We are planning the next ORG event for the evening of Tues 7 Feb, at 01Zero-One in Soho again. Keep the evening free, and there'll be more information on speakers and registration soon.
The Open Rights Group has been asked by the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group to attend its oral evidence gathering session on 2 February. ORG will send three representatives - the maximum allowed - who will be questioned by MPs. Other groups that have been invited include:
The BBC have put together a virtual panel of music industry representatives to answer your questions on DRM, downloading, and any other topic you feel important. The music panel comprises:
What I find most interesting is the focus of the questions that the public are asking on the BBC website - primarily they are excellent questions about DRM and downloading. They are intelligent, incisive, and clearly indicate to the industry that their very own customers are fed up of being treated so badly.
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
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.
Thank you all very much for helping us get this far. We now have much much more to do.
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