• 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 and legal officer Alex Haydock about how the Government is working with social media companies to police online speech. 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. All are welcome!

    The Bridge Tavern

    58 Bridge Street · Manchester

  • ORG Manchester invited to NO2ID pub social
    Manchester NO2I are having an informal pub social meeting for a general chit-chat and to discuss the latest developments with the database state and mass surveillance. Manchester ORG members and supporters are of course welcome to come along for a drink and chat. The following is a link to the event on Manchester NO2ID’s Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1797922023833310/ We hope to see you there!

    English Lounge

    64-66 High Street, Manchester, M4 1EA · Manchester

  • Blocked.org.uk
    Tonight you can help rescue local businesses that are being removed from the Internet. It could be yours! This event is part of the monthly MaccTech meeting which also has a talk on "How Blockchain will change the world". 10 minutes from the station with frequent trains to and from Manchester. Please RSVP on the main event site : https://www.meetup.com/MaccTech/events/240931554/ or alternatively email manchester -at- open rights group dot org as there is a limit to the number of people that can be accomadated.

    Park Tavern

    Park Lane · Macclesfield

  • Blocked.org.uk
    Tonight you can help rescue local businesses that are being removed from the Internet. It could be yours! This event is part of the monthly MaccTech meeting which also has a talk on "How Blockchain will change the world". 10 minutes from the station with frequent trains to and from Manchester.

    Park Tavern

    Park Lane · Macclesfield

  • What's so smart about smart meters
    If you want to take control over your energy usage but you are not sure whether connecting everything to the internet is a positive or a negative thing, this event about smart meters is for you. Presented by the Carbon Co-op who provide the venue and the experts, you only need to bring your questions and interest. This event is not only an info session about smart meters but also a possibility to enhance your own influence over your own life. Independent experts will analyse the positive and negative effects of smart meters, which the government seeks to standardize in the UK by 2020. In order to tackle the future head on, Carbon-Coop asked: is this a blessing or a curse? Our speakers will answer! There is a £3 suggested entrance donation. If you can spare 1.5 hours to find out about probably the biggest change which our energy measuring will go through in the next 10 years, we'd love to see you there! Please register your attendance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carbon-coop-info-night-whats-so-smart-about-smart-meters-tickets-35726567124

    Briton's Protection

    50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE · Manchester

  • Question Time with the Manchester Gorton Candidates
    Come along to this community event for all to meet and ask the Manchester Gorton candidates questions on their policies and how they will represent you! On the 8th June 2017 the country will be heading to a General Election. The next Government will not simply be responsible for the UKs negotiations with the EU relating to Brexit; it will oversee substantial changes to our education system, welfare state, and the NHS. Register at: https://manchesterelections.eventbrite.co.uk

    South Manchester Muslim Community Association

    2 Weybrook Road · M19 2QD

  • Film: Citizen Four (followed by National Union of Journalists panel)
    This is the never before seen, utterly riveting first-person look at how director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong where he gave them documents showing widespread abuses of power by the National Security Administration. It is an unprecedented fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most groundbreaking moments in recent history. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ADUs8iN7NE To be followed by a panel featuring the Open Rights Group and the National Union of Journalists. Open to the public as always, but we are having to charge £4 to cover licence fee and venue costs. If you prefer, you can pay on the door, or RSVP by emailing manchester -a- openrightsgroup.org

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    The Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcadie

    35-39 Oldham Street · Manchester, M1 1JG

  • CryptoParty
    You seal your letters but send your mails unencrypted? You want to protect your privacy online but don't know how to do it? Come along to learn how to protect your communications and content over the Internet. CryptoParty is free, public and fun ! Everyone can learn - the only thing you need is a laptop or smartphone! CryptoParty Manchester is organised by Manchester Libraries and Open Rights Group Manchester as part of their 'Get Data Smart and Online Privacy' day. We'd like you to register on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/get-data-smart-cryptoparty-manchester-tickets-32155895148 so we have an idea of numbers. If you would prefer to say you are attending via email rather than on the web, you can use drop manchester -at- openrightsgroup -dot- org

    performance space

    central library · Manchester

  • Threats to your children's confidentiality: National Pupil Database and census
    As schools begin videoing pupils (http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38907591/body-cameras-on-trial-in-english-schools) do you know how your 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, for a range of purposes none of which are to do with your child’s schooling. 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. Together with the support of over 20 organisations, including Open Rights Group, we stopped this immediate threat in a first campaign success, and the new data will now be stored in a separate database and unlike the rest of the NPD, the data will not be released to commercial businesses and journalists. The government has u-turned on the data collection for 2-5 year olds from nurseries and pre-schools. Information about the monthly use of this data for these purposes has been put into the public domain. But much remains to be done. What’s next? Find out how all this data from schools, as well as new laws on student data, and all 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. Presented by Jen Persson, Coordinator of defendDigitalMe If you prefer to email me to confirm your place, please email manchester -at sign- openrightsgroup -dot- org


    24/26 Lever Street Manchester M1 1DZ United Kingdom · Manchester

  • Christmas social
    Just to let you know that we have now got our traditional Christmas social planned in and like last year we will be holding a joint Christmas social with Manchester No2ID. The venue this year will be at Sandbar (http://www.sandbarmanchester.co.uk), 120 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HL, from 7:00pm on Thursday 8th December. This is a social event rather than a formal meeting, although no doubt there will be some talk about the current state of the world! As usual everyone is welcome to come along for a friendly chat over a beer or other beverage.


    120 Grosvenor Street · Manchester