You can read the types of internships we offer here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. (There are currently no internship vacancies)
We have many mailing lists which discuss the key issues that we campaign on, organise volunteering and campaigns and to keep you informed on all sorts of digital news. There are dedicated groups for technical volunteering, lawyers, who want to help with case work and policy, educators, and academics. Join one here to get directly involved in ORG campaigning.
Our ORG Wiki is a database of knowledge on the Open Rights Group and digital issues to help both our campaigns and the public. Whatever your background you can edit and help improve material, such as helping us write our internal research projects, fill in information on your MPs responses to digital issues which helps us track responses in parliament, or edit and tidy up articles. We are always seeking keen volunteers to help build it, develop the interface and expand the content. To participate, if you do not already have an account, please mail Lee on email@example.com with your preferred username account.
ORGZine is our online magazine. ORGZine's goal is to make the global debates surrounding digital rights accessible to a wider audience through publishing varied quality journalistic content: news, opinion & comment, how-to and editorials.
We welcome contributions from all! If you have an idea for an article on an issue you don't feel is being covered or are interested in contributing in any way, please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or to join ORGzine's writers mailing list, enter your details here.
We're always on the look-out looking for some smart, savvy and wonderful designers to help us develop a better web platform/layout and new merchandise. We have recently redesigned the website and still need designers to help develop elements. We have other microsites that need more web design work including www.blocked.org.uk. If you are interested, send us some of your stuff and join the tech volunteers mailing-list.
The wider community often gets involved in digital rights through our website, zine and social networks. That's why web development is integral to keeping Open Rights Group running. If you have front-end skills in HTML/CSS/PHP, and some time to spare then get in touch!
We have a number of projects which we would love to get help on, particularly Error 451 Unavailable, and the development of a raspberry pi url checker as part of our blocked.org.uk project. Please join our tech-volunteers mailing list where requests for technical volunteer work on ORG releated issues can be made or talk to our Technical Officer Lee on email@example.com.
We are currently looking for people to help with our blocked.org.uk project, as described here. The internship is open but there is also a community of volunteers developing the project remotely. If you would like to help, please join the tech-volunteers mailing list and introduce yourself and get involved.
The easy way to keep us campaigning for your rights is to join Open Rights Group. As a supporter, you will be providing essential finances to keep us going. Supporters gain regular updates on what campaigns we are running, and help direct the future campaigns of Open Rights Group by voting in board elections and contributing to supporter questionnaires.