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Episode V: The Snooper's Charter Strikes Back!

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36-40 Edge Street · Manchester

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Open Rights Group is holding events at the Party Conferences and we are running one in Manchester alongside the Conservative Party Conference!

After the huge success of our packed out hustings we have two great events in one fantastic evening for our October Meetup:

A talk AND workshop about fighting the Snoopers' Charter! Both are free to attend, donations on the night are welcome.

6.30 to 7.30pm

Talk + Q&A: Open Rights Group's Executive Director Jim Killock ( - 'Fighting the Snoopers' Charter'

Jim has been ORG's Director since January 2009. He has led campaigns against three strikes and the Digital Economy Act and pervasive government Internet surveillance.

He will be talking to us about how we can stop the return of the Snoopers' Charter (

'The Government is expected to announce the new Investigatory Powers Bill (a return of the Snoopers’ Charter) in late Autumn.

It is likely to extend surveillance powers for police and compel internet companies such as Virgin, BT and Sky to collect data on customers and make it available for automated use.

Rather than keeping surveillance to targeted monitoring of actual suspects, it would shift suspicion onto everybody and data could be used to determine whether you look suspicious or not.

This would be a profound change in the relationship between citizen and state.'

You do not have to sign up to attend that talk, that is open to the public.

Break: 7.30 to 7.45pm

7.45 to 9.00pm

Workshop: Talking About Surveillance

We'll be running a workshop on how you can talk to your MP, answering questions like:

- Why Should I talk to my MP?

- How Do I Get a Meeting?

- What Should I Say?

Every attendee will recieve their own copy of a special briefing pack that Open Rights Group has produced with information on the background to the Snoopers' Charter, arguments used to justify it and how you can respond.

You'll come away from the workshop ready to talk to anyone about surveillance!

Please do let us know if you will be there, it makes our roles as organisers much easier to know how many to expect.

See you there,


ORG Manchester Organiser

Thanks to Mad Lab ( for letting us use the venue at a discounted rate and their continued support of ORG Manchester and Open Rights Group's campaigns.