- Data rights, Workers rights and the Gig Economy
Open Rights Group Bristol, with Bristol Transformed, present an evening of thought provoking talks on data rights, workers rights and the gig economy. After a contribution from each speaker, we will have a panel discussion with opportunity for questions from the audience. Free entry (sign up here: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=[masked]&event_id=56306). The bar will be open!! Blurbs from each speaker are as follows: Data Access: how to protect worker rights in the gig economy James Farrar, Worker Info Exchange Gig employers such as Uber and Deliveroo use a massive asymmetry in information power to both exploit workers and build powerful commercial networks. The workforce is atomised and kept in the dark so organising can be difficult. Accessing employment rights can be stymied if the worker cannot evidence management control that is hidden in algorithms kept behind the digital curtain. But provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides important data access rights that will become increasingly important as the gateway for digital workers to secure worker rights. Join this discussion and learn how Worker Info Exchange is helping gig workers access, aggregate and understand their personal data at work and how data is helping workers organise for a more just future. Surviving insecurity and protesting injustice in the hidden gig economy Alex Wood, University of Birmingham Hundreds of thousands of workers in the UK are part of a hidden global gig economy. These workers are using platforms to remotely undertake tasks such as translation, transcription, programming, digital marketing, graphic design and data entry for clients potentially located on the other side of the world. Despite usually working from their homes, these workers are coming together to build communities to survive the insecurity inherent to the gig economy. This talk will explore the common grievances which platforms generate among these disparate workers and the emerging organisations and embryonic forms of action which workers are using to protest injustice in the hidden gig economy. Data Justice in the Workplace Lina Dencik, Data Justice Lab, Cardiff University The dual occurrences of constant data collection and use of artificial and autonomous systems in the workplace are having a profound impact on workers' lives. Workers are subjected to constant surveillance that not only monitor worker productivity but factors unrelated to work. At the same time, machine learning systems are using these data to transform how work is being allocated, assessed and completed and as a result, worker lives and value in the workplace. These systems are implemented with little discussion with workers about why it’s necessary, what is being collected, or how that information will be used. What rights do workers have to that information, to ensure that data is collected fairly and accountably, and how are they able to mediate, circumvent or resist the implementation and uses of data? How does the idea of data justice manifest itself in the workplace? In this talk, I will map some of the trends in data-driven technologies, from hiring systems to performance assessment tools, and discuss what this means for situating concerns with data as part of a workers' rights agenda.
- Data Justice Lab & ORG Bristol: Resisting Surveillance Capitalism
With the digitalisation of the economy we are confronted with a new information order often described as ‘surveillance capitalism’ that thrives on the exploitation of huge amounts of data across our social and everyday lives. How should we make sense of these developments? And what do they mean for long-standing struggles for social, economic, racial and environmental justice? In this talk we’ll take stock of some of the ways data is collected and used in society, their implications, and how we might advance alternative data infrastructures and economies. With Lina Dencik (Data Justice Lab, Cardiff University Sponsored by Open Rights Group This event is part of Bristol Transformed. Tickets and full programme are available here: http://bristoltransformed.org/crbc
- Drafting letter to the PCC about the legal basis of Cellebrite
In this event, we will be drafting a letter to the PCC about the legal basis and controls on the use of the Cellebrite and other similar mobile phone data extraction tools. We are encouraging concerned members of the public to help us with this. It will be a nice collective action to get together in a physical space to discuss it and have a tangible outcome. Info on the use of these tools by the local authorities can be found here: https://thebristolcable.org/2017/01/phone-cracking-tech/ Illustration: Louis Wood
- Digital surveillance, policing, and the law
What are your digital rights under the law? How can we challenge surveillance by the police and corporations? We have two expert speakers to talk about recent developments. Dan Carey is a solicitor at Deighton Pierce Glynn in Bristol who represents Open Rights Group in its challenge to mass surveillance at the European Court of Human Rights and has acted for Privacy International and private individuals in relation to surveillance and data protection issues. He will ask what the law can do to protect us against new surveillance tech, including our rights under the GDPR. Millie Graham Wood is a solicitor at Privacy International. Privacy International works around the world on issues relating to surveillance, data protection and data exploitation. In the UK they are responsible for ground-breaking challenges against the intelligence agencies in relation to mass surveillance practices and increasingly are looking at the use of new technologies by the police and other state actors. A recent report 'Digital Stop and Search' exposed the use of mobile phone extraction technologies which has taken place in secret since 2012.
- Modern Threats to free speech online
Could new plans to make Britain "the safest place in the world to be online" have unintended consequences? Hear from ORG campaigns manager Mike Morel, legal officer Alex Haydock about how the Government is working with social media companies to decide acceptable standards for online content. Learn how heavy fines encourage the use of not-so-smart filters that can silence free speech, and how murky definitions of 'harmful content' give social media companies unprecedented control over free expression. No experience is necessary to attend this FREE event.
- See ORG at Freenode Live
Open Rights Group will have a stall at this year's freenode.live conference. Come along and say hi, or even help out if you like. The conference will have a range of luminaries from the Free and Open Source Software community. For more information see https://freenode.live/ . Please note: you'll need to register for a free ticket at that link (replying to this meetup doesn't count!)
- Bristol Youth Hustings
The Creative Youth Network is organising a hustings for the Bristol candidates. If you're under 25, this is your chance to find out more about each party and what they have to offer. This is a great opportunity to ask the candidates what their proposals for human rights and digital rights under Brexit are, and also to ensure that issues around surveillance, privacy and censorship are included in the debate. Questions to ask the candidates: • Will you commit to staying in the European Convention on Human Rights? • With the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act last year, what is your opinion on the level of surveillance in the UK? • Will you protect digital rights after Brexit? • Will you commit to guaranteeing data protection rights that have been secured through the General Data Protection Regulation? This event is free and open to the public so bring friends or family along who might be interested. Find out more information about the hustings here: https://www.creativeyouthnetwork.org.uk/Event/youth-hustings
- Martha Spurrier (Liberty) - Festival of Ideas
Next Thursday, Martha Spurrier, the director of Liberty, is giving a talk as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas. The talk reflects on how human rights – and human rights activists – can offer a national identity of tolerance, diversity and equality. The event is taking place 18:30-19:30 in the Wills Memorial Building. The event is free, but booking is required via eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coleridge-lectures-2017-martha-spurrier-free-tickets-31923772864) More information is available at http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/events/martha-spurrier/
- Breaking communication barriers between privacy advocates and non-techies
We have a guest speaker Mada Belu from Optin4Privacy, visiting Bristol for a group discussion with interested parties. Here's her description of the event: "This chat is about communication barriers. How can privacy advocates carry their message forward when the majority of online users do not understand Facebook’s business model, what a VPN is or get discouraged at simply hearing the word “encryption”? Getting to understand tech lingo requires patience, dedication, realization of what lack of knowledge can lead to. This means effort. Effort that the majority of nontechie users are not willing to make. Privacy concerns are on the rise, that is true. Yet this increase is due to online users that already have some sort of knowledge of the topic. They are the ones that choose to protect themselves online. What about the rest? What about the ignorants or the uneducated? I refuse to say “They deserve it!” Among because they’re the ones shaping our relationship with tech advancement. So, how do we communicate complex issues of BigData to those embracing living in ignorance, in the unknown or those embracing a big “I got nothing to hide” argument? I will start with a short 15 mins presentation about what I’ve come up with so far and then open up the discussions. Let’s talk about communication barriers. Let’s talk about making the obvious, obvious... in a digestible manner."
- Jen Persson discusses DefendDigitalMe & the Digital Economy Bill
Do you know how children's data in school is handled? School records for every named pupil aged 2-19, are uploaded to a national pupil database (NPD) at the Department for Education (DfE) every term, from where it is shared with companies and organisations including journalists. In September 2016, the DfE started to collect nationality data with the intention of sharing it with the Home Office Immigration Enforcement, Removals Casework team. What’s next? Find out how all this data from schools, as well as new laws on student data, and other administrative datasets, might be affected by the Digital Economy Bill. Come along to find out more and what you can do to get involved to #BoycottSchoolCensus and refuse, retract and resist this data collection.