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The Internet and You: The latest developments in digital rights

An all encompassing series of talks on privacy, surveillance and your digital rights. Everyone is welcome, but reserve your place to avoid disappointment.

We're proud to announce the following speakers for our opening event:

Jim Killock Director, Open Rights Group

Jim is the director of the Open Rights Group and has led campaigns against three strikes and the Digital Economy Act, the company Phorm and its plans to snoop on UK users, and against pervasive government Internet surveillance. Before joining ORG, Jim worked as External Communications Co-ordinator of the Green Party where he promoted campaigns on open source, intellectual property, digital rights and campaigned against the arms and espionage technologist Lockheed Martin's bid for the UK Census.

He'll be introducing the Open Rights Group, discussing the latest developments in the UK and talking about how you can get involved.

Paul Bernal Lecturer (IT, IP and Media Law) at UEA Law School

Paul's research at the UEA relates most directly to Human Rights and the internet, and in particular privacy rights. His recent PhD thesis looks at how deficiencies in data privacy on the internet impact upon our autonomy, and suggests that comprehensive, coherent data privacy rights can begin to address that threat.

Wendy Grossman Freelance writer (Guardian, Daily Telegraph, ZDNet)

Wendy is the author of six books including net.wars (1998, NYU Press) and From Anarchy to Power: the Net Comes of Age (2001, NUYU Press), and writes a weekly column, net.wars, that appears on Fridays at and at

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  • Alex

    A really promising first event, the speakers were interesting and evoking.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Tom H.

    Thanks so much again to everyone for coming to the first event, I really enjoyed the talks and I hope you all did too.

    I agree Duncan - it's up to everyone to help grow the group. The issues we're discussing affect everyone, after all!

    After the Hustings on the 12th, it would be good to have a discussion meetup to talk about issues - global, national or local - and decide what we'd like to do next. We could start campaigns or contact local groups to raise awareness, perform some fundraising, organise educational events (such as Crytpoparties, have other speakers come and speak to the group, or maybe something else.

    In the meantime, there's a mailing list so we can all chat and organise things (or discuss current events), you can join that here:

    How else would you like to communicate? Would a group forum or discussion board help?

    April 27, 2014

  • Duncan J.

    Future events will require heavy promotion. It would be good for all attendees to take it upon themselves to introduce just 1ore person each time.

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Duncan J.

    Totally agree with Rupert. Good to see non geeks there.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Duncan J.

    Totally agree with Rupert. Good to see non geeks there.

    April 27, 2014

  • Rupert R.

    A fair beginning. Good to see some non-geeks present.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Katja M.

    Sorry I missed it. Last minute work commitment... I'll try to make the next one.

    April 26, 2014

  • Mick M.

    Not bad for a first meeting.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Simon J.

    Unfortunately no longer able to attend this tonight, but look forward to future events.

    April 25, 2014

  • Duncan J.

    As a pre-ambler to this, has anyone seen Terms and Conditions May Apply? 2 minute Trailer is here: Full documentary is here: OR here:

    You've probably all seen it hey? ;o)

    April 22, 2014

    • Duncan J.

      Good idea.... I like the idea of screenings?

      April 22, 2014

    • Tom H.

      Pretty sure this could be arranged!

      April 22, 2014

  • Duncan J.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing you all this friday folks and making new friends too.

    2 · April 22, 2014

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