March 7th was all about Kony2012 – A video the American organization, Invisible Children, launched to raise awareness about the cruelty of warlord Joseph Kony. March 8th was about the afterthought. Did we just get swept away?
Today, I was reminded of how things were, before we grew accustomed to a free flow of information accessible to everyone with access to the web. And I don’t want to go back.
The campaign against SOPA and PIPA has taken different forms over the past months. The two pieces of legislation are feared by many, who claim they’ll ruin the web as we know it, and thus ruin the free flow of ideas and information. Today, Wikipedia made the boldest move yet, and subjected the English version of the crowd-sourced cyclopedia to a complete blackout. A move that echoed around the world, and even made headlines here in little Denmark.
You know something has taken hold in society, when the jokesters arrive and turn the grim reality in to humorous objects. You can’t tell jokes about something, unless people know what you’re talking about. It seems that the #Occupy movement have reached that stage, thanks to this policeman – Mr. “Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop”.
I got quite a chock when I logged on to Tumblr at 9:40 pm. All my posts, as well as the posts from the blogs I subscribe to, had been censored. Images and words were blocked out.
After having scrolled up and down to assure my self that it wasn’t just one image but all; no one post, but all posts, I saw the link at the top of the page:
The link takes you to an advocacy site, where Tumblr asks you to say no, to the two bills congress is currently considering: PROTECT-IP and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Every time I’m at a conference, I wonder why such and such isn’t done. In my mind, I patch up the best of the different conferences I’ve been to, and start longing after stable internet when it fails and easy-to-plan schedules, when I’m constantly flipping back and forth to determine where I’m going for what session. The DC Week conference currently rolling in DC was no exception, even though the core conference went smoothly, the Keynotes moved me and the speakers gave me something to think about.
Wired.com gave bloggers and amateur publishers a gift today. Thet are now making all of the photographs taken by their inhouse staff available through a new Flickr stream and giving you permission to use them under Creative Commons. All you need to do is credit Wired, the photographer and link back to the original article. You’re allowed to mix and match the photos and repost, as long as you still give proper accreditation. Only no-go, is if you want to use the photos for commercial purposes. Then, you have to pay.
Great community stunt
They’ll keep updating their Flickr stream with new editorial pictures, which basically means that they can become the photo agency for bloggers, writing about the same subjects as them. Last I checked that community is huge.
The new Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, emphasized in her first official press meeting that meeting the Danes will be a priority for the government from now until Christmas:
“The ministers of the government want to lead when it comes to listening. That’s why there toward Christmas will be made a model where we have a so-called reception for the citizens. All ministers will have that, it will last for two hours, and it will be at different places around the country that we will have this kind of audience. It’s an old tradition that we resume and all ministers will be a part of it.”