What I learned from taking part in the Copyright as Frame and Prison panel discussion

On Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of taking part in Copyright as Frame and Prison, an arts-focused panel discussion organised by Birmingham-based digital artist Antonio Roberts (AKA @hellocatfood on Twitter) as part of his excellent new No Copyright Infringement Intended group exhibition. Taking part in the panel discussion helped me clarify my own thinking and exposed me to new perspectives on copyright, creativity and society. Here’s a quick round up of what I learned.

Back to the drawing board? How you can help ensure the government learns from serious criticism of the Investigatory Powers Bill

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Yesterday, I blogged over at Open Rights Group Birmingham about the latest twists and turns in the development of the Investigatory Powers Bill, the government’s plans to increase online surveillance and permit widespread hacking of computer networks. You can read the full post here. Open Rights Group Birmingham meetup tomorrow If this post piqued your […]

Has the science and technology committee struck a blow against the Investigatory Powers Bill?

As an organiser for Open Rights Group Birmingham, I have followed with interest and not a little weariness the twists and turns as the government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill makes its way through the pre-legislative scrutiny phase. Today, the House of Commons science and technology committee published a highly critical report on the bill, with […]

What Shami Chakrabarti can teach us about valuing civil liberties and human rights

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As a member of the civil liberties organisation Liberty, it was with sadness that I read earlier this week week that Shami Chakrabarti is stepping down as director  after 12 years in the role. Shami Chakrabarti’s list of achievements – from overurning compulsory ID cards to challenging  internnment of foreign terrorist suspects and, most recently, […]

What I’ve learned from nearly three months of delivering digital confidence and skills training for Helpful Technology

I can’t believe it’s nearly three months since I started working as product lead for Helpful Technology’s Digital Action Plan. Since joining Helpful, my work has been focused on how best to give people the confidence and skills to use digital at work. This has involved delivering face-to-face training, producing engaging online resources and offering […]

To stop the Investigatory Powers Bill, campaigners will need to make a strong case for targeted, not mass surveillance

On Wednesday, after months of speculation and a flurry of off-the-record ministerial briefings and some pretty cringeworthy attempts at PR by GCHQ, the UK Government finally published its surveillance bill, which has been given the more innocuous title of the Investigatory Powers Bill. The Guardian has produced a clear summary of the main points here. […]