Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2013

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What we did[edit]

We spent an hour in The Room With A View giving the following whistle stop talk, including getting it, setting up chairs, table, projects and speaker, and then talking it all down again and exiting:

  1. Intro to HacktionLab and TTFA (5 mins) - MikeH, https://hacktionlab.org & https://techtoolsforactivism.org
  2. Schluze voting (10 mins) - BenG, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schulze_method
  3. Econsensous (5 mins) - MikeH, https://econsensus.org/
  4. Digital Currency / Mutual Credit Schemes (10 mins) - JohnC, OxCred - https://oxcred.org.uk/
  5. A whistle-stop demo of Tor in action (5 mins) - MikeH, https://www.torproject.org - http://tortest.hacktionlab.org/
  6. Oracle's take-over of Sun Microsystems (10 mins) - BenG, LibreOffice and MariaDB
  7. Network23 (5 mins) - MikeH, https://network23.org & https://n-1.cc/g/hacktionlab
  8. Barncamp (5 mins) - MikeH, https://barncamp.org.uk

Total = 55-60 mins

Resources[edit]

Planning[edit]

These are the current picks for what we'd like to talk about.

Barncamp[edit]

We'll do a section on Barncamp, what is it, what we've achieved and how to get involved.

econsensus[edit]

https://econsensus.org/ - a system for consensus based decision making online. Make proposals, comment and vote on them.

Digital Local Currency Schemes[edit]

John C will come and talk for 20mins about network software that runs electronic-credit based local currency schemes. Like the LETS scheme brought into the 20th century.

Oracle's take over of Sun, 2 years on[edit]

Oracle, from a free software perspective at the least, are the archetypical evil corporation. They took over both hardware and software parts of Sun Microsystems on January 27, 2010. A shockwave of resignations and software forks proceeded. Sun owned a number pieces of widely used software including:

  • MySQL - a database
  • Java - a programming language
  • OpenOffice.org - an office suite

Oracle have progressively closed the doors on these bits of software. We'll look at the free software movements response this, and what it means for the future.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_acquisition_by_Oracle

Schulze Voting[edit]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schulze_method This is the fairest method of voting yet devised.

Talk would discuss:

  • how is it fair?
  • why we should use it.
  • why we shouldn't use it.

Links:


bitcoins[edit]

A discussion of a new type of client: Electrum. Is it secure? Is it a good idea? What's happened in the bitcoin world since the last Bristol Anarchist Bookfair?

We would demonstrate a bitcoin transaction.

anarchy and free software[edit]

How is free software anarchist? To what degree does it kick frickin' ass? How are anarchy and free software linked? How should they be involved with each other?

tails[edit]

A look at the progress of The Amnesic Incognito Live System since last year's bookfair: https://tails.boum.org/