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Monday, 26 March 2012

Call for sponsors and shareholders: Open Digital and SRoC to end in current forms in 7 weeks without funding

I've spent the last 3 years working pretty much full time trying to bring just a small element of rationality to the internet policy debate in the UK.

I co-founded Open Digital just under 11 months ago as a platform to develop better digital policy.

But I have spent the last 3 years working full time, focussing on policy at the expense of funding.

I suddenly find myself with an organisation that's embedded itself at the heart of digital policy debate in the UK - from cyber security to blocking and censorship, copyright and protection of the vulnerable - and no funding whatsoever for year two.

I'm sure there are a few lobbyists, many civil servants and even a government minister or two quietly rejoicing at the fact that both Open Digital and this blog will end in their current form in just 7 weeks if we can't secure significant funding. (Oh, and I'll need a job then, too...)

But I have responsibilities to my family as well fighting for what I believe in. I've been treading water for the best part of 3 years and I now need to either turn what I do into a paid career or resume my software career.

We now need to proceed with a fully-funded project, find alternative funding, or park our work.  We're focussing on our drive to create a suite of standardised privacy policies that gives clarity in how your personal data will be used. Read more on the Open Digital Policy Blog.

@JamesFirth

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