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The Dod is a master hacker and overall kewl kat who has been putting his skills in the service of good people for many years. Currently on his agenda is the campaign against biometric ID in Israel (Hebrew). As part of his support for that campaign, he has developed a very clever widget which allows a group of people to collaboratively update a news ticker and embed it on various sites. The ticker is very web2.0, with flickr galeries and all. RSS coming soon.
Here’s the use scenario. You’re running a campaign, and need to constantly collect and distribute news in real time. You have 0 budget but a good group of activists.
Old school: nominate a PR person, have everyone email her the news, she edits them and maintains a website.
New school: open a private room on friendfeed, everyone joins the room and picks up the bookmarklet, and starts pushing news to the room. Next, everyone picks up this widget and plug it into their blogs, sites, etc. Now the news is flowing from the people to the people by the people.
The Dod has promissed twitter feedout and other goodies, but will not say when. With a bit of nudging, he’s ported the widget, and its documentation, to English. Only bummer is that it doesn’t work on wordpress.com. It works fine on blogspot, or on hosted wordpress.
Uri Blau reports for Ha’aretz about a group of 80 or so teenagers who used ICQ and SMS to meet at the mall in Pisgat Ze’ev with the explicit intent of lynching a few Arabs and to scare others away from the mall.
It would have been difficult to choose a more cynical date on which to send out such a message: Wednesday, April 30, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Dozens of boys arrived at the meeting place in the Pisgat Ze’ev shopping mall. They streamed in from all parts of the capital, some on foot, some by bus and some driven in by parents. Equipped with knives, sticks and clubs, they all had one purpose: to do harm to Arabs for being Arabs.
(ht The Traveller Within)
Such an incident says nothing about Israel as a state or as a society. Every human group has its dark elements. As for the tools they used to organise their attrocious initiative – IQC, SMS, Twitter – they are not good nor bad. They can be used to promote human rights as well as they can be used to oppress them.
But the ease of organisation does change the scene: Clay Shirky often mentions flash mobs as an example of the positive impact technology has on the power of people to self-organize. And yes, I agree. Technology empowers individuals and communities. Which means we each, individually and collectively, have a greater responsibility.
We do not need to look to institutions to lead change, we can do it ourself. But we can no longer trust institutions to direct change. Here comes everybody, the good and the bad. There are no inocent by-standers: inaction is complaisance.
I’m giving a workshop for members of the network of organizations dealing with Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel on “Social empowerment by technological tools”. The purpose of the exercise is to de-hype web2.0 to identify simple, powerful and free tools to help organizations with real-world problems. If you want to attend, call Maysaa. If you want to help, call me. Its Aug 27 in Haifa.
לחברי רשת השותפות שלום רב, لأعضاء شبكة الشراكة تحية طيبة وبعد،
רשת השותפות מזמינה אתכם לסדנה “העצמה חברתית באמצעות כלים שיתופיים באינטרנט ” – בהנחיית ישי מור.
הסדנה כוללת הקדמה תיאורטית והתנסות אישית, ובמהלכה ירכשו המשתתפים כלים טכנולוגיים לשימוש ברשימות תפוצה, שיתוף קבצים ועוד. (מצ”ב הזמנה).
מועד אחרון להרשמה, יום רביעי, 15 באוגוסט 2007, מספר המקומות מוגבל.
شبكة الشراكة تدعوكم للمشاركة في ورشة “التمكين الاجتماعي بواسطة أدوات المشاركة عبر الانترنت “, يتولى التوجيه يشاي مور.
تشمل الورشة مقدمة نظرية وتجربة شخصية يكتسب المشاركون خلالها أدوات تكنولوجية لاستخدام القوائم البريدية وتبادل الملفات وغيرها. (الدعوة مرفقة)
الموعد الأخير للتسجيل: يوم الأربعاء 15 آب 2007، الأماكن محدودة .
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I love their copyright notice:
This album is free for all to download, and we just ask one simple thing. Please make copies for all your friends and ask them to do the same, and so on and so forth. You are our publicity, our promotion, our distribution and our friends. Please help us spread the word of The Bastard Fairies by sharing our music for free.
The music is pretty cool too.
And, to top it all, they’re promotion geniuses: