When I first became interested and aware of digital art and Net art etcetera, (etcetera being not just shorthand for everything else, but a sign that I can't recall all the various monikers that have been used to describe them) I was working as a Technical Communicator for Marconi. I was writing the manuals for the electronic bits and pieces that fitted into neat boxes and were installed to make the Internet. I used to say that we should be more involved with every aspect of understanding the Internet, because we WERE the Internet!
recently i posted about an internet blackout protest against section 92a, a proposed nz law that would have forced ISPs to take down a web site on accusation of copyright infringment, no proof required. this week, the nz government scrapped it - following organised protest & lack of industry support.
over the last 6 months or so i've been working on a new site for the magdalena aotearoa trust, & at easter we launched it (& now i'm madly trying to fix the bits that aren't quite working right!!!). the main impetus for the new site was that i'd been searching for a suitable open source online membership database application, which i finally found in CiviCRM. CiviCRM integrates with Drupal (or Joomla!
Following the appalling "Kreativwirtschaft" symposium in Linz, I was all the more interested when I started seeing announcements about the "Creative Cities" symposium organized by Armin Medosch and Ina Zwerger in Vienna. Since I was able to go, this time I was not disappointed.
I completely understand that not everyone has the same technical knowledge as myself. I do not expect that everyone knows how to use Power Point, knows what PDFs are, or even knows how to turn on a computer. But something that really urkes me is when speakers put on an overly dramatic public display of damsel in distress behavior trying to get a computer working during public lectures. And even more so when the talk is supposed to be about the opposite…
In honor of the Furtherfield Ada Lovelace week and Marc’s email wondering where the girls are I’ve decided to end my procrastination and return to posting on the Furtherfield Blog. I hereby recommit to regular postings here!
And to (re)begin few things on my mind of late…
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