Open Rights Group board elections statement

Thumbnail image for MiliFE.jpg I am standing for election to the Board of Directors of the Open Rights Group.

I have been an active ORG supporter since 2008 and a regular contributor to ORGZine since its inception in December 2010. My main interests under the wider digital rights umbrella lie in the areas of copyright and free software.

By education I am an economist and political scientist, and in real life I am a technology manager for a multinational consumer goods company and I am based in Newcastle upon Tyne. I am also a trustee of national LGBT domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow UK, which has given me a range of skills necessary to represent ORG members on the Board of Directors and ensure that ORG is set up for success both financially and organisationally.

One of my main passions is to ensure the message about the importance of digital rights reaches a wider, more diverse audience. Too often we are preaching to a relatively small choir rather than reaching out to organisations and people who may care about different things as their primary cause but whose interests overlap with ours in the digital rights space. Digital rights are human rights - they go beyond the technorati.

Parents get advice and support on all kinds of issues on Mumsnet. Feminists organise through websites like The F Word which often translate into real world action. Disabled people find new ways of reaching out to the world and fighting for their rights through The Broken of Britain Campaign. Bullied lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender teens can find new hope through the It Gets Better videos. Men, women, black, white, straight, gay, Muslim or humanist, able-bodied or not, the internet brings us together and empowers us all. As the information war gains new fronts almost on a daily basis, it is vital for the Open Rights Group to build connections and bridges to help raise awareness of digital rights as the defining political issue of the 21st century.

If elected to the Open Rights Group board, I will focus my energies on making sure we are in a position of organisational and financial sustainability, as well as on ensuring we reach out beyond our traditional audiences to create an inclusive and collaborative digital rights campaign space across geographical, organisational and political boundaries.

If you have any questions for me, please drop me an email (milena dot popova at gmail dot com), or comment here and I will reply.

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