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1st Meetup of 2014

This is the 1st Pirate Meetup of 2014! 

Let's meet up and discuss current affairs in politics and society: digital rights and law, online privacy and data gathering and monitoring, internet filters, and freedom of speech, and what it all means for everything else! 

We had our 1st meetup at the Waterstones Deansgate Cafe. We had a whole corner to ourselves. Let's hope we get the same grand table today too.

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  • Loz K.

    Hi there folks.
    Just to say things are underway for this year's elections.
    We've put a call out for council candidates for Manchester, though this applies to Greater Manchester-
    Do consider it to help shape our city.

    Also there is an upcoming by-election for the Wythenshaw and Sale East constituency. Anyone with a connection to the area who is up for a challenge do get in touch, but we will have to decide by end of Monday by absolute latest.

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Ann M.

    Do you think because the Internet can be a source of abuse ie pornography although is legal is often violent and degrading, there should be more security control to what people can access

    December 29, 2013

    • Jack W.

      Do you mean protect people from being abused? Or protect them from watching the content? Filters don't protect victims - they do precisely the opposite. Content censorship sweeps stuff under the carpet, hiding abuse so it can't be found. The only way it can be stopped is through the same way it always has - good investigative police work and a society committed to reporting it.

      In terms of protecting children - you simply can't let young kids on the internet unsupervised. It's really not suitable.

      That's my 10 pence's worth!

      1 · January 4, 2014

    • Maria A

      Indeed. Content filters do NOT catch abusive content (which carefully avoids any mention of the culprit words) and notoriously blocks Web pages dedicated to discussing and preventing abuse and self-harm

      January 6, 2014

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