We are really pleased to be able to announce a new feature on Cyberunions: the first of what we hope will be a weekly podcast. The Cyberunions Show is hosted by myself, and MV, a trade union activist based in the Boston area.
Throughout the show, we will be testing and talking about technology for trade unionists, with particular emphasis on open source.
We’d love to have your feedback and suggestions for future shows.
You can subscribe to the show here.
Welcome to the first edition of the Cyberunions Podcast, with your hosts MV, undercover in corporate America, and Walton, in sun-drenched Caledonia.
We hope to release a weekly show that will explore new technology from a trade union perspective.
We welcome your feedback. Please let us know what you think of the show, and feel free to request topics for future shows.
- Bringing Open Source software and trade unions together
- Experimenting with technology to bring the best to the labour movement
- Can technology help organise the next generation of trade union activists?
- Our experiences using Open Source
Why Open Source is important
- Open Source software is a gift economy
- The Debian project – a democratically run, international project to develop a world class operating system
- FrontlineSMS – a text message gateway that makes low cost, low tech communication easy
- Widely used in Africa to facilitate communication by text message – useful in developed countries as well for low cost communication and union organising
- SMS Uprising: Mobile activism in Africa – book of case studies of people using FrontlineSMS, Ushahidi and text messaging for organising
- Ushahidi creates data mashups to crowd source and map news
- Status.net – an Open Source alternative to twitter
- Identic.a – hosted Status.Net – has some clear advantages to twitter
- Article on Why Identi.ca matters in a twitter world
- Twitter – still a very useful communications mechanism – but watch who controls your data!
- Dangers of trusting corporations with your data – the Facebook purge and the disappearance of trending topics
- Making the most of Identi.ca and twitter by linking accounts
- Running Status.Net on your own server – a distributed service is harder to shut down
Ethics of Open Source
- General Public License and Creative Commons
- The Debian Social Contract
- Building a different economic model – a peer to peer gift economy
- The labour movement should embrace the open source community
- The open source community is a social movement to keep information out of corporate control
Music courtesy of brynn.