Welcome to the latest Open Rights Group supporter update.
In this edition:
- Freedom Not Fear: community photocall - - ORG-GRO: Asus Eee PC giveaway - - Board recruitment - - Consultations - - Volunteer meeting - - Press - - Events - - Mini Links - - Thanks -
We need you to take photos that embody the database state and the UK’s world-famous surveillance society. On 11 October, as part of Freedom Not Fear Day 2008, No2ID and the Open Rights Group will make a live collage in a prominent location in London (to be confirmed) of the images you've supplied. Freedom not Fear is an international day of action for democracy, free speech, human rights and civil liberties, and events to celebrate these central tenets of a just society will be taking place all over the world.
Here's how to help: 1. Spot something that embodies the UK’s wholesale transformation into the surveillance society/database state. Subjects might include your local CCTV camera(s), or fingerprinting equipment in your child’s school library; 2. Snap it; 3. Upload it to Flickr and tag it “FNFBigPicture” (please use an Attribution Creative Commons licence). Check out the growing gallery of surveillance society images here.
Our supporter drive continued in September with Who's Watching Who, a video produced to encourage the ORG community to recruit more supporters for ORG, and a series of book giveaways. The widgetometer has climbed steadily towards 1,000 but we all need to be more active to hit the target of 1,500 fivers per month by the end of the year. Currently Tom Reynolds is our top recruiter and so in pole position to win an Asus Eee PC, with Glyn, Sheila, Richard, Simon and Danny snapping at his heels. Please follow their lead by encouraging like-minded sorts to support ORG and digital rights. And an admin note: be sure that any new supporters you recruit mention your name on the webform so we can keep track.
The ORG Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our work, from payroll to policy decisions. We have a committed and expert group of volunteer non-executive Directors and with the organisation approaching its third birthday are seeking new additions to join the team. There is more information about the role on the blog, including the particular skills sought and commitments involved, together with a more detailed job description. Applicants have until 28 October 2008 to send their CV to michael at openrightsgroup dot org.
ORG authored a submission to the Ministry of Justice's Weekend Voting consultation, explaining the significant risks posed by remote electronic voting to our democracy. We're now collecting comments on the Government's plans to oblige ISPs to take action against subscribers to their network who infringe copyright. Please help us respond.
The upcoming volunteer meet on 9 October will be a little more involved than usual, including a brainstorm for an overhaul of our website. Also, happily, we're expecting a lot of new faces who've learned about our interests and works over the Summer. Please add your name to the wiki page if you're planning to attend and feel free to add suggested works to the draft agenda.
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.
Thanks Thanks to everyone who's chipped in during September. Thanks to David, Harry, Tom and Patrick for running our stall at the Green Party Conference. Thanks to James C, Chris and Fred for running our stall at PyCon. Thanks to James H for producing our banner stand. Thanks to Glyn for doing a talk at BarCamp London and to Felix for doing the same at BarCamp Bath. Thanks to Lemon, Mike, Sam and Adam for keeping the site live and direct. Thanks to Alaric for setting up a digital rights event in Bristol. Thanks to JonRob for interning to the fullness. Thanks to Harry for working on a maps mashup. Last but not least, thanks to Becky, Gavin and the usual suspects on the Board and Advisory Council.