The Digital Economy Act is now a reality and is likely to remain so whoever wins the election (despite the fact the LibDems have pledged to repeal it) so rather than just moan about it on Twitter and join another Facebook group I thought it might be good to try and do something a bit more practical.
So inspired by the plans of Ben O’Steen and the http://digitaleconomyact.info site I have been thinking that it would be good to run a one-day event that is a mix of talks and workshops based on the topics on the ‘How can I avoid my ISP or others spying on my Internet traffic?‘ section of http://digitaleconomyact.info – like it says this information is not provided to facilitate people engaging in copyright infringement but to give people the tools to protect their online communications.
If possible I’d also really like to get someone from the Open Rights Group or the Pirate Party to come along and speak a bit about the more political/legal angles of the Act but I don’t really know anyone involved in those groups based in the area – if anyone does know of anyone please get in touch.
My former colleague and Chair of Bristol Wireless Pete Ferne has pitched the idea on the BW and related mailing lists and there seems to be some support and the few people I’ve mentioned the idea to seem to find it interesting so I’m trying to gauge interest a bit more widely before pushing ahead.
The most likely venue would be Hamilton House in Stokes Croft – which should hopefully also be central enough to encourage some of the Bathcampers to attend as well. I guess we’d run it on a Saturday as well as there is probably too much to cover for an evening session.
So the question is do people think it is a good idea? If so please let me know in the comments or via Twitter and I’ll get it sorted.
Oh and I have purchased http://www.deactivate.org.uk ‘cos I do love a ‘clever’ domain 🙂