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Sizzling Surveillances, Batman - Join the ORG Board!

The Open Rights Group is looking for new Board members (closing date for applications: Tuesday 28 October). As one of the current board I've blogged before about the necessity & effectiveness of ORG (BISH! to copyright term extension and BASH! to e-voting) - since then, ORG has been even more active in protecting our digital civil liberties. Recent top picks include

I'm happy to spend most of my time working on the cool ways that the Internets can be used to make a better world, but we all need to wake up to the multiple threats enroaching on internet freedom. So if you're inspired by the idea of standing up for digital rights  take a look at our detailed job description and apply for a place on ORG's Board.

Footnote: if you're an ecampaigner or you're using the internet for campaigning, don't forget the lessons of history - the rights we've got are the ones we've fought for. (See also eCampaigning for Internet Freedom).

Freedom Not Fear: the Open Rights Group photo-action

Come and join the Open Rights Group this Saturday (11th Oct 2008) as we stage a photo-action in Parliament Square with our friends No2ID . Our action is part of the international Freedom Not Fear day against the total retention of telecommunication data and other instruments of surveillance.

If you can't make it on the day, don't worry; you can still contribute. We need as many people as possible to take photos of stuff that embodies the database state, and the UK’s world-famous surveillance society. Here are instructions for sending us your photos. If you’d like to join the action, email info [AT] and let us know.

The power of the Freedom Not Fear concept comes from linking opposition to technical measures, like blanket surveillance and filtering of internet communications (EU Telecoms-Package) and blanket logging of communications and locations (data retention), to a positive vision of a free and open society.

And the growing reach and scale of the day of action is impressive; one of the organizers emailed me yesterday to say that "in Berlin, things are shaping up really well. We have more than a hundred organizations that call for the demonstration, most of the 100 buses from all over Germany are booked out, there will be a club night afterwards with prominent DJs, films, keysigning parties etc. I am really blown away how this all has developed from a vague idea into an international action. In the Netherlands, they even have three demonstrations (Amsterdam, The Hague and Rottterdam). And we had inquiries from places as remote as Sri Lanka about how to join FnF."

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