I wish I could claim credit for what is so far my favorite campaign slogan, but it comes from this Daily Kos post. I’d like to get it on an internet button and have everyone involved in community organization display it.
In the meantime, however, I recommend this excellent piece by Joe Klien on what Barak Obama actually did as a community organizer. Then tell me again how those elitist Democrats can’t possibly understand your pain in the way that the crowd of Republican delegates and lobbyist who think that being a “community organizer” is funny.
I was delieghted and flattered to be asked to speak at the EDUCAUSE Policy Conference last week. EDUCAUSE represents the Higher Ed community on technology issues. In the last few years, I’ve worked with some amazing folks over there on spectrum policy, CALEA, and now network neutrality.
I will eventually write it up more coherently. Until then, you can listen to it here. It clocks in at an hour, although it didn’t feel like it when I was talking (can’t speak for how the audience felt). It covers a number of themes relevant to the Conference, as well as repeating many of the same ideas as the Community Wireless Summit speech.
So if you’ve never met me and always wanted to know what I sound like, enjoy!
Right now, I’m in the “Academic Brain Trust” pre-session. 120 people getting in early to figure out how to get academics involved in this despite the fact that university departments make it impossible to do anything that relates to the real world, particularly if you don’t have tenure.
I expect I will try to do daily wrap ups rather than bug everyone hourly now that we have RSS feeds.
Good news for consumers! @JRosenworcelFCC announced she's circulating the cable/satellite "anti-junk fee" item for a vote this meeting. Hopefully we can get 5-0 on honest billing!
When we speak of successful U.S. industrial policy, my first answer is the 1956 AT&T antitrust consent decree, which spurred American general computing (eg, IBM) AND more or less created a US semiconductor industry. My second pushing the IBM unbundling of software.
The @FCC took action to help survivors of domestic abuse separate from shared phone plans. As @NicholasPGarcia explains, "One of the horrors of abuse is isolation... these rules help ensure that our comms services work to protect & empower survivors." 📰:
Today we take a necessary step forward in protecting our nation’s survivors. By creating connections through Lifeline and providing an opportunity to reach out for help without being tracked, we are extending critical assistance during a time when help is most needed.