January 18, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

A few FAQs about ORG

Is ORG a charity? No, charities are banned from political lobbying. Instead, ORG has been incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, Company No. 05581537.

I want to set up my own standing order with my own online banking. Can I do this? Yes. Please fill in our form, then choose Standing Order option, and the system will generate a standing order form which includes our bank details and your registration number. You can then use that information to create your own standing order. Please ensure that you include our reference number, so that we know who's paying us what.

Who is eligible for the concessionary rate? If you are unemployed, a student, disabled, sick, a pensioner, or for any other reason feel that you would be eligible for the concessionary rate, please use it. We aren't going to check up on you or demand proof.

Are people who pay the concessionary rate still eligible for Founding 1000 status? Yes.

I don't want to give you my personal details, but I want to donate. Can I do this? Yes. You can either send us a cheque, to Open Rights Group, 12 Duke

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January 17, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

Dr Fun

January 14, 2006 | James Cronin

Sign up to support the Open Rights Group

Whether you pledged to support this project or whether you didn't. We've now shaken our internal systems into a state where they might not be pretty, but they should work, and you can now follow through on your promise and support the project financially via paypal, standing order or cheque.

You can read more about levels of support, and the Founding 1000, on the Support ORG page. There is also a FAQ which answers many of the questions that have arisen in the comments.

Thank you all very much for helping us get this far. We now have much much more to do.

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January 04, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

IPPR white paper: Markets in the Online Public Sphere

Will Davies of the IPPR publishes a paper examining the politics and economics of online information:

This paper looks at some of the politics and economics surrounding online information. It asks why this area become so bitterly contested, especially around intellectual property, and explores the dilemmas this creates for policy-makers. The paper stands back from this to ask why things have reached this impasse, and presents an analysis that positions all these competing visions within a broader understanding of what constitutes

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January 04, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

James Boyle on the Database Directive

James Boyle writes in the FT about the EU's empirical evaluation of whether the Database Directive, which gave intellectual property rights over the creation of database, is actually helping stimulate the industry.

Using a methodology similar to the one I described in an earlier column on the subject, the Commission found that

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January 03, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

Radio Five Live's Up All Night - the year in review

Went into BBC Television Centre last night to record a review of 2005 with Neil McIntosh, Tim Worstall, Chris Vallance and Kevin Anderson. Managed to get a plug in for the Open Rights Group, and you can listen to the show online for the next week (til Mon 9 Jan; our bit starts around 26:50). I'll try to get an MP3 again if I can. It was slightly odd doing a review of the year because I couldn't remember much of it. Talk about the recency effect - most of the year before December was a bit of a blur really. I spent ten minutes or so before the session began flipping through Tim's book, 2005 Blogged: Dispatches from the Blogosphere, trying to swat up on what actually happened. As it turned out, I didn't really need to worry and it was fun to try and make predictions (or, in my case, fervently held hopes) for 2006. Still I made one point that I would like to think more about, and maybe get a bit more evidence for: 'political blogging' is usually seen as attempting to influence the electorate regarding voting when in fact, I think that activist blogging is a strand of political blogging that going to be more influential in the long run. If political blogs is talking about political issues, activist blogs are trying to get people to do something about those issues. Is that too fine a line to draw? Or are activist blogs really different to (and potentially more influential than) straight political blogs?

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January 03, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

APIG DRM Inquiry white paper

The white paper that we prepared before Christmas for the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group's public inquiry into digital rights management is now up on the ORG wiki. You might also like to read Kevin Marks' submission. If you submitted a paper, please let me know so that we can link to it, or feel free to put it on the ORG wiki.

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January 02, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

Gardening the ORG wiki

Spent a bit of time today working on the ORG wiki, so if you have a bit of time to add more information to it, that'd be superb. In particular, I've added a resources page and an issues page, both of which could do with expansion.

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