[Update: Details of the Blogger’s Summit are now up at the Convention website]
So, what does this mean for you?
openDemocracy have been kind enough to offer a special panel discussion for bloggers, which will be organised by Liberal Conspiracy. I would like to give an activist feel, not just a space for a calm talking-heads discussion with people coming out more frustrated than they went in.
Over the coming weeks, we need to ask:
– how we should look at privacy differently;
– how different powers affect our liberties, uniting football fans, clubbers, Muslims and even technologists.
– what can be done about it.
Ideally, I’d like to see a situation where, by the time we get to the event, we are looking to get organised and move forward, not just reiterate the issues that could have been discussed online anyway.
In my view the Convention has the potential to be a turning point leading to the halting and reversal of the erosion of civil liberties over the past 10 to 15 years in the UK. If people think hard about what needs to come out of the Convention, as Sunny suggests here, it will help to ensure that the Convention will become such a turning point.
[Thanks to Guy Aitchison for alerting me to Sunny’s article.]