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.
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 […]
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 […]
Since September, my role as product lead for Helpful Technology’s Digitial Action Plan has involved working closely with with senior civil servants to help them become more confident around digital engagement. I’d like to share with you what I have observed to be the main barriers to civil servants becoming authentic digital engagers and how […]
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, […]
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 […]
In my last post, I argued that if campaigners (including myself) are going to take on the Government over its plans for online surveillance and win, we need to dismantle the claims they are making about these powers being necessary for security and crime fighting. Since then, I’ve done some further online research and had […]
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. […]