For April 13, 2013

ORGCon North 2013

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Saturday 13 April

11.00am – 5.00pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS 

Headline speaker: John Buckman

Book your tickets here!

What’s happening?

ORGCon North is our new digital rights conference which this year will be held in Manchester!

The event is packed with exciting speakers, panel debates and workshops. We have John Buckman, chair of the inspiring Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and founder of the record label Magnatune giving the keynote speech.

There will be further talks on copyright, data protection, Section 127 and the Communications Data Bill.

We are also offering an “unconference track” with room for any attendees, pannel guests or ORG staff to pop up a talk or debate on something you care about. This is your conference!

We'll be focusing this conference on our current key campaigns, and supporting the local groups in Manchester, Sheffield and the North East. If you haven't joined one of your local groups yet, now is the time to meet them and get involved.

There are free tickets available for volunteers - just get in touch if you would like to help on the day:

Where can I register?

JOIN ORG now and you will not only get a FREE Ticket to ORG Con North, but also a FREE copy of Cory Doctorow's Rapture of the Nerds. (Free ticket code enclosed in your welcome email when you join).

Who will be speaking?

See the Speakers page for details of all our exciting panelists and our keynote speaker.

 What's the plan for the day?

ORGCon North 2013 Programme:

Time Event Main Hall Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
10.45 Check in        
11.00 Introduction Welcome talk by Jim Killock      
11.15 Keynote Keynote John Buckman: "Britain, under the thumb of…"
12.10 – 1.00 Issue Sessions 1 Will copyright eat the Internet?
-Peter Bradwell, ORG;
-Robin Gower, Open Data Manchester;
-Francis Davey, solo practitioner;
-Loz Kaye, leader of Pirate Party UK;
-Jez Collins, Birmingham City University

Data Protection regulation: Citizen empowerment or red tape nightmare?
-Javier Ruiz, ORG;
-Judith Rauhofer, University of Edinburgh;
-David Smith, Information Commissioner's Office;
-Phil Booth, medConfidential

1.00 – 1.50 Lunch        
1.50 – 2.40 Issue Sessions 2

The Snoopers' Charter: Can we stop it?
-Jim Killock, ORG;
-Rachel Robinson, Liberty
-Jamie Bartlett, DEMOS
-James Baker, NO2ID

Section 127: Do we have a right to be offensive?
-Bendert Zevenbergen, ORG;
-Brian Pellot, Index on Censorship;
-Martin Bryant, The Next Web
-Peter Bradwell, ORG

2.40 – 3.00 Break        
3.10 – 3.30 Unconference sort out Unconference sort out      
3.30 – 4.00 Unconference sessions 1 Unconference session Unconference session Unconference session Unconference session
4.00 – 4.30 Unconference sessions 2 Unconference session Unconference session Unconference session Unconference session
4.30 – 4.50 Unconference wrap up Unconference wrap up      
4.50 – 5.00 Wrap-up Jim Killock      
5.00 PUB! (The Waterhouse, Wetherspoons)




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