The Home Office has now published its revised Investigatory Powers Bill / Snoopers Charter and it's even worse than before!
We now need to work together to persuade the public and MPs that this bill is flawed and must not be rushed through parliament in its current state.
Please join us at Birmingham Open Media on Wednesday 16 March to find out more about what the government is up to and take practical action to defeat the Investigatory Powers Bill.
So far, our campaign nationally has been focused on emailing MPs to persuade them to oppose the bill. Given the mindboggling array of digital technology at our disposal, and open Rights Group's base at Birmingham Open Media, surely we can do better than email?
For that reason, we've decided to hold a special 'Art Against the IPBill' session next Wednesday (16 March). At the session we'll work together to develop creative responses to the IPBill.
Think memes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#Internet_culture), animated GIFs (https://giphy.com/), looping videos (https://vine.co/), audio storytelling (https://audioboom.com/) and anything else that will get across all that is wrong about the IP Bill. Liberty have produced a very good analyis called the IP Bill: the good, the good, the bad and the downright scary (https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/news/blog/ip-bill-good-bad-and-downright-scary) but I can't help but feel it's missing a LOLcat.
Bring along anything you think will help you create. This could be your trusty laptop, tablet or phone. Alternatively, you might like to go old school and work with a pen and a pad.
We're hoping to have some fully paid-up artists from Birmingham Open Media and beyond to help inspire us with their creativity. If you're an artist and you'd like to get involved, please do get in touch or simply drop in on the night.Looking forward to seeing you next Wednesday. And in the meantime, please don't forget to email your MP (https://www.openrightsgroup.org/campaigns/investigatory-powers-bill-email-your-mp).
Once again, Birmingham Open Media (BOM) is kindly hosting our meetup. If you're not familiar with BOM's work, please visit their website
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