Archive for the 'Conference' Category

First public outing for BC Services Card project

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

It never rains but it pours. I have been steadily busy completing Phase II of my research project, A National ID Card by Stealth? The BC Services Card: Risks and Opportunities for Privacy, funded by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. I am working on the project in partnership with the BC Civil Liberties Association, and […]

The free software conundrum

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I am a supporter and user of free software (though I admit I have not migrated entirely). I research and write about the social movement aspect of free software, and its potential as a model for alternative social organization beyond the realm of software development. I am inspired by the future envisioned by free software […]

Talking to tech activists

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I went to the Union for Democratic Communication conference last weekend, held at Buffalo State College. I had never been to Buffalo, which is what made me pick this conference over the annual meeting of the Canadian Communication Association. I’ve been to Ottawa before; heck, I used to live there. I hedged my bets a […]

Outing the corporate mainstream media

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Me ‘n Leslie Regan Shade@the new media panel. Media Democracy Day totally kicked it this weekend at the VPL. The event was a good fit with the library, and the MDD fair – 40+ community groups set up to do community outreach and promote a more accessible media system with less corporate influence – was […]

Swimming upstream: Media Democracy Day

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Speaking For Ourselves: Media Democracy Day 2008 is a national day of action dedicated to keeping the corporate media honest and making them accountable. The Vancouver event happens next week at the VPL, 12-6pm. My friend and colleague Steve Anderson is the main organizer for MDD Vancouver, and I have been helping out a bit […]

Last H.O.P.E. (Day 3): The Prequel

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

My first panel of the day was entitled The Intersection of Culture Jamming, Hacking and Hactivism. On this, the last day of the conference, attendance had reached capacity. Literally thousands (I heard estimates of 2,000 and 3,000) of every nerd imaginable: The stereotypical anti-social, disempowered, tech freak expressing his barely concealed rage and marginality through […]

Last H.O.P.E. (Day 3): Ranting and raving with Jello Biafra

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

On Sunday I attended the final day of Last H.O.P.E. It was pretty much the coolest conference I’ve ever attended. The Hackerspace Village was awesome. Welcoming you as you ascended the escalator was the multi-coloured LED dildo sculpture; I turned away instinctively, burning with that ingrained Catholic shame, and only near the end of the […]

Open Web: the shizzle

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Things are wrapping up here at Open Web Vancouver 2008. It’s been an informative (dare I say fun-filled) couple of days here on Raincity’s beautiful corporate waterfront. No one’s commodified the breath-taking view yet, so that’s something… I have to say, any misgivings I had about speaking to a hardcore geek audience have been dispelled. […]

Open Web Vancouver

Monday, March 10th, 2008

I will be giving a talk at Open Web Vancouver 2008 that works out one of the strands of my thesis dealing with open source as method of knowledge production, with a focus on the academy. This will be fun and a bit nerve wracking, as the audience will be the most hardcore geek (straight […]