Second ORG networking evening


The Open Rights Group is proud to announce our special guest speakers for our second networking evening on 7 Feb 2006. Cory Doctorow, outgoing European Co-Ordinator for the EFF, novelist and editor of, will be talking about copyright and Digital Restrictions Management. Phil Booth, national co-ordinator for No2ID, will be describing the latest decisive stages of the battle to stop ID cards in the UK.

Don't let Hollywood hijack your rights
Cory Doctorow

American entertainment companies say they're fighting piracy, but they're going at it by punishing the innocent to get at the guilty. A pan-European digital television restrictions proposal will turn the studios from companies that can control copying of movies into companies that can control the design of all digital TV devices, that get to define how big your family is allowed to be, that get to take away all the rights you get under copyright law and sell them back to you, one painful, expensive dribble at a time. It's not really a business plan: more like a urinary tract infection. Europe's coming Broadcast Flag will ban open source for digital TV, break the devices in your living room, and turn you into a truly captive audience. Get your torch and pitchfork, for this genuinely sucks -- and you shouldn't take it lying down!

The government throws its last desperate ID dice
Phil Booth

The UK government has been trying for nearly 5 years to introduce a massively intrusive ID card and centralised database recording detailed information about the lives of UK citizens. No2ID is a non-partisan campaign that has been fighting the legislation through public education, briefing of MPs and peers, and non-stop media activism.

Phil will describe the government's latest manoeuvres, and how each of its justifications for the legislation have been undermined by the most surprising sources -- including ex-spooks, the City, the Conservative party and local councils across the country.

This free event is open to digital rights campaigners, grassroots activists, the press and the general public, so please do send this information to anyone you think may be interested.

Refreshments and nibbles will be provided free of charge.

When and where

Tuesday 7 February 2006, 6pm–9pm
01Zero-One Hopkins Street (corner of Peter Street), Soho, London, W1F 0HS
Map (Google Maps)

Note: 01Zero-One is sometimes a difficult venue to find if you've never been there before. On the corner of Hopkins and Peter Street, you'll see a featureless brick wall, with nothing but a black door in it. That anonymous black door is the one you want — just ring the buzzer and it'll be opened for you, if it's not propped open with a brick, that is.


Please sign your name below if you wish to attend. Note: We have a limit of 100 people at this venue, so if for any reason you find you can't come, please remove your name from the list so that someone else can take your place.

  1. Suw Charman
  2. Alan Connor
  3. Graham Seaman
  4. Owen Blacker
  5. Mark Levitt
  6. Glyn Wintle
  7. Jon Peterson
  8. Ian Brown
  9. Micheal Holloway
  10. Simon Willison
  11. Kevin Anderson
  12. Paula le Dieu
  13. Harry Metcalfe
  14. Frederic de Villamil
  15. James Cox
  16. Tom Phillips
  17. Richard Harris
  18. Frankie Roberto
  19. Ed Jefferson
  20. Simon Thompson
  21. Chris Applegate
  22. Pete Bradwell
  23. Dave Holden
  24. Ben Braithwaite
  25. Dan O'Huiginn
  26. Alex Singleton
  27. Thom Sanders
  28. Mark Sayers
  29. Rodolfo Rosini
  30. Simon Gibbs
  31. Betsy Devine
  32. Michelle Childs
  33. Adam Beaton
  34. James Smith
  35. Rupert Goodwins
  36. Ben Goldacre
  37. Tom Reynolds
  38. Mark Lloyd
  39. Riccardo Cambiassi
  40. ben jennings
  41. Tom Beard
  42. Andrew Cox
  43. Yoshia Sone
  44. Stu Tily
  45. Tim Cox
  46. Gavin Brown
  47. Richard Allan
  48. Seán Jones
  49. Gareth Davis
  50. David Mery
  51. Bruno Sel*un
  52. Adam Bradley
  53. David Salgado
  54. Andrew Orford
  55. Ian Mason
  56. David Popeck
  57. Nick Hill
  58. Andrew Shackleton
  59. Glenn Jones
  60. Peter Strong
  61. Anthony Doyle
  62. Andrew Bulhak - Sorry, can't make it; deadlines at work...
  63. Phil McAvity
  64. Mike Arrington
  65. Martin Clarke
  66. Tom Morris
  67. Rob Skedgell
  68. Natalie Downe
  69. Andrew Sturman
  70. Adam Bowie
  71. Graeme Wearden
  72. Dorothy Parker
  73. David Harris
  74. Aaron Hewitt
  75. Jane Challenger Gillett
  76. Anthony Dhanendran
  77. Gavin Starks
  78. Richard Barbrook
  79. Rachel Clarke
  80. Simon Vans-Colina
  81. Sam Deane
  82. Duncan Cragg
  83. Adam Giles
  84. Vera Franz
  85. Lee Maguire
  86. Ben Metcalfe

(To add your name to this list, click 'Edit' to the right of the 'Attendees' heading, then type "# Your Name" on a new line, and click 'Save Page' at the bottom of the text box.)


We need just two or three volunteers to help organise name badges, prepare the nibbles, sort out seating etc. You would need to arrive at the venue at about 4pm.

  1. I hopefully can arrive shortly after 6pm to help --Ianb 00:30, 26 January 2006 (GMT)
  2. I can arrive at 4pm to help --Glyn
  3. Michael Holloway, from 4pm
  4. Yet another enthusiast ready to show up at 4 p.m. Betsy Devine
  5. I can pop along at any time after about midday. I'll be there at 4. --Tom Morris

Thanks guys! Will be in touch by email to confirm what time we need you to turn up.