[act-ma] Oct 25 - Oct 27: Bootcamp, Video & Media Activism

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Mon Oct 7 18:07:15 PDT 2013

    Video & Media Activism Bootcamp

DMC III: Friday afternoon, October 25 - Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 
Lesley University <http://digitalmediaconference.org/2013/node/12>. It 
brings together grassroots activists, trade unionists, techies, 
academics and thinkers for a weekend on hands-on, practical workshops 
and big-picture thinking. Listen to the 5-minute backgrounder/slideshow 
here <http://digitalmediaconference.org/2013/node/18>.

Standard registration is $35; $10 for students and low income

New York-based artist and filmmaker, *Chloe Smolarski 
<http://chloesmolarski.com/>* plans to open the Digital Media Conference 
with a special workshop on how grassroots movements can use images to 
tell their stories. She'll have you working with readily available tools 
in this workshop. Chloe welcomes participation by beginners; she notes 
that "/no/ technical knowledge" is needed. Just bring your smartphone! 
[At link above] check out her trailer to the video, /Admissions/, which 
builds on the stories of undocumented students claiming their voice and 
their rights.

    Opening Plenary to Detail "Unfreedom"

      Speakers Connect NSA, Repression, Deportations, Surveillance, Mass
      Incarceration & Over-Zealous Prosecutions

Among the conference's opening speakers are three seasoned activists: 
Gregg Housh, Kade Crockford and Alfredo Lopez. In their turn, each has 
had to confront the global surveillance and "national security" state. 
*Gregg Housh 
*is popularly known as a public face of the Anonymous movement; *Kade 
*challenges the growing surveillance state and defends core First and 
Fourth Amendment and due process rights in her work at the Massachusetts 
ACLU; *Alfredo Lopez <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Lopez>*'s 
May First/People Link powered tech systems for the #Occupy movement and 
today resolutely defends the tech infrastructure of hundreds of 
organizations against incursions.

    Lightning Talk on the DMC

The conference's full story in 5 minutes!  Check out Digital Media 
Conference organizer Jason Pramas 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Pramas>' presentation at Software 
Freedom Day <http://softwarefreedomday.org/>!

Read moreabout Lightning Talk on the DMC 
<http://www.digitalmediaconference.org/2013/node/18> | Comments 

    Alfredo Lopez on the NSA: "They rip the locked doors off all
    internet privacy..."

Writing in Counterpunch 
May First/People Link <http://www.mayfirst.org> director and confirmed 
Digital Media Conference plenary speaker Alfredo Lopez 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Lopez> surveys the most recent 
revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) and comes to the 
sad but uncontestable conclusion that, "[NSA's programs] rip the locked 
doors off all Internet privacy and make the application of 
Constitutional rights impossible." Alfredo who will be a plenary speaker 
at our conference, illustrates this by looking at how the NSA has 
undermined the (no-longer-so) Secure Sockets Layer 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer> (or SSL) protocol. 
It is something that we all depend on when we log into our Gmail or 
Outlook.com email services, or when we connect to our banks, or buy 
tickets online [notice how the "http" in our browsers' address 
bars switch to "https" when we have a "secure" connection].  By building 
"backdoors" into encryption protocols, the NSA not only lets itself in 
and allows its various sub-contractors and their temp employees in, but 
also leaves the door open for other big entities with sufficient 
resources, governments, big corporations, and organized crime. We look 
forward to exploring this further at the conference with Alfredo.

Read moreabout Alfredo Lopez on the NSA: "They rip the locked doors off 
all internet privacy..." 
<http://www.digitalmediaconference.org/2013/node/17> | Comments 

    Michelle Alexander Connects the Dots!

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 20:00

      Reminds Us that Mass Incarceration, the Surveillance State, &
      Militarism are Part of the Same Story

A recent FB post by renowned activist-writer-lawyer, Michelle Alexander 
(The New Jim Crow <http://newjimcrow.com/>), aligns completely with our 
conference's objectives. She reminds us that it is no longer possible to 
adopt the "staying in my lane" mentality.

Full details, registration at

    Video & Media Activism Bootcamp

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