Monday, January 14, 2013

Help Carry On Where Aaron Swartz Left Off ... Become an Internet Freedom Fighter!

Aaron Swartz


Learn More and Resources for Internet Freedom Activists

 

Wolf-pac.org: A nonprofit started by the TYT host Cenk Uygur to pass an amendment to the constitution ending corporate personhood and publicly finance all elections. Sign there petition here: http://www.wolf-pac.com/petition

Followthemoney.org: A nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.

MapLight.org: A nonprofit organization that provides citizens and journalists the transparency tools to shine a light on the influence of money on politics.

Opensecrets.org: A research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

Sunlightfoundation.com: A nonprofit organization that provides tools geared towards promoting greater government openness and transparency.
Anonnews.org/: Is an independent and uncensored (but moderated) news platform for 
Anonymous.

Pastebin.com: Is a website where you can store text for a certain period of time. The website is mainly used by programmers to store pieces of sources code or configuration information, but anyone is more than welcome to paste any type of text. 

Sourcewatch.org: The Center for Media and Democracy publishes SourceWatch, this collaborative resource for citizens and journalists looking for documented information about the corporations, industries, and people trying to influence public policy and public opinion.

Rcfp.org:  For more than 40 years, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has provided free legal advice, resources, support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and Freedom of Information rights of journalists working in areas where U.S. law applies, regardless of the medium in which their work appears.

 

 

Reading


Matt Taibbi: Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History


Saul Alinsky: Rules for Radicals

Lawrence Lessig: “Democracy After Citizens United.” Editorial. Boston Review. http://bostonreview.net/BR35.5/lessig.php.

Oliver Stone: The UnTold Story of The United States 

Glenn Greenwald: With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful


Activist Tools


NEW Republic, Lost: Study Guide and Action Kit. Download the full guide here, or buy it as a book through CreateSpace.

Fast Facts Handout: a simple one pager to help spread the word about the flow of money in politics.

Rootstrikers Poster: 8.5" x 11", suitable for printing in black and white or color and posting just about anywhere.

Arms Across the Aisle Meetup Organizing Guide: the ins and outs of starting a dialogue about corruption with folks who's views may differ from your own.

Meetup Mailing List Signup Sheet: for meetup organizers to capture names and emails of attendees.

Pledge palm card: a palm card for talking about The Anti-Corruption Pledge with citizens and elected officials.

Goodnight Democracy palm card: a palm card to help spread the word about the impact of Citizens United, as told by Goodnight Democracy.

 

Software


VLC is probably about the best movie player there is. Some of it's great features allow you to play many different kinds of video and audio files without installing extra bits and playing subtitles flexibly.

Audacity is a sound editor. it allows you to do multi track editing of audio files and save them to different formats (mp3, wav and ogg). It is cross platorm (Linux, Mac, Windows) and is a great tool to teach people how to use.

Avidemux Is a video encoder to 'transcode' video from one file format to another. You can also do simple edits using it . it has one of the only Graphic User Interfaces (GUI) for encoding files that works on different platforms.

Airtime is the open broadcast software for scheduling and remote station management. Web browser access to the station's media archive, multi-file upload and automatic metadata verification features are coupled with a collaborative on-line scheduling calendar and playlist management.

Scribus is powerful desk-top publisher, to replace InDesign or Quark, that helps you create great looking documents of all kinds.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that's reliable and very well supported. For Windows users, you might prefer Kubuntu, which has a look and feel that's a bit more Windows like.

Guardian Project make security apps for Android smart phones for browsing the web securely, encrypting SMS/text messages, an more. They also recommend apps made by others.

FDroid Repository is a 'market place' for free (as in freedom) apps for Android phones.

Replicant is a distribution of Android that is 100% Free Software. It runs only on a very limited number of devices. If you have one of these devices, then this is your choice.

CyanogenMod is the most popular aftermarket distribution for Android. It runs on many phones and offers features not found in the official Android based firmwares of vendors.

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis




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