Internet Freedom Festival 2017

This one have been the best festival so far. How could it not be? So much love crafted into every detail. And still, so many mistakes to learn from. For me, coordinating the code of conduct response team and on call for any issue, this have been a learning experience. Nothing can prepare you for hearing that your own community, the one fighting for social justice, the one you should be safe in, have people that are making somebody else feel uncomfortable. Rape culture is real and is pervasive through our own communities. It is sucking all our energy and souls. We should have been spending our time working on the tools that will help us keep other people safe. Instead, we are thinking of ways to support each other through the space, we are looking for ways to keep the perpetrators accountable.

After so many years working in tech and activism, my moment of discovery, was one afternoon during the women of color, gender non-conforming and trans people meeting. We crafted a letter of support to our sister Nighat Dad and it started like this “The movement to build internet freedom is not simply a movement for technology”. Yes! Exactly that! You “can’t be” in the space of freedom in Internet AND outside and not think about it as something else than technology. Tools are only the shelter to move through our societies, the structure to propose a new world in.

Thanks to everybody that made this possible, the staff that have been working on this for many many months, the volunteers that push through a lot during the week to make it work, the journalists that came to the venue and write articles on newspapers all over Spain, the fellows that put all their energy on the selection of workshops and talks, , the presenters that though about each of the sessions they gave, the participants that fly from all over the world, everybody that had patience and compassion for our mistakes as we are all humans and are trying to do our best, each of us who took care of somebody else through the week.

Now we are starting to think about the year ahead for our next gathering in 2018. We will look at the challenges as well as the things that we want to keep for next year. From the Festival team we want to work people involved in Internet Freedom through the year. Is there a new theme that you want to include? Maybe one about health and not burning out in such a hard space. Did the framework for diversity and inclusion worked for you? Is there anything you want to change about the code of conduct and/or how we are working on it? Is there anything about logistics that was a problem and you would like to see it changing next year?

We learn to solve problems together. Cross culture practices is a learning process and we are all working on it.

Abortion

Era una red de mujeres. Mi amiga tenia una amiga que tenia una amiga que le paso el teléfono. Las instrucciones eran claras. Un examen ginecológico y firmar un papel que confirmaba que había llegado sangrando a la clínica. Mi decision fue relativamente fácil, no tenia dudas. Era lo que tenia que hacer y no había ninguna otra opción. La otra persona implicada consiguió como pudo la mitad del dinero que necesitaba para el procedimiento medico. El momento en que yo salía para el doctor, fue la ultima vez que lo vi. Caminando con la cabeza baja hacia el lado opuesto. Su decisión no era tan firme. Pero era mi cuerpo. No el de él.

Lyndon Johnson Told The Nation

I got a letter from L.B.J
It said, “This is your lucky day”
It’s time to put your khaki trousers on
Though it may seem very queer
We’ve got no jobs to give you here
So we are sending you to Vietnam

Lyndon Johnson told the nation
Have no fear of escalation
I am trying everyone to please
Though it isn’t really war
We’re sending fifty thousand more
To help save Vietnam from the Vietnamese

I jumped off the old troop ship
And sank in mud up to my hips
I cussed until the captain called me down
Never mind how hard it’s raining
Think of all the ground we’re gaining
Just don’t take one step outside of town

Lyndon Johnson told the nation
Have no fear of escalation
I am trying everyone to please
Though it isn’t really war
We’re sending fifty thousand more
To help save Vietnam from the Vietnamese

Every night the local gentry
Slip out past the sleeping sentry
They go to join the old V C
In their nightly little dramas
They put on their black pajamas
And come lobbing mortar shells at me

When Lyndon Johnson told the nation
Have no fear of escalation
I am trying everyone to please
Though it isn’t really war
We’re sending fifty thousand more
To help save Vietnam from the Vietnamese

We go round in helicopters
Like a bunch of big grasshoppers
Searching for the Viet Cong in vain
They left a note that they had gone
They had to get down to Saigon
Their government positions to maintain

And Lyndon Johnson told the nation
Have no fear of escalation
I am trying everyone to please
Though it isn’t really war
We’re sending fifty thousand more
To help save Vietnam from the Vietnamese

Well, here I sit in this rice paddy
Wondering about Big Daddy
And I know that Lyndon loves me so
Yet how sadly I remember
Way back yonder in November
When he said I’d never have to go

And Lyndon Johnson told the nation
Have no fear of escalation
I am trying everyone to please
Though it isn’t really war
We’re sending fifty thousand more
To help save Vietnam from the Vietnamese

Community technology is

  • when you build technology with the community that is going to use it
  • when the technology is open sourced
  • when the decisions on what technology is used are made by their users
  • when the technology infrastructure is owned and controlled by the community that uses it
  • when the education around technology happens in a horizontal space where the knowledge is shared

Collaborative notes from the CommTech gathering at Allied Medica Conference 2015 https://etherpad.alliedmedia.org/p/Community_Technology_Network_Gathering_2015

 

 

Open News code convening 2015

Open News have been organizing one day events with techies from different news organizations around USA. These are hackatons kind of events where people bring their projects and they work on them together. It tries to give space for developers to connect and talk about the project at their own newsroom. This year they started with one day of code convening at Write the Docs conference in Portland, OR and I had the opportunity to help with their projects. This are the projects that we worked on.

Web component CSV charts [The Seattle Times]:
A custom element that generates flat charts from CSV input, intended to reduce the load on graphics staff for boilerplate web graphics.

Driveshaft, The New York Times

Developer docs for Largo, INN

Donation Builder, The Texas Tribune

Geomancer, DataMade/Associated Press

Google Analytics/Facebook Insights clients, Stijn Debrouwere

Flatsheet, Seth Vincent

More information at https://source.opennews.org