A tribute to Indymedia, the scrappy forerunner of social media activism

Here is a draft text from a book I am working on, which tells the Indymedia genesis story from my point of view and reflects on its lasting impact. Those were some times! Continue reading

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95 Theses of Geek Activism

Here’s something I came across. A bit dated now but still lots to think about for geek activists today.

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Geek activism has not taken off yet, but it should. With the gamers recognizing the need for a louder voice, EFF gaining momentum and Linux taking on the mainstream on the one hand and recent severe losses in privacy, freedom of speech and intellectual property rights on the other, now seems to be the best time to rally around the cause.

Geeks are not known to be political or highly vocal (outside of our own circles)- this must change if we want things to improve. So here is my list of things people of all shapes, sizes and sides of the debate need to know. Some of these are obvious, others may not be meant for you. But hopefully, some of these will inspire you to do the right thing and others will help you frame the next discussion, debate or argument you have on these topics.

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Digital activism’s first constitution: The Seattle Statement

While gathering up my #Social for Survival book notes, I recently dug back into the proceedings of the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility DIAC 2000 Conference. Now colored by the era in which it took place, the conference was titled ‘Shaping the Network Society: The Future of the Public Sphere in Cyberspace’. What made this gathering of geeks special was the fact that it came on the heels of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle and therefore had a decidedly radical flair. Continue reading

#Social for Survival – the book concept

I am now officially working on a book proposal to make #Social for Survival into a published and widely distributed  blueprint for social change. Below is my first try at a synopsis. Your comments and feedback are most welcome! Continue reading