Killswitch: The Battle To Control The Internet Documentary Trailer

shockwebpic_killswitchdocutrailerA must-see clip for the upcoming documentary Killswitch, a film about the ongoing and multifaceted battle for the internet put together by Akorn and CineCity Pictures and directed by Ali Akbarzadeh. No word yet on worldwide distribution but there are limited screenings taking place so check for one in a city near you.

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Does Silicon Valley Have A Race Problem?

shockleewebpic_siliconvalleyraceprobAs the tech industry led by Silicon Valley continues to grow, the boom has some people examining some issues of inequality, whether locally around San Francisco or in the venture capital circuit, how can we fix the gap and allow diversity to fuel innovation?

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Ava DuVernay Says Knock It Off & Make Something

shockleewebpic_avaduvernaykeynoteIndependent filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Sundance Award-winning director of the film ‘Middle of Nowhere‘ and of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. feature drama ‘Selma‘ gave a keynote speech last weekend at the 2013 Film Independent Forum event held in Los Angeles that offers some of the realest advice we’ve heard in a while. All people who aspire to be or are in the creative and startup industries should hear this.

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How The Government Tracks You: A Must See Video On NSA Surveillance + DC Rally Info

shockleewebpic_nsasurveillancevideoFight for the Future and Demand Progress have just released a video explaining what’s going on with the recent U.S. government surveillance that has come to light. Watch this for an overview on why this is a very dangerous thing that not only violates the rights of U.S. citizens but also affects everyone else worldwide.

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People Shouldn’t Go To Prison For Sharing A Video – Stop SOPA – TAKE ACTION!

shockleewebpic_sopaisbackFight for the Future and the Center for Rights are campaigning to get everyone involved to stop the censorship-driven, business-crushing, unnecessarily-criminalizing, horrible-for-web-users-everywhere, SOPA [Stop Onlince Piracy Act] from coming back to life. This affects everyone who uses the internet, so yes this means you too. Get the word out to your friends and help stop SOPA it before it spreads.

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Creating A Gray Zone: Challenges For Media Producers In The Digital World

shockleewebpic_creategrayzoneElliot Harmon, the Communications Manager at Creative Commons gives a bit of insight into the copyright landscape of creative works in this video by Swissnex San Francisco. When it comes to intellectual property, there is a big gap that lies between the classification of works that are assigned as either public domain or all rights reserved. In the middle of these, exists ‘the gray zone’ where remix, sample culture, creative commons, fair use and new innovative ways to explore, share and exploit creative works lives.

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Silicon Prairie: America’s New Internet Economy – The Documentary – Now Available For Download

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After watching the US government threaten the Internet with bills like SOPA and PIPA, Internet entrepreneurs from Reddit set out to “campaign for the Internet” during the 2012 presidential election season. Traveling from Denver, Colorado to Danville, Kentucky during the presidential and vice presidential debates, the Internet 2012 Bus Tour explored the potential that the Open Internet holds to promote our economy – not just in Silicon Valley, but in cities and towns and farms all over America.

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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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[NYC] Sat. Sept. 22nd, 2012: The Definitive Guide To IMSTA FESTA The Biggest Audio Tech Event Of The Year

Calling all NYC area audio creators, technologists and business heads! The audio revolution needs you – join us – WE WANT YOU TO OCCUPY IMSTA FESTA on Saturday September 22nd, 2012.

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[DC] Thurs. Sept. 20, 2012: Hank Shocklee Talks Tech At Congressional Black Caucus 42nd Annual Legislative Conference

If you’re in the Washington, DC area don’t miss this very special session taking place at the Congressional Black Caucus 42nd Annual Legislative Conference this Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson [D-GA] PRESENTS:
Beyond the Digital Divide: Capitalizing on the Technology Economy

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