Spying, Surveillance and Snooping have become big topics worldwide as citizens globally suffer from greater invasions of privacy. From nationwide metadata logging kicking off in October in Australia to imminent new surveillance powers about to be announced in the UK, surveillance is a hot topic.
Thankfully there are groups out there who champion for the little people and give a voice to those who otherwise might not be heard. Groups such as the OpenRightsGroup in the UK who publicise legislature that might otherwise go unnoticed or lobby ministers on privacy and surveillance topics.
Another such international group with a UK presence is Index on Censorship who both campaign and lobby on topics relating to freedom of expression.
With interest in surveillance hotting up in the UK both groups are putting on presentations and discussions in October 2015 that look to be worthwhile visits.
Index on Censorship – Spies, secrets and lies
October 13th @ 18:30 – The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ.
Index on Censorship will be presenting on the topic of censorship at their central London event showcasing both stories of real world censorship and the lengths that have been taken to evade it in the physical world. From bananas being used to smuggle banned magazines into Eastern Europe and lipstick being used as a form of passing information around in Chile, the event aims to unveil real world measures taken to bypass censorship in all its forms.
Censorship is often linked to the online world and the event by Index on Censorship aims to explore both past censorship and how censorship in the modern world will evolve into the future.
The event is to be chaired by the editor of Index on Censorship’s magazine, Racheal Jolley and will also feature an extensive line-up consisting of award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Grey who uncovered the CIA program ‘extraordinary rendition’, Robert McCrum from the Observer newspaper who is also the author of six highly acclaimed novels, Xiaolu Guo, critic of Chinese oppression, author and filmmaker and Ismail Einashe a freelance journalist who started his life in the UK as a refugee and now writes and researches for foreign affairs magazine Warscapes.
I’ll be attending the event for VPNCompare at the invitation of IPVanish so if you didn’t manage to get a ticket I’ll have a full write-up of the event in the days following. The event will also be live streamed on the dedicated event page.
OpenRightsGroup – Episode V: The Snooper’s Charter Strikes Back!
October 5th @ 19:00 – MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN.
The Manchester wing of the OpenRightsGroup are back with their latest discussion on the imminent UK legislation originally dubbed the “Snooper’s Charter”.
ORG Executive Director Jim Killock will hold a talk and Q&A session in the first half of the event based around the Snooper’s Charter and what can be done to stop it becoming a reality.
In the second half of the event a workshop is set to take place on wider surveillance topics with enlightenment on how individuals can help campaign against mass surveillance. Topics to be covered will include Why Should I talk to my MP, How Do I Get a Meeting? and What Should I Say.
As well as providing information on the topic every attendee will be given a briefing pack that delves into the background of the Snooper’s Charter and information to be able to talk about it and educate others.
Visitors interested in attending the event should RSVP at the ORG Manchester Meet Up page.
Two excellent events that are well worth attending from two groups that work tirelessly for the public. Definitely worth popping in to see if you’re in the area.