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November 04, 2011

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Camps

Resultados del Simulacro electoral para escoger al candidato a Rector de nuestro Recinto

Schulze Method Selected Method

The full results of this election ranked the candidates in order of preference (from most preferred to least preferred):

  1. Dr. Jorge Schmidt
  2. Dr. Agustin Irizarry
  3. Dr. Hector Huyke
  4. Dr. Cecilio Ortiz
  5. Dr. Douglas Santos
  6. Dr. Jorge Rivera Santos

About the Schulze Method

The Schulze method is a preferential voting system. It is based on the Condorcet method but includes a set of methods for resolving “circular” defeats.

The Schulze method is also known as Schwartz Sequential Dropping (SSD), Cloneproof Schwartz Sequential Dropping (CSSD), Beatpath Method, Beatpath Winner, Path Voting, and Path Winner.

Número final de votantes: 113

Número de personas que se registraron para votar: 653

Perdonen que nos hayamos tardado tanto en publicar los resultados. Selectricity.org nos estaba dando un error cada vez que tratábamos de acceder los resultados. Desde el lunes , hemos estado incesablemente intentando de contactar a los administradores de Selectricity.org pero no recibimos ninguna respuesta hasta hoy . Nos contactó el líder del proyecto para disculparse por tardarse tanto en contestarnos y nos dijo que iba a intentar de arreglarlo hoy mismo. Hace unos minutos nos escribieron para decirnos que habían podido arreglar el problema. Desafortunadamente este no fue el único problema que nos enfrentamos con Selectricity.

Varías personas nos informaron que no pudieron votar porque la página les estaba dando errores. También hubo que crear más de una elección porque hubo un error en la primera que se creó  y Selectricity no tiene opciones para editar una elección después  que comienza. Ésto pudo haber sido motivo de  confusión para muchas personas. Finalmente,  hubo gente que recibió su ¨ “token” para votar para en la primera elección que se creó pero no  en el  segundo intento.

Nosotros/as  seleccionamos la plataforma de Selectricity por varias razones:

  • Estábamos familiarizados con la misma ya que es la plataforma que se utiliza para las elecciones de Students for Free Culture
  • Es libre y de código abierto, lo que era un requisito para nosotros/as ya que queríamos un sistema completamente transparente y a tono con los objetivos de Free Culture @ UPRM.
  • Está operado por un tercero muy respetado, el MIT Civic Media Lab. Queríamos que hubiese un tercer actor detrás de la elección ya que era una elección electrónica y las personas tienden  a ser escépticas , justificadamente, sobre éste tipo de elecciones.
  • Se nos  aseguró  que la plataforma podía aguantar la carga de una elección a mayor escala.
  • Implementa métodos de votación modernos, específicamente el método Schulze.

Desafortunadamente,  Selectricity no estaba listo para aguantar nuestra elección ya que tuvo demasiados participantes registrados. Lamentamos muchísimo lo ocurrido y si hubiésemos sabido que Selectricity no iba a poder aguantar la carga pues hubiésemos optado por otra plataforma. Tengan en cuenta que nosotros creamos colegiodemocrati.co, inscribimos a más de 600 personas y preparamos la elección en menos de una semana. Tuvimos muy poco tiempo para preparanos. Aun así el proceso funcionó y logramos nuestro objetivo ; los resultados obtenidos son prueba de ello.

Sin embargo y más importante aún,  éstos resultados ( a pesar  de  los problemas con la plataforma) significan algo verdaderamente importante y trascendental:  es  la   primera vez que la  comunidad universitaria del Colegio tuvo la oportunidad de expresarse de esta manera sobre sus preferencias para candidato a  rector. Nuestra misión principal con este proyecto era crear aunque fuese solo un pequeño espacio en donde manifestar  lo que queremos ver en el Colegio; más democracia participativa, más participación directa de la comunidad en la toma de decisiones, más transparencia y más personas informadas. Con este ejercicio hemos cumplido nuestra misión. Muchisimas gracías a todas las personas que sacrificarón su tiempo libre y colaboraron  para poder hacer posible este proyecto. También le agradecemos al grupo de los 5 por inspirarnos a hacer este proyecto y por haber dicho “basta!” y hacer algo por nuestra Universidad. Sin ellos nada de ésto hubiese ocurrido.
P.S. Las personas que participaron del proceso pueden revisar los resultados y ver todos los detalles visitando Selectricity.org y poniendo su “token” de votación.

