Past event on November 18, 2013

Techno Activism 3rd Monday Meetup with Lighthouse Brighton

Join ORG Brighton and Lighthouse on Monday 18th November for our Techno Activism 3rd Monday Meetup. The evening will involve a few short talks on topics such as mass surveillance, followed by discussion, drinks and networking.

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Past event on October 21, 2013

Open Data and the privacy question

ORG-London monthly pub meet-up, this month with guest speaker Gavin Starks of the ODI speaking about balancing open data and privacy.

Speaker: Gavin Starks, CEO of the Open Data Institute (ODI) will be giving this month's talk. 

Open Data is information available for free to be used by anyone, for any purpose. For example, someone could take open data related to health from local councils and make an app which maps out the healthiest places in Britain.

Gavin will be speaking about the balance between the public good of opening data up to share information and the privacy risks of sharing that same data.

Does Open Data include personal information? How can those involved make sure that as they release and use more data, people's personal information isn't included? Who should have the choice or control over what to share? 

These are the challenging questions being asked as more data is opened up. Come along and hear the perspective of an expert on Open Data!

Doors open 7.00pm, speaker starts 7:30pm

Time for Q&A and plenty of discussion afterwards! 


The Reliance
336 Old Street

Limited places! Sign up to the meet-up group here.

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Past event on September 30, 2013

Conservative Conference - The Snoopers Charter and Freedom of Speech- Has Britain Surrendered Its International Moral Authority?

The Freedom Zone, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Nick Pickles, Big Brother Watch // Fraser Nelson, The Spectator // Dominic Raab MP // Sir Hugh Orde, President, Association of Chief Police Officers // Jim Killock, Open Rights Group

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Past event on September 28, 2013

Manchester Rally with Pirate Party UK

To coincide with the Conservative Party conference we will be taking part in a rally for privacy and a protest against mass surveillance. Join us in Greengate Square at 11am on Sunday.

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Past event on September 24, 2013

PRISM and Mass Surveillance: a Threat to Democracy and Economic Welfare?

Edward Snowden's revelations just keep on coming and mass Internet surveillance is now an undisputed fact. So what is the impact of this on democracy? How can an information economy thrive when online information might not be secure? And what can we all do about it? Come to see Tom Watson MP, Paul Johnson (Deputy Editor, The Guardian, Javier Ruiz (Open Rights Group) and Nick Pickles (Big Brother Watch) debate the impacts of web surveillance. Tuesday 24th Sept 17:15-19:00 Thistle Hotel Brighton, Kings Road - Renaissance South Room

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Past event on September 17, 2013

Censorship monitoring protect

Tuesday at 8pm, with mumble testing from 7.30pm if you need it, to discuss helping with our censorship monitoring tech project

Meeting details:
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I hope lots of people can make it. Before the call please do look at and edit the wiki pages, that describe the initial thoughts about

i) Architecture
ii) Functionality 

Here's a suggested agenda for the meeting

1. Are we happy with the architecture and spec as a starting point?
- The ooni project is very much alpha - is this too much or a risk.?
- is the security model for the communication between the onnib and ooniprobe sufficient?
- should we work with the MySociety code base or not?
- What would be sensible phases?

2. Are four workstreams OK?
- Probes
- site
- middleware/oonib
- legal

3. Who can co-ordinate / work on each workstream?

4. Language selection etc.... (may well depend on 3)

5. Next steps and project timetable

Please let me have suggestions for other things that we need to discuses / agree on.

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Past event on September 16, 2013

Liberal Democrat Conference - What next for Liberty and Surveillance? - PRISM, TEMPORA and the Snoopers' Charter

Are you going to the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow? Come along to join the debate on freedom, civil liberties and surveillance.

Julian Huppert MP, Julian Borger - Guardian Diplomatic Editor, Jim Killock - Open Rights Group and Emma Carr - Big Brother Watch

Come to debate the future of freedom and civil liberties now that large scale Internet surveillance is public knowledge.

This event is only open to those with a pass to the Liberal Democrat conference.

Where - Crowne Plaza Hotel: Castle 1 Room
When - Monday 16th September 20.00-21.15

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Past event on June 27, 2013

PRISM - What is it and how does it affect UK?

What is PRISM? How does it affect UK citizens, businesses, NGOs, politicians and journalists? And how does it fit into UK and US law? Come along to Parliament on 27th June at 3PM to hear about PRISM and what it means for the UK.

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Past event on June 13, 2013

Snoopers' Charter: MP debate, Edinburgh

Debate with Ian Murray MP and Marco Biagi MSP on the Snoopers' Charter, hosted by ORG Edinburgh

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Past event on June 12, 2013

"CDB: The Zombie Bill That Just Won't Die", Manchester

"CDB: The Zombie Bill That Just Won't Die" plus "Reforming OSI For A World Of Clouds" Manchester

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