1. Pitfalls of Building Social Media Alternatives (Debate)


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    Unlike Us #2: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives Session 5: Pitfalls of Building Social Media Alternatives (Debate) Moderator: Caroline Nevejan (NL) Carlo v. Loesch/lynX (DE) from Secushare, Michael Rogers (UK) from Briar, Elijah Sparrow (USA) from Crabgrass, Spideralex (ES) from Lorea, James Vasile (USA) from Freedombox and Rena Tangens (DE) from Social Swarm Conference Day 2: March 10 2012 Amsterdam, 13.30 – 15.30 It is not only important to critique and question existing design and socio-political realities but also to engage with possible futures. The central aim of this project is therefore to contribute and support ‘alternatives in social media’. What would the collective design of alternative protocols and interfaces look like? We should find some comfort in the small explosion of alternative options currently available, but also ask how usable these options are and how real is the danger of fragmentation. How have developers from different initiatives so far collaborated and what might we learn from their successes and failures? Understanding any early failures and successes of these attempts seems crucial. A related issue concerns funding difficulties faced by projects. Finally, in what ways does regionalism (United States, Europe, Asia) feed into the way people search for alternatives and use social media. http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/unlikeus/2012/03/10/pitfalls-of-building-social-media-alternatives-debate/

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    • Elijah Sparrow (USA) from Crabgrass - Pitfalls of Building Social Media Alternatives (Debate)


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      Unlike Us #2: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives Session 5: Pitfalls of Building Social Media Alternatives (Debate) Elijah Sparrow (USA) from Crabgrass Conference Day 2: March 10 2012 Amsterdam, 13.30 – 15.30 Crabgrass is a software libre web application designed for social networking, group collaboration and network organizing. Our goal is to create communication tools that are tailored specifically to meet the needs of bottom up grassroots organizing. While social movements have grown more adept at using the web to communicate publicly, we are still mostly using inadequate tools to communicate amongst ourselves. Most groups rely heavily on email, lists, and wikis–but these tools are not suited for the complexity of relationships that activist organizations face in the real world. The internet may herald a deep change in democratic communication, but the internet is simultaneously the most effective tool for mass surveillance ever devised. The goal of Crabgrass is to become a secure alternative to surveillance-based online tools that most activists rely on today. networkcultures.org/wpmu/unlikeus/2012/03/10/pitfalls-of-building-social-media-alternatives-debate/

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      • An Introduction to Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin


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        Meet Mark Freeman, director of Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin. This mini-feature length documentary is about the first clinic in the United States to offer full Primary Care (from colds to cancer) specifically to transgendered individuals. It features the faces and voices of unsung heroes, of survivors and caregivers who helped change the model of healthcare in this country. The time has come to share their stories, so that they might serve as a tool in the hands of activists and medical providers seeking equality and human rights everywhere. Get involved today, at http://www.indiegogo.com/TransgenderTuesdays?a=513311, and make our production goals a reality! Learn more at http://www.transgendertuesdaysmovie.com/

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        • I___LOCAL at Farmers Market Photobooth


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          On December 2 2010, I___LOCAL took his photo booth to the Union Street Farmers’ Market, located in the center of downtown Gainesville since 1996, where vendors work hard each week to maintain its status as the preeminent year round family and community oriented event held in this area.

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          • Standing Up For Democracy March 30, 2012 Full Show


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            • Global Youth Service Day 2012 in El Paso, TX


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              Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest service event in the world. United Way of El Paso County is organizing the 4th Annual GYSD for April 20-22, 2011. Get involved today by visiting www.unitedwayelpaso.org.

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              • Detroit Mower Gang


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                Mower Gang founder Tom Nardone discusses some of the activities of his band of renegade landscapers in Detroit.

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                • THE GIRL IN CHAINS


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                  This short film is a visual poem telling a fictional tale about an innocent girl lured into human sex trafficking. The story in this poem is fictional, but is based on the true events of what is currently happening right now in front of our doorstep...sex slavery. We thought slavery was abolished, but it has actually evolved into a inhumane act of pure evil. This NEEDS to be stopped now. We have no agenda other than to make a film that will wake people up to this plague, and inspire them to take a stand for freedom. #stopslavery > Filmed on a Canon 7D with the 50mm f1.8 + 10-22mm lenses. > Edited on Premiere Pro. > Scored + mixed on Logic Pro. SHOT / EDITED / DIRECTED BY: Sidney Diongzon WRITTEN / PERFORMED BY: Joshua Luke Smith PRODUCED BY: Sidney Diongzon Jonathan Horsfall MUSIC BY: Sanjay Jussun SPECIAL THANKS: Jay Denny Alice Jackson Esther Moore Megan Owens Kara Ann-Marie Smith

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                  • Are You With Me? (Louis Reyes Rivera 1945 - 2012)


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                    This is a follow up of The Time for Action is Now (https://vimeo.com/31285186). Louis Reyes Rivera was an incredibly inspiring poet laureate, writer, educator, artist, activist and people’s historian of the CUNY movement. Rivera passed away on March 3, 2011. Our film is dedicated to him and the fire that he sparked. We show Rivera in one of his last speeches at an inter generational exchange between former and current CUNY student activists. The event was organized by Students United for a Free CUNY – on October 27, 2011 at the AME Church in the Bronx, New York. His powerful words are inter cut with speeches by students from different universities at Union Square as part of the Occupy Wall Street Day of Action on November 17, 2011. At a stature of less than 5 feet, Rivera literally embodied with his loud, steady, luminous flow of prose-poetry that we, history’s little folks, could galvanize and transform any space we occupied. Conor Tomás Reed Louis Reyes Rivera, known as “the janitor of history,” is the type of person who we often allow to fall through the cracks of recorded “official” history, but whose memory is passed on through the African oral tradition. Hank Wiliams Documentation is a behavior I learned from him. Archive is a survival instinct he tried to teach us all. Rich Villar Learn more about the long tradition of CUNY’s freedom fighters: Struggle for a free CUNY ::: http://studentsunitedforafreecuny.wordpress.com/ Get involved: Occupy CUNY News ::: http://occupycunynews.org/ Brought to you by Iva Radivojevic (www.ivaasks.com) & Martyna Starosta (www.thefilmdetective.org)

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                    • Vegan Outreach with Jack Norris


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                      Learn more about Vegan Outreach at http://www.VeganOutreach.org You can follow VeganBreak on the following sites: Website: http://www.VeganBreak.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/VeganBreak Twitter: http://twitter.com/VeganBreak Tumblr: http://VeganBreak.tumblr.com Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/veganbreak Instagram: VeganBreak

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