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Technology for direct actions

Andrew Seeder

This strategic action session follows-up from last year's "Community Technology for Solidarity Economies." This year's session is for anyone interested in activism through non-violent direct actions, such as boycotts, protests, advocacy, and political organizing. We explore how free software technology can empower organizers, with special emphasis on economic democracy initiatives. The session includes a presentation about which technology supports and which technology hinders direct actions. The session ends with an open conversation about how else organizers and technologists might support each other in the future. Please come ready to share ideas and best practices.

Slides: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/technology-for-direct-action-slides/


6 years, 8 months ago

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In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


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