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UnionTube – Japanese Labor Organsation using Plumi

The site
invites union members and others to contribute their clips to the site.
If you have a look you’ll see Plumi adapts pretty well to running in
Japanese with the help of Plone’s great language support, though there
is still some work to be done. Check out the site at video.labornetjp.org

Plumi.org

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Rogue Education Conference, Workshops and Screening

Launch Screening

“Rocking the Foundations” is the story of a trade union whose social and political activities challenged the notion of what a union should be, and is incredibly relevant to education activists and student unions today. It will be screened alongside inspiring shorts from the net including the EngageMedia.org website. Rod Quantock will be providing his irreverent take on public education, followed by a launch of the reader.

Rogue Education Conference – Institutions, Capitalism and Dissent

During the conference a range of academics, students, activists and unionists will discuss how the current crisis in education undermines the very notion of “democracy”. Speakers include:

  • Professor Margaret Thornton: ‘The Impact of Commodification on the Student Experience’
  • Professor Rob Watts
  • Judith Bessant: ‘Politics, Universities and the Culture Wars’
  • Geoff Boucher: Winning the Education Debate
  • Damien Cahill: ‘Neoliberalism and the War on Terror: The Real Road to Serfdom’
  • Jeff Sparrow: ‘The Early Student Movement in Melbourne’
  • Bree Ahrens: ‘The Melbourne Model’
  • Russell Kerr: A Quest for Something Nicer
  • Paddy Gibson – ‘Opportunities to Waste – Universities and the Nuclear Industry’
  • Dave Eden: ‘Treasonous Minds: Capital and Universities, the Ideology of the Intellectual and the Desire for Mutiny’
  • Anja Kanngieser: ‘It’s our Academy: Autonomous and Free Universities as a Strategy for Reclaiming Knowledge’

EngageMedia Workshop

On Sunday 15th September at 12PM EngageMedia will present a workshop on the state of independent media and how to use it as a campaign tool, as well as an in-depth look at the EngageMedia.org video-sharing website

Free soup and cheap drinks will be on offer, courtesy of the RMIT Student Union Swanston Street Collective.

Check out the website at www.rogueeducation.org

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Get on your digital soapbox!

Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) are holding a series of FREE public forums as part of still/open Program during September in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as part of their emerging technology labs. The forums are running;

Melbourne   6pm, 5th September 2007 @ Digital Harbour
Perth           6pm, 10th September 2007 @ The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex
Brisbane     6pm, 14th September @ The Judith Wright Centre

The forums will explore recent projects by internationally renown guest thinkers: Alessandro Ludovico (Italy) a publisher, media artist and editor in chief of Neural (http://www.neural.it), Andy Nicholson (Australia) a free software hacker, new media activist and part of the Engage Media collective (http://engagemedia.org) and Beatriz da Costa (USA) an interdisciplinary artist and researcher who works with open science (http://www.beatrizdacosta.net). Creative Commons Australia will open the floor for discussion of Open Source Culture.

Open Source Culture is the growing global phenomenon of creative practices of sharing content for others to rework, reuse and redistribute. It has created a digital collective media culture and cult like following where everyone from teenagers to grannies are getting involved. It has moved from the programming sphere into the general and business communities; the purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion and MySpace for $580 million by News Corp. and Google highlight just how much value they can have.

Open Source Culture aims to empower the user and challenge the power of the media giants. Currently a conflict is occurring between the owners of online “user generated” infrastructures and those who use them. User submitted and generated content often is moderated by the site or organization it is uploaded to, giving absolute control to the powers that be to do as they wish with the content submitted. By its nature Open Source Culture brings up many opinions and questions including; how open is Open Source Culture? Is it user friendly or financially beneficial to the big players? How might artists make use this cultural movement? And [insert your own question here] will be part of the discussion in the still/open forum.

The forums are presented as part of ANAT’s emerging technology labs, which are responsible for the hugely successful reSkin program.

For media information and availability of the facilitators for interviews please contact Amanda Matulick on 8231 9037 or [email protected] or for more information on the forums and still/open please visit www.anat.org.au/stillopen/blog/forums/.

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