September 17, 2005 | Suw Charman Anderson

Mapping the digital rights landscape

A while back, when we first started talking about setting up ORG, I thought it would be a good exercise to explore the existing digital rights landscape in the UK. I wanted to create a mindmap which would allow me to see visually relationships between the various organisations working in this area (even if only very peripherally), and I based my map on work already done by Jo Walsh.

Unfortunately, events overtook me before I got to finish it, as you can see:

UK digital rights landscape

You can get the full-sized image from Flickr.

It really is a very much unfinished work, and I need your help to fill in all the gaps. For each organisation I need the key people, the issues that organisation addresses, and their website URL. Please leave info in the comments, rather than email me directly, so that then everyone can see what's already been found.

Right, over to you!

Comments (12)

  1. Suw:
    Sep 21, 2005 at 05:23 PM

    Thanks for all the comments and additions, everyone.

    I'm aware that there's going to be overlap with the same people involved in more than one organisation. I have yet to see any way of cleanly representing highly interlinked networks, so I'll have to live with the duplications!

    Regarding this dataset, I don't think there's any information I'm after that's not already in the public domain.

    I will certainly add Gene Watch UK to the list, and DNA sampling to our list of potential issues.

  2. Tom:
    Sep 18, 2005 at 09:24 PM

    Free Culture UK
    Copyright, Creative Commons, Public Domain, free culture
    No specific people.

    Oh, and to Remix Reading you can add Remix Brighton...

  3. Andrew:
    Sep 19, 2005 at 07:19 AM

    Also, don't forget the guys behind

  4. Paul Sweeney:
    Sep 19, 2005 at 01:19 PM

    I think you should give a mention to the excellent work of Microsoft's Kim Cameron, creator of "The Seven Laws of Identity" He's not in the UK, but naturally anything Microsoft does will have an effect in the UK, and the Seven Laws also give some clear reasons why Charles Clarkes plans just wont be accepted. I believe a more mature system of identity as proposed by Kim is key to the digital rights landscape.

  5. Matt Freestone:
    Sep 19, 2005 at 03:53 PM

    Contacts for No2Id. I'm not sure which is the most relevant - I've spoken to Phil Booth a couple of times and he's always got back to me fairly quickly.

    Simon Davies -
    Phil Booth -
    Andy Robson -
    Rachael Marsh -

  6. Dorian Moore:
    Sep 21, 2005 at 12:36 PM

    Consume's website:
    Consume's figurehead is James Stevens:
    james (at)

  7. Watching Them, Watching Us:
    Sep 21, 2005 at 04:43 PM

    Hmmm, from a privacy and data protection viewpoint, I am a bit worried about naming individuals , unless they formally hold a public organisational title.

    Any "digital rights landscape" map, can easily also be made to serve as a "list of co-conspirators" etc.

    Some individuals could well appear under more than one organisation , if someone were to feed in this data to professional intelligence visulisation software such as, say, the Link Analysis tools available in I2's Analyst's Notebook, as used by almost every Police force and intelligence agency in Europe

    Conversely, of course, this same technique could be used to map out an "anti- digital rights" landscape of organisations with vested interests and individual organisational representatives who oppose "digital rights".

    One massive area of personal data and digital rights, which is already being abused by our Government and by commercial players, which seems to be missing from the current map, is that of Human Genetics data, which raises privacy, security, copyright, public health, ethics, patent law, data retention and other issues.

    This is an area where even the latest UK legislation such as the Human Tissue Act 2004 is not up to speed with even current scientific knowledge and technology e.g. there is only mention and regulation of DNA samples and digitaly processed "DNA fingerprints", whilst even now, similar Human Genetic data could be obtained from RNA, or from Chromosome Analysis or Protein Folding data etc., all of which are likely to become more commonplace in the future.

    Perhaps you need to add in organisations such as Gene Watch UK to the list.

  8. Sam Smith:
    Sep 17, 2005 at 01:44 PM


    People: Sam Smith, Ray Miller, Alasdair Kergon, Mike Banahan, Alain Williams, roger Whittaker

    Additional issue: Open Standards.

  9. Danny:
    Sep 17, 2005 at 08:12 PM

    UKUUG is a good one.

    Also, ABC, the Access to Broadband Coalition:
    (Site appears to be down, but:

    Open Spectrum UK is growing to be an important resource: it'd be great to give them more publicity:

    and the guys at OfcomWatch:

  10. Andrew:
    Sep 17, 2005 at 11:26 PM

    Left a comment on this over at the Flickr page where the image is posted.

  11. Desiree:
    Sep 18, 2005 at 07:59 PM

    Great start.

    I think it will be difficult to mesh all the names with all organisations/projects/ unless you really want to build a detailed map... e.g. Ross Anderson and Ian Brown's name should be up there somewhere too...

  12. Desiree:
    Sep 18, 2005 at 08:02 PM

    Great start - also

    It will be challenging to mesh all the names unless you really want to build a detailed map... e.g. Ross Anderson's, should be up there somewhere near FIPR, etc..