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

Yosem Companys yosem at joindiaspora.com
Fri Feb 4 13:12:02 PST 2011


There's some great work done by Jeremy Weinstein (I believe) -- who is a
Stanford prof and a member of this list -- on making paper ballots more
transparent for illiterate people in Africa and the use of SMS to
communicate corruption info to disconnected villages.  I can't find the
paper anywhere on my desktop, so if anyone has it, could you please share it
with Sheila?  She may be interested in reading it.

On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 1:05 PM, Sheila Parks <sheilaruthparks at comcast.net>wrote:

>  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
>
> Thanks
>
> Sheila
>
>
> 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:
>
>    1. It must transmit POLITICAL INFORMATION.
>    2. It must be ACCESSIBLE to a large segment of the POPULATION.
>    3. It must allow for EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION.
>    4. It must allow for protection of PRIVACY.
>
> ...and a repression technology has the reverse characteristics. Full post
> here: "What Makes a Liberation (or Repression) Technology?"<http://www.meta-activism.org/2011/02/what-makes-a-liberation-or-repression-technology/>
>
> Thanks,
> Mary
>
>
> --
> MARY C. JOYCE
> Founder | The Meta-Activism Project  | www.Meta-Activism.org
> Digital Activism Consultant | www.MaryJoyce.com
> Mobile | +1.857.928.1297 <tel:+18579281297>
>
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