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🇪🇺🏳️‍🌈🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿♿⧖ Mainly-gay, mainly-Welsh political geek; proud European & social justice warrior. @OpenRightsGroup, Wikipedian, ex-@mySociety. he/him
Nov 4, 2017 45 tweets 8 min read
Next at #ORGcon17: @mikebutcher and @PaulbernalUK: What does #Brexit mean for digital rights? Paul: most important thing to understand is that we don't understand what will happen with Brexit—pticly with tech matters. Most of our >
Nov 4, 2017 22 tweets 4 min read
Next at #ORGcon17: @JamieJBartlett taking about online extremism. Far more difficult to censor and control, so govt increasing penalties This is bad, because we're entering a time of increased radicalism—and we need radicals who bring new ideas to democrats. #ORGcon17
Nov 4, 2017 40 tweets 13 min read
Next at #ORGcon: @mariafarrell with @nighatdad and Azmina Dhrodia talking about abuse online and what we can do about it With @amnesty, Azmina released a qualitative and quantitative report using machine learning to look at the abuse sent to MPs.
Nov 4, 2017 26 tweets 6 min read
Next at #ORGcon: @tkingdot and @CCriadoPerez: can online campaigns effect real-world change? While social media can be a cesspool, it's also a massive advantage to disadvantaged voices. @CCriadoPerez wants to point out that >
Nov 4, 2017 32 tweets 7 min read
Next at #ORGcon: @NiNanjira: is the Internet helping disadvantaged groups or cementing the power of the powerful? Half the world's population is still offline, disproportionately women. Women 50% less likely to be online and 35–50% less likely > #ORGcon
Nov 4, 2017 25 tweets 7 min read
Moving from dystopian questions, #ORGcon now hears from @audreyt, civic hacker and Digital Minister of Digital Enterprise for Taiwan. Short video presentation followed by live Skype Q&A session #ORGcon
Nov 4, 2017 31 tweets 9 min read
Next at #ORGcon: @glinner and @helenlewis. Are we building a utopian dream or a dystopian nightmare? Graham Linehan has left @Twitter cos their terms of service are clearly meaningless if not applied to @realDonaldTrump, @Cernovich #ORGcon
Nov 4, 2017 11 tweets 4 min read
Next up at #ORGcon @Falkvinge on "analogue equivalent rights". Should rights of children be less than ours just cos born in digital age We used to be able to read news anonymously, whereas now the govt knows which articles we read, for how long and in which order #ORGcon
Nov 4, 2017 23 tweets 8 min read
Next #ORGcon session: Ailidh Callander of @privacyint and Rachel Logan of @AmnestyUK: "Is the law the best way to fight mass surveillance?" Ailidh starts by running us through some of the cases civil society has taken against the UK govt since the @Snowden revelations, > #ORGcon
Nov 4, 2017 19 tweets 7 min read
Next #ORGcon session: @MylesJackman & @pandorablake in discussion with @wendyg about Age Verification for porn from Digital Economy Act 2016 #ORGcon The age-verification powers of Digital Economy Act 2017 are likely to come into effect in April/May 2018. MindGeek are a near- >
Nov 4, 2017 12 tweets 4 min read
Got to #ORGcon at last; first session is @NoelSharkey taking about "sublethal" drones. Some horrifying images here even before autonomous Always good to hear things like autonomous weapons being unable reliably to distinguish between soldiers and civilians (!) #ORGcon