Occupying Facebook

November 8, 2011 / 0 comments

In “Occupy Online: Facebook and the Spread of Occupy Wall Street,” Caren & Gaby (2011) propose that “Facebook is potentially less relevant to the Occupy movement than to other movements, and is likely to become less relevant as the movement develops.” Although Caren & Gaby call members of Facebook groups online “occupiers” and refer to…

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Indonesian Cyberactivists and #OccupyWallStreet

November 8, 2011 / 0 comments

On October 17th, 2011 Anita Rachman of the Jakarta Globe published an article with the headline “Occupy Jakarta? We Might if We Knew We Were Being Invited.” In the article, Rachman suggests that the lack of events organized by a Facebook group called “Occupy Jakarta” demonstrates there is no “real” Occupy movement in Jakarta. Writing…

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In Search of a Free System: WikiLeaks & Tron

December 9, 2010 / 0 comments

In The Hacker Ethic, Pekka Himanen argues that the hacker community’s values are a “general social challenge” which include “the goal of getting everybody to participate in the network and to benefit from it, to feel responsible for longer term consequences of the network society, and to directly help those who have been left on…

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Cyberactivism, iPhone 4 and The Courage to Be

August 25, 2010 / 0 comments

(Note: This post was originally published on an blog about Apple technology, based on a few requests I’m making it available here. -MOR) Apple has been hard at work the last few years building their reputation as a ‘socially responsible’ company.  Like other greenwashing corporations (Whole Foods for example), this reputation is 9/10ths marketing and…

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Church of England calls for Technology Fast

February 20, 2010 / 0 comments

The Tearfund carbon fast asks that we give up technology and re-allocate to the poor.    The Telegraph reports that Bishops in the Church of England are calling for a technology fast during Lent: “[The technology fast] is a statement [of solidarity] with a world that does not have that ability to communicate the way…

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January 17, 2009 / 0 comments

The Temple of Awakening Divinity. There’s something to this, my friend and I in elementary school used to say while high-fiving: “we’re the TOADS, totally outrageously awesome dudes!” Little did I know we were right, but it actually stood for Temple Of Awakening Divinity Supplicants. Learn about the Temple of Awakening Divinity on The Entheogenic…

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Cyberactivism in South Korea

June 10, 2008 / 0 comments

From the New York Times article: Thousands of South Korean students, mainly networking through the Internet, immediately took to the streets, followed by a broader uproar. The uprisings and protest in South Korea are a great example of the power Cyberactivism to affect and infect people (who may or may not have access to technology)…

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April 14, 2008 / 0 comments

Take a look at Gregory Donovan’s brilliant research blog – he’s re-launched. What a code master!

Electronic Communication and Social Justice

October 2, 2007 / 0 comments

Dr. Mala Htun discusses the crucial role that electronic communication plays in the social justice movement for Burma.

Electronic Communication from Burma

October 2, 2007 / 0 comments

Tech Activist Listserves

September 17, 2007 / 0 comments

riseup.net has a great collection of tech activism listserves. Highlights include: nomesh-tech New Orleans Mesh Networking – Technical Support & Discussion farma Renewable energy sources campaign for the Zapatista communities leftistpython Leftist and combative object oriented programming fpl-fbv Forum on the Patenting of Life – Forum sur le brevetage du vivant vgranjeros List for the…

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Bureau of Prisons Clearly Hasn’t Read a Bible

September 10, 2007 / 0 comments

The New York Times reports that prison libraries are being purged of religious books and other materials. The Bureau of Prisons is banning material that might “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize.” Of course this is absurd and I can’t even begin to imagine who is deciding what would “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize”…

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Cyberenvironmental Activism: A digital revolution.

August 30, 2007 / 0 comments

In his research blog, Gregory Donovan constructs a definition of his neologism “cyberenvironmentalism.” Donovan writes that “cyberenvironmentalism aims to develop ecologically informed environmental practice for the information age through interdisciplinary examination of cyborg ecology.” He further defines his new field as follows: “Pragmatic in its approach, constructive forms of relationship between cyborg and cyberenvironment are…

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