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[liberationtech] What Makes a Liberation (or Repression) Technology?

Sheila Parks sheilaruthparks at
Fri Feb 4 13:05:13 PST 2011

Dear Mary Joyce,

Thx for sending this. I think it is crucially important to define 
what liberation technology is

I am very interested in this group because of its name Democracy and 
Technology - the Stanford U dept or program

And on this list serve name, liberation comes first too

My question is, why would u want it 2 b accessible ONLY to a large 
segment of the population, and how would u define large?

For me, and many of us in the hand-counted paper ballots elections 
(HCPB) voting rights activists,  I want  third grade student to 
understand how our votes r counted.

No experts who have 2 explain it.  No statisticians, no 
mathematicians, no computer geeks,

Democracy means EVERY PERSON understands - I draw my line in the sand 
at third grade.  I could go to 5th, if pressed, but  not higher than 
that.It  It is not totally transparent democracy, then the process 
belongs to an elite.

  That is not democracy. That is what we have now, everywhere, 
including, of course, the US



At 03:10 PM 2/4/2011, Mary Joyce wrote:
>Hi All,
>I'm interested in feedback on a list of characteristics I've 
>developed to define a "liberation technology"
>The short version:
>    * It must transmit POLITICAL INFORMATION.
>    * It must be ACCESSIBLE to a large segment of the POPULATION.
>    * It must allow for EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION.
>    * It must allow for protection of PRIVACY.
>...and a repression technology has the reverse characteristics. Full 
>post here: 
>Makes a Liberation (or Repression) Technology?"
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Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
Belmont, MA 02478
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