The Snooper’s Charter

Last Wednesday, Open Rights Group Birmingham (@OpenRightsBrum) held a creative workshop at Birmingham Open Media to raise public awareness of government plans to press ahead with a controversial new surveillance law known as the Snooper’s Charter.

Attendees were shown how to use everyday digital tools such as ImgFlip’s Meme Generator and the free and open source source GIMP image editor to combine images and text into inventive, attention-grabbing protest materials. People then worked together to create a varied selection of protest ‘memes’ to make the public aware of the government’s plans and why they should oppose the bill, which they shared via social media.

Here are a selection of the best memes created on the night. You can find more on Open Rights Group Birmingham’s Twitter feed. If you like what you see or are inspired to create your own protest meme, please think about sharing them with your network, copying in @OpenRightsGroupBrum and using the hashtag #IPBill.
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Open Rights Group Birmingham:

Open Rights Group Birmingham is made up of people who are passionate about our rights as society goes digital. We come together to learn from each other and campaign to protect and promote digital rights in Birmingham and beyond. Established in 2015, it is part of the national Open Rights Group, the UK’s only digital campaigning organisation working to protect the rights to privacy and free speech online.

Birmingham Open Media has supported the group since it began, hosting it’s meet-ups and encouraging fellows and members of the public to engage with the important issues the Open Rights Group campaigns on.

You can keep up to date with the group via its website and on Twitter:



Take action against the Snooper’s Charter: 

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) raised serious concerns about the government’s surveillance plans, saying if the bill is passed in the current form “we will be the envy of states such as North Korea, China and Iran”.

You can find out more about what the government is up to, including plans to record and store for a year everyone’s internet histories, over on the Open Rights Group website.

If you are concerned about what you read, please use their simple online tool to email your MP and ask your friends and family to do the same. The more emails MPs receive from voters about the bill, the more likely they are to demand the government re-thinks its plans.