Eli Pariser, 22, tall, bearded, spends long hours every day at his desk hunched over a laptop, plotting strategy and directing the electronic traffic of an instantaneous movement that was partly assembled in his computer. During the past three months it has gathered the numbers that took three years to build during Vietnam. It may… Read more »
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On February 26th, you can join a massive march on Washington without leaving your living room. The Virtual March on Washington is a first-of-its-kind campaign from the Win Without War coalition. Working together, we will direct a steady stream of phone calls — about one per minute, all day — to every Senate office in… Read more »
Today marks the launching of marchtowar.com, a new website that uses the power of internet gambling to raise money for civilian casualties of a US-led war against Iraq. The premise of the game is simple: visitors to www.marchtowar.com place $5.00 bets on when the war will begin. See marchtowar.com
…But the Internet has become more than a mere organizing tool; it has changed protests in a more fundamental way, by allowing mobilization to emerge from free-wheeling amorphous groups, rather than top-down hierarchical ones. From Jennifer 8 Lee at the NY Times
Gamers have protested the impending war in Iraq, started newspapers, gathered charitable donations – done myriad things they already do, or wish they could do, in the real world. Openflows
This weekend’s anti-war protests were the first mass demonstrations in memory to occur before a conflict, a testimony to the organizing power of the Internet, observers say. From WIRED
Lynn Fritz spent 35 years building a tiny San Francisco shipping firm into a behemoth of global trade, with 10,000 employees in 120 countries focused on moving widgets by land, sea and air. Old habits must die hard. Because when this 60-year-old San Franciscan sold the Fritz Cos. to UPS in 2001, he started a… Read more »
When 150,000 people marched in the streets of San Francisco and Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26 to demonstrate their opposition to a war with Iraq — said to be the largest event of its kind since the Vietnam War era — two significant cultural developments came to light: the full extent, previously underestimated, of antiwar… Read more »
Las Vegas — Environmentalists dressed in prison uniforms circled a collection of dusty computers outside the Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday to protest Dell Computer’s use of inmates to recycle computers. From the Globe and Mail. Also HERE.
U.S. technology companies lag foreign rivals in reducing hazardous materials in electronics and encouraging recycling, while American workers involved in recycling are exposed to too many toxins, an advocacy group says, from the Globe and Mail.