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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April Teacamp – A digital contract between the individual and the state – how, what, why. With @MissMillicent

It’s the Easter break and you may have overdosed on the old chocolate, but there is ALWAYS room for more CAEK, and April’s Teacamp is going to give you plenty of food for thought!

This month we have the awesome Millicent Scott Brooks who’d like to talk to you about:

“A digital contract between the individual and the state – how, what and why”

Millicent has long been interested in the citizen’s contract with the state. Much of this is currently done offline, but are we being “digitised through the backdoor“? Information is held about the individual at the passport office, the NHS, the DVLA, the banks – not to mention social media.

  • Would a citizen’s portal controlled by the individual be helpful?
  • How would it work in Britian?
  • What issues would have to be solved and how could we stay safe?

She’ll be inviting you to help explore some of these issues and suspend reality to imagine creative solutions that could become viable for a modern age contract of citizenship.

About Millicent

Millicent is a Senior Partner at The Democratic Society. She has spent over a decade working on increasing citizens’ engagement with policy making and bringing people into democratic processes. She spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage people in civic society, while balancing security and freedom.

Before joining Demsoc in 2015 she worked for the European Parliament, Scottish Government, Scottish Civic Forum, the Association for Citizenship Teaching (England) and the Financial Times.

Millicent has a BA in European Studies from LSE and an MSc in Nationalism from the University of Edinburgh. She speaks English, Norwegian, French and German.

I can only manage English, Scottish and Dundonian, so am in complete awe!

With so much of our life online now, and our interaction with Central & Local Government increasingly moving services online, James, Millicent and I would love to invite you along to our April teacamp and hope you’ll be part of the discussion about this fascinating topic, whether in person or online. Just follow our hashtag #Teacamp

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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February #teacamp: Chris Fleming and Nayeema Chowdhury on NHS Digital

Chris Fleming and Nayeema Chowdhury

Chris has over 12 years of policy, strategy, and digital delivery experience in city and central government, and latterly the NHS. He currently works in NHS Digital, an organisation that delivers technology and data programmes for the NHS, as the service manager for 111 Online. 111 Online is a digital service to assess patients’ health needs and connect them with the right care. He will talk about the transformation challenge of building clinical digital services that span multiple NHS organisations, and where he thinks the NHS needs to go in order to realise the full benefits of the internet age.

Nayeema has worked at the Government Digital Service (GDS), the BBC and is now Head of Digital Service Transformation at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

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

December Teacamp – What do you want? (and Xmas party)

December, a time for gift giving, Christmas parties and a time for reflection. That’s this months teacamp all wrapped into one!

James and I would like to take this opportunity to catch up with you (This could be Teacamp’s Christmas party!) and more importantly listen to your feedback and ideas about what we should do for next years Teacamp.

dxw are kindly sponsoring this months teacamp so you can still get your monthly fix of tea & cake on them 🙂

What do you want?

To quote a line from one of my favourite old Sci-Fi programmes Babylon 5. “What do you want?” That’s what December’s teacamp boils down to.

We’ve had a great year, lots of fabulous speakers on a whole range of different topics and an eager audience turning up to listen, engage and discuss.  Thank you so much to everyone who spoke, who turned up and listened and asked all those questions.

You make Teacamp.

So please, come along to this months teacamp on the 7th of December and help us crowdsource ideas for speakers for next year.

  • What do you want from Teacamp?
  • Who would you like to listen  to?
  • What topics are peaking your interest of you may have a bee in your bonnet about?
  • What’s coming up on the horizon that you think you might want to hear about next year?
  • Perhaps you yourself would like to be a speaker and share what you’re working on, your experiences or even what you’ve learnt to avoid?

Come along and help us shape next years Teacamp offering.

When is Teacamp?

  • Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month
  • Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW. NOTE for December Teacmap well be in a private room on the mid level mezzanine (Downstairs). Look out for Sarah & James.
  • Update 7th Dec: Normal location for Teacamp! Upstairs in the Mezzanine above the cafe tills.

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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March teacamp

Throughout 2015 and 2016 Dan Barratt made over 100 cakes for work, gathered feedback on all of the cakes, recorded it on a public spreadsheet, and broadcast his activity on Twitter. He did this because, through cake, he wanted to model and exhibit behaviours, practices and values that he would expect to see in work. He wanted to “be the change you want to see”.

At the end of November Dan wrote a blog post about this ‘cake for business’ project. People across the public sector digital and cake industries really liked it.

He’ll talk about what he learned, and explain why running a two-year behavioural experiment on your colleagues is a good thing to do.

Dan is the Head of Data and Search at the Houses of Parliament. He likes making things, fixing things, making things better, and public service.

He has been an inspiration to many of us in government, particularly teacamp organiser James.

There will be cake. Unfortunately, not made by Dan.

Cake 81 - Buttermilk pound loaf
Dan tweeting about cake 81 – Buttermilk pound loaf
James tweeting about cake 81 - Buttermilk pound loaf
James tweeting about cake 81 – Buttermilk pound loaf

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

Teacamp 2017

 

We held a session at December’s Teacamp to think about possible speakers for next year. Not quite crystal ball gazing, but thinking about what you might want to discuss next year. Check out our Trello Board of our thoughts on potential speakers.

crystalball2A lot can happen in a week of politics, let alone predicting what’s going to happen over the next
year and what you might want to talk about. So this isn’t by any means a “fixed” list. We need your feedback on what you’d like to discuss, so do get back to us. Is there anything missing from that list of potential topics? What would you like to talk about?

 See more via #teacamp.

 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