Who should speak at the liberty bloggers event?


4:58 pm - February 13th 2009

by Sunny Hundal    


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On 28th February, at the massive Convention on Modern Liberty, Liberal Conspiracy will be holding a bloggers summit in association with the Guardian Comment is Free. Our aim is to discuss how online tools can be used effectively to protect our civil liberties. The event is open to all attendees, not just bloggers. Speaking at our event will be Phil Booth from No2ID.

Who else would be good? Who or which organisation has used online tools and tricks to spread word of their work and protect civil liberties? Please make your nominations in the comments or even put yourself forward (explaining why). I’d like to get your thoughts on who would be good candidates that have used technology to protect our civil liberties. I’m trying to get someone from MySociety to join us too.

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I would recommend CAAN, the consenting adult action network: http://www.caan.org.uk/ .

They are practically brand new but have already created a number of successes and helped considerably alter the nature of the debate about pornography and consensual sexual activity. It is thanks to them that the dead tree press increasingly present more balanced articles on censorship legislation. They use facebook and other social networking systems, as well as useful consistent email contact (similar to No2Id) to keep individual activists in touch.

If he’s not otherwise engaged, Henry Porter would be a superb choice.

The Amnesty web team have just started using twitter to try and spread a ‘daily action’. They use the ability to respond quickly in Twitter (Snow Day’s action was to build a Human Rights Snow Man and submit a picture to a local paper) to tailor the action and encourage retweeting to spread the word. They might make an interesting contribution.

Surely the discussion would not be complete without a contribution from that titan of the blogosphere Derek Draper.

Seriously though, I think that contributions from campaigning groups such as NO2ID, CAAN and Amnesty would be interesting but I am interested in how us bloggers can also make a difference, individually and collectively (and it is a bloggers’ summit after all), so I would also like to see contributions from a couple of bloggers. Maybe, given his sterling work on the Glen Jenvey saga, someone like Tim Ireland would be a candidate.

How about Tim, DK, Unity…and Derek Draper.

More seriously, I think that – like at the LibCon/Guardian event – there should be a balance between representatives from campaigns/organisations and individual bloggers. Then, as Andrew said, we can have a range of topics, from forming collectives to investigative reportage.

DK and Unity would certainly get strong votes from me.

Geert Wilders?

Its not an entirely facetious suggestion since YouTube has enabled milions to see something they would have had no interest in had he not been banned from appearing corporially.

9. Alisdair Cameron

UKLiberty: is certainly on the ball with this.

>Tim, DK, Unity

That feels a little “usual suspects” if the idea is for a wider discussion.

I’d say Tim I of those. Within political blogging I’d think about Craig Murray (could Tim I cover the same ground though?), who has integrated his stuff with non-online.

If you pushed me on who knows about blog/social media campaigning, I’d say Mark Pack.

>Derek Draper.

Er .. no. Has said himself in the last month that he knows little or nothing about blogging (“I didn’t know my elbow from my RSS”). He may be a good choice in 2 years’ time.

For a wider perspective, the best of all for would be Paul Bradshaw of Online Journalism Blog, but he is very busy. What about Chris Vallance?

Can you reach into your left liberal network and find someone working on a low profile issue in a local community somewhere, making real changes happen? I don’t know many in the South.

Three more names: Heather Brooke, UK Liberty (as suggested), Jag Singh

“Er .. no. Has said himself in the last month that he knows little or nothing about blogging (”I didn’t know my elbow from my RSS”).”

T’wasn’t serious, Matt (clarified @6), I’d just enjoy the bloodbath.

Good call on Paul Bradshaw, though.

Ben

“Within political blogging I’d think about Craig Murray “

Oooh, yes, he’d be good.

>T’wasn’t serious, Matt (clarified @6), I’d just enjoy the bloodbath.

I’m not coming all the way to %^^&&* London just to hear a lot of people say what I think they’re going to say, expecially if they don’t (yet, hopefully) know what they are talking about !!!

So there.

Seconding Mark Pack, Tim I and CAAN.

I’m not coming all the way to %^^&&* London just to hear a lot of people say what I think they’re going to say, expecially if they don’t (yet, hopefully) know what they are talking about !!!

*Would cower against the wall, if it wouldn’t make him too far away from the computer.*

I wasn’t be serious.

>*Would cower against the wall, if it wouldn’t make him too far away from the computer.*

🙂

* Grrrrrr *

I’d third the three outlined, and I hope MP will forgive me.

It’s looking terribly male, though 😉

M.

So, how’re those of us going to the Manchester event going to be involved? We can do a web linkup, right?

19. Laurie Penny

How about someone from TheFWord, talking about their web based campaigns?

I’d also be happy to talk, as
– I’ve organised several campaigns off my own bat (the resent ‘photograph a police officer’ one, 24 reasons for 24 weeks).
– I’m a fairly decent public speaker
– I’ve done a thesis on the use of the internet as a communicative tool
– I’ve been involved in government e-participation and online activism research
– we should have some female representation
– we should have some youth representation

20. douglas clark

Matt Wardman,

*grrrr* to you too.

Your sense of humour bypass is quite off putting.

Anyway, I’d vote for Unity, mainly because he is more often right than he is wrong.

Although, he can bore you into submission, even when he is wrong. . ‘Course the event would have to be extended by a week or so….

>*grrrr* to you too.

>Your sense of humour bypass is quite off putting.

Sorry, if I wasn’t clear that it was not a serious comment. The three exclamation marks were supposed to show that.

M.

Yeah, I second Laurie.

I was assuming that the F word and that Rachel North would be part if the summit taking forward what I thought was the best part of the first bloggers summit. I agree that the Convention is overloaded with men

I think the only successful blogging campaign so far in the UK was the effort for the Iraqi interpreters, which ws led by Dan Hardie, so he should get an invite. I’ve read a couple of posts (Lee Griffin and someone on PP) saying he had the most practical points to make about campaigns.

NO2ID seem a good campaign, so Phi Booth is a great choice, and there are other bloggers out there writing on ID cards- invites for them too.

Dont know if it counts as a campaign yet but the bloggers Watching Boris (the NightMayor of London) are doing something useful and should be asked to speak.

Forgot, someone who either worked on or knows abt the Obama online campaign?

Just to let you know that CAAN will be involved in Manchester’s conference, we’re facilitating a discussion “The Slippery Slope?” . http://www.modernliberty.net/satellite-conventions/manchester

Alex Dymock will be speaking for Backlash together with John Ozimek for The Register (who’s been covering all CAAN’s work) on panel 3 in Cambridge on Internet Censorship in the UK: Why, how, and by whom?. http://www.modernliberty.net/satellite-conventions/cambridge


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