A river that needs crossing political and tech blogs - On the political side, the is arrogance and ignorance, on the geek side the is naivety and over- complexity

My videos are on these two youtube channals visionontv (2,622,479 views) and undercurrents (21,576,123 views)

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Hamish Campbell
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What is needed for the next 5 years to build a open media web

* We have to discredit the domination of corporate social networking such as FB and twitter as solutions. (this should be easy – but needs to be put in a centralised place that is easy to send people to). WHY

* Deal with the “geek question” how to get user-friendly – user-relevant free tools (open-source) as a focus of geek development. Currently 99% of geek development time is wasted here, this is a HUGE untapped operturenerty for open tools. (this is a hard one as the problem is invisible/irrelevant to most people). 

* The need for open industrial standards rather than fashionable standards. This is a “geek chattering class” issue and is simply solved by a critical mass of chattering about open industrial standards.

* Co-operation is an issue for left/progressive contemporary media projects, its a steep clime to get simple linking between sites to happen. We are working on a number of projects to address this.

* Traditional Journalism is a obstacle to the building of open media, as they still have a gate keeping role on what is seen as news and many contemporary media people are sucked into the traditional media world as a career option due to the continuing failer of contemporary media business models. We currently don’t have a good solution to this problem.

If we have a strategy for dealing with each of these issues than we can realisticly move onto building real infrastructure. http://visionon.tv

UPDATE

Its interesting that people say to me that these things aren’t needed or are two vague – my answerer is simple and straightforward if you don’t deal with them then your project WILL LIKELY fail so you should at minimum have them as a highlight on your project description and at best have continuing documented experiments on over coming them for your project to succeed.

Rainbow "talks" to occupy movement in the US (bad sound)

Long video (bad sound) worth listening to if you are interested in social movements complementing each other rather than competing and fighting with each other - Rainbow "talks" to occupy movement in the US .

Who to cull - Fox's or tradtional media


An example how the traditional media always systematically lies to you by the stores it DOESN'T cover and the systematical propaganda that it does.

Booting up the Open Media Network (OMN)

The open web is being locked out of the closed web – with share this options replacing web-links and Facebook replacing most peoples blogs. If this continues the “open web” will wither and become dysfunctional and the closed web will grow to become the web for the majority of people. With this change the largest most successful experiment in social change by communication will die.

This is the movement we are supposed to have the LifeRay platform and linking project ready to surf http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/25/opinion/rushkoff-why-im-quitting-facebook/index.html to quote from the article:  

"The promotional leverage that Facebook affords me is not worth the price. Besides, how can I ask you to like me, when I myself must refuse to like you or anything else? I have always appreciated that agreeing to become publicly linked to me and my work online involves trust. It is a trust I value, but -- as it is dependent on the good graces of Facebook -- it is a trust I can live up to only by unfriending this particularly anti-social social network. Maybe in doing so I'll help people remember that Facebook is not the Internet. It's just one website, and it comes with a price."

As part of building the OMN we have 4parts that already exist:
* newsflash (embeds)
* link database (embeds}
* video player (embeds)
* funding site (networking) 

And we have the new functionality in LR6.1 and social office to build new tools with. OK - is the a possibility on moving on this?

UPDATE:
- The funding site has some images, needs the text re-wrighting http://fund.openworlds.info/

- The video embed pages are all in place on the channal pages such as http://headmix.visionon.tv/embed

 

Bravery - traveling with disability

Story about Elmir Dupere a disabled Canadian guy (having a muscular dystrophy) travelling around the world in a wheelchair. Brave, intelligent and sparkling example that there should not be any boundaries to live the life that you want to.

Film made by http://hamishcampbell.com and MildaDaubare shot on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 mobile phone.
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Create the world you want to see
http://visionon.tv/mission

Review of Goalzero adventure pack - Solar power

UPDATE: they sent a replacement panel and battery pack and am awaiting a bag to send back the old ones so they can test them. Good company.

Nomad 7 (7 watts) Solar Panel and Guide 10 Plus battery pack

This is a high power 5V usb solar charger that works as well as plugging your phone into the wall in good sunlight. With 1 amp of power it will efferently charge all but the latest huge phones such as the note II which it dose struggle a bit at.



An excellent products that I have been using for the last 2 years. In that time with about 9 months of hard use both parts of the set-up have finely failed.

It had been well used in over 7 country’s and over the summer of its failer was used for 6 months In Poland, Slovakia, Crimea before finaliey failing on a 2 month trip to the Canary islands.

