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    Technology: In the Loop

    Many interesting links and articles here. Will need a few hours to run through.


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    4th Jun 2012

    Hello everyone, here's our May edition of In the Loop, we added some new
    items for your quiet reading. We hope it's not too long...Let us know
    what you think!

    You can also find it online at: http://tacticaltech.org/intheloop/may2012
    Thanks,
    Faith

    ***Tactical Tech's IN THE LOOP ***
    MAY 2012
    ***THE BACK ROOM AT TACTICAL TECH***
    WE'RE HIRING – a consultant for 6 months to work on a new toolkit
    “Communicating for Advocacy”
    http://tacticaltech.org/currentjobs

    DEHLI DIGESTS - We've been working on the first of our Info-Activist
    Sketchbooks, an online platform to visually present multiple
    perspectives and a critical overview of e-waste in Delhi. Coming soon!

    NEW ON 10 TACTICS REMIXED; VISIT GAZA: A VIRTUAL TOUR OF LIFE IN THE STRIP
    To illuminate the problems that the 1.7 million Gaza Strip residents
    encounter on a daily basis, an Israeli NGO called Gisha has created a
    Virtual Tour of Gaza. Through an interactive map of the Strip containing
    text, images and video, viewers can see how access policies have
    affected local infrastructure and education, as well as the economy.
    http://informationactivism.org/explo...our-life-strip


    COMING THIS AUTUMN: SCHOOL OF DATA
    In late May we had a kick-off sprint in Berlin to start writing a new,
    free handbook on working with data, and designing learning challenges
    that anyone can take to improve their skills to help them become 'data
    wranglers'. The School of Data is a collaboration between Tactical Tech,
    The Open Knowledge Foundation and Peer-2-Peer University - read more
    http://www.schoolofdata.org


    WHERE ARE WE GOING THIS MONTH?
    On 13th June, we'll be at the Central European Summer School for
    Journalists presenting work from both our programmes. We will be running
    two sessions on new tactics in investigative journalism and protecting
    investigative journalism.
    http://cmpf.eui.eu/training/summer-school-2012.aspx

    LET THERE BE… SYSADMINS
    Our incredibly talented Head of Technology Kaustubh Srikanth presented a
    lecture at rootconf, a system administrators conference, in Bangalore on
    Zero-touch Drupal deployment with Features,Jenkins, Aegir, Git, Fabric
    and Drush (of course!) He spoke about how we automate the deployment of
    our Drupal websites across our development, staging and live servers at
    Tactical Tech. His talk also included a demo of the various open-source
    tools and techniques and strategies we use to automate deployment of our
    code, and showed how others can setup similar worklows within their
    organisations.
    http://funnel.hasgeek.com/rootconf/3...bric-and-drush


    ONO' WANTS TO TEACH YOU ABOUT DIGITAL SECURITY
    ONO, (https://onorobot.org/)our robotic friend, will teach you how you
    can take to control the digital traces you leave behind when you go online.

    These short films are easy to share and are a great way to promote
    digital security – why not host an ONO party
    (https://www.onorobot.org/en/parties) for your friends?

    ONO covers a wide range of topics, like email security, Facebook
    security, private browsing and more. ONO releases new videos on a weekly
    basis. Sign up to ONO's mailing list
    (https://www.onorobot.org/mailinglist) or follow ONO on Twitter
    (https://twitter.com/#!/ONOrobot) to receive an alert every time a new
    film goes live and to keep updated on news related to digital security
    and online privacy.

    NETZPOLITIK ON ME & MY SHADOW
    German Blog Netzpolitk features (in German)Tactical Tech's "Me & My
    Shadow." Below a translated excerpt of the article:

    Regular readers of this blog should have learned by now that protection
    of privacy is not first priority for social networks because they often
    consider personal data as a form of online currency which users pay with
    in exchange for services provided. Furthermore other forms of
    communication - such as Cell/mobile phone contracts and Internet
    landlines - increase one’s “digital shadow”.

    The “Me & My Shadow” project provides a beautiful visualization on this
    topic, which allows even non online/tech savy users to see the extent of
    the excessive data collection by service providers. “Trace My Shadow”
    lets one see with few clicks which personal data is tracked and
    collected by data collectors .

    The graphic illustrates very nicely that the more personal data one
    reveals the larger and threatening the shadow grows. In addition there
    is a “Shadow Tracers Kit” with a selection of Tools and Services, which
    should help to limit the threat and explain excessive data collection.
    http://netzpolitik.org/2012/trace-my...n-im-internet/

    HOW SECURE IS YOUR TWITTER Sam, who spent a month at Tactical Tech as a
    data visualization consultant, wrote
    (http://twitterabused.com/2012/05/22/...itter-account/) a
    resource filled guided on toolkits and guidelines helping you to stay
    secure online, among them Me & My Shadow.

    AMAZING INFOGRAPHICS AND HEART-WRENCHING CAMPAIGNS
    A report back on a workshop held by Tactical Tech staff at the recent
    "Using information design in advocacy for women's rights" workshop at
    AWID Forum 2012.
    http://www.genderit.org/node/3609

    ***SPOTLIGHT***
    The Zuma Spear
    In the last few weeks we've seen interesting events sparking debate in
    South African mainstream press and social media on censorship and the
    role of art in the country's hard-won battle for freedom of expression.

    Brett Murray, who was a key player in resistance art during apartheid,
    currently has an exhibition of new political artworks entitled Hail to
    the Thief II at the Johannesburg's Goodman Gallery. One piece which
    sparked the outrage is of South African President Jacob Zuma posing as
    Lenin with his genitals hanging out (see image here:
    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Po...-20120517).The
    image references Zuma's reputation as a womaniser and philander: making
    headlines for his defense against a rape case brought against him just
    before he came into presidency, his polygamy and the press' frequent
    discovery of new children fathered by him.

    The debate quickly spiralled into one about race - the artpiece
    critiqued for the tired trope of the sex-mad black men, depicted by a
    white artist. But on the other side we saw a healthy battle for
    post-apartheid freedoms as the gallery refused requests by the ruling
    party to remove and destroy the work, in addition to an interesting
    showdown between press outlets who chose to comply or ignore official
    requests to remove the image from their webpages.

    Through social media, humorous responses and remixes of the original
    image circulated, including:

    * A cartoon from satirical news website Hayibo, casting shots at Zuma'a
    polygamous lifestyle
    http://www.hayibo.com/art/?mc_cid=74...eid=f090fe8cdb

    * A retake from South Africa's most famous political cartoonist, Zapiro,
    featuring Zuma with the signature showerhead - a jibe at his reference
    to showering as a strategy to prevent infection after having sex with an
    HIV + person
    https://pinterest.com/pin/152770612330120486/

    * An online service which allows users to evade censorship by replacing
    Zuma's head from the original image which an image of their choice
    http://www.dickstagram.co.za/

    * A modified version Shepard Fairey's famous Obey print posted right
    outside the Goodman Gallery
    https://pinterest.com/pin/152770612330132144/

    * And one group of campaigners decided to use the attention the painting
    was getting to highlight their own cause: endangered rhinos

    https://pinterest.com/pin/26177241554507214/

    After about a week the original work was defaced by two men who entered
    the gallery with paint on their hands. What remains is the issue of
    censorship and the government's attempt to ban an artpiece which
    criticised it. This comes on the back of the Protection of Information
    Act (passed in parliament in November but still waiting to go through
    upper house and possibly challenged in the constitutional court) - a law
    which would make it a crime to leak, possess or publish information
    judged as classified by the government. Whistleblowers and journalists
    could face up to 25 years in jail if found guilty of such action.

    The debate quickly spiraled into one about race - the artpiece critiqued
    for the tired trope of the sex-mad black men, depicted by a white
    artist. But on the other side we saw a healthy battle for post-apartheid
    freedoms as the gallery refused requests by the ruling party to remove
    and destroy the work, in addition to an interesting showdown between
    press outlets who chose to comply or ignore official requests to remove
    the image from their webpages.

    ***ACTIVISM***
    ANOTHER CLOUD IS POSSIBLE…
    Check out this vital guide on the use of cloud computing in activism
    (PDF) from Aspiration Tech
    http://www.aspirationtech.org/files/...U12_050212.pdf and read
    their manifesto http://www.aspirationtech.org/publications/manifesto.

    For more on alternatives to social media check out this guide from the
    10 Tactics Remixed site.
    http://informationactivism.org/mobil...a-alternatives
    <http://informationactivism.org/disli...a-alternatives>

    ANONYMOUS'OPERATION COLTAN
    The latest protest from the hacktivist collective focuses on the trade
    in the mineral Coltan which is used extensively in the production of
    laptops and mobile phones.
    http://operationgreenrights.blogspot.fr/

    DIGITAL RIGHTS WATCH
    New! A collaborative database for mapping the communications and
    information rights in the world. "We look at laws, court cases and
    specific topics relating to censorship, access to information, privacy
    and intellectual monopolies."
    http://diriwa.org/

    ***ILLUMINATION***
    FACEBOOK SHARES MORE ABOUT HOW IT USES YOUR DATA
    Partly thanks to a group of Irish college students who raised the issue
    with the Irish Data Protection Office, Facebook have added more detail
    and explanations to their privacy policies.
    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/facebook-shares-more-about-how-it-uses-your-data/

    ***PROVOCATION***
    SHOULD WE JUST DITCH THE IDEA OF PRIVACY
    A provocative post from Don Tapscott argues that while there are
    benefits to increased openness and personal transparency online, we
    need to take personal responsibility for the amount of information we
    reveal: "...each of us also needs a personal privacy strategy governing
    what information we release and to whom"
    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debat...ea-of-privacy/

    INDIA: WHY IS INDIA PARANOID ABOUT PRIVACY?
    "When the world’s largest online company Google Inc. changed its privacy
    policy in March making personal information more vulnerable, it
    immediately came under the scrutiny of both the US and the UK
    governments. But India has no teeth to handle such a situation; the
    changes by Google do not fall within the purview of the country’s
    Information Technology Act".
    http://www.livemint.com/2012/05/22214003/Data-boom--Why-is-India-paran.html

    MALAYSIA: GAY RIGHTS DEMO CANCELLED
    In response to a rising wave of threats made against the LGBT community
    by the government and religious organisations, a demonstration on the
    International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was cancelled.
    http://bikyamasr.com/68721/malaysia-...aho-this-year/

    EGYPT: TRACK THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON TWITTER
    The Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute have launched a new
    tool called Rayesna that Al Jazeera are using to track the Egyptian
    Presidential Candidates. Read more by @PatrickMeier at
    http://irevolution.net/2012/05/23/tr...es-on-twitter/
    and check out the tool at http://mubasher.aljazeera.net/events/election/

    US/GLOBAL: RENDITION DATA AND OBAMA'S RECORD ON TORTURE
    A new collection of rendition data brings together records of over 1100
    Victims and shows how 45 countries were involved. The Rendition Project
    is a collaborative research project which is "developing a database of
    all known victims of rendition and secret detention in the ‘War on
    Terror’ and its aftermath, as well as the facilities in which they have
    been held."
    http://www.therenditionproject.org.uk/

    You can explore President Obama's record on torture, surveillance and
    detention in an interactive timeline.
    http://www.propublica.org/special/obama-vs-bush-on-national-security-timeline

    GLOBAL: THE 10 MOST CENSORED COUNTRIES - NEW REPORT FROM CPJ
    "Shutting out international media and imposing dictatorial controls on
    domestic coverage, the Horn of Africa nation of Eritrea has emerged as
    the world's most censored country, the Committee to Protect Journalists
    has found in its newly updated analysis of press restrictions around the
    globe. Following closely on CPJ's 10 Most Censored Countries list are
    North Korea, Syria, and Iran—three nations where vast restrictions on
    information have enormous implications for geopolitical and nuclear
    stability."
    https://www.cpj.org/reports/2012/05/...-countries.php

    ***INSPIRATION***
    THE AESTHETIC MOMENT OFFERS HOPE
    Charles Tripp, Professor of Middle East Politics at the School of
    Oriental and African Studies in London gave a fascinating lecture on the
    the power of art in the Arab Spring. He argues that the Arab spring
    represented a more focused concentration of well-established dissident
    art - serving to mobilise and providing a "repertoire of
    defiance,identity and rights". Well worth watching.
    http://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-aw...vent-recording

    WHAT MAKES AN INFOGRAPHIC GO VIRAL?
    An analysis of the most shared infographics on the website
    http://visual.ly/ reveals the surprising fact that "data to represent is
    not a critical ingredient in infographics."
    http://blog.visual.ly/top-30-viral-infographics/

    A DANGEROUSLY GOOD COLLECTION OF IMAGES
    Warning! You may lose a few hours in this wonderful resource of
    informational graphics and visual codes – from hobo signs
    (http://www.fulltable.com/VTS/i/igr/an/e.htm) to some very useful advice
    about knots (http://www.fulltable.com/VTS/i/igr/sta/faid/a.htm). Check
    out the full collection at http://www.fulltable.com/VTS/i/igr/menu.htm

    --
    Programme coordinator http://www.tacticaltech.org/
    http://www.twitter.com/Info_Activism We have a new resource for
    activists! On data visualisation: drawingbynumbers.org


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    Visit Gaza: A virtual tour of life in the strip



    http://informationactivism.org/explo...our-life-strip

    New example




    The 360 square kilometre Gaza Strip, bordered by Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea, forms part of the occupied Palestinian territory. Israel controls Gaza's airspace and territorial waters, and only allows goods to be moved into and out of the territory by land.

    What does this mean for the people, organisations and institutions trying to survive there?

    To provide a visual representation of the problems that the 1.7 million Gaza Strip residents encounter on a daily basis, an Israeli NGO called Gisha has created a Virtual Tour of Gaza. Through an interactive map of the Strip containing text, images and video, viewers can see how access policies have affected local infrastructure and education, as well as the economy.

    Nuseirat Elementary Boys School, for example, had to be built entirely out of shipping containers because of a ban against construction materials entering the Strip. The influx of Palestinian refugees to Gaza also means that the school is overcrowded. A double-shift system has had to be implemented, with half the children attending school in the morning and the other half in the afternoon.

    In a similar vein, Palestinian NGO Al-Haq has created a series of Virtual Field Visits. Each 'visit' uses Google Earth to combine photographs and video footage with satellite imagery, giving viewers the opportunity to see the on-the-ground reality of life in the occupied territories. And The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B'Tselem collates video documentation from the perspective of Gaza/West Bank civilians.

    
FURTHER READING
    How Many Trucks Enter the Gaza Strip? Who Cares? GazaGateway, 2012
    
Interactive Maps on Gaza, Al-Haq, 2011-2012
    
In Search of Beauty in Besieged Gaza, Ahram Online, 2011



    Project Struggles to Create Gaza City's First "Tourist" Map, Truthout, 2010

    VIDEO


    Al-Haq Virtual Field Visits





    IMAGES:
    <font size="4"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://informationactivism.org/sites/informationactivism.org/files/styles/medium/public/visitgaza1004_HK04-1.png"></font>
    <font size="4"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://informationactivism.org/sites/informationactivism.org/files/styles/medium/public/gaza2.jpg"></font>


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