Meetup: The current state of digital censorship in the UK

Join us on Monday 18 March when we’ll hear from ORG’s executive director Jim Killock about the current state of digital censorship in the UK.

We’ll consider findings in ORG’s new report on UK Internet regulation which reviews both formal and informal practices of digital censorship in the UK.

When it comes to web blocking, the same rules do not apply online as offline. Many powers and practices the government employs to remove online content would be deemed unacceptable if they were applied to offline publications.

We’ll cover the following:

Formal censorship practices
– Copyright blocking injunctions
– BBFC pornography blocking

Informal censorship practices
– Nominet domain suspensions
– The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU)
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
– ISP content filtering

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to find out how to take action to fight digital censorship.

The current state of digital censorship in the UK

Monday, Mar 18, 2019, 6:30 PM

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)
1 Dudley Street, B5 4EG Birmingham, GB

1 Members Attending

Join us on Monday 18 March when we’ll hear from ORG’s executive director Jim Killock about the current state of digital censorship in the UK. We’ll consider findings in ORG’s new report on UK Internet regulation which reviews both formal and informal pracitices of digital censorship in the UK. When it comes to web blocking, the same rules do not ap…

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Meetup: Exercising your personal data to improve outcomes for all

Drawing on his own experiences, personal data advocate Emmanuel Lazardis (@StatLaw) will show you how you can use your rights under the GDPR regulations to take control of your own data and put pressure on companies to treat your personal information and privacy with more respect.

There will be time to ask questions and discuss the issues Emmanuel will raise.

How to exercise your Personal Data rights to improve outcomes for all

Monday, Feb 4, 2019, 6:30 PM

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)
1 Dudley Street, B5 4EG Birmingham, GB

10 Members Attending

Drawing on his own experiences, personal data advocate Emmanuel Lazardis (@StatLaw on Twitter) will show you how you can use your rights under the GDPR regulations to take control of your own data and put pressure on companies to treat your personal information and privacy with more respect. There’ll be time to ask questions and discuss the issues …

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Meetup: Free speech online

The British government announced in the previous Queen’s speech that they wish to introduce a new Digital Charter – a collection of legislation, initiatives and guidance intended to protect citizens from potential harms online, whilst also allowing for personal freedom. Although the actual charter has yet to be published, several aspects have been announced already, such as

  • the criminalisation of watching extremist content,
  • an online hate crime hub to report cases to the police,
  • the regulation of social media companies.

However, there are several issues with the approach our government is taking. For instance, how does the government define:

  • Protected speech?
  • Hate speech /  crime?
  • Harmful content?
  • Extremist content?

It is also “passing the buck” onto social media companies to regulate the law, whilst also refusing to clarify these categories.

Join us the evening of Monday 26th March, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Sloman lounge, Department of Computer Science, University of Birmingham. We are pleased to host Dr. Dima Saber (Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University) and Dr. Bharath Ganesh (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford), who will be sharing their expertise in journalism and social media.

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Dr. Dima Saber is a Senior Research Fellow at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (Birmingham City University). Her research is focussed on media depictions of conflict in the Arab region, and she is responsible for leading and delivering projects in citizen journalism, particularly exploring the relation between digital media literacy and social impact in post-revolution and in conflict settings such as Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Her latest publications include work on crowd-sourced Syrian archives as memories of the Syrian war (in Archives and Records, 2017), on Hezbollah and IS videogames productions (in Media, Culture and Society, 2016), and on Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the July 2006 war (in The Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 2016). She is currently writing a monograph titled ‘Archives of War: Narrating 60 Years of Conflict in the MENA’ which looks at the relation between media archives of conflict and processes of history making in contexts such as Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Syria.

Dr. Bharath Ganesh is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. His current research explores the spread and impact of data science techniques in local governments across Europe, right-wing and counter-jihad extremism in Europe and the United States, and uses big data to study new media audiences and networks. He is developing new projects to study hate speech and extremism online and regulatory responses to this problem. Broadly, Bharath’s research focuses on the relation between technology, media, and society. Previously, Bharath was a Senior Researcher at Tell MAMA, a national project dedicated to mapping and monitoring anti-Muslim hate in the United Kingdom. He has given evidence in the Houses of Parliament on governance, extremism, gender, and hate crime and authored a number of reports in this area.