• Internet censorship in the UK today
    The UK is already leading the democratic world in mass surveillance. Now the Government’s new digital safety strategy suggests they want to lead in censorship as well. The Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Internet Futures and Human Rights Research Stream at Goldsmith’s University of London present a talk by Open Rights Group’s Executive Director Jim Killock about Internet censorship in the UK today. From the use of web blocking to combat terrorism and copyright infringement to age verification technology meant to shield children from pornography, we’ll consider the dangers these methods pose to free expression online. These authorities, while often engaging in important work, can be prone to mistakes, operate takedown opaque policies, and often do not offer any independent means of redress. The event will commemorate the release of a new Open Rights Group report series on UK Internet regulation. Whether you’re a student, campaigner, concerned citizen or activist, you’ll have a chance to discuss important digital rights issues and learn how to get involved. Internet Futures and Human Rights at Goldsmiths University https://sites.gold.ac.uk/technologies-worlds-politics/welcome-to-the-technologies-worlds-politics-research-theme/internet-futures-and-human-rights/ Centre for Investigative Journalism https://tcij.org

    Richard Hoggart Building. Goldsmiths, University of London

    Lewisham Way Lewisham · London, SE14 6NW

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  • Do You Have a License To Read That Law?
    Some of our most important laws--public safety codes such as building, fire, or electrical codes--are considered the private property of standards development organizations and may only be read at great cost and under conditions set by them. In this talk, Carl Malamud will discuss his 10-year fight to change that situation in the U.S., Europe, and India, including court fights that are ongoing on all 3 continents. Carl will then discuss the efforts Public Resource, the nongovernmental organization he heads, has undertaken to make other forms of knowledge more broadly available, including works of government and the ongoing fight to free up scientific knowledge for use by students. Carl Malamud has spent 30 years making government information more broadly available on the Internet. He helped put U.S. court cases, the patent database, non-profit tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service, and the Securities and Exchange Commission on the net. In 1993, Carl created the first radio station on the Internet. He has been a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and is the recipient of the Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Carl's current work is focused for the most part on India, where he is leading efforts to make several important repositories available. He is the author of 9 books, most recently (co-authored with Sam Pitroda), Code Swaraj: Field Notes from the Standards Satyagraha.

    Newspeak House

    133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG · London

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  • What does Article 13 mean for musicians and free speech?
    The controversial EU Copyright Directive is facing yet another major vote on 12 September. The debate around Article 13, which could introduce widespread "upload filters" on major Internet platforms, has seen dramatically conflicting narratives coming from rights-holders, industry bodies, artists, musicians, and free speech organisations. Is Article 13 good for musicians or just music labels? Will it usher in a new era of automated Internet censorship or instead help direct royalties to underappreciated artists? Where do UK political parties stand and why aren’t MEPs voting on strict partisan lines? Join us for a lively night as we review the current status of the Directive and consider all sides of this important debate. Speakers include: Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt Copyright Committee International Music Managers Forum Anna Mazgal EU Policy Advisor Wikimedia Deutschland Stuart Prior Project Coordinator Wikimedia UK Mike Morel Campaigns Manager (& musician) Open Rights Group This is a FREE EVENT. We hope to see you there.

    Newspeak House

    133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG · London

  • Data Democracy workshop
    Ben Falk will be leading a session getting volunteers to log as many subject access requests as possible, from as many organisations as possible, as a first step towards building a ‘data democracy.’ You will be given instructions on how to request your data from organisations that include the Home Office, the NHS and Facebook, hopefully highlighting how much of your data is available to you, and prompting you to ask the question ‘what do I do with all this?’ Please bring a laptop or tablet if you wish to take part.

    Newspeak House

    133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG · London

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  • ORG London: Threats to UK 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 and ORG legal intern Alex Haydock about how the Government is working with social media companies to decide acceptable standards for online content. Learn how heavy fines could encourage the use of automated censors that can hurt free speech, and how murky definitions of 'harmful content' give social media companies unprecedented control over free speech online.

    Newspeak House

    133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG · London

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  • Digital rights in the courts in 2018
    ORG Executive Director Jim Killock & Legal Officer Alex Haydock join us at Newspeak House to illustrate the critical importance of legal action in the fight to defend our digital rights. Learn about ORG’s record of achievements at the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the Royal Court of Justice in London. They’ll also survey fast approaching legal challenges in 2018 involving age-verification technology, protecting free speech online, and fighting the Government’s mass surveillance programme. No experience or knowledge is necessary for this FREE event! All you need is an interest in protecting our human rights in the digital era. We want to hear from you, so there will be plenty of time for questions and group discussion. Join us!

    Newspeak House

    133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG · London

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  • Privacy and accessibility - a presentation on the 'Cryptobar'
    Fabio Natali will be giving a presentation on the Cryptobar installation, a project aimed at spreading the word about privacy (and privacy-enhancing technologies) in an artistic and accessible way. All welcome.

    Newspeak House

    133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG · London

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  • ORG Christmas Party
    • What we'll do Join ORG staff and volunteers for an informal event at the pub with buffet-style food.

    The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker

    The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker, 292-294 St John Street, Clerkenwell · London EC1V 4PA

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  • What next for the Digital Economy Act?
    In an informal pub gathering where ORG's legal director Myles Jackman will be discussing the current state of digital rights legislation in the UK, including the progress of the Digital Economy Act.

    The Cittie of Yorke

    22 High Holborn, WC1V 6BS · London

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  • Cyber crime and dissent in the Gulf - a talk with Joyce Hakmeh
    Joyce Hakmeh will be talking about the use of cyber crime laws to criminalise criticism of governments in the Gulf states on social media. She is a legal and development expert working on the Middle East and North Africa region since 2006. Her areas of expertise include cybercrime, rule of law, good governance, international criminal justice, and international aid. She is researching cybercrime legislation in the Gulf countries and has worked for organizations including UNDP, IFRC, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, as well as for NGOs and media organizations. All welcome.

    Newspeak House

    133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG · London

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