December 19, 2012 | Ruth Coustick-Deal

ORG Law Fund reaches its goal!

Open Rights Group has raised enough new funds to allow us to recruit a part-time Legal Officer.

I am delighted to tell you that, thanks to your generosity we have now raised enough to be able to fund Open Rights Group’s first Legal Officer.

Thank you very much to all of you who supported our ORG Law Fund, by joining, sharing the campaign on Facebook or Twitter, passing  our videos round on YouTube, telling your friends about our work and signing them up. It is wonderful to see so much support and enthusiasm for ORG.

When we launched the campaign on 2 November 2012 we said that we wanted to reach 150 supporters, the minimum needed to have enough funds to pay for a part-time legal officer:  we now have enough to finance this position.

If you would still like to support our Law fund, please do. If we reach 300 new supporters  we will be able to fund the new position on a full time basis and give ORG an even greater capacity for legal work.  It’s a great time to join ORG as we look back on a year of successes  - defeating ACTA, stopping default censorship and preventing the draft Communications Data Bill becoming law. I encourage you to join and enable us to have more victories as we take on this new project in the coming year.

What will the new position do?

  • Expand and organise our legal panel scheme where individuals can request pro-bono legal advice on digital rights issues

  • Prepare friend of the court briefings to explain the civil liberties consequences of web blocking injunctions

  • Provide technical advice to the courts where proposals would be unworkable or have unforeseen circumstances

  • Draft amendments to delete or replace misused powers, such as Section 127 A, which was used to prosecute Paul Chambers in the Twitter joke trial

  • Challenge Government decisions in judicial reviews

  • This new capacity will enable us to build on the amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefing on the Digital Economy Act juridical review where we explained the impact on privacy