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April 19, 2013 | Jim Killock

Open Rights Group announces biggest ever event

Professor Tim Wu, author of "The Master Switch" and EFF founder John Perry Barlow will be the headline speakers at Open Rights Group's annual conference this year, set to be their biggest ever event.

The conference, ORGCon 2013, is on Saturday 8 June and ORG is taking over the IET in central London for the day-long event.

Announcing details of the event this week, Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group, said:

"With digital issues constantly rising up the political agenda more and more people are coming to us, concerned about their rights. This event will enable you to find out what we are doing to campaign for your rights, and to find out how you can get involved and defend your rights to free speech, privacy and creativity online. And we're very pleased to have Professor Tim Wu and John Barlow coming over from America to speak this year."

Last year's event sold out, and tickets for ORGCon 2013 are already selling fast. In addition to the main speakers, the conference will include sessions and workshops on net filtering, open data, the Communications Data Bill and copyright.

Tickets are available at orgcon.openrightsgroup.org and new supporters of ORG can get a free ticket. The event is sponsored by Andrews and Arnold (aaisp.net) who champion unfiltered internet services and strongly support ORG's stance on privacy .

ENDS

 

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December 14, 2012 | Jim Killock

ORG victory on parental controls

Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group welcomed the Department for Education response to their consultation on parental controls.
 
The response says that default filters and pre-filled forms encouraging filtering will not be pursued. Instead, parents will be asked to install filters and be given help to choose age appropriate settings.
 
"The government listened to the thousands of people who sent in responses. The public and parents are overwhelmingly against default filters and default choices. People do believe parents need help, though. 
 
"Default filtering would disrupt harmless websites and fail parents, so we are extremely glad the government has rejected it."
 
 
 
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December 07, 2012 | Jim Killock

GoldenEye appeal on Monday: ORG reaches £5k funding goal

Open Rights Group has reached the funding goal of £5,000 to fund the legal case defending the decision to keep private the personal details of O2 and Be Broadband customers asssociated with over 6000 IP addresses.

The case will be heard in the Court of Appeal on Monday 10 December at 10am in Court 71

Jim Killock said:

"We're delighted that we will be able to defend individual privacy in this case. We have been astounded by the generosity of so many individuals who have helped us raise the funds we need to fight the case."

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December 06, 2012 | Jim Killock

BPI's PromoBay.org ban lifted

Yesterday, the BPI told the Open Rights Group that they had written to ISPs to remove the website PromoBay.org from their ban list. However, the list of IP addresses and websites on the list remains unpublished and set at the discretion of the BPI, representing music labels.

Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:

"The BPI intend to obtain blocking orders for some 50-100 websites. Each order allows the BPI to create a ban list of clone sites or IP addresses.

"These ban lists could end up blocking perhaps 500 or more domains and IP addresses, all the at the behest of the BPI.

"There is a clear need for transparency, as mistakes are already being made, and are only being corrected because of public pressure. We call on ISPs and the BPI to publish the blocking lists in the name of legal transparency and public accountability."

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November 29, 2012 | Jim Killock

Conservatives must join calls to drop Snooper Bill

Jim Killock said:

"We urge Conservatives to voice their opposition to the Snooper's Charter. Labour too need to repair their record on civil liberties and reject this plan for mass surveillance."

 

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November 29, 2012 | Jim Killock

Newzbin dies

Jim Killock said:
"Newzbin were rightly pursued through the courts and found to be encouraging infringement. That is the right approach.

"However, censorship and block orders are disturbing and we think unnecessary given the success in tackling the businesses and payment mechanisms involved.

"Web blocking is a blunt instrument and is a dangerous practice. We wish copyright owners the best in enforcing their rights and building their businesses, but urge them not to resort to further requests for censorship."

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November 28, 2012 | Jim Killock

Richard O'Dwyer decision

Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group welcomed the decision to drop the extradition request made for Richard O'Dwyer.

He added: "It's great that the extradition request will be dropped. But we must remember that without this deal, he was due to be sent to the USA for an alleged crime apparently committed in the UK.

"Is the UK government happy for the US to assume jurisdiction over every UK Internet user? The government would do well to take a long hard look at its extradition arrangements with the USA."

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November 27, 2012 | Jim Killock

Facebook privacy changes

Reacting to the new changes announced by Facebook, Jim Killock said: 

"Facebook are lobbying the UK government to weaken new data protection laws and reduce our legal rights.

"They claim that the right to have our data back or to destroy it would be unworkable. But then Facebook go and show exactly why UK citizens need new, stronger personal data laws."

 

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November 23, 2012 | Peter Bradwell

Sobering lessons for the government from the latest Ofcom research on copyright infringement

Reacting to Ofcom's new research into online copyright infringement, Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:
 
"Only 16% of respondents said they would stop unlawful file sharing if sent a letter by their ISP. 

"The Government hoped the Digital Economy Act would reduce filesharing by 70%. This calls into question how effective these measures will be. 

"These are exactly the sort of questions that Government should have looked at properly before passing the law. Instead, they stuck with guess work. DCMS admitted to us that they had no evidence of their own when they wrote the Digital Economy Act. 

"This is a mess of a law: expensive and likely a waste of time, as well as threatening to infringe our fundamental rights. It should be repealed."
 

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October 23, 2012 | Jim Killock

ORG urges caution over web blocking orders

In response to the BPI's call to block three websites before Christmas, Jim Killock Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:

"Web blocking is an extreme response. The orders are often indefinite and open ended, and will be blocking legitimate uses. The BPI and the courts need to slow down and be very careful about this approach.

"The BPI seem to be trying to speed things up and that is not good. It will lead to carelessness and unneeded harms.

"As an approach, censorship is a bad idea. It leads to more censorship, and is unlikely to solve the problem it seeks to address.

"Digital music is going through a period of real growth because it is trying to innovate: this is a much more effective approach than copyright crackdowns."

The sites are Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents

NOTES

According to the IFPI, digital album sales in the UK were up 27% in 2011. See also the Telegraph.

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