TAKE ACTION: Today Is #InternetFreedomDay – The One Year Anniversary Of The SOPA/PIPA Protests – Spread The Word

Today, January 18th has been declared Internet Freedom Day by internet users and supporters all around the U.S. Why is this important? Because we have to protect the FREEDOM TO CONNECT.

As Fight For The Future reminds us:

When SOPA and PIPA were first introduced in Congress, things looked grim for the internet. Widespread censorship seemed imminent, and Internet supporters everywhere were worried about the massive blow that was about to be dealt to freedom.

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Clay Shirky: How The Internet Will Transform Government

What happens when a new medium like the internet suddenly puts a lot of new ideas into circulation? According to Clay Shirky, it usually means more arguing and if you’ve been to most sites recently and looked at the comments section it’s easy to see a whole lot of it taking place.

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Creative Commons: An Introduction To The Copyright Alternative

You’ve probably seen some work on the web, whether it be a photo, video clip, piece of music or article labeled with a ‘Creative Commons‘ attribute. If you’re not sure of what it’s all about or aren’t totally clear on how Creative Commons works, here’s a great primer that will help you gain some knowledge on the subject. CC is a very useful alternative to traditional copyright and a valuable tool for independent content creators and creative community to foster and get involved with.

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The Internet, Technology, Politics & The Future

There is a lot to learn from the events that have been unfolding in England and it will be particularly interesting to see what roles the internet, technology, politics and community will play in this historic event.

Throughout the last few days we have seen a chaotic flood of real-time citizen journalism, reports extending from the hyper-local to the world community at large, all tuned in and sharing information. Social media and mobile technologies have played a big role and we’ve seen examples of these platforms being heavily used to coordinate the flow of information. Whether its been recording and uploading mobile photo, video and audio footage, groups dedicated to organizing clean up efforts, open-data community mapping of incidents, crowd sourced justice groups pointing out self-professed looters and individuals caught on surveillance cameras [CCTV] or identifying people via images using the same facial recognition technology that up until recently was mostly only looked as a social tagging tool.

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