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[liberationtech] Fwd: Firefox OS: What it is - and what it means for you and your union

Yishay Mor yishaym at
Thu Oct 24 04:02:10 PDT 2013

Any thoughts on this?
learning; design; technology; research

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From: LabourStart <ericlee at>
Date: 24 October 2013 11:11
Subject: Firefox OS: What it is - and what it means for you and your union
To: yishaym at

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in 1993 I was asked to look into how unions were using computer networks
and email.

The result was my 1996 book on the labour movement and the internet -- and
after that, LabourStart.

Twenty years on and I've been looking into how we in the trade union
movement use the new communications tools -- smartphones and tablets -- and
the result is a new book I've just co-authored with Jeremy Green, "Firefox
OS for Activists<>

*Firefox what?*

Chances are you've heard of the iPhone and iPad, and probably Android
phones and tablets too. Maybe you even own one of these devices.

You may even know about Blackberry and Microsoft phones and tablets --
though they haven't made much headway in the fight against the two giants,
Apple and Google.

Firefox OS is part of a new breed of alternative, open source mobile
operating systems that aim to take on the big corporations.

It's been created by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and in our view,
it's a very big deal.

Firefox OS phones are already available for sale in a number of countries
(Spain, Germany, a few Latin American countries) and will soon be available
where you live.

They're extremely cheap, and making apps that run on them is cheaper and
easier than doing them for Apple and Android products.

Firefox OS is part of a broader open source revolution that includes such
things as the Ubuntu Touch project -- and even Fairphone, the first attempt
to create an "ethical" mobile phone that, among other things, respects
workers' rights.

You can read more about our book, see the full table of contents, and even
read a sample chapter here:<>

I hope you'll find it of interest and will order copies for yourself and
your union.

Remember that every copy you purchase helps LabourStart's campaigning


Eric Lee
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