Come and see Cory Doctorow talk about publishing your work in the Internet

On Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM we’re delighted to be putting on a joint event with the Manchester Literature Festival.

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Author, activist (and ORG Advisory Council member), and journalist Cory Doctorow takes you through three simple rules for evaluating digital business models for creative people, and explains how the choices you make about your digital creativity resonate through the whole web of the 21 century’s electronic nervous system.

There will also be a chance to ask questions, and buy his books..



Tickets are limited, but I’ve managed to grab us a decent sized room in Waterstones on Deansgate.

Sign up for this free event here :

Manchester ORG hosts second Crypto Party – 6th Feb

7.00pm Thursday 6th Febuary
Madlab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN.
You can RSVP via our meetup page.

Cryptoparties provide a great way for anyone to learn how to install and use encryption technology and other tips to keep you anonymous online. Tech facilitators will be there to help you with encryption of email, live chat and how to browse the web without being tracked. All are welcome to come learn and share skills in a fun environment.

This event is part of the Manchester Free Software festival and a growing wave of international Cryptoparties. It is organised by Manchester ORG a local pod of the Open Rights Group the UK based organisation fighting for digital rights.

2013-12-07 13.58.28_cropOur last event had a great turn out, good sharing of information and bespoke free cakes! You can read more about it in this post.

Please help us to spread the word on Twitter, email / lists and other networks. Thanks!

@ORGManchester … Tickets for Free Software Festival in Manchester are now available, including CryptoParty 2.0 event!

Cryptoparties are open to everyone from complete beginners to technical experts. Activists, lawyers, journalists, doctors, small businessmen and the general public will come together to understand how to protect their documents, emails and passwords from being accessed.

The event will be held on Thursday 6th Febuary between 7.00pm-9pm at a venue to be confirmed (possibly – Madlab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN). You can RSVP via our meetup page.


Technical Details

Specifically we’ll look at technology such as the Tor network (to browse the internet anonymously) , public key encryption PGP/GPG (to send encrypted email), and OTR (Off The Record messaging for encrypted live chat).

Your input is very welcome. To offer help and chat to us please do so on the Manchester ORG email list.