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Technology Tent, #occupylsx

As a researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media, taking a course on Civic Media with Sasha Costanza Chock, I have been fascinated by how Occupy has been using technology and media.

 

I am in London this weekend for the Mozilla Festival, so I decided to visit Occupy London to see how they were using media.

 

When I arrived, most people were watching a film. I did get a chance to visit the tech tent, where people were mostly relaxing after a long day.

 

At present, the main concerns of the people I spoke with in Tech are internal decisionmaking and liason with other occupations over long-term strategy. In London, as in other Occupy groups, plans to prepare for the winter are focused on goals beyond just survival. People I spoke with want to use that time to grow and refine the movement. Along those lines, Occupy London just started a Homeless tent and Welfare working group.

 

Links:

- Occupy London Finsbury Park (@occupylfs)

- Occupy London in the Guardian

- Limitations of infrared cameras for detecting people sleeping in tents

- David Cameron Backs Archbishop on Bankers (Financial Times)

- Occupyresearch.net

 

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Taken on November 5, 2011