Thursday, July 08, 2010


Just a reminder that the first Open Rights Group conference is only a couple of weeks away. ORG say:
"We'll have training sessions about how to lobby your MP and more volunteer workshops. There'll also be discussions on the state of UK politics after #GE2010 and why this is a key moment to push harder for reform on digital issues from surveillance to copyright to DRM. The keynote speaker will be James Boyle, a founder of the modern movement to recognize, protect, and grow the intellectual commons. Sessions will include
  • James Boyle on the future of copyright, in London especially for this talk
  • Thriving in the Real Digital Economy: Cory Doctorow talks and then chairs a panel of artists.
  • Digital Economy Act: What's Next? (Tom Watson, Eric Joyce, Julian Huppert)
  • What is the 'Right to Data'? (Heather Brooke, Rufus Pollock)
  • Opening up the Data Protection Directive: Can of Worms or Opportunity
  • Dismantling the Database State (NO2ID, ARCH, Big Brother Watch) 
  • Theft! A History of Music (Jennifer Jenkins)
  • ACTA: A Shady Business (La Quadrature du Net, Becky Hogge)
The central London venue is well-served by public transport. These pages will help you travel to ORGCON by bus, underground (tube) and rail.

We want to help delegates with places to stay in London so let us know your needs. For now, you could try couch surfing!"
That's an impressive line up and I wish I could be there but personal committments dictate otherwise. They have 300 delegates booked up already to hear a very impressive range of speakers including James Boyle, Cory Doctorow and Tom Watson, Jennifer Jenkins and there'll be contributions from Liberty, NO2ID and Big Brother Watch.

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