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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Video traning at anti fracking camps

Training videos so far are about inviting people for tea. This is outreach to "normal" people to get involved in the camps.

Activisttech.org at work at Daneshill protection camp

#daneshill #fracking Alt-power at protest camps, we have a hour long intro in front of the main gate on solar power then Q&A. Followed by a practical workshop on setting up solar LED lighting in the kitchen. From http://activisttech.org

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking dinner at daneshill‬ protection camp

#Daneshill protection camp. Come and have some tasty food and help stop #fracking

I sold the protest video for this ecotricity advert

I didn’t actually see the money just put it back it into visionontv expenses account...

Don't squeeze the last gas #FrackFree

With fracking companies circling the British Isles, it's now more important than ever to make a stand.

Ecotricity guarantees its gas is frack-free which, along with its 100% green electricity and ethical pricing, is a true alternative to The Big Six energy companies. 

http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/frack-free
http://www.facebook.com/ecotricity 
http://www.twitter.com/ecotricity

Another lifeboat on the river Lea

This is another liveaboard lifeboat conversion from the 1950's on the river Lea.

 

What's the NUT strike about?

 Interview on the day of National Union of Teachers' strike 26 March 2014. Hamish Campbell interviews a teacher from Barking and Dagenham. 

http://antiacademies.org.uk/
http://grassroots.visionon.tv

A trip down the big river

A trip through central London on the river Thames from Brentford to Limehouse.

Ready to set-off from the last squatted mooring on the big river, near Kew bridge.

Very calm for the first half.

The crew relax and take photes

The bridges were easer than further up the river as they were wider.

Just about to enter the ruff part of the trip (Photo from liquid highway)

It got so ruff and busy we didn’t get any photos or videos of the best bit (:

Arrived safe but shakenup (:

The tech manifesto of the OMN

(DRAFT)

In tech development the are many paths and some of these lead to much more fertile ground to cultivate for the open internet/open society path that the ONM is taking.

We clearly reject:

* Client server relationships.

* Closed security culture.

* Geek only designer aesthetics and vanilla geek culture in general.

* Data ownership and closed licensing.

We vocally support:

* Peer to peer relationships and crossover federated client server infrastructure.

* Open security culture, with appropriate limited closed peer to peer security.

* A balance of geek usability and outreach simplicity – the ability to switch in the same app between the two.

* Geek embracing and mingling other cultures.

* Open data formats and CC licensing.

The OMN is open to any open-source/open-data/open-licence project free software projects. The are a number of a applications we like:

Liferay.com – Completely built in the right way from a standardise based approach, but owned by a controlling agandered profit/survival driven company.

Retroshear – an open source Peer to Peer client, dose pretty much all we need for personal security and communication.

Would it be possible to tide these together into a open globel – peer to peer secure cross over platform based on the retrosher app and the liferay API?

Popcorn time - Torrent streaming, can we use this with archive.org API to host and seed the torrents to provide video distribution and hosting.

OMN - RSS mashup network, for us this would be base on the Liferay platform and the video distributed vier the popcorn time app.

The clever use of HTML5 webapps on smart phones.

FAQ - why use open websites

We need to get activist to actually use alternative net infrastructure.

FAQ

Q. Its to complex to use this geek software.

A. So was Facebook when it started, almost nobody understood what twitter was for for ages – all new experiences are hard. Its actually ONLY a question of motivation then familiarisation through repartition.

Q. Activist internet site are ugly – if they just look nicer people might actually use them.

A. After bad UI is put to one side (and this can be an issue) the is a direct correlation between full user functionality and bad looking sites – you can make site look nicer by dis-empowering the user or by shaping and controlling there interactions – but freedom always looks messy just look at Facebook its one of the more messy sites out there – it overcomes this issue by good UI and familiarity – people get used to “functionality - ugliness” after they use the software every day.

Q. My activist site has no way for the “user” to be part of the site beyond limited commenting.

A. Yes activist sites are generally in the stone age of hierarchical control freakery, use sites that are web02 not web01 the actually are some projects out their. Complain to admins if the is no peer -to- peer production on an activist site, then actually use the peer production tools they set-up such as wikis and forums.

Q. Why not just use Facebook groups/ fashionable web2 site, every one is on there anyway.

A. This way leads to the death of the open internet/society LINK

Q. Can i trust activist sites with my privacy.

A. On corporate site's that most activist use, such as Facebook you can only hide from your friends not from your enermys. This is generally true for the open web in general and is something we need to understand. If you have a secret take the activist to the garden and whisper it in there ear, do not rely on any fig leafs of corporate privacy settings or promise of activist client server encryption LINK

Advice on new laptop and phone

If you use a Mac, buy a Mac, if you use a PC buy a PC, if you are undecided buy a PC as Macs are for the slave mentality – its a locked down, but functional, world in Mac land. For PC laptops I recommend thinkpads duel booting into Ubuntu. The use the Ubuntu side with liber office, Firefox, chrome etc. to do all your normal work, including all work on the web. Then only boot into the windows side for video editing and legacy programs, don’t surf the web on the windows side.

For phones, buy a relatively modern android smart phone, the are lots of them. The currently isn’t a good choice for data networks at the moment, Giffgaff used to be very good as you got unlimited data and could tether your phone, they have implemented tethering detection which makes them less useful. I still use giffgaff as its still a good deal as it runs on the reliable 02 network, up for suggestions for alternatives.

 

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