by podcasting at November 04, 2011 01:45 AM

October 26, 2011

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Camps

¡Colegial, llegó la hora de expresarnos en cuánto a nuestro rector se refiere!

Durante los pasados meses, el sector estudiantil del RUM hemos exigido mayor participación en los procesos administrativos de nuestra universidad. Nos enfrentamos en poco más de una semana, ante el proceso de elegir un nuevo rector en nuestro Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. El grupo de Free Culture se ha dado a la tarea de darle a toda la comunidad universitaria una herramienta de expresión pública para dejarles sentir a la administración nuestra opinión acerca del rector que queremos en nuestro recinto: un simulacro de elecciones. ¡Anímate a participar y a dejar saber tu sentir!

El proceso de votación tiene dos etapas y se llevará a cabo en el site: http://colegiodemocrati.co/ . En la primera etapa, durante estos días, comenzando lunes 24 de octubre hasta el jueves 27 de octubre la página estará abierta al público en general para que puedan registrarse y votar. Esto es así debido a que estamos usando un sistema de votación corrido por MIT Labs para garantizar la mayor transparencia y seguridad en el proceso. Luego aquellos que se hayan registrado recibirán un token en su email para poder votar. Las elecciones estarán abiertas desde el viernes 28 de octubre hasta el domingo 30 de octubre. Los resultados serán anunciados el lunes 31 de octubre.

¡No pierdas esta oportunidad! ¡Es nuestro primer escalón en la escalera de tomar control de nuestra universidad de manera informada y democrática! ¡Anímate a expresarte y a dejarte sentir!

P.D. ¡Nuestra inciativa, aunque joven, ya se ha dejado sentir en la prensa! Salimos en el periódico El Primera Hora (http://www.primerahora.com/organizacionestudiantildemayaguezinvitaaeleccionesparaescogerrector-570986.html). ¡Continuemos!

by Héctor Franqui at October 26, 2011 12:58 AM

May 08, 2010

Virginia Tech

FreedomPack 2010.0 Released

The FreedomPack, a project of our chapter that provides a disc of free software for Windows and Mac OS X users, has been released to BitTorrent today. The software includes:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • OpenOffice.org
  • Pidgin (Windows) or Adium (Mac OS X)
  • Sumatra PDF (Windows) or Skim (Mac OS X)
  • Audacity
  • Celestia
  • Code::Blocks
  • Neverball
  • The Battle for Wesnoth
  • Crack Attack!

We have uploaded to both Mininova, where we have a content distribution account, and The Pirate Bay. Download, seed, and enjoy.

by matt at May 08, 2010 05:32 AM

April 21, 2010

Virginia Tech

Free Games LAN party

Free Culture at Virginia Tech will be hosting a LAN party for free games on Sunday. Games being played include Nexuiz, BZFlag, Wormux, and Battle for Wesnoth. If you have a suggestion (it must be multiplayer over a LAN and meet the definition of a Free Cultural Work) please let us know on our wiki.

Bring Ethernet cable and a decent PC. Most machines from the last year or so will be fine, so long as the graphics are discrete (ATI or NVIDIA, not Intel). We will provide copies of all games for all of the major operating systems at the event.

  • Date: Sunday, April 25th
  • Time: 2:00pm-9:00 pm
  • Place: 102 Johnston Student Center

by matt at April 21, 2010 04:38 AM

July 12, 2009

SAIC Free Culture

“Any proclamation of social utopia deserves a second look…”

Interesting and critical evaluation by Carolyn Kane of Rhizome.org of some of the ideas expressed at the Open Video Conference at Yale Law School.

http://rhizome.org/editorial/2739#more

The Question of Freedom at the Open Video Conference

By Carolyn Kane on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 1:00 pm.

