7pm – 7th Nov at the Dancehouse Theatre – Free Entry
Manchester Central candidates will be invited to explain how they will support the local digital economy and defend citizen’s privacy and free speech online.
Candidates will be asked how they will protect Manchester’s voters from dangerous Internet policies, and also ensure that the local digital economy is supported.
Newly formed Manchester Open Rights Group has teamed up with NUJ New Media, No2ID Manchester and Free Software Foundation Europe to run the event which is being widely promoted.
How would candidates follow up on recent initiatives to make Manchester a Digital Hub on a world scale? Can they stop the brain drain to London and other cities better able to support growing digital businesses?
Presentations will also be followed by a Q and A and debate giving the public a chance to quiz candidates on issues effecting one of Manchester’s largest and fastest growing industries.
Recent arrests for “offensive tweets” and proposals to put the whole UK population under Internet surveillance and data collection have thrown digital issues into the forefront of political debate.
Free Tickets are available from http://www.thedancehouse.co.uk
There is a booking cost if you book online – But you can get a free reservation by ringing the Dancehouse Box Office on 0161 2379753
- Tom Dylan – Green Party
- Marc Ramsbottom- Liberal Democrats
- Loz Kaye – Pirate Party
- Lucy Powell (invited) – Labour
- Matthew Sephton (invited) – Conservatives
with support from
- Peter Bradwell – Open Rights Group
- Martin Bryant - Managing Editor, The Next Web
- John Robb – Louder than War
This event is a partnership between the following groups NUJ New Media Industrial Council, Free Software Foundation Europe, Manchester Open Rights Group and Manchester No2ID.
For Press contact -Mick Chesterman 07913 882193 or Tom Chiverton 07967 672404 from the newly formed Manchester Open Rights Group – http://network23.org/orgmanchester