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Oct 23, 2012, 9:03:18 AM (7 years ago)
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    3030While predicting the future is impossible, we can visualize several trends that will affect our work in the coming year:
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    32  1. Intense struggle over Internet reach, availability and use. If some of our own progressive movements don't "get" the Internet's real and potential power, the ruling elites do. In many countries, particularly those in which struggle is very sharp, they are clamping down and seeking to control Internet activity.
     32 * Intense struggle over Internet reach, availability and use. If some of our own progressive movements don't "get" the Internet's real and potential power, the ruling elites do. In many countries, particularly those in which struggle is very sharp, they are clamping down and seeking to control Internet activity.
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    34 Such activity dove-tails with the trend toward usage of social media (like Facebook and Twitter) in struggles like the Arab Spring struggles and has made those social media alternatives much more attractive and usable that websites or email for these mass struggles.
     34 Such activity dove-tails with the trend toward usage of social media (like Facebook and Twitter) in struggles like the Arab Spring struggles and has made those social media alternatives much more attractive and usable that websites or email for these mass struggles.
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    36 The answer to that has been a movement of liberal organizations which, while progressive and well-intentioned, have a different understanding of privacy and access than we do and are not committed to changing the world the way our members are.
     36 The answer to that has been a movement of liberal organizations which, while progressive and well-intentioned, have a different understanding of privacy and access than we do and are not committed to changing the world the way our members are.
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    38 We can envision that this battle between repression of the Internet and freedom to use it will intensify and draw us further into the work we've been doing.
     38 We can envision that this battle between repression of the Internet and freedom to use it will intensify and draw us further into the work we've been doing.
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    40  1. Intensified activity in Latin America, particularly Mexico, as the United States adjusts its policies and intensifies intervention and disruption of the political trends in Latin America. The "drug war" in Mexico is certain to continue to deepen the social crisis there and we can expect continuously intensifying opposition activity. MF/PL is now part of that country's struggles.
     40 * Intensified activity in Latin America, particularly Mexico, as the United States adjusts its policies and intensifies intervention and disruption of the political trends in Latin America. The "drug war" in Mexico is certain to continue to deepen the social crisis there and we can expect continuously intensifying opposition activity. MF/PL is now part of that country's struggles.
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    42  1. The persistent problem of racial division in the movement. There is a white movement for change and several "non-white" movements and the two sectors have almost now contact, let alone collaboration. The only recent major collaboration with the Social Forum in 2010. Given the racism that flows in technology, it's clear that our organization is going to suffer from this general malady and is going to have to take it on in the coming year. Technology is one area in which the pressures of uneven resource and development, that feed racism, are less present.
     42 * The persistent problem of racial division in the movement. There is a white movement for change and several "non-white" movements and the two sectors have almost now contact, let alone collaboration. The only recent major collaboration with the Social Forum in 2010. Given the racism that flows in technology, it's clear that our organization is going to suffer from this general malady and is going to have to take it on in the coming year. Technology is one area in which the pressures of uneven resource and development, that feed racism, are less present.
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    44  1. The movement's need for progressive technology linked with increasing confusion over how to support it and relate to it. There is no movement consensus about building a technology organization and in some movements there is no consciousness about our existence as an example of one. Yet, it's clear that the task is fundamental and the situation is pushing the movement in this direction or its opposite: decisive dependence of corporate technology. This argument is one we must take on more aggressively.
     44 * The movement's need for progressive technology linked with increasing confusion over how to support it and relate to it. There is no movement consensus about building a technology organization and in some movements there is no consciousness about our existence as an example of one. Yet, it's clear that the task is fundamental and the situation is pushing the movement in this direction or its opposite: decisive dependence of corporate technology. This argument is one we must take on more aggressively.
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    46  1. Conversely, there is a very heightened consciousness in some sectors about technology and our organization. We are going to be called on to continuously raise our profile within the movement.
     46 * Conversely, there is a very heightened consciousness in some sectors about technology and our organization. We are going to be called on to continuously raise our profile within the movement.
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    4848In general, our history has been characterized by one truth: the social situation that affects technology and our work in it continues to demand an aggressive response and our job is to respond ever more aggressively. That continued this past year and it will continue in the coming year.