Smart leaks

Indymedia was a big, almost world wide project, born in Seattle, VA, USA, in 1999. It was the first ‘place’, the very first internet outlet where any one with a computer and an internet connection could post their own news, their own text and media content. Continue reading

Taller software libre

Taller de Software Libre y LibreOffice en Briviesca el 16 de noviembre a las 7.30 de la tarde. Será el primero. Luego vendrán más. Gimp para manipular imágenes, si hay demanda Audacity para manipular sonido, y por supuesto privacidad en internet.
Siempre para principiantes.
Los contenidos de este taller están aquí, en solo texto, y la presentación en formato .odp está en owncloud de aktivix
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Texto de la presentación de Introducción a Software Libre y LibreOffice
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So, you are using a corporate email provider

You are not bothered that they mine your behavior to better sell your eyeballs to advertisers.

One problem, however, is that governments around the world are using these private corporations as a vast multiplier of state power. The big email providers won’t disclose how many requests for data they get from the government.
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The GIMP and CMYK

One big challenge I have found in the process of using only free software but at the same time engaging with people in the printing industry is how to create files in the formats and modes they require.

OpenOffice (now LibreOffice) kind of does the job for text. All I needed to do was to make sure that the fonts were embedded so instead of using the shortcut icon, I did File-Export as PDF and in the field PDF producer:
PDF/X-1a:2001.

Graphics are a different matter.
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Indymedia

Indymedia dissertation

Introduction

A general overview will be offered of alternative media definitions of Indymedia. Then theories that attempt to explain the process of news production within corporate media will be looked at, like News Values or the Propaganda Model.

It is to be noted that this study will mainly be based on American (specially South American) and European (specially British and Spanish) practices. There is some parallelism with the structure of the existing research about commercial media, since most studies on this subject come from Western rich economies, namely Western Europe, Canada and specially the USA. Following this line, it is also to be noted that Herman (in interview with Peterson 1997) argues that the world’s media are following the trend set by the USA, so it could be argued that on focusing the research on these regions would give a reasonable view of the world’s media.

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Free Software

Free and Software – definitions.

The fact that the word free in english has more than one meaning makes a preliminary explanation of what ‘free software’ means necessary.

The ‘free’ in free software refers to freedom more than to price (Winstanley, 2003). The Free Software Foundation, founded by Richard Stallman in 1985, refers to four freedoms: freedom to use, to distribute, to examine, and to modify the software. That is the ‘trade mark’, as there are other programs that are freely available, but are not free to examine and modify.
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