Supporter Newsletter: November 2017

This autumn ORG has been busy challenging the Government's heavyhanded approach to online extremism, fighting for stronger online privacy protections, and documenting thousands of cases of wrongful internet censorship. We're also gearing up for ORGCon 2017 on November 4th & 5th and expanding our London staff! Thank you for staying engaged and supporting ORG’s campaigns to protect our digital rights.

This autumn ORG has been busy challenging the Government's heavyhanded approach to online extremism, fighting for stronger online privacy protections, and documenting thousands of cases of wrongful internet censorship. We're also gearing up for ORGCon 2017 on November 4th & 5th and expanding our London staff!

Thank you for staying engaged and supporting ORG’s campaigns to protect our digital rights.

Fighting online censorship

ORG's new petition to the Home Office opposes plans to criminalise online viewing habits and impose heavy fines on internet companies for not removing illegal content quickly enough. These proposals hurt online speech by encouraging the use of highly inacurrate filters that take down the good along with the bad. ORG's newly upgraded censorship detection tool Blocked! demonstrates how automated ISP filters meant to block terrorist propaganda and child pornography are also blocking thousands of innocent websites. There's still time to sign the petition!

Tune into ORGCon 2017

If you can't make it to ORGCon this year, be sure to tune in online during Day 1 on Saturday November 4th. Hear our amazing lineup of speakers streamed live on ORG's YouTube page, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to Private Internet Access who are helping ORGCon to happen through their generous sponsorship. Private Internet Access offers high speed anonymous VPN services, enabling encrypted communications and access to blocked websites.

Tickets are still available. We hope to see you there!

Improving data protection 

With the aim of putting data protection rights on par with traditional consumer rights, ORG has been lobbying the House of Lords as they consider the Data Protection Bill. ORG has been advocating for the inclusion of Article 80(2) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into the DPBill, which would allow qualified privacy organisations like ORG to challenge data abuse independently. So far the Lords have reacted positively with cross party support. 

In October hundreds of ORG supporters contacted their MEPs and urged them to ban cookie-walls and eliminate corporate loopholes in the ePrivacy Regulation, which is a compliment to the GDPR. Despite heavy pressure from companies like Facebook and Google to weaken the Regulation, the European Parliament has voted to negotiate with the Council of the European Union.

ORG is hiring!

ORG is hiring a new Chief Operating Officer. We are looking for an experienced and successful organiser with strong project management skills to join our team to help us reach the next stage of our development. We are looking for someone with a proven interest in digital rights and wants to see us succeed.

In order to successfully develop our grants, the successful candidate will guide the team through new, more complex project delivery, and apply project management techniques to move existing projects forward.

The deadline is this Friday! Apply here.

Quick Fire News

ORG signs open letter against Article 13 of Copyright Reform

Read the letter to EU officials. The vote in the European Parliament on Copyright Reform is scheduled for November.

ORG's Policy Director at UK Parliament

On 31st October Javier Ruiz presented to the Artificial Intelligence Committee regarding AI and data protection. View his testimony here.

Epson deletes competing Ebay ink listings citing patent claims

Find out from ORG’s policy officer Slavka Bielikova about the negative implications this has for consumers.

ORG publishes briefing on the Data Protection Bill. 

Read about ORG’s take on the Data Protection Bill, including what’s wrong and how to fix it.

ORG around the UK

ORG London presentation on the Cryptobar

Fabio Natali will be giving a presentation on the Cryptobar installation, a project aimed at spreading the word about privacy (and privacy-enhancing technologies) in an artistic and accessible way. 
Monday December 11th
7pm
Newspeak House

ORG Cambridge Monthly Meetup

Join us to discuss digital rights & our plans for the future.
Tuesday Nov 7th
7:00-8:30pm
The Castle Inn

ORG Glasgow Monthly Meetup
Join us to discuss digital rights & our plans for the future.
Thursday Nov 2nd
6:30-8:00pm
Electron Club

Thank you for supporting digital rights.