Changes between Version 22 and Version 23 of USSF_newspaper


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Jun 3, 2010, 7:44:22 PM (9 years ago)
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Jamie McClelland
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    143143[As inset]
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    146 Never has our work been more important.
     145Come to the May First/People Link Assembly!
     146Thursday, June 24, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
     147Cobo Hall: W2-58
     148
     149[end inset]
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     151Never has our work as progressive technologists been more important.
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    148153A system struggling for its own survival, at the expense of humanity, greedily seeks to turn every idea into a distorted profit-making caricature of what it originally was.
     
    156161And it continues to look to us for alternatives, information and leadership.
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    158 But, while our importance has never been greater, we are also often alienated by the progressive movement's dismissal of our politics, thinking, perspectives and experiences.
    159 
    160 In addition, much of the movement doesn't respect our work choosing to under-pay us or to hire large, flashy companies whose work doesn't build the movement.
    161 
    162 Finally, most of the movement has no respect for the principle of Free and Open Source Software.
    163 
    164 As a result, too many of us shy away from movement work. "Burned out" is now a common condition among prgoressive techies. And our political work has now been divided from our tech work.
    165 
    166 And the movement loses the political thinking and leadership of a group of people who are the leaders of the largest mass progressive movement in human history: the Internet.
     163But, while our importance has never been greater, the principles of a free and open Internet are not yet recognized as a critical part of the progressive agenda.
    167164
    168165Now is the time to change this.
     
    170167We want to build a set of principles that we can all share and that the prgoressive movement will agree to live by. We want to write and ratify an "agreement with the progressive movement" that is a commitment the entire movement will live by.
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    172 And the entire movement will be together, in one place, in June, 2010, at the Untited States Social Forum in Detroit.
    173 
    174 So we are making this call to all techies who support the principles of the Social Forum to gather in Detroit at the Forum for a four-hour
    175 
    176 Progressive Techie Congress
    177 
    178 that will wrap up a four month process of discussion and thinking on-line around these principles.
    179 
    180 After that Congress, we will distribute the principles to everyone at the Social Forum and propose them to the USSF's People's Assembly for ratification. On that basis, we will begin to build the kind of relationships inside the movement that will move us all forward.
     169And the entire movement is here, in one place, at the Untited States Social Forum in Detroit.
     170
     171So we are making this call to all techies who support the principles of the Social Forum to gather in Detroit at the Forum for a four-hour Progressive Techie Congress that will wrap up a four month process of discussion and thinking on-line around these principles.
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     173After that Congress, we will distribute the principles to everyone at the Social Forum and propose them to the USSF's People's Movement Assembly for ratification. On that basis, we will begin to build the kind of relationships inside the movement that will move us all forward.
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    182175== Technology Innovations at the USSF ==
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    184  * Website suite --
     177 === Website suite ===
    185178
    186179This year's USSF makes innovative and unprecedented use of the World Wide Web and related Internet capabilities.
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    188 There are now five websites handling the primary information functions, participant and organization registration, workshop registration, display and searching and other Social Forum activities such as the People's Movement Assemblies. All are interconnected and move seamlessly from one to the other.
    189 
    190 Putting together this swuite of websites was a central project of our ICT team for almost a year -- planning, exploring, researching capability and then finally doing the coding and testing. When the sites were launched, they went into immediate use as thousands of people began registering and Social Forum organizers began publicizing and announcing.
     181We have over a half dozen interconnected web sites, including: the primary information site (www.ussf2010.org), the registration and donation site (community.ussf2010.org), the organizing and workshop registration site (organize.ussf2010.org), the Assemblies, Brigades, Caravans, and Detroit Expanded site (abcd.ussf2010.org), the video site (video.ussf2010.org) and many more.
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     183Putting together this suite of websites was a central project of our ICT team for almost a year -- planning, exploring, researching capability and then finally doing the coding and testing. When the sites were launched, they went into immediate use as thousands of people began registering and Social Forum organizers began publicizing and announcing.
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    192185The USSF's approach to technology is based on an understanding that a significant part of our life in this country is the result of a vicious and consistent exploitation of the labor and resources of the rest of the world. This has given our society technological capabilities and resources that can be used by the rest of the world to rectify these injustices. Our development of these website resources not only serves the USSF's needs but provides a resource and technology that is shared with the rest of the world.
    193186
    194  * Peoples Media Center Description
    195 
    196 People's Media Center Description
    197 
    198 Reflecting an alternative vision of media -- that everyone creates news and everyone should be able to record and report on it -- the PMC is a centerpiece of Social Forum thinking and innovation. Developed jointly by the Communications Working Group and ICT, the PMC contains video and audio editing areas, computers for storing media, blogging and other communications, quiet rooms for on-site interviewing, training areas and a distinct briefing area for daily press briefings about the Forum.
     187 === Peoples Media Center ===
     188
     189Reflecting an alternative vision of media -- that everyone creates news and everyone should be able to record and report on it -- the People's Media Center (PMC) is a centerpiece of Social Forum thinking and innovation. Developed jointly by the Communications Working Group and ICT, the PMC contains video and audio editing areas, computers for storing media, blogging and other communications, quiet rooms for on-site interviewing, training areas and a distinct briefing area for daily press briefings about the Forum.
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    200191It's also expected to be a magnet area for journalists, media activists and anyone else interested in media work.
     
    202193All the dozens of computers in the PMC have been donated to the Forum by supporting organizations and have been reconfigured with only Free and Open Source Software, one of the Forum's hallmarks. And ICt Working Group members are on hand to provide technical support when needed and training when scheduled.
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    204  * Web Streaming
     195 === Web Streaming ===
    205196
    206197The concept of "Detroit Expanded" takes on a whole new meaning at this Social Forum which is being broadcast live for 8 hours a day to the entire world via the Internet. This is the first Social Forum to do this and we are taking the lead from the recent World People's Conference on Climate Control and the Rights of Mother Earth during which May First/People Link members Jamie McClelland, Mallory Knodel and Maritza Arrastia collaborated with techies from various countries in the Hemisphere to put together a consistent live streaming via the Internet.
     
    210201While there are obvious "programming choices" being made, like the opening ceremonies and the nightly Plenaries, many other choices are being made driven by the idea of truly encouraging "people's media" -- shows by participants, on the spot interviews, special programs, multiple workshop shows, etc. All that is part of the ongoing work of the Forum.
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    212  * SMS
    213 
    214 "Short Message Service" is a protocol that allows for the transmission of short messages to any on-line device, including cellphones. At the USSF 2010, we are pioneering the use of SMS to provide a user-configured "announcements and reminders" broadcast system.
     203 === SMS ===
     204
     205"Short Message Service" is a protocol that allows for the transmission of short messages to any on-line device, including cellphones. At the USSF 2010, we are using SMS to provide a user-configured "announcements and reminders" broadcast system.
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    216207Using a special form on our website, you can select which workshops and events you are interested in and the system will send a short reminder message to your cell phone before the event takes place.