[Wolves] Fwd: Help beat the Snooper's Charter - free workshops

Mike Hingley computa_mike at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 13 14:07:58 UTC 2012

Just got this from open rights group...just thought I'd forward it to the list.

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From: "Jim Killock" <jim.killock at action.openrightsgroup.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 13, 2012 13:36
Subject: Help beat the Snooper's Charter - free workshops
To: <computa_mike at hotmail.com>

Dear Mike Hingley,

We're running a series of free workshops over the next few weeks to help you learn about the "Snooper's Charter" and censorship and practice lobbying your MP. 

Join us and become a digital rights champion! Here's where we'll be and when, with links to the Eventbrite pages where you can sign up:

- London, Wednesday, 20 June: http://orglondontraining.eventbrite.com/
- Edinburgh, Saturday 23 June: http://orgedinburghtraining.eventbrite.com/ 
- Manchester, Wednesday 27 June: http://orgmanchestertraining.eventbrite.com/ 
- Sheffield, Thursday 28 June: http://bit.ly/orgshefcst
- Birmingham, Wednesday, 4 July: http://orgbirminghamtraining.eventbrite.com/
- Bristol, Saturday 7 July: http://orgbristoltraining.eventbrite.com/

*What's happening?*

Open Rights Group needs your help to defeat the latest attacks on internet freedom! We need to convince MPs that they should oppose new proposals for more surveillance and censorship.

These training sessions will help you learn about two of the biggest current digital rights issues. And we'll help you practice how to discuss them with your MP. The training will last for around four hours. First we will give you a good background briefing on the issues and an overview of the campaigns. Then we will do some practical training on how to speak to your MP, and cover other campaigning ideas too.

We'll be covering two big topics:

1. The “Snoopers’ Charter” - aka the Communications Data Bill - was announced in the Queen's speech and is about to be published by the government. The bill will create new powers to intercept and collect information about who you talk to online. Your communications via Google, Facebook or Skype will now be open to what may be a large number of government officials. We want to see the powers to collect and access communications data tightened up, not extended ever further.

2. Internet censorship. The government is considering whether Internet Service Providers should have to block websites that contain 'adult content' by default, with an 'opt out' for uncensored access. That would mean an infrastructure of censorship that could, through mistakes, abuse or mission creep, lead to more and more content being blocked for people in the UK. Our research (http://www.openrightsgroup.org/ourwork/reports/mobile-internet-censorship:-whats-happening-and-what-we-can-do-about-it) on mobile Internet censorship recently showed how often the wrong websites can be filtered, for example. We want to prevent this further move towards private policing of the internet and free speech, and recommend better ways to help parents manage their children's Internet access.

You can help stop these proposals. And we are here to help you!

You don't need any previous knowledge of the issues or experience talking with your MP.

Join us. And tell your friends!

Thank you,

Jim Killock
Executive Director

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