New ORG Birmingham video and putting digital rights on the General Election agenda

Screenshot from Open Rights Group Birmingham video profile featuring interview with Local Organiser Francis Clarke

Those of you who attended last month’s meetup at BOM might remember that we had a special guest in the form of multimedia journalist, Chevening Scholar (FCO) and MA Social Media student Thomaz Pirez (@Thomaz_pirez). Thomaz had asked if he could make a short video about ORG Birmingham as part of a project he’s doing on social media.

Protecting and promoting digital rights in Birmingham and beyond

We’re pleased to say Thomaz has done a great job of capturing what happens at an ORG Birmingham meetup and our mission to protect and promote digital rights in Birmingham and beyond. The video features a short interview with local ORG Birmingham organiser Francis Clarke (@francisclarke on Twitter).

If you’ve not seen the video yet, you can watch it below. If you can, please share it with your friends and family so that they can learn more our work and how they can get involved.

Putting digital rights on the election agenda

Following ‘Pry Minister’ Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election, we’ve been looking at different options for putting digital rights in particular and human rights in general on the election agenda.

At first we were hoping to join up with like-minded groups to put on a special hustings event around human rights and Brexit. Unfortunately however, with time being so tight and politicians being mildly obsessed with door knocking, it looks like we might not be able to pull off our own event.

What might be more achievable is for ORG supporters to ask questions about digital rights issues at regular hustings events, both at the local constituency level as well as any high-profile leadership speeches that might be taking place in and around Birmingham  the city centre. With these moving so quickly, the best way to keep up is by following us on Twitter @OpenRightsBrum).

Please do get in touch with us if you hear about any events you think we should know about and if you have any ideas for getting politicians to take notice of digital rights.

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