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HOPEX: Community owned and operated cellular networks in rural mexico

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Community owned and operated cellular networks in rural mexico, with rhizomatica

Maka Muñoz and Peter Bloom

Maka begins with context: ´when I say mexico, what images come to your mind?´

The crowd: drugs, corruption, tacos, chocolate. Zapatistas!

For many people, Mexico is synonymous with tourism, narcos, indigenous cultures. How many people have been to Mexico?

About half the crowd raises their hands.

And Oaxaca?

A few scattered hands.

HOPEX: Daniel Ellsberg

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Hashtags: #hopex and #asksnowden

Moderator: Daniel Ellsberg will be up first, then a short break, then Snowden will connect from Russia. There will be a 1 min standing ovation for Snowden when he shows up.

[daniel ellsberg takes the stage. Does a Nixon pose ;p ]

HOPEX: Thomas Drake and Vivian Weisman

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The talk opens with Vivian showing several clips from the film The Hacker Wars. The film includes interviews with Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on Stellar Wind. He was prosecuted with a 10 felony count indictement, and faced 35 years in prison.

Can you tell us what it was you learned at the NSA? Your were a contractor for 12 years; On 9/11 you got high level access. What did you see that led you to blow the whistle?

Drake: As a government employee, you take an oath to defend the constitution. It's not an oath to secrecy, to the president, or NSA. It's to the Constitution. 9/11 was a trigger event that led the govt at the highest levels, including Cheney & Bush, to approve various programs, some of which we still don't know the extent of, despite Snowden's disclosures.

To my horror, having grown up with Watergate, which introduced me to civil liberties, Ellsberg, the lie of vietnam, whistleblowers charged under the espionage act, and also that no one was above the law.

HOPEX: Chatting Live with Edward Snowden

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Trevor Timm, Founder of Freedom of the Press foundation is also in the room. He'll be selecting questions from Twitter. For people in the Press: our questions come from our attendees.

Welcome, Edward Snowden!
[loud applause. Snowden is smiling]

The Passion of Chelsea Manning: Chase Madar and Noam Chomsky

Liveblog by @schock of the Starr Forum talk by Chomsky and Madar at MIT, sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies. All errors mine!

Chomsky and Madar are introduced by John Tirman, Director of the MIT Center for International Studies. Chase Madar wrote the Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story of the Suspect Behind the Largest Security Breach in US History. He's a civil rights attorney who has written for many publications, including the Nation, the Atlantic, Le Monde, and so on. Noam Chomsky, says Tirman, needs no introduction.

Chomsky on 'national security'

After Snowden: Towards Distributed Security in Cyberspace

Black Code

These notes were liveblogged from the talk  After Snowden: Towards Distributed Security in Cyberspace. Ronald Deibert, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, spoke at , Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall. The hashtag for the talk was #BlackCode. Live blog by @schock, @erhardt, and various anonymous pandas (tweet at us to add your name if you contributed). All errors ours!

From Story to Action: Liveblogging the Camden International Film Fest

Liveblog by @schock and @scrumbly1. All errors ours!

It's day two of the Camden International Film Festival's Points North Documentary Film Forum, and we're liveblogging the session "From Story to Action." From the program:

"Since the days of Grierson, documentary filmmakers have been driven by a desire to affect social change through storytelling. Today’s filmmakers have more tools at their disposal than ever before to engage audiences and close the gap between inspiration and action. In this panel, filmmakers, outreach coordinators and funders discuss ideas and strategies for using film to create meaningful social impact."

Linking Designers and Organizers: Christine Gaspar, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Liveblog by @schock with help from two anonymous people on the etherpad. In this talk, Christine Gaspar, ED of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, provides an overview of their methodology, pedagogy, products, and project areas, drawing on key examples in areas including food, sanitation, telecommunications, education, policing, housing, development, participatory budgeting, and more. All errors: ours!