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Does free video uploading and downloading equal democracy? I asked myself this question during the recent Open Video Conference, organized by the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School and the Open Video Alliance, an umbrella coalition for the development of an “open video ecosystem”: a “movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video.” Conference sponsors include Mozilla, Redhat, Intelligent Television, and Livestream. The conference was held at New York University’s Vanderbilt Hall, home of the NYU Law School from June 19-21, 2009. I attended several of the panels at the conference, although it was primarily Yochai Benkler’s opening keynote that was of concern.The mission statement for the conference reads, “Open Video is a movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video.” The conference and its affiliates aimed to respond to outdated copyright law in an attempt to open the limits on the circulation and distribution of copyrighted material. Gabriella Coleman of New York University in her talk, “The Politics and Poetics of DeCSS,” demonstrated the historical connection between code and free speech. Coleman traced the relationship back to John Stuart Mill, who first equated Romantic notions with utilitarian ones in order to justify free speech. In the 20th century, figures such as Richard Stallman, Peter Salins, and Daniel Bernstein, all further solidified the connection between legal rights and code. This history, Coleman points out, thus explains the popularity of today’s research into the triumvirate of copyright, law, and culture. Ideally, the open video culture sought after would be one that would allow for the distribution and use of copyrighted video content without the fear of lawsuits or legal action.

Yochai Benkler, author of the celebrated book, The Wealth of Networks (2006) took the stage in the morning on Friday June 19. His conflation of the freedom to access content, as noted above, with freedom in general, was suspect. Benkler argued that Open Video was indicative of an “open democracy for everyone, everywhere, all the time.” Open Video Culture, he said, would usher in the possibility for “anyone to express oneself, be creative and innovative.” Benkler also claimed that because “millions of people are now looking at [social and political] problems” we will thus find millions of, “distributed solutions.” In this “free” culture, he continued, “human creativity would move to the core.” Aside from the seemingly naïve conflation of terms, exactly which society, which “everyone,” and which economic system did Benkler have in mind?

Rhizome’s founder, Mark Tribe, also presented at the conference with Rhizome’s Executive Director, Lauren Cornell. After the talk, Tribe shed some light on the significance of Benkler’s broad statements. He said that Benkler is partially correct, social media has granted more freedom. For instance, look at what the Yes Men can do. But at the same time, he added, this freedom has no effect on social relations, economic inequity and will not necessarily increase freedoms for those whom it is denied. Lastly, it does not automatically equal audiences.

It is true. When Benkler states that in “Transparent culture, anyone can innovate” and thus become “better readers,” this is correct, in theory. For instance, random users may upload a video of a protest or demonstration to YouTube, or a mashup video of something they found online—they may make critical commentaries, subvert normative journalistic channels, and gain more insight into how television and mass media products are produced and assembled. But again, this does not guarantee more perceptive readers, critical content, or an audience for that material. As László Barabási points out, the majority of internet traffic still flows through major hubs—hubs like Amazon and Yahoo, which means that online content generally continues to rely on traditional media channels for distribution. Even if an independent new media organization may gain an audience, such as Boing Boing, or Rhizome, they may not be guaranteed the financial support needed to sustain on a long-term basis (this was the focus of Xeni Jardin’s talk at the conference, a reporter from Boing Boing).

The situation is nicely summed up by media scholar Geert Lovink, in his recent manifesto written with Ned Rossiter. “Web 2.0” they explain, “is not for free. ‘Free as in free beer’ is not like ‘free as in freedom’. Open does not equal free. These days ‘free’ is just another word for service economies…. Where is the enemy? Not on Facebook, where you can only have ‘friends’. What Web 2.0 lacks is the technique of antagonistic linkage. Instead, we are confronted with the Tyranny of Positive Energy…” The utopianism of “open and free” video culture, it seems, is correct in that it allows people to do things they could not do before. But this does not automatically equal change or democracy in itself. Any proclamation of social utopia deserves a second look, yet we also need to understand why Benkler framed his arguments in the way he did that morning––speaking to an audience of lawyers, corporate investors, sponsors, and public relations representatives.

