Changes between Version 2 and Version 3 of USSF_newspaper

May 27, 2010, 4:40:04 PM (12 years ago)



  • USSF_newspaper

    v2 v3  
    11011010. Information is power. Participants must have control over their own data. Data policies guide how contacts collected for the USSF are made available for organizing purposes.
     112[Techie Congress]
     116Never has our work been more important.
     118A 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.
     120The Internet humanity has built, under our collaborative leadership, is now threatened by a morass of profit-making schemes, rabidly self-protective proprietary software, and repressive laws that obliterate the spirit and letter of the First Amendment from on-line activity.
     122With their avalanche of limited, glossy and ultimately entrapping social software, corporations are profiteering on human communication while fencing it into a superficial, choiceless chorus line of faces and self-descriptions.
     124All the while, the human race continues to make and change history by using the Internet for the reasons we created it: the massive communication of our ideas and knowledge and the collective, collaborative search for the truth of our world and its future.
     126And it continues to look to us for alternatives, information and leadership.
     128But, 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.
     130In 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.
     132Finally, most of the movement has no respect for the principle of Free and Open Source Software.
     134As 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.
     136And 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.
     138Now is the time to change this.
     140We 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.
     142And the entire movement will be together, in one place, in June, 2010, at the Untited States Social Forum in Detroit.
     144So 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
     146Progressive Techie Congress
     148that will wrap up a four month process of discussion and thinking on-line around these principles.
     150After 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.