Resources for Preventing the Digital World of Nineteen Eighty-Four
Micky was a keynote speaker at UMASS Amherst during the NERD Summit event and the closing keynote speaker at LibrePlanet 2019 @M.I.T. She spoke about how we, as people and as programmers, can work our way out of the digital world of Nineteen Eight-Four that we are living in. Rather than having about ten slides of fine print and links in the presentation, we are posting resources in this blog post.
Here is a short-enough-to-write-on-a-business-card link for this page – agaric.coop/libreplanet2019 – for sharing these resources with others more easily.
Join groups that will keep you informed
Take the first steps— stay in the know!
The movements and networks that Micky is a part of
Here are all the links from the slide Micky told you not to try to write everything down from.
Agarics are members of a few networks and movements both local and global:
- The Boston Ujima Project - UjimaBoston.com
- Free Software Foundation - fsf.org
- United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives - usworker.coop
- Solidarity Economy Network - ussen.org
- May First People Link - MayFirst.org
- Technology and Revolution - techandrev.org
- Industrial Workers of the World - iww.org
- Platform Cooperativism - platform.coop
- The Internet of Ownership - ioo.coop
- The Center for Global Justice - globaljusticecenter.org
- The TechWorkerCoop - techworker.coop
- Mass MeshNet - MassMesh.org
- Radical Connections Network - RadicalConnections.net
Additional groups and movements
And some that didn't make the slides, that other Agarics are a part of:
Practical individual resources for opting out of surveillance
Things you can do personally and without too much difficulty to get a little more free from Nineteen Eighty-Four style government oppression and surveillance capitalism. (But remember, the most important and impactful things will require collective action!)
- PRISM Break
- Electronic Frontier Foundation's Surveillance Self-Defense
- Micky's blog post on daily business operations using (privacy-protecting) free software
Articles and talks that engage in broad themes from Micky's talk
- There is no halfway in the fight against injustice
- GNU Philosophy
- Love and Money by Audrey Eschright
- Free Software and the shifting landscape of online cooperation by Benjamin Mako Hill
- How Drupal as a Service can save us all by Benjamin Melançon
- Platform Cooperativism by Trebor Scholz
- Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard
- Ours to Hack and to Own
- Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi
- Twitter and Teargas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufekci
- The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
Citations supporting specific points in Micky's talk
"Silicon Valley is solving the problems that 20-something's with money face" Should tech startups tackle bigger problems? Yes. #cyberposium — Emily @EmVVeis on 1 Nov 2014
On startups solving problems of wealthy, white, younger men:
- Most successful company founders come from wealthy backgrounds.
- Most (successful) VC-funded founders are under 35 at time of founding.
- Benjamin Mako Hill keynote LibrePlanet 2017 - How markets coopted free software's most powerful weapon (youtube link)
- Apple threatens to sue Louis Rossmann (youtube link)
- Eric Lundgren goes to jail