• How will Brexit affect UK life online?


    Join us in Norwich to learn about the way UK digital policy will change after leaving the EU. Find out which EU laws and institutions that currently influence UK rights to free speech online and digital privacy will remain and which will change. We'll also discuss how post-Brexit international trade deals with the U.S. and other countries could weaken protections of personal data and strengthen the protections of algorithms and trade secrets of businesses. This is a free event! Feel free to bring your laptop or phone (and food and drink if you wish). No experience is needed.

  • Open Rights Group Norwich January 2020 Meeting

    Join us for two presentations, one by Charles Strange 'Dark Patterns: the Illusion of Choice' and one by Mark Dunn 'Privacy Protection: Confused and Vulnerable' (drawing on Mark's experience of working with local campaigns relating to vulnerable adults). There will be a chance for Q&A/debate following each presentation. You may want to bring a laptop/tablet etc, as well as a smartphone. Please feel free to bring your own food and drink. This is a FREE event and no previous experience is necessary.

  • The Great Hack FREE screening & Subject Access Request workshop

    Martineau Memorial Hall

    Join us for a special election season event about disinformation and manipulation in political campaigning. First up, we’re got a FREE screening of the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, which uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the journeys of players from the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. After the film, we’ll show you how to submit a subject access request (SAR) to UK political parties so you can find out exactly what personal data they are holding on you. To complete a (SAR), you’ll need to bring a laptop or phone and a photo ID that proves your identity and lists your current voting address. A driving licence will suffice if the address is your current voting address. If the address is outdated, you'll need to add a second document with your current voting address. This could be a utility bill, council tax bill or a bank statement from the last 3 months. We’ll supply refreshments! Register your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/org-norwich-the-great-hack-free-screening-tickets-83145992903

  • Open Rights Group Norwich October Monthly Meeting

    1. “Investigating Fake News” - Amanda will present The Kit, a project by Tactical Tech, a German NGO that engages with citizens and civil-society organisations to explore the impacts of technology on society. 2. Q&A/Open Debate about the presentation and fake news in general. 3. Presentation (by video link) on AdTech by Mike Morel, ORG's national Campaigns Manager, followed by Q&A/Open Debate. 4. ORG Norwich business meeting, open to all - among other things, we'll be discussing activities over the next few months and your ideas will be welcome. Please feel free to bring food and drink. You may want to have your tablet, laptop, snartphone, etc, with you. This is a FREE event. No previous experience is required.

  • Open Rights Group Norwich September Meeting


    At 6.30 pm (NB start time) there'll be 2 presentations on current threats to our rights and privacy: Jamie on 'Facial Recognition' and Charles on 'Spies in the Passenger Seat' - as cars get smarter, their ability to collect and store drivers' data increases. Afterwards we'll have a brief discussion on our likely forthcoming events in autumn/early winter, eg another Healthy Digital Lifestyle pop-up in a public or semi-public space and a possible presentation on Targeted Political Ads by a national ORG officer. Please feel free to bring food and drink. You may want to have your laptop, tablet, etc with you. This is a FREE event. No previous experience is required.

  • Open Rights Group Norwich August Meeting


    Join us for an informal meeting to discuss: - future Digital Healthy Lifestyle pop-up events, including a possible presence at Disability Pride at the Forum in September - running a publicised meeting in early autumn on Targeted Online Ads and Election/Referendum Campaigns, with Pascal Crowe, ORG's Data and Democracy Officer, as speaker - getting together with ORG Cambridge. Please feel free to bring food and drink. You may want to have your laptop, tablet, etc with you. This is a FREE event. No previous experience is required.

  • July Monthly Meeting - The ORGCon Experience/Healthy Digital Lifestyle Pop-Ups

    We'll get a report of ORGCon 2019 from Amanda and Charles and, hopefully, get to see/listen to ORGCon highlights. We'll also discuss running one or more Healthy Digital Lifestyle pop-up sessions in central Norwich in August. You may want to bring tablets, laptops, smartphones, etc. You're also welcome to bring food and drink. This is a FREE event and no previous experience is necessary. In the meantime ORG supporters are asked to respond urgently to the Government White Paper on Online Harms. The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's risk-based proposal to regulate the platforms we all use to communicate is likely to lead to widespread blocking of legal content by a state regulator. ORG urges all supporters to tell the Government that 'a new rights-based approach is needed that focuses on increasing online companies' transparency and accountability to an independent authority apart from the Government. FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR DIRECTIONS:- https://action.openrightsgroup.org/rights-based-approach-regulating-social-media The Consultation CLOSES AT 11.59pm ON MONDAY 1 JULY, so time is short!

  • White Paper on Online Harms - ORG says "Design In Fundamental Rights!"

    Join us on Wednesday 19 June at 7 pm for a presentation by Amy Shepherd, the Open Rights Group's national Legal and Policy Officer, on the Government' s proposed strategy on online harms - the White Paper, current consultation and ORG's response. The UK Government recently published proposals to address “online harms” ranging from terrorist content to cyber bullying. The new rules promise to dramatically impact social media companies (and social media users). At a time of creeping Government control of the Internet it's time to question whether plans to make the Internet safer will come at a cost to free expression online. Join us for a talk by Open Rights Group’s Legal and Policy Officer Amy Shepherd about an alternative rights-based approach to address online harms that will also protect the free and open Internet. Amy will describe how the White Paper proposals don't explore in any detail how the Government will define the 'harm' that social media causes or how the Government intends to protect freedom of expression. Amy will also tell us how to make our voices heard by responding to the Government’s public consultation on their Online Harm White Paper. Come and join a lively discussion with ORG Norwich and other digital activists; socialise; and help plan future activities. You may want to bring your laptop, tablet, etc. The meeting will be at THE DOG HOUSE BAR, 18 ST GEORGE'S STREET, NORWICH NR3 1BA. Looking forward to seeing you on 19 June.

  • Monthly Meeting - Online Harms White Paper, Local Media & Outreach

    Agenda: (1) Government White Paper on Online Harms - getting an ORG speaker in June, possibly via webinar/get on local radio (Nick Conrad show) (2) Outreach to potential new members/ ongoing pop-ups on Digital Health. Bring laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. This is a free event to which all are welcome - no experience is necessary. (Postponed from 13 May.)