Crabgrass: a social organizing tool for social movements

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Fri, 06/25/2010 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Full Description: 

Movements that successfully challenge state or corporate power will face surveillance and repression. As online organizing becomes common place, the choice of tools social movements use is critical. The internet may herald a deep change in democratic communication, but the internet is simultaneously the most effective tool for mass surveillance ever devised. Corporations like facebook and google monitor you closely in order to sell you to advertisers. We think their model poses a grave threat to social movements and have been busy creating Crabgrass, a secure alternative to for-profit social networking and organizing platforms. We would like to present Crabgrass, get feedback, and talk about the tools you use and what tools you wish you had.

The workshop will be in three parts.

1) quick introduction to crabgrass – how it was built and why we think its important

2) A longer presentation of crabgrass in action. We will have crabgrass running live and will show you what it can do and how people are using it.

3) Feedback section from the presentation, conversation with current users of crabgrass, and a conversation on what tools you use and which ones you would like to see developed.

Organizer Name: 
Daniel Scott
Organizer Email: 
danscott@riseup.net
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
Riseup Collective
Language(s): 
english
Tracks: 
Capitalism in Crisis: tearing down poverty, building economic alternatives & a solidarity economy
To the Left: building a movement for social justice: intersections and alliances across race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability…
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