Changes between Version 20 and Version 21 of technologists_congress


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Mar 31, 2010, 6:04:14 PM (9 years ago)
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    107107With 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.
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    109 All 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.
     109All the while, the human race continues to make and change history by using the Internet for the reasons humanity created it: the massive communication of our ideas and knowledge and the collective, collaborative search for the truth of our world and its future.
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    111 And it continues to look to us for alternatives, information and leadership.
     111And it continues to look to us, its techies, for alternatives, information and leadership.
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    113113But, 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.
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    115 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.
     115In 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 (and frequently isn't as good as ours).
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    117117Finally, most of the movement has no respect for the principle of Free and Open Source Software.
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    119 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.
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    121 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.
     119As 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. 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.
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    123121Now is the time to change this.
     
    127125And the entire movement will be together, in one place, in June, 2010, at the United States Social Forum in Detroit.
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    129 So we are making this call to all techies who support the principles of the Social Forum to gather in Detroit at the US Social 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.
     127So we are making this call to all techies who support the principles of the Social Forum to gather in Detroit at the US Social Forum for a four-hour Progressive Techie Congress that will wrap up a process of discussion and thinking on-line around these principles.
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    131 After each Congress, we will distribute the principles through our networks and to the Social Forum process as a consensus document. On that basis, we will begin to build the kind of relationships inside the movement that will move us all forward.
     129After the Congress, we will distribute the principles through our networks and to the Social Forum process as a consensus document. 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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    133132== Needs ==