Welcome to the latest Open Rights Group supporter update. In this edition:
- Who's been losing your data? - - Fudging the copyright agenda - - IWF vs Wikipedia - - ORG wins 1st award - - Volunteering for ORG - - Press - - Events - - Mini Links - - Thanks -
While we waited patiently for improvements to copyright's flexibility, such as exceptions for transformative works and decent legal alternatives to illicit file-sharing, it seems Government lost focus. Andy Burnham is now dropping hints at a U-turn on the UK's policy against term extension and David Lammy launched yet another review of the copyright agenda. ORG will dutifully respond to the consultation and - as usual - requests your (evidence-based) contributions. Meanwhile, we've submitted a series of Freedom of Information requests to reveal just why Government has disregarded the digital-friendly elements of Gowers.
The IWF-imposed block of an image hosted by Wikipedia and subsequent volte-face caused something of a constitutional crisis on the interwebs. ORG was there to tell netizens' side of the story, and after the fuss died down, we made three initial recommendations to open the lid on how UK ISPs censor the web.
ORG was honoured alongside No2ID, Liberty, Genewatch and others at this year's UK Big Brother Awards. The awards are organised by Privacy International and recognise the efforts of campaigners to keep state and corporate mass surveillance at bay. New Labour were also mentioned at the awards, although for their dishonourable activities in support of snooping and control. This is our first award and feels pretty special.
One of our main organisational aims is fostering a community of digital rights activists and we now have close to 100 regular volunteer contributors. If you want to get more involved then please find a job that suits your skills on our public list of tasks or come along to our next volunteer meeting. Please note there's a dedicated volunteer mailing list and Facebook group.
Press relations Every week, we spend time talking to the media and connecting them with experts or giving an alternate point of view on current issues. Please see the press archive for more details.
Biggest thanks to Sam, Glyn, Rowan and Casey for producing the data loss questionnaire. Thanks also to Sheila for her continued work on the website redesign. Thanks to Chris and Rowan for starting work on an exciting new microsite. Thanks to the Board and Advisory for all their doings.