April 23, 2008
Formerly TV-turn-off week: http://www.adbusters.org/metas/psycho/mdw/
I wonder how many of us can actually unplug for an entire week. If any of you out there will attempt to do this — if even for a day or two — please stop by here next week and put in a comment telling us how you spent your ‘unplugged’ time… As for me, my family would enjoy having me spend more time with them and my garden needs lots of work after the long, hard winter. The weather is nice, lots to see and do: books to read, people to visit and nature trails beckon. And since this is Earth Week, there are many Earth-friendly activities going on everywhere. The Peel chapter of the Sierra Club has a tree-planting event on Saturday and there are Spring cleanups around town… So this idea is definitely worth some serious consideration:
The idea is simple: take your TV, your DVD player, your video iPod, your XBOX 360, your laptop, your PSP, and say goodbye to them all for seven days. Simple, but not at all easy. Like millions of others before you, you’ll be shocked at just how difficult – yet also how life-changing – a week spent unplugged can really be.
Since I just found out about this, I’m already a day late starting, but I’ll try it anyway and see how long I can make it before I plug back in… So for now I’ll say ‘adieu’ … 🙂
August 22, 2007
The news this week from TowardFreedom.com, a progressive perspective on world events…
News from August 20-22, 2007
Remembering the Future of Radical Activism
Written by Mandisi Majavu
The Story Only Shoes are Left to Tell and the Work Left for Us
Written by Jeff Nall
Website Domain Names in the Crossfire
Written by Dan Krimm
The Ravaging of Africa
Written by Asad Ismi, Produced by Kristin Schwartz
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Thanks for reading TF!
July 28, 2007
Internet Core Neutrality: Drawing a Line in the Sand at ICANN
Written by Dan Krimm
Most people have never heard of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, but the number who have may be about to grow significantly.
ICANN is a nonprofit organization less than a decade old that makes policy about the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). This organization determines policy for registries of top-level domains (TLDs) such as ‘.com’ or ‘.net’, for registrars of second-level domains (2LDs) such as ‘mywebsite.com‘ or ‘yourwebsite.net‘ and for the Root Server Operators whose computers tell the rest of the computers on the Internet what TLDs exist and where to find them.
A matter of concern only to techno/Inter-geeks, right? Wrong.
To see how this may affect your Internet, read on…
July 11, 2007
Peace and Collaborative Development Networking
This is a free professional networking site to encourage interaction between individuals & organizations worldwide involved in development, peace, conflict resolution and related fields. Members are encouraged to dialogue and share resources.
Craig Zelizer, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution
Department of Government
3240 Prospect Street
Washington, DC 20007
May 26, 2007
Mark your calendar to join Amnesty USA on June 6th for a global webcast to discuss the struggle against internet repression and to celebrate the irrepressible desire of all people for freedom of expression.
Wherever you are, you can watch and contribute to the debate live by webcast, starting at 1:30 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM Pacific Time).
We’ll be using the power of the internet to link activists from around the world, including cyber dissidents, net activists, internet gurus, writers and journalists. You’ll hear from:
Clark Boyd — BBC technology correspondent
Sami Ben Garbia — Tunisian cyber-dissident
Josh Wolf — US cyber-dissident
Yu Ling — wife of Chinese cyber-dissident
Morton Sklar — Attorney representing Yu Ling’s husband in case against Yahoo!
Ron Deibert — Open Net Initiative
Shava Nerad — Tor toolset for anonymity online
Yan Sham-Shackleton — glutter.org
Markus Beckedahl — Network Media
Kevin Anderson — The Guardian
Jimmy Wales — wikipedia.org
Richard Stallman — Free Software Movement
Ethan Zuckerman — Global Voices
Dan Gillmor — Center for Citizen Media
Cory Doctorow — boingboing.net
Martha Lane Fox — lastminute.com
… and You
Visit www.amnestyusa.org/webcast to access more information about internet censorship and to sign up for the new “irrepressible” podcast through iTunes.
I hope you’ll join us on June 6th!
Director, Amnesty International USA Business & Human Rights Program