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by rehgordon at July 12, 2009 09:46 PM

April 29, 2009

SAIC Free Culture

Oliver Laric’s ‘Versions’

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Excellent video essay on the stigma of appropriation and visual remixing from one its biggest practitioners, Oliver Laric. Surprisingly reminiscent of a Chris Marker film (maybe it’s the narrator).

Also, somewhat related…an interesting essay on the hypocrisy of the recent Pirate Bay arrests and what it could mean for the future of ye olde music industrie from the vice-president of the Berklee College of Music. LINK

Even as the content industry celebrates another false victory over file sharing, the world is moving on, to cloud-based, on-demand streaming services — some licensed — where you can hear music and watch videos faster and in a more social way than you can with bit torrent. And as content holders look to monetize those networks, P2P networks provide the only useful template, because they share so many characteristics with today’s social-media networks…

In addition to teaching them how to mine social networks for user data, file sharing taught the content industry that it’s often more efficient to address networks than users. On one hand, this sort of thinking led to The Pirate Bay lawsuit. On the other, we have Choruss, Warner Music Group adviser and digital music guru Jim Griffin’s plan to license universities, then ISPs, to allow subscribers to download and upload as much music as they want for an overall, royalty-like fee.

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by chris at April 29, 2009 08:07 AM

December 29, 2008

Georgetown University

Encourage Obama to Pick the Best IP Czar Possible

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s technology policy white paper stated that “Intellectual property is to the digital age what physical goods were to the industrial age. Barack Obama believes we need to update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated.”

Now, as President-Elect, Barack Obama can make concrete decisions to ensure American intellectual property policy encourages innovation. The first major decision that the Obama team will make in the area of patent and copyright policy will be the selection of the “Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator,” popularly known as IP Czar. This position could be used to fight piracy and apply outdated copyright rules to the digital economy. Or, this position has the potential to update American IP policy and spur innovation, expand consumer choice and lead to the development of new services and jobs.

Georgetown University Students for Free Culture is encouraging President-Elect Obama to pursue the latter policy. You can join this effort by joining the Facebook Cause here to let the Obama team know that the public wants an IP czar who will support innovation and consumer choice.”

Join here: http://tinyurl.com/9ujgqs

by kdonovan11 at December 29, 2008 07:49 AM

October 01, 2008

American University in Cairo

October 14th is Open Access Day

Wondering what Open Access is about and why should you care? See the resources below by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC):

Open Access (PDF): Why OA matters and how you can benefit from it.

We Support Open Access (PDF): What OA means for students, teachers, researchers, scientists and librarians.

Author Rights

Other resources:

A Very Brief introduction to Open Access by Peter Sauber

What’s Driving Open Access (various formats)

AUC FreeCulture is in the process of setting up an Open Access awareness session on October 14th. More details will be available very soon.


by Hani at October 01, 2008 07:36 PM

September 02, 2008

Georgetown University

Interested in Georgetown Free Culture?

If you’d like to hear more or get involved, please contact me at kdonovan11 (at) gmail (dot) com

by kdonovan11 at September 02, 2008 05:10 PM

August 01, 2008

American University in Cairo

Students for Free Culture Conference 2008

The first Students for Free Culture Conference will be organized at the University of California at Berkely on October 11-12 2008. AUC FreeCulture will be there!

The conference website is here


by Hani at August 01, 2008 05:25 PM

April 29, 2008

RPI

Wikipartya

SFC @ RPI is training a cabal of Wikipedians this Thursday, from 2-6pm in the Nason classroom. On the agenda is bringing as many RPI Wikipedians together to improve RPI-related articles, and to try to hook new editors. We’ll provide guidance about how to edit the ‘pedia to all the n00bs who show up.

