Stop state censorship of online speech

The UK has never welcomed a state regulator of offline speech  – the standard should be no different for online speech. Yet new Government proposals to make the Internet safer could lead to just that or worse – rule by Zuckerberg.

By contrast, Open Rights Group (ORG) favours a rights-based approach to making the Internet safer. We’re part of a coalition of free expression organisations meeting with the Government to find a way to address online harms without sacrificing our digital rights.

Political pressure is building on Parliament to advance legislation – an Online Safety Bill is on the horizon. When the time comes, ORG will need your help to campaign for a rights-based approach to making the Internet safer. Get involved by joining the movement to protect our digital rights.

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The Story So Far

Online abuse: Why management liability isn’t the answer

As part of recent high-profile campaigns against social media abuse, calls have been repeated to impose criminal sanctions and penalties onto the directors and managers of companies where that abuse takes place.
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Endgame for end-to-end encryption

Today, Wired has reported that the Home Office is actively exploring legal and technical mechanisms to compel Facebook and WhatsApp to break end-to-end encrypted messaging.
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#SaveAnonymity: Together we can defend anonymity

In recent days, a petition has circulated online which calls for a legal requirement to provide a verified form of ID in order to open a social media account.
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Save Online Speech Coalition Launches

Today Open Rights Group has joined our colleagues from Big Brother Watch, the Adam Smith Institute, Article 19, Global Partners Digital, and Index on Censorship in launching a campaign to demand that the Online Safety Bill protects freedom of expression online.
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Speech offences: what’s illegal offline should be illegal online

Open Rights Group has worked with David Allen Green of Preiskel & Co.
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Trump takedowns need accountability

Late last week, in response to the insurrection at the Capitol, Twitter and Facebook removed Donald Trump’s accounts.
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Online Harms: Encryption under attack

The UK government wants to make the web “safer” by using the Online Harms Bill to weaken encryption of private messages.
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Winners, losers, and unanswered questions

In their report released on Monday the House of Lords’ Democracy and Digital Technologies Select Committee produced a comprehensive overview of problems it considers to be of high importance to a functioning democracy.
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Online Harms: Blocking websites doesn’t work – use a rights-based approach instead

This is the finding from our recent research into website blocking by mobile and broadband Internet providers.
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