Talk:Main Page

Intro suggestion

Given that people may come across the Wiki without first going to the main website, it might be appropriate to provide an introductory paragraph about ORG, for example:

The Open Rights Group (ORG) is an independent, non-profit advocacy group that campaigns for the digital civil rights of British citizens. It aims to improve understanding and policy in digital rights matters that affect both businesses and the public, for example, through raising awareness of issues such as privacy, identity, data protection, access to knowledge and copyright reform.

-- Sheila 14:52, 26 December 2006 (GMT)

--Glyn 20:12, 26 December 2006 (GMT)

What is the legal status of the Open Rights Org ? It is complete opaque, it should be clearly stated on the front page. Is it a registered charity, a not-for-profit company, what ? There is no visible registered charity or company number.

Yes, there is info. on the privacy policy:
1. The Open Rights Group is operated by Open Rights (a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with Company Number 05581537)
And the FAQ, which seems to have gotten buried in the redesign.
Suw am working on a new website plan, which will address the visibility of this info.

Both a wiki and a blog are useful things to have but ORG desperately needs a static website as well so people who don't know the organization can visit the site and find out who runs ORG, what our take on things is etc. Of course there are no answers to some of those questions yet...

(It seems a journalist agrees with me on this one. Note I am also a journalist in a past life...

Meanwhile, perhaps we should be pointing people to the Campaign for Digital Rights if they want an overview of the UK/EU situation and our POV (though I imagine that site is a little out of date). Whatever happened to that campaign anyway? Any lessons that could be learned?

What's up with ORG's website "paragraph letter spacing -1px" making the whole page look awful?

Business cards?

A member of the public came to talk to Dominic after he gave his speech at the Copyfighter's Drunken Brunch, at Speakers Corner today, and asked what he could do to help with the topics we had been discussing. Dom and I thought it might be nice if there were ORG cards that could be handed out that had the website address printed on them. Is this possible? --Nickludlam 01:16, 20 March 2006 (GMT)

Digital Rights Issues section.

The section "Digital Rights Issues" looks like it could do with some organisation perhaps? Are there any umbrella groups we could put things under or re-order them into relative importance to the ORG? --SeanParsons 11:05, 13 August 2006 (BST)

Founding 1000

  • Does this still apply? How many contributors have you had so far? 01:31, 28 September 2006 (BST)
    • We've had about 700, so yeah, it still applies. ;-) --Glyn 12:03, 28 September 2006 (BST)
      • We have been past 1000 for a while now will update. --Glyn 16:17, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

New Novel about Identity Cards

From the author

Dear all at Open Rights,,

As people concerned about Big Brother and government control, you may be interested in a new book on the subject. Identity Cards, volume Two of The Spawater Chronicles by Barry Tighe. Fiction, it shows what happens when a concerned group of ordinary people decide to fight back against the imposition of identity cards and the Big Brother state.

'Identity Cards'.

A frightened government has decided to force the entire population to carry Identification Cards at all times. As a trial they introduce them to Spawater. Should the ID cards and their controlling National Database be successfully implemented in Spawater they will be imposed nationwide. Book two of the seven-part Spawater Chronicles recounts the effects of ID cards on the town.
Joanna opposes them on principle and joins the National Campaign against Identity Cards, Jady is also against, but sees in them an excellent moneymaking opportunity.
Hanif, the computer expert, supports them and is employed to run the local trial by the senior civil servant, Mr. Dauntliffe, thus causing friction in the gang’s social lives.
Michael, a good-natured Austrian - Germany lite - master criminal, sees ID cards as the perfect cover to commit an audacious crime in the middle of town, under the noses of Police Inspector Brewe and her disloyal assistant.
Can the Masked Pimpernel, that anonymous campaigner against nosey government control freaks, save the day?

Identity Cards is available in the US from: and - giving further details.

Identity Cards is available in the UK from: and - giving further details

I hope you do not mind me emailing you; I obtained your email address from your website.

If you have any comments, please send them to:


Barry Tighe

Internet censorship

This isn't just a thing done by foreign governments - it is reasonably common in the UK and done by internet providers. Our phrasing "people do not want the government to censor the Internet for them." implies that only the government censors. It should be government or private companies. Secretlondon 03:54, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Councils use RIPA to spy

I don't no where these articles fit in but I do think they are relevant, at least I hope they are Ron Barker 18:51, 26 May 2008 (BST)

Local council uses snooping laws to spy on three-year-old

Council spy cases hit 1,000 a month

Advocating free software

Free software directly helps Org's campaigns. Org might not take as firm a stance as FSF would, but it's in Org's interest to in some way encourage free software. I've made a page to document this:

Ciaran 14:25, 1 August 2009 (BST)

New censorship plans

We need to get moving on the 'goverments new Australia/china-style censorship. We need to let people know just how expensive it will be, just how ineffective (1 minute video showing how to bypass it, uploaded to youtube etc?), distribute IPs for things like openDNS / google DNS and tell people how to switch to them, perhaps show more technical people things like tor, protests outside parliament, writing to MP campaign, tell them that if they support it then they will lose their public support. Explain to the general public how htis allows the governemnt to suppress dissent. --DSFARGEG 20:48, 20 December 2010 (UTC)