Check out our wiki page on the event.

by frank at April 29, 2008 10:52 PM

March 24, 2008

Chadwick High School

OpenCD Fund Raiser Successful!

Thanks to everyone who helped by working the table, making obnoxious announcements between shows, or just making a donation. we gave away 100 cd’s (also a bunch of creative commons fliers and a couple tattoos) and made $510, 10 more than our goal.

photos (thanks, Adi!):
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by gameguy43 at March 24, 2008 01:05 AM

March 16, 2008

Chadwick High School

OpenCD Content Finalized

Get excited for out fundraiser this coming friday at Rockfest. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s on it.

by gameguy43 at March 16, 2008 11:53 PM

March 14, 2008

RPI

Censorship, free speech, and free culture

Students for Free Culture at Rensselaer was not established as a 1st Amendment activist group, to push the envelope of free speech and free expression. The mission of Students for Free Culture is “to build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture” and to educate the next generation of leaders about issues of digital rights and digital freedom. In light of the recent censorship of Wafaa Bilal, however, an important question arises: how can such a participatory structure develop when a culture and tradition of free speech and free expression are in doubt?

The events occurred the week before spring break, and have continued with a minimal student presence at RPI. SFC@RPI has been aiding community collaboration using our wiki, and endeavoring to be a neutral clearinghouse of information regarding this chain of events. If you want to know the whole story, read all about it, and if you see something you can add, contribute to it.

Students for Free Culture at RPI believes that, to the best of our knowledge, the administration is completely within its legal rights to censor any work they so choose. Says the administration, “as stewards of a private university, we have the right and, indeed, the responsibility to ensure that university resources are used in ways that are in the overall best interests of the institution.” But we think that censoring Wafaa Bilal and shutting down his exhibit was the wrong decision. It is relatively easy to give in to angry letters from outraged community members calling for the removal of art they find offensive. But the purpose of that art was to elicit a response in order to foster a discussion. Censorship sends the wrong message: instead of engaging in rational discourse when we disagree with something, we will silence the object of our disagreement.

Of course, SFC@RPI does not and will not endorse the work in question. Indeed, we will not agree with it, disagree with it, or take any other critical position on the work itself. The important point here is that there are any number of perfectly reasonable, rational stances on how to feel about such an exhibit. But just because you disagree with an act of self expression does not mean you have the right to silence that act. Summarizing the belief of Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

One last point we want to make explicit: The issue has spun out of control because of the radical positions on both sides of the discourse. When the College Republicans called the Department of the Arts “a Haven for Terrorists,” it was borderline libelous. But that didn’t stop some people from responding in kind.

Important as the message we are expressing is the way we express it. We will respond to every vitriolic attack and every intolerant diatribe with a calm and reasonable response that asserts the fundamental goals of the movement: a culture of participation and vigorous free thought that engages the whole campus community. Sensationalism and petty bickering may be easy, but these tactics marginalize those moderate voices who want to see a reasonable middle ground reached. It is our right and responsibility to rewrite the spirit of dissent at RPI on our own terms.

We hope that an appeal to common sense and rational discussion will elicit buy-in and support from the whole community, and not only those of us who already feel strongly one way or the other. Only in this way can a free culture succeed and thrive.

-Frank

by frank at March 14, 2008 04:36 PM

Brown

March 12, 2008

Brown

MEETING: Thursday, March 13, 9:30PM

Please join Brown Free Culture for our first meeting of the semester this Thursday evening at 9:30PM in Production 1, 151 Thayer Street (corner of Benevolent and Thayer)!

Agenda and other info coming soon.

by Brown Free Culture (noreply@blogger.com) at March 12, 2008 09:21 PM

April 13, 2007

Claremont Colleges

Save Internet Radio!

Listen to KSPC's online stream or Pandora? Like being able to stay in touch with your favorite radio station from home (in my case 89.3 The Current) while at school in Claremont? Concerned about media consolidation and democratic values?

Then you should care about this.

Under heavy pressure from the RIAA, the Copyright Royalties Board has set new royalty fees far more costly than any current webcaster