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The Real Boston Tea Party was an Anti-Corporate Revolt | Common Dreams
Wow, I never really new about the origin's of the Boston Tea Party. This puts a very different take on things. Apparently Ben Franklin and other prominent businessmen of the time were appalled by the anti-corporatism, and offered to reimburse the East India Company themselves. Kinda puts the current Occupy Wallstreet protests in perspective, and makes the Tea Party look inappropriately named.
boston  tea  party  history  transnational  corporation  protest  activism  USA  revolution  Delicious 
october 2011 by asteroza
Vibe apparently is a highly localized twitter analogue that allows you define range parameters to "tweets" such as the short range "whisper" of 150m, up to global levels, and retweeting out to twitter itself. Used by those Wall Street protestors to perform flash mob like tactics, to react to police kettling moves in near realtime. Apparently the Vibe system also allows time limitations to "tweets" to force a level of anonymity (founder claims the app only collects location data to determine locality of messages). Whether the system architecture actually forces anonymity properly is up for debate (unique app/handset GUID's, IMEI, carrier markers on data, IP address information, SSL transport level encryption, etc.)
Vibe  hyperlocal  local  location  dependent  twitter  message  tweet  LBS  service  internet  posting  anonymous  anonymity  flash  mob  protest  tools  utilities  android  iphone  app  software  communication  time  ephemeral  content  platform  privacy  activism  Delicious 
october 2011 by asteroza
If this doesn't make multinationals shake in their boots, few things will. Especially since this is largely about trawling the deep web of government filings, press releases, and SEC information that corporations assumed no single investigator could ever realistically tackle. But having a mob of inquisitive, bored professionals doing this for the LULZ is a force to be reckoned with.
anonymous  analytics  lulz  forensic  accounting  corporate  governance  compliance  fraud  abuse  malfeasance  crime  analysis  activism  hactivism  security  public  disclosure  corruption  discovery  Delicious 
september 2011 by asteroza
CV Dazzle by Adam Harvey
Makeup/camouflage patterns that deliberately breakup facial profiles can confuse machine vision systems searching for faces or trying to make biometric matches based on faces. A useful technique for protesters in first world countries employing CCTV surveillance.
CVdazzle  CV  dazzle  camouflage  CCTV  facial  recognition  defense  hack  counter  face  detection  art  privacy  security  hacking  protest  activism  protection  anonymity  opencv  fashion 
march 2011 by asteroza
Sukey - A tool for non-violent demonstrations
Sukey is a smartphone app platform providng realtime information gathering (via the swiftriver social media intelligence and analysis engine) and dissemination via multiple channels such as tweets and SMS, in an attempt to provide protesters with realtime mapping and intelligence of riot police movements. Fundamentally designed to provide a means of defeating kettling, a riot police tactic employed by the London Metropolitan police that confines any large mass of people (protesters and spectators included) in a tight cordon and effectively incites them to riot, providing a justification for a brutal beatdown.
Sukey  protest  activism  mobile  phone  smartphone  app  software  realtime  social  mapping  intelligence  tools  utilities  swiftriver  antikettling  kettling  Delicious 
january 2011 by asteroza | Verifying and Filtering News (FOSS)
Some sort of information gathering server software that can to a certain degree verify the veracity of news coming in from disparate sources (by statistical clustering analysis?). apparently can be keyed up with other software to provide a protester information collection and dispersal platform, which would enable realtime mapping and feedback regarding riot police movements.
swiftriver  opensource  multiple  information  data  stream  analysis  collation  filtering  mappings  news  aggregator  mapping  crowdsourcing  intelligence  protest  activism  tools  utilities  software  server  BI  realtime  swiftly  ushahidi  development  Delicious 
january 2011 by asteroza
Main Page - Dot-p2p
I'm guessing you end up running a micro DHT client that hooks into name lookups locally to branch off .P2P domain lookups. This project is a response to the US government seizing domain names recently, pulling the rug out from both the owner and the registrar and possibly ICANN as well. Which generally proves the US should not have that much control over the DNS root (the US had been relatively well behaved up until now regarding this, so people were willing to leave the status quo alone, as having a single authority helps mangerially.) THe question now is whether the actions of the US will spawn more collective will to either remove total root control from the US or to switch to some kind of shared alternative system. Most governments will not support a fully decentralized system now as they understand that controlling the flow of information is critical to suppression and manipulation of the populace.
alternative  distributed  domain  name  system  DNS  bittorrent  privacy  freedom  activism  autonomous  decentralized  Delicious 
december 2010 by asteroza
Anonymous Postcard: Home
So this guy sends out postcards to places/companies with requests/complaints sent in from the web, then archives the postcards for viewing...
humor  anonymous  postcard  postal  mail  request  service  art  communication  complaints  activism  Delicious 
july 2010 by asteroza
staple / unstaple
A tool that forces people to commit a crime if they want to prove an archive contains stolen content. Turning the DMCA against those who try to use it. Cute in a contrarian activist sort of way.
staple  encryption  software  linux  antiDMCA  DMCA  cryptography  opensource  activism  piracy  law  legal  Delicious 
april 2009 by asteroza
For A New Green Society
This appears to be a technogaian utopian vision statement, sometimes also referred to as the Bright Green movement, which seeks technological solutions to environmental problems primarily as opposed to pursuing other paths primarily, such as lifestyle/cultural reductions and political/economic change. Which strikes me a bit as a somewhat realist oriented approach, because people still want their McMansions and their 101 varieties of apples with valet parking for their SUV reflecting a basic human desire/greed for a comfortable and lay life, so any solution that is transparent to the end consumer and doesn't require a noticeable change behavior is more likely to slip through, if not be successful. Examples being the gradual elimination of incandescent lightbulbs, environmental law affecting manufacturers and raw materials, and other efforts to make the system smarter than the end user so the the people don't realize they are taking part in casual sustainability.
bright  green  manifesto  gaian  technogaian  technology  nanotechnology  science  futurism  activism  politics  Delicious 
april 2009 by asteroza
…My heart’s in Accra » The Cute Cat Theory Talk at ETech
Any sufficiently advanced read/write technology will get used for two purposes: pornography and activism. Porn is a weak test for the success of participatory media - it’s like tapping a mike and asking, “Is it on?” If you’re not getting porn in your system, it doesn’t work. Activism is a stronger test - if activists are using your tools, it’s a pretty good indication that your tools are useful and usable.
web  2.0  culture  technology  media  social  politics  LOLcats  internet  cute  usability  activism  censorship  write  read  porn  cat  traction  hypothesis  theory  Delicious 
march 2009 by asteroza

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