Resources for Socially Responsible Hurricane Katrina Relief

When donating to disaster relief, many of us want to make sure our donations are in tune with our values by donating to organizations with direct connections to local communities that will be able to provide relief efficiently and effectively, while also donating in such a way that builds local capacity to resist oppression and create grassroots democracy. The Hurricane Katrina aftermath vividly reminds us that those who bear the brunt of everyday social injustice and oppression are also those who fare the harshest in times of disaster.

Remote Control: New Media, New Ethics

Irving Kristol once said something to the effect that there are no ethical problems that a Great Depression wouldn't cure...

Not many people are aware as much as Margo Kingston that taking a stand is not without its cost. But as Arundhati Roy has said: ‘A thing, once seen, cannot be unseen, and when you have seen a great moral crime, to remain silent is as much a political act as is to speak against it.’

Worm farm

We finally got a worm farm started this weekend. We've been apartment dwellers for five years now, but we do have a lovely array of herbs and vegetables growing on our balcony. What better way to feed them than with worm castings? Our local council provides lots of information about getting started through the Watershed Sustainability Centre.

Online, Searchable Directory of Libraries Worldwide

"Libraries, if they are truly used, require the active participation of readers to inform themselves and others. A reader is the essential and equal partner to the library, which makes the current management trend of turning readers into customers such a menace. Customers merely consume and are powerless and dependent; readers read, an activity that is both productive and cooperative. And, with luck, the motivated library reader may also become the writer and so continue in the provision of free thought."

Webdiary is Changing the Nature of News

Margo Kingston today closed her Webdiary at Fairfax and hang her shingle up at a new site. Media is filled with many preachers and academics, but it is rare to find inspiring practitioners. Margo Kingston does as she says: Personal opening statement to Webdiarists


Here's another great use for Google Maps - GhostCycle mapping locations in Seattle, USA where cyclists have been injured or killed via BikeBlog.

Secret Documents About Indymedia Server Disappearance Unsealed

For more on this story, check out Free Govt Information.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Initiative

One of the most blogger protective website The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hoping to cause an avalanche with a bottom-up project. The grassroot initiative aims to expose printers which have embed trackable information on printed pages. Apparently, several companies embed tracking data in their printers to help prevent counterfeiting, which is a good thing. As the EFF notes, ‘manufacturers and the Secret Service claim that the marking technology was developed to deter counterfeiting activities using color machines. While they may actually use it for legitimate anticounterfeiting purposes, currently no law prevents them from exploiting the technology in ways that could infringe on the privacy and anonymity of Americans.’ In an age when governments want to track and prevent dissent, this is rather worrying situation Investigating Machine Identification Code Technology Color Laser Printers

The Unbearable Lightness of Blogging

Margo Kingston of Webdiary Fame was absolutely astounded this weekend when she read about a case in relation to an Australian blogger who set up a website called "Hunter Holden Sucks:"

'G'day. Here's a successful legal ploy you can expect more of by people with lots of money to use to close down criticism on the web by people with little money. What do you think?' Shutting down blogs: "sucks" and the tort of injurious falsehood

Spies who didn't love me

A Good Journalist, like Phillip Adams, isn't hard to find in Australia. In his weekend edition of the Australian newspaper he describes the coldest years of the Cold War and how a certain librarian/archivist has provided him with a file peppered with infomation ...

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