TeaCamp sabbatical

TeaCamp is on sabbatical until we find some new organisers to step up and run the show. If you’re interested, please contact James or Sarah to get the keys to the kingdom.

We’re very grateful to dxw who’ve regularly sponsored teacamp, providing you with all the tea and cake you can scoff. Thanks also to Curzon Victoria who’ve let us use their mezzanine level free of charge.

December Teacamp – Xmas celebrations with dxw and tell us what you want

Come chat, drink and be merry at the last teacamp of 2018 with the wonderful dxw kindly sponsoring the festivities.

This is your chance to discuss this years speakers, reflect on what worked and importantly what we can do better in 2019. Is there someone you’d like to hear from next year? Are there burning issues that you’d like to discuss with the community? Is there a piece of work, or a project that you are working on that you’d like to share with us?

By the end of the session we’d like a list of potential speakers/topics for 2019 and for you to let us know  if you’d like any changes to Teacamp. Is monthly enough? Or should we retire Teacamp all together? This is your chance to let us know what it is you’d like from Teacamp and James and I will try to make it happen for you next year.

Neither James nor I can make this session (life gets in the way), but Jane from dxw has kindly agreed to run this one for us, so give her a big hug from us!

When is Teacamp?

Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month

Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

Digital London with Theo Blackwell, ‪@LDN_CDO ‬

Theo Blackwell, London’s 1st Chief Digital Officer,  is putting data and technology at the heart of making London an even better place to live, work and visit.

Theo will talk about work done so far and plans he has for the future. You can read more on the Smart London blog.

We may also have an update and Q&A from a team in central government about a high profile project of theirs. I’ll confirm this as soon as I can

When is Teacamp?

Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month

Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

October Teacamp – Age Verification and Porn with @mxpanblake

Welcome back to Teacamp folks, the heat of summer may be dissipating but we’ve been keeping the Teacamp fires stoked and have a scorching hot topic for October’s Teacamp. We are very lucky to have Blake this month and they would like to talk to you about unintended consequences of the Digital Economy Act and Age Verification.

Age Verification and Porn

The Open Rights Group wrote about the then Digital Economy Bill back in 2017, which is has now become the Digital Economy Act – “The Bill is an example of how not to legislate for the Internet and complex social issues. Among other things, the DEBill, attempts to address the issue of under 18s seeing pornography, by forcing porn sites to implement Age Verification (AV). This ‘simple’ solution has been fraught with problems from the start.”

Age verification for online porn is coming – but this child protection measure threatens unintended consequences for the privacy of internet users.

Soon you will have to show ID to look at online porn, and the companies offering age checking services will have access to both your identifying details, and your porn browsing activity.

Some of these companies are more trustworthy than others.

Rather than sensibly legislating to protect this sensitive data, the Government are failing to adequately regulate the age verification market they have created. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, what do porn viewers and politicians (who may well be the same people) need to know about the risk of porn data leaks – and what can we do about it?

About Blake

Blake is a genderqueer independent scholar, feminist pornographer, sex worker and sexual freedom campaigner. They are non-binary and use the gender neutral pronouns they/them. Their films have won multiple international awards, and they have prevailed in defending their work in legal battles against porn censorship in the UK.

Blake is an active campaigner for sex work decriminalisation and labour rights, obscenity law reform, civil liberties and human rights. They were awarded Publicist of the Year at the Sexual Freedom Awards 2015 for their efforts advocating for sex workers’ rights. They are official spokesperson for Backlash, and sit on the Advisory Council of the Open Rights Group. They crowd-fund their political work via Patreon.

Age verification on the internet affects us all, will this change your browsing habits? Are there websites that you will no longer visit because your browsing habits are being tracked? Come along to Teacamp on Thursday and be part of the discussion with Blake.

Hope to see you there!

When is Teacamp?

Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month

Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

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In memory of David – September Teacamp cancelled

Dear Teacampers,

 

A few weeks ago, we lost a dear member of our digital community. David passed away, suddenly but peacefully in his sleep on the 10th of August, 2018. He was extremely generous in his support and time to our community, always volunteering to help out at Teacamp, UKGovcamp and various other unconferences.

His pictures documented our shared history, leaving a terrific online legacy, which we hope will be preserved if possible.  David was very much part of the community, operating behind the scenes, delivering sagely advice and that supportive nudge in the right direction when needed.

Not really one for the limelight at all. Although he wasn’t one for folks being late with their content, leading to his infamous quote “your inability to plan is not my f*cking emergency!”

David would be really embarrassed that I’m even writing this post about him, and if he was here would be wagging his finger, pointing at me in disapproval, but at the same time with that cheeky wee glint in his eye.

David was also partial to going on his travels at the weekend, documenting the beautiful countryside and diverse towns of England. I really enjoyed chewing the fat and the banter that came with his travel exploits. Even a wee bit jealous at all the wonderful food he was eating!

Reading through the kind words on Twitter, from folks all over the community has been wonderful, if somewhat tearful to read. What stood out is how generous David was with his time, and how supportive he was to everyone.

A giant has fallen.

James and I will miss him terribly.

We are both deeply upset at his passing and have decided to cancel this months teacamp, in memory of David. It’s just all too raw at the moment.

If you’d like to help, a just giving fund has been set up in David’s memory for the British Heart Foundation

David’s funeral will be held on:

 

October Teacamp

We’ll return back to normal running next month, James and I hope to see you there.