wiki:projects/membership-meeting/2012/member-responses-to-priorities

Member responses to the Survey

Thank you for the work that you do. I'm proud to be a member of MF/PL.

Facilitate a geographical network of local meet-ups and regional alliances dedicated to using technology to organize and build community.

Internet openness and open source are linked above, but are fundamentally different, although linked. I think the former is an essential priority, the latter less so, as the 'open source movement' has lots of participation from technologists who are mostly non-political. I see MFPL as having a less central role there than in more politically-charged areas tied to actual social/political movements.

Update MFPL members' older Drupal CMS installations to reduce overall security risks

This survey is like preaching to the converted. We love May First's goals so we'll be voting as "very important" for all the aims of the organization. A more effective survey would have asked about the effectiveness of the organization's ability to reach people who don't have access. In the US, broadband still costs too much for most poor people. The libraries are most often the only place where people can get on the Internet. Sometimes the libraries block open source software. Also--even though many people can afford a cheap computer now, it still does not match the speed and graphics power of the computers most people in the middle class can buy.

Gosh, these are all important issues.

Raise awareness of surveillance and policing as it affects our internet usage and vulnerability;

Raise awareness among members and the general public of differential treatment of minorities, immigrants, and women via the internet's structure and accessibility;

Encourage more sophisticated understanding of code creation and use of existing technologies

  • Actively improve access for people historically on the margins of technology.
  • Defend human rights online.

Decolonizing technology by increasing the access to infrastructure and skills to create, use, and maintain liberated, self-determined spaces. To liberate technology from corporate and government control and to find, innovate, and propogate technology that supports liberation struggles.

Empowering members to take more active roles in the organization

Help bridge the intergenerational technology and communication gaps, perhaps through (online) intergenerational training opportunities, forums. For instance the DiscoTechs by Allied Media Projects in Detroit seem like possible solutions.

I remember a journalist approaching me at the USSF Detroit asking how elders and youth were working together at the Forum to learn-use technology. I didn't know much about specifics but I responded about this being part of our vision.

1) Since most of the world does not have access to computers, assist members in making their internet content *MOBILE PHONE FRIENDLY* for those internet-accessible phones most in use in those regions of the world without computers, and 2) also assist members in using software & volunteer organizations already in existence to TRANSLATE their own content, and to translate the content of others on the left in as many languages as possible.

collaboration and sharing within and by members of mayfirst/people's link - knowing moreababout each other and how we need support or can offer support/solidarity

Pienso que es relevante que las comunidades comiencen a visualizar un mundo lleno de comunidades sin el uso de dinero, ya que el dinero se crea siempre desde deuda y la sociedad termina pagando muy caras las desiciones economico-politicas y si el trueque como motor de valor.

¿debemos enunciar de manera más especifíca, qué tencnologías podríamos trabajar? Ejemplos:

  • desarrollo de medios de comunicación para la difusión de mensajes.
  • sistemas para la colaboración, inteligencia colectiva y toma de decisiones conjunta
  • sistemas de información geográfica
  • sistemas de respaldo de información
  • diseño y desarrollo de bases de datos
  • desarrollo de interfases de hardware arduino
  • administración de servidores

Hay movimientos sociales que no están interesados en mejorar su privacidad en internet. Se creen sujetos no perseguibles. Para ellos, cambiar a correo no corporativo no es una prioridad. Además, utilizan facebook para sus comunicaciones personales. Yo creo que para ellos convendría invitarlos a usar friendica; en lugar de listas de correo, incluso.

Vincular al software libre con las redes y movimientos de Economía Solidaria en el mundo.

Me preocupa un poco la cuestión de empujar una visión compartida sobre el futuro, creo que en primer lugar deberían fortalecerse los procesos de intercambio de conocimientos, dialógicos, que permitan fortalecer nuestras posiciones o reevaluarlas. Desconfío profundamente de las visiones únicas. Creo que si hablamos de apoyar al amplio movimiento de las diversas luchas de "izquierdas", habría que mantener congruencia con esa diversidad, una mejor garantía de unidad que la "clara visión única" que a veces resulta excluyente de otros que no comparten las mismas premisas. Vamos aunque parezca tautología, el respeto a la diversidad está en la diversidad, no en la declaración del respeto a la diversidad.

I'm worried a little bit about pushing a unique vision about the future, I rather support first dialogical processes, letting everyone give and getting feedback about their positions. I distrust the "centralized vision". We are talking about support the broad spectrum of leftist and progressive struggles, right? So, we should avoid enforcing consensus. Respect to diversity stands on dversity itself.

Es difícil establecer prioridades entre elementos tan importantes como los que se han consignado. Son objetivos ambiciosos pero muy claros en la orientación de los esfuerzos.

Está en planes ofrecer espacios para programas de audio y video y/o sólo audio, en el esquema de "demanda"? Algo así como un "canal" de radio y de TV en el que se puedan producir materiales y subir y las usuarios los puedan consultar?

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