Thursday 12th May 2016
Committee Room 16,
Houses of Parliament,
London SW1A 0AA.
(Please arrive 30 minutes early to allow for security checks)
Digital Liberties is a coalition of activists, techies, academics and entrepreneurs who have come together to campaign for the British Parliament to adopt a Digital Bill of Rights. Over the past few decades, the advent of ubiquitous network computing has opened up new dimensions in the way human beings relate to each other. Across the globe, billions of us are now connected together through the internet and social media. We must deal with the challenges posed by this technological revolution: big data, mass surveillance, public access, copyright reform and computer literacy. We must ensure that our digital technologies are positive, empowering and enhancing to us as human beings.
We know that human communities flourish when people know how to trust one another. Our long historical experience has shown this. We now need to nurture this trust by discussing and defining the key digital rights which we should extend to one another. If we wish to preserve and enhance our democracy, these on-line freedoms must be transformed into the law of the land.
The Brazilian legislature has already adopted its own Internet Bill of Rights and the Icelandic and Italian parliaments are working on their own declarations of digital liberties. Now it is time for the birthplace of individual freedoms join them by devising a new Magna Carta for the information age.
Over the summer, members of the British public will be asked to crowd-source the text of the Digital Bill of Rights by choosing, amending or suggesting clauses on the Digital Liberties website. When this process is completed, the final version will be proposed as legislation in the next session of Parliament.
Please join us for the launch of this cross-party campaign for the Digital Bill of Rights on Thursday 12th May!
Eva Pascoe (Cybersalon)
John McDonnell Shadow Chancellor (Labour Party)
Shahrar Ali (Green Party Deputy Leader)
Trudi Hamer (Conservative Party)
Dr Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrat Party, former MP for Cambridge)
Birgitta Jónsdóttir (MP for Icelandic Parliament since 2009, Director of International Modern Media Institute, working member of EU-Iceland Parliamentary Committee)
The speakers and digital rights experts will be available for media interviews after this launch.
For press and ticket enquiries contact Karolina Janicka on firstname.lastname@example.org