The Guide10plus battery pack melted the plastic rappers off a set of Mignon Hybrid NiMH AA 2100mAh battery’s. They were finger burning hot, then with a fresh set of battery’s it gives off pungent white smoke from one of the internal components and dose not charge or function.

The panel failed at the same time, this time the failer was less final. Originally the panel worked fine in a good sunny position it could could charge 3 devises in a day with power to spare.

Now it is lucky to ¼ to half charge a devices in a days good sunshine. I think an internal cable may have broken if goalzero don’t come back with a solution might try to cut the fabric open and examine each join to check this. Both products had exposer to due and some light rain in north Europe in the south Europe the was a lot of fine blowing sand and volcanic dust. The panel had the cover folded back which might have stressed the internal cables? Neither had any “abuse” beyond normal hard use.

To sum up the products are excellent but not indestructible and am now reaching out to the manufacturer golazero to get feedback on what might have coursed both components to fail at the same time. Watch this space for a reply.

Open Media Network

is a human moderated discovery engine. If we decentralise this anufe then it should scale. Feeds (RSS) are used as a database metadata (and data backup/redundancy) exchange format. They are rated as well as media items, sources (websites, people) are also rated.

 

Spam is defeated by trust. It has to have a trusted way into the network.

 

Scaling is specializing aggregation.

 

By using a frountpage sidebar and subject pages every site becomes an aggregater of its subject. That is sites are both production AND distribution channales.

 

Why should people get involved?

 

* We need a FB app and twitter integration

* Being an influencer

* Having a voice

*Publish ones – appear many times

* Escape from the limits of facebook page algorithms.

 

For the project to work we have to encourage people to return to there blogs and websites as aposed to facebook.

 

- is this possible?

 

Problems

 

* why not just use FB as everyone is already on it?

 

* why use old tools like forums and wikies, blogs etc when the are much better dotcom tools available for free?

 

* why trust you guys?

 

* “this” project s better – I have a better idea/way of doing this.

 

Working examples of the network

 

* The newsflash! Is a perfect example of a OMN project that is resent. (top corner http://visionon.tv)

* The open-worlds site database is another example. (http://openworlds.info )

 

Both have been static because there value is not understood? Why?

We have a very serous problem at the moment in progressive technology

 

Geek culture has always had a strong ant-progressive side to it and this in now dominant – it manifests as naivety about politics and over- complexity in open solutions.

NGO culture is based on a anti-commons, a dog eats dog fight for survival based on short term funding criteria.

Traditional left political party’s and unions are stuck on the defensive, and when they do step over the trenches to attack they take up NGO or geek prioritises.

Technology has a HUGE potential to shape our futures in progressive ways, BUT it also has a dark side to repress our futures and it is this dark side unchallenged that we are moving to.

If you wont to help in using technology for positive social change then have a look at this project – all areas of skill are needed.

Digital utopia or dystopia crosses to the real world - close to decision time you part of the conversation?

Many have dreamed and worked for makeing the internet into a digital utopia which spilles over into the realworld. But while this has been happening a darker future has been building. 

'all the infrastructure has been built for absolute totalitarianism' WikiLeaks
 

The geek answer to this has a tendency to see the world in B&W terms and to dive into a darknet of encryption and secrecy,. this is a dangerous geek mindset that we have to not knee jerk into. So this discussion is both useful for projects such as visionOntv as it highlights the need for them but also bad for such open projects as it drives energy, codeing, and users into a darknet solutions and we all know that it is not healthy for human beings to live in the dark.

The internet was built as a open and transparent network and this was the ression it has been hugely successful at pushing all the closed and obscured networking out of public use. The level of good will and naivety (both very positive forces when building non-mainstream projects) that drove the early internet is now being submerged by many levels of manipulation and control freakery. The answer to this problem is not simple, I am arguing here that the open internet has to be fought for and we should be wary of the geek need for darknet solutions.

 

Digital utopia or dystopia crosses to the real world - close to decision time are you part of the conversation? 

 

Discus:

 

Q. is this a question of balance?

 

Q. can a darknet nurture positive-open-human relationships? 

 

Q. what is the best way to save the open internet? 

 

 

The Pressblock take Oxford Street #Oct20

The Pressblock take Oxford Street, blocked McDonald's, Starbucks and occupy Trafalgar sq during  #Oct20 Radical Journalist's putting there body’s on the line to bring wrong doers to account.

A satire - at many demo’s the are more people with cameras than demonstrates. Shot, edited and distributed from a mobile phone. Part of visionOntv's use the tool's in your pocket project. 
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