One of the groups who I happily give money to is the Open Rights Group (ORG), they are a UK based defender of civil liberties. This year they have seen 300 new paying members, taking them to over 3000 members in total. Now using the hashtag #digitalrightsmatter a thunderclap campaign has been set up to try to further increase those membership figures.
The thunderclap is due to go off on March 19 and so far has only reached 61% of the supporters it needs to send out it’s message. Linked in the thunderclap message, which will be shared out on all the accounts that connected to the thunderclap, is ORG’s join page where people can go to become members of ORG. Funds will help ORG pressure MPs to become defenders of digital rights as they tend to listen to voters in the run up to a General Election so they can get votes.
In their press release they tout the successes they’ve had so far this year: they have halted an attempt by the undemocratic House of Lords to sneak the Snoopers’ Charter into a bill by raising awareness so people could complain, this resulted in the amendments containing the Snoopers’ Charter to be withdrawn, they’ve opposed Scottish national ID register proposals and met with MSPs to make sure there is a debate on the issue first and thirdly they’ve officially launched ORG Scotland where they’re now looking for someone to hire to work in Scotland. Obviously though, they can only afford to employ people with funds.
Open Rights Group is the UK equivalent of the US’ Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of their main supporters is privacy advocate and author Cory Doctorow, famous for writing books such as Little Brother and it’s sequel Homeland both of which I highly recommend, I’m yet to read his other books but Pirate Cinema will probably be my next.
So, if you’ve got a bit of cash to spare head over and join ORG, then tell your friends to do the same by joining the thunderclap. Hopefully this will see a reduction in the amount of draconian internet laws similar to those introduced by David Cameron’s government.