|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] The Digital Divide
There is an interesting article in this months National Geographic about
the rapid pace of the wiring of the third world and the affect of advanced
communications on national economies. It has a sister piece about Silicon
Valley. I don't beleive it is on-line. For people up to date on this
issue there is not a whole lot new on this, but I think we should
formulate a letter to National Geographic on this topic.
John 'Mad Dog" Hall frequently speaks about the power of Free Software on
the opening third world. I often refer to fair use issues surrounding
digital information as criticle to education and reversing the digital
divid, and even the non-digitial divide, within our disenfranchised inner
cities and among minorities.
This article clearly shows how vital communication infalstructure is to
the maturing and democractization of societies the world over. But with
the growing attacks on fair use in the digital media, everything,
including Free Software is threatened. Linux can be a lynchpin for world
empowerment and peace. Or it can be the canary in the coal mine, it's
death the first sign of a silent building of a deadly and poisonous
atmosphere. While the world is becoming increasingly interconnected at an
astonishing rate, Free Software is the only viable means to assure it's
use by the people, for the people, so that Democracy does not perish from
the earth. (FAIR USE).
Brooklyn Linux Solutions
http://www.mrbrklyn.com - Consulting
http://www.brooklynonline.com - For the love of Brooklyn
http://www.nylxs.com - Leadership Development in Free Software
http://www.nyfairuse.org - The foundation of Democracy
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/resources - Unpublished Archive or stories and
articles from around the net
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/mp3/annie.mp3 - Armed and Dangerous....
http://www2.mrbrklyn.com/downtown.html - See the New Downtown Brooklyn....
New Yorker Linux Users Scene
Fair Use -
because it's either fair use or useless....