Unfortunately the book already went to press when this documentary came out. I would like to have discussed it in the final section of the book when I talk about how Occupy is prototyping news kinds of communications strategies. But I think the video does a better job than any description I could write.
The Webzine Motherboard offers this fantastic glimpse into how a group of techie activists seek to revolutionize networking. In an effort to create software/hardware that matches the concept of the Occupy General Assembly, the Free Network Foundation is taking McLuhan’s aphorism to heart: the medium of an independent P2P network is the message.
In their own words:
- We envision communications infrastructure that is owned and operated cooperatively, by the whole of humanity, rather than by corporations and states.
- We are using the power of peer-to-peer technologies to create a global network which is immune to censorship and resistant to breakdown.
- We promote freedoms, support innovations and advocate technologies that enhance and enable digital self-determination.