Archive for the 'Activism' Category

All up in G20′s grill…

Monday, June 21st, 2010

It has been a ridiculously busy last bit, but I thought I’d try to get a few things down. My research on social justice activists’ experience of and response to cybersurveillance in the lead up to the G20 is proceeding apace – I’m slowly gathering the stories of folks who’ve been followed and intimidated by […]

Surveying the surveillance landscape…in several parts

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Remember Channel Zero? An oldie but goodie: Confessions of a Surveillance Society

Geek Feminism on how the FBI tried to punk IMC

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reported on a bogus “secret” subpoena issued by the FBI to Indymedia. The subpoena requested the following: “All IP traffic to and from” for a particular date, including “IP addresses, times, and any other identifying information.” Writes the EFF senior staff attorney: “the government was asking for the IP address […]

SaveOurNet Dance Partay

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Some rad folks have been organizing, lobbying and generally raising a ruckus around the corporate-sponsored push to close down the internet, commodify internet travel (using surveillance and discriminatory practices) and generally mess with net neutrality. The work is largely volunteer-driven, natch, and donation-funded. That’s why the SaveOurNet cats are hosting a fundraiser – a film […]

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 […]

Favianna’s in town!

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Favianna moving the merchandise Photo by Rodger Levesque Radical poster artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez is in town from Oakland, CA this weekend for a series of supercool art/technology events. Last night she kicked off the 2009 Web of Change calendar with Designing for Democracy at District 319. Favi’s multi-media presentation, including live drawing dealt […]

Make the internet your sweetie this Valentine’s

Friday, February 13th, 2009, a Canadian coalition working to defend our online freedoms, has launched a sweet campaign urging people to wear their hearts on their sleeve and tell the CRTC to keep the internet open, fast and accessible to all Canadians. Bell and other corporate giants such as Rogers and Shaw currently have free reign to “throttle” […]

Tell the CRTC to keep our net open!

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications  Commission (CRTC) has finally decided to deal with the prickly subject of internet regulation in Canada. Until recently, Canada’s Internet was an open, neutral network – a level playing field for free speech and innovation. All that is now threatened by a handful of corporations that want to control 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 […]