Changes between Version 24 and Version 25 of USSF_newspaper


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    3838=== Statement from our Co-Directors ===
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    40 We're May First/People Link, one of the largest progressive Internet membership organizations in the world, and we've been involved with the Social Forum since the first Forum in 2007. This year, May First/People Link volunteer staff and members lead the Information, Commumnications and Technology Working Group: the team that plans, installs, and maintains all information technology systems.
     40We're May First/People Link, one of the largest progressive Internet membership organizations in the world, and we've been involved with the Social Forum since the first Forum in 2007. This year, May First/People Link volunteer staff and members lead the Information, Communications and Technology Working Group: the team that plans, installs, and maintains all information technology systems.
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    4242We do a lot of things as an organization, including sharing the resources to provide Internet activity for all our members. We have about 300 organizations and 100 individual members now; altogether our "member base" (based on email accounts) is over 2,000.
     
    4646This Social Forum comes at a time of enormous crisis and opportunity. All the systems most of the human race has relied on for its survival are in crisis: government, economy and climate/environment. The human race is answering by developing movements and initiatives like the Climate Change movement and, of course, the Social Forum movement. And it has developed highly powerful and innovative technologies to allow it to build those movements the most prominent of which is the Internet.
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    48 May First/People Link considers its work intertwined with that of the Social Forum and we are committed to it and the many other iniatives arising world-wide. We are heavily involved in the World Social Forum movement, have done tech work at many Forums all over the world and serve on the Technology Committee of the WSF. We are also involved in the Climate Control movement out of Cochabamba, Bolivia.
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    50 This work flows from the decision, made by our Leadership Committee two years ago, to concentrate on a "hemispheric initiative" which recognizes that the United States cannot continue in the isolation we're existed in for so long but must collaborate with the rest of the Hemisphere as equals if we are to survive. And that's why our approach to technology mandates our sharing the technological resouces we have with the rest of the world and collaborating with technologists world-wide to further develop those resources.
     48May First/People Link considers its work intertwined with that of the Social Forum and we are committed to it and the many other initiatives arising world-wide. We are heavily involved in the World Social Forum movement, have done tech work at many Forums all over the world and serve on the Technology Committee of the WSF. We are also involved in the Climate Control movement out of Cochabamba, Bolivia.
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     50This work flows from the decision, made by our Leadership Committee two years ago, to concentrate on a "hemispheric initiative" which recognizes that the United States cannot continue in the isolation we've existed in for so long but must collaborate with the rest of the Hemisphere as equals if we are to survive. And that's why our approach to technology mandates our sharing the technological resouces we have with the rest of the world and collaborating with technologists world-wide to further develop those resources.
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    5252Additionally, we are among the sponsors and organizers of the World Techie Congress initiative, an effort to bring together technologists country by country to forge a "Techie Document of Rights and Responsibilities", helping describe our responsibilities toward the rest of the progressive movement and the movement's responsibilities towards us. The United States Techie Congress is taking place at this Social Forum.
     
    179179This year's USSF makes innovative and unprecedented use of the World Wide Web and related Internet capabilities.
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    181 We 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.
     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 (abc.ussf2010.org), the video site (video.ussf2010.org) and many more.
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    183183Putting 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.