This month we have two special speakers in store to give us practical knowledge to protect ourselves online.
Wendy Grossman, a longtime member of ORG’s Advisory Council, will open with a talk on threat models and assessing personal risk.
Then Matt Davey of the password manager company 1Password will tell us everything we need to know about passwords and security.
As this is the last meeting of the year, there will hopefully be some Christmassy refreshments!
All are welcome to this FREE event! Please join us. You may want to bring your laptop, tablet, etc.
Join Open Rights Group Norwich for an important talk on ‘Two Threats to Civil Liberties and Digital Rights: (i) the Counter-Terrorism & Border Security Bill (ii) the use of IMSI-catchers by UK state agencies’. We’re lucky enough to have Zehrah Hasan of Liberty as our speaker.
(i) Among other unprecedented attacks on individuals’ rights and privacy, the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill contains proposals to criminalise watching online content “likely to be useful for terrorist purposes” even if the content is viewed with no terrorist intent. The offence would carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years. These proposals, if carried, would seriously hamper the work of academic researchers and investigative journalists. Zehrah will talk about effective lobbying of Parliamentarians to remove these and other proposed clauses in the Bill, which will be working its way through the House of Lords in October and then returning to the Commons for the third Reading (final debate).
(ii) Did you know that, if you attend any public event – eg rally, concert, march, festival, picket - the police can extract personal information from your mobile phone? IMSI catchers are surveillance tools which trick mobile phones into connecting with them and revealing personal information. Some IMSI-catchers can also intercept data, including the contents of phone calls, text messages and internet traffic. This technology can and has been used by police in the UK to help identify everyone attending public events like demonstrations. Liberty, along with Privacy International, has launched a Tribunal appeal to find out which police forces in England and Wales have this technology and, if so, how/when/why it’s being used. The use of IMSI-catchers and other surveillance technology by the police needs to be clearly defined in law and put under proper oversight.
All are welcome to this FREE event! Please join us.
Join us Monday 3 September for a FREE WORKSHOP with ORG legal consultant Alex Haydock about two tech projects by Open Rights Group and Projects by IF.
Data Rights Finder is a new service designed to help you take advantage of the data rights gained from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It cuts through the mind numbing jargon in leading company privacy policies so you don’t have to. Want quick, clear answers about how a company stores your data, or whether they share it with third parties? Need to know exactly who to contact to make a subject access request? Data Rights Finder has answers.
Blocked! allows you to easily check if your own (or any) website is being mistakenly blocked by default filters on major UK Internet Service Provider (ISP) broadband and mobile networks. If you identify any wrongful blocks (there are a shocking amount of these), Blocked! lets you submit an unblocking request with just a couple clicks. You’ll learn how to check local websites and help document and expose the damage done by algorithmic filters that rampantly overblock and damage free speech.
Laptops are recommended but not necessary.
Before the workshop starts there’ll be a short briefing on the September 12 vote in the European Parliament, its importance and the need to contact MEPs urgently about it. Jamie and Rowena will then talk briefly about making ORG known to students at the start of the academic year via Freshers’ Fairs, etc.
All are welcome to this FREE event. Please join us!
What to expect:
We will be watching the 'Do Not Track' series which explores the various ways in which we and our data is being stored, categorized and monitored by companies and governments. Each video will be 5-10 minutes long. Between each video we will discuss the video and how it affects us in the modern digital age.
Towards the end of the meeting we will discuss the stall that we did on 12th May and future meetings in September.
Please join us for our public outreach & information stall about protecting free speech online. Set up begins at 9:30am and we'll be up and running at 10:30am. All are welcome to help out or to simply stop by and get some information.
Open Rights G.
Hayhill (off Gentlemen's Walk, near the open market)
ORG Norwich will have a meeting at 7 pm on Thursday 3rd May at the meeting room at Neontribe, 21 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN (by kind permission of Neontribe). The focus of this meeting will be on final preparations for out publicity stall at Hayhill on Saturday 12th May. We'll be discussing layout, materials (including posssible use of online materials), attracting passers-by on Hayhill, timetable for the day, etc. By 3rd May we'll have brought more materials from ORG office in London (including display boards and sample ORG t-shirt so people can order some - we're not allowed to sell anything on the stall). We've been fortunate enough to obtain the kind loan of a gazebo and trestle table. If any members are able and prepared to lend 1 or 2 folding chairs and/or a small folding/portable table, could they let us know either at the meeting or by contacting Rowena at her personal email [masked]? Any help would be much appreciated.
The stall will publicise a range of ORG's work (including the Free Speech campaign). Members' comments on publicity material for the Free Speech campaign have been taken on board.
If you'd like to help with the stall but haven't yet signed up or can't attend the meeting on 3rd May, contact Rowena (see above). Those who have signed up to help but can't be at the meeting will be contacted personally in the week before the stall to check that they're still OK to help.
• What we'll do
Your brainpower is needed urgently to put together a display on threats to free speech online, including Age Verification, which will attract the attention and participation of passers-by. We can view the available materials and discuss how to arrange them, whether we need any more and if we can offer passers-by hands-on digital experience. We'll also need to draw up a preliminary rota of people to run the stall.
• What we'll do
ORG organiser & legal officer Alex Haydock joins us in Norwich to discuss the impact that Age Verification will have on privacy & data protection. We will also be strategising for our upcoming Free Speech Online event in April. There will be plenty of time for questions and group discussion. We'll talk about and plan future ORG Norwich events and we want your input. No experience or knowledge is necessary for this FREE event.
Following our successful inaugural event in January, join us for another evening of all things digital rights including:
- A discussion with Legal Director Myles Jackman about ORG's activities at the European Court of Human Rights, The Court of Justice of the European Union and the UK Supreme Court.
- Strategising a public event about threats to free speech online
- A discussion of future ORG Norwich meetings & venue options
No experience is necessary to join this FREE event. All you need is an interest in defending digital rights and a desire to make positive change.