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Citizen Four showing followed by National Union of Journalists panel

This is the never before seen, utterly riveting first-person look at how director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong where he gave them documents showing widespread abuses of power by the … Continue reading

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Get Data Smart : review

The day of events at Manchester Central library kicked off with storming introductions to working with WikiData as well as an over view of the ‘open data’ movement itself. We all enjoyed some of the little games you can play … Continue reading

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National Pupil Database event report

Last weeks highly entertaining talk was full of tales of how the Department of Education¬† misleads on answering questions about it’s plans for pupil data, such as by failing to make clear that the collection of nationality information is entirely … Continue reading

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National Pupil Database and census

We’re delighted to have DefendDigitalMe talking about the National Pupil Database and child census projects on March 1st. For more details, please head over to https://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/237374597/

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Get Data Smart : Cryptoparty

We’ll be hosting a Cryptoparty event as part of the council’s Get Data Smart day on March 17th. You can register and read more at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/get-data-smart-cryptoparty-manchester-tickets-32155895148

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Festival of Social Science : Digital activism

This event is a great opportunity to discover how new technologies are changing our communities. With talks from local campaign groups, technologists and academics, this event will give you the chance to engage with pertinent issues: How is technology changing … Continue reading

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Three showings of tense Orwellian thriller about the surveillance society

On the 14th, 15th and 16th there is an award-winning, tense Orwellian thriller about the surveillance society playing in Manchester. More details and tickets can be found at https://wtpr.wordpress.com/welcome-to-paradise-road I will also be having a Q+A session after the Friday … Continue reading

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Movie night and debate

We will be showing the short (20 minutes) film ‘The Haystack’ as an introduction to a wider debate about current events that effect you both on and off line. The trailer for the film is here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_RD0uwA3dI On our … Continue reading

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Interview with Mancunian Matters

ORG Manchester organiser Tom was recently interviewed by¬†Mancunian Matters The proposed legislation will also introduce a ‘double-lock’ on ministerial approval of interception warrants, with a new panel of seven judicial commissioners. But the ‘double-lock’ will not apply in ‘urgent cases’ … Continue reading

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Speaking to your MP : results and feedback

Last time we were talking about ways to explain your concerns to people like your local MP. For the final event of the year we want to get your feedback on how that worked out – did you manage to … Continue reading

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