links for 2009-06-29

The Growing Season | Glean and Gleam new york has a growing season?! this is it. (tags: nyc) Morgan “rhetoric” Tsvangirai | Kubatana Scary first-hand portrait of Zimbabwe. (tags: zimbabwe) Free to Not Rock the Boat | Transitions Online New regulations showing an increase in freedom or increased beurocratic watchfulness and GONGOs – governmental “nongovernmental” … Continue reading


Open Video Conference – Day 1

As the film and television industries struggle to understand the economics of the current social media landscape from the top down, the grassroots continue to grow and innovate in the field. Last week’s Open Video Conference at New York University Law’s Vanderbilt Hall was an impressive showing of independent producers, academics, programmers, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, activists and … Continue reading

links for 2009-06-25

Void the Elections or Risk Violence | Huffington Post Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Iran, on the current situation of mass protests. She is a woman who can speak with authority on the subject, unlike so many of the current pundits who feel the need to. (tags: iran protest revolution humanrights law nobelprize) … Continue reading

links for 2009-06-22

How to run a protest without Twitter | GlobalPost A great look at the history of social movements and their uses of technology but also how tech can be a double-edged sword. (tags: twitter technology politics protest socialmedia) Pirate Bay Launches VPN Service | Wired More gifts from everyone's favorite politicians. (tags: technology privacy Security … Continue reading

Barcamp Yerevan

I’m always excited to go back to Armenia, my old stomping grounds. Not only did I get the chance to explore new bars with old friends, this time I was coming for Barcamp Yerevan. Many years back, I worked with a documentary film company, Bars Media, producing films and multimedia packages on a variety of subjects, including … Continue reading

links for 2009-06-11

Wrap-Up of the Open Government Brainstorming: Participation | The White House A solid breakdown of where the government is hoping to go with new technologies and civic participation, according to feedback from citizens and federal employees. Interesting, though dry, read. (tags: usa government web2.0 crowdsourcing) Feds Shutter ‘Black Hat’ ISP | Wired The Federal Trade … Continue reading

links for 2009-06-05

Chinese websites mark Tiananmen Square anniversary with veiled protest | The Guardian A brilliant tactic from China as sites close for 'Chinese Internet Maintenance Day' in subtle attack on state censorship (tags: china censorship history government language propaganda) US nuclear sites 'treasure map for terrorists' posted on government website | The Guardian Open everything? Perhaps … Continue reading

Computers, Freedom & Privacy: Day 2 (Part 2)

“The Internet perceives censorship as damage and routes around it”- John Gilmore. The second half of the day started with a more intimate discussion hosted by Wendy M. Grossman titled Censorship: Can the Internet Still Route Around the Damage? The room was packed to hear an exciting panel of experts ranging from lawyers, researchers and … Continue reading

Computers, Freedom & Privacy: Day 2 (Part 1)

Creating the Future: Thinking about the past, glancing into the future Day 2 of the conference is right-side up again, starting with a keynote, going into some workshops and ending with emerging research. The day basically started with the astounding news that China blocked access to Twitter, Hotmail, Windows Live, Bing, Flickr, YouTube, The Huffington … Continue reading

links for 2009-06-03

Television Station President Arrested in Venezuela | Impunity Watch Another act to censor media in Venezuela or actual irregularities? (tags: venezuela censorship crime) China blocks Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Hotmail ahead of Tiananmen anniversary | Guardian The Great FireWall strikes again (tags: china twitter internet censorship democracy web2.0 socialmedia flickr social) Russia's "culture of innovation" … Continue reading