Template:Redirect Template:Infobox musical artist The Open Rights Group (ORG) is a UK-based organisation that works to preserve digital rights and freedoms by campaigning on digital rights issues, acting as a media clearinghouse service putting journalists in touch with experts, and by fostering a community of grassroots activists. It campaigns against digital rights management (DRM), the extension of the term of copyright protection afforded to sound recordings, e-voting, as well as numerous other issues.


The organisation was started by Danny O'Brien, Cory Doctorow, Ian Brown, Rufus Pollock, James Cronin, Stefan Magdalinski, Louise Ferguson and Suw Charman after a panel discussion at Open Tech 2005 [1] illustrated that there was both interest and support for a UK-based digital rights organisation.

Immediately after the panel discussion, O'Brien created a pledge on PledgeBank, placed on July 23, 2005, with a deadline of December 25, 2005: "I will create a standing order of 5 pounds per month to support an organisation that will campaign for digital rights in the UK but only if 1,000 other people will too." The pledge reached 1000 people on 29 November, 2005[2],[3].

Just as the pledge reached maturity, the organisation launched at a "sell-out"[4] meeting in Soho, London[5]. The same day controversial plans to surveil British road users as part of a new road taxation scheme were featured on the front page of The Times[6].

The group has made submissions to the All Party Internet Group (APIG) inquiry into digital rights management[7],[8] and the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property[9],[10].


  • To raise awareness in the media of digital rights abuses
  • To provide a media clearinghouse, connecting journalists with experts and activists
  • To preserve and extend traditional civil liberties in the digital world
  • To collaborate with other digital rights and related organisations
  • To nurture a community of campaigning volunteers, from grassroots activists to technical and legal experts

Areas of interestEdit

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The organisation, though focused on the impact of digital technology on the liberty of UK citizens, operates with an apparently wide range of interests within that category. Its interests include[11][12]:

Access to KnowledgeEdit

Government and DemocracyEdit

Privacy, surveillance and censorshipEdit

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Board Members[13]Edit

Advisory Council[13]Edit

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See alsoEdit

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