Upcoming events from the Manchester Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Manchester branch of the Open Rights group has three upcoming events of interest, culminating in a joint event with Open Data Manchester.

The Open Rights Group wants a world where we each control the data our digital lives create, deciding who can use it and how. We want the public to fully understand their digital rights, and be equipped to be creative and free individuals with that data.
We believe people have the right to control their technology, and oppose the use of technology to control people.

September 21, 2014
The Don’t Spy On Us campaign is coming to the Labour party conference in Manchester and asking the question “Surveillance, where do you draw the line?”
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/202277812/

October 7, 2014
As part of the Manchester Literature Festival, award-winning author, activist, and journalist Cory Doctorow takes you through three simple rules for evaluating digital business models for creative people, and explains how the choices you make about your digital creativity resonate through the whole web of the 21 century’s electronic nervous system.
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/191668012/

November 6, 2014
The Internet began as a way of sharing information – keeping the Internet free and open will require technology, law, and policy, working together. Can it be done? Join ORG Manchester and Open Data Manchester for a talk on the evolution of the internet from Wendy M. Grossman – an award-winning journalist who for more than 20 years has covered the border wars between cyberspace and real life.
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/203923392/

Open : Data : Cooperation – 20th October 2014

Open Data Manchester Special – Open : Data : Cooperation – Building a data cooperative
20th October 2014, 1pm – 5.30pm

The Shed,
MMU John Dalton Building
Chester Street
Manchester
M1 5GD – Detailed directions here

An afternoon of scene setting and workshops creating a framework for building data cooperatives. This event is for anyone working in this area and is a must for people who are interested in new forms of cooperative structure, open data, data custodianship and data rights.

The event follows on from previous sessions run in Manchester and Berlin. It is open and free to participate.

Why create a data cooperative?

Our modern, technologised society exists on data. Our everyday interactions leave a trace that is often invisible and unknown to us. The services that we interact with, the daily transactions that we make and the way we negotiate through our everyday generate data, building a picture of who we are and what we do. This data also enables aggregators to predict, personalise and intervene seamlessly and sometimes invisibly. Even for the most technically literate, keeping track of what we do and don’t give away is daunting. There is a need to stem the unbridled exploitation of personal data by both public and private organisations, to empower individuals to have more control over the data they create, and for people to have more of a say in the services that are built upon and informed by this data. Data cooperatives may help rebalance the relationship between those that create data and those that seek to exploit it whilst also creating the environment for fair and consensual exchange.

A synopsis of the discussion that took in Berlin can be found here

Sign up on the Eventbrite page here

An agenda will be circulated nearer the event date

This event is sponsored by Cooperative News