Past Meetup

Snowden movie plus discussion "Internet Privacy, Safety & Security post Snowden"

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Join ORG Cambridge for a screening of the new 'Snowden' film, followed by a discussion with our esteemed panel ( The event will be an exploration into how mass surveillance violates our rights to privacy and free speech, in the context of the UK's new 'Snoopers Charter' Investigatory Powers Act. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to attend.

The meeting will take place at 6pm - 9pm on Monday 16th January at Arts Picturehouse ( in Cambridge. We ask you to please book your own ticket for the film ( The venue has disabled access and accessible toilets.

The discussion panel will include Wendy M Grossman (technology journalist), Prof. Ross Anderson (Professor of Security Engineering, University of Cambridge), Dr Julian Huppert (former Lib Dem spokesperson on Home Affairs) and Dr Julia Powles (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge).

Find out more about the ORG Cambridge group here (

Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' tells the story of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2013 began making a series of revelations about the extent to which the US and other governments use the internet as a platform for surveillance and hacking. Based on the book 'The Snowden Files', Stone's film is a biopic that covers the period leading up to Snowden's revelations, in which Snowden becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the government actions of which his work is a part. Is he a traitor or a hero?

One legacy of his actions is that the public, legislators and
information security specialists have new information on just how hostile the Internet is. It is revealed to be an environment where nation states are hacking individuals and businesses, as well as each other. A lot of questions are raised about the safety of infrastructure, the privacy of individuals, and the scope and oversight of the Internet snooping by our police and security services.