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Europe and digital rights MEP hustings report – part two

In the middle part of our report from the recent WePromise.EU MEP debate, we kick right off with the topics of the day ! Surveillance Robert Skelton – Socialist Equality Party He stated that whistle-blowers have shown the size and … Continue reading

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Europe and digital rights MEP hustings report – part one

The debate was attended by six candidates: Robert Skelton – Socialist Equality Party Chris Whiteside – Conservative Lee Slaughter – UKIP Afzal Khan – Labour Jack Allnutt – Pirate Party Laura Bannister – Green The hashtag used was #EUDigitalDebate if … Continue reading

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An entertaining and enlightening evening

Last night we were treated to a great talk by Richard King, who was in Manchester to discuss the internet filtering that is coming to everyone’s connections later this year. He got started by introducing the wider Open Rights Group … Continue reading

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ORG’s censorship monitoring project

Richard King, project manager for the ORG censorship monitoring project, is co-ordinating volunteers to find out the state of UK web censorship. They are building probes to let anyone find out if their favourite websites are blocked by filtering on … Continue reading

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Round of applause for medical privacy talk

On Tuesday Phil Booth from http://medconfidential.org gave an extremely engrossing and enjoyable talk about the government’s care.data plan. At the core of the talk was explaining how the plan that doesn’t change anything is actually a whole new mess of … Continue reading

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Why you should opt out of medical uploads

Come to our upcoming talk on Tuesday February 25th, where Phil Booth will be explaining the new threats to your personal medical data. It’s at Friends Meeting House in central Manchester at 7pm. Now that your medical data is being … Continue reading

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Another Successful Cryptoparty

On Thursday night, as part of Manchester’s week long free software festival, Manchester Open Rights Group were helping to run a CryptoParty. This was the second time this type of event had been run, and built strongly on the positive … Continue reading

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Manchester CryptoParty success

Over the weekend I really enjoyed helping to run Manchester’s first CryptoParty. We were able to teach around 20 people how to send secure email between themselves, as well as explain a bit about how the science of encryption helps … Continue reading

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Help get Manchester CryptoParty started

Recently we announced a great event in Manchester – a cryptoparty. We would very much like to produce some flyers and other promotional material – and this is where you can help out by donating a small amount using the … Continue reading

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Manchester CryptoParty with FSFE

Edward Snowden revelations of mass spying programmes such as PRISM and Tempora show that something needs to be done to protect our private online activities from the prying eyes of GCHQ and the NSA. There’s currently a great deal of … Continue reading

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