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ORG local training sessions announced

ORG logoRegular readers will know that Bristol Wireless takes a dim view of the government’s draft Communications Data Bill, also known as the Snooper’s Charter (news passim).

Consequently, we were pleased to hear that the Open Rights Group is organising a series of workshops around the UK so supporters can help to tell people across the UK about the dangers of mass government surveillance, profiling and data mining for supposed criminal suspects. Everyone – whether suspects or everyday citizen – will have their communications data stored.

It is presently a critical moment for the Bill, as Parliament reports and the Government will soon decide whether to go ahead with the draft.

ORG’s training will comprise:

  • A briefing on the draft Bill;
  • Providing participants with draft campaign materials, free leaflets and campaign tools;
  • Putting participants in touch with people in your local area who can assist in defeating the Bill;
  • Participants’ own ideas.

Two events have already been held in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively; however, those still to take place are listed below, with a link to take you to the relevant (free) registration page.

  • London: Saturday, November 24, 2012 (with Index on Censorship)
  • Cardiff: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Newcastle: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Bristol: Thursday, November 29, 2012
  • Sheffield: Thursday, November 29, 2012
  • Brighton: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
  • Manchester: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
  • Manchester: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Bristol event will be held at the Watershed (map) from 7.00 pm to 9 pm.

Full details of the events are available on the ORG site.