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by Vivian Yee
Crowding into the tasting room of the Brooklyn Brewery, in Williamsburg, the nearly 200 painters, metalworkers, writers and self-styled entrepreneurs — all former members of 3rd Ward, the Bushwick arts center, D.I.Y. haven and creative network that collapsed in October — sounded a little like refugees.
by Mark Weisbrot
by Kate Murphy
LIKE most people, Kim Thomas has a broadband connection at home that she uses to check email, surf the Internet and stream music and video.
But unlike most people, Ms. Thomas, 56, a program director for a charitable foundation in Portland, Ore., has no monthly bill. All she did was buy a router and rooftop antenna , which not only granted her free access but also made her part owner of the infrastructure that delivers the signal. Total cost: about $150.
Ms. Thomas is a participant in the Personal Telco Project, one of a growing number of community wireless mesh networks in the United States and abroad. These alternative networks, built and maintained by their users, are emerging at a time when Internet service providers are limited in number (some argue monopolistic) and are accused of cooperating with government snoops.
by John Nichols and Robert McChesney
When we helped form the national media-reform network Free Press, we were motivated by an understanding that the great debates about media policy played out behind closed doors in Washington, with corporate puppeteers pulling the strings of politicians and regulators. Free Press, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, set out to change the dynamic by securing a place for citizens in those deliberations. We always knew this involved more than just a critique of what was wrong. There had to be bold proposals for how to make things better, proposals that would inspire Americans to join mass movements to counter the mass money and influence of the telecommunications industry.
by Marvin Ammori
Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best). And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it.
In the state where Indy Media has been censured (Michigan) for some time, a few visionary poets, a.k.a. "orrior poetz" have been engaging the systematically dumbed-down, no matter what. Today, on Halloween, we have a report about one angle of bringing depth and substance to an otherwise emptied spectacle as usual!
by Richard Goldin
During this past summer Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, toured the country promoting his documentary Inequality for All. In the film, which opened in wide release on September 27th, Reich presents the specifics of economic inequality in the United States relying on a surfeit of data to demonstrate that vast income inequality results in economic inefficiency. Reich, and Inequality for All’s director Jacob Kornbluth, are clear that their intention is for the film to function as a component part of a larger political movement. As such, the film’s attempt to aesthetically transmit facts through a dizzying array of graphs and charts emerges from the Democratic quandary of how to compel individuals to perceive (what Democrats consider to be) the reality of their own lives.
The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center Foundation is seeking applications for its IMC Guest Artist program. Applications are due Friday October 4, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit to IMC staff. The goal of the program is to provide an artist space, community, and motivation to work while enriching the community through engagement with art. Artwork includes visual art, music, writing, performance, and conceptual work. The program runs 3 months from October 15, 2013 – January 15, 2014.
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Sept. 9 is the next front in the long-running battle over what we can do and say online.
That’s the day Verizon will face the Federal Communications Commission in court over the agency’s Net Neutrality protections, which the company wants to overturn. If Verizon gets its way, the FCC’s rules protecting Internet users from corporate abuse will disappear.
Net Neutrality isn’t a new concept: The principle paved the way for the online innovations — including the World Wide Web — we now take for granted. As Sir Tim Berners-Lee put it, “When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission.”
What is a nüz/böx?
First, it’s spelled with an X, a Z, two ümlaüts and a slash/. Even the name calls your attention. The pronunciation of nüz/böx is intentionally ambiguous. How do you pronounce it?
Pronunciation, like many aspects of a nüz/böx, is something the curator(s) – which is you if you decide you want to do it – give(s) form and direction to. A nüz/böx is purposely designed along minimalist lines, of concept, architecture, labor, and materials. It’s easy to do.
In simple terms, a nüz/böx is a hyperlocal, off-the-grid nexus of news, media and arts hosted by one or more households. There’s just one so far in the whole world, but I think it has wide appeal. Your neighborhood can have one …or more! I intentionally designed it to be a flexible concept, but can see networks of people joining together to put nüz/böxes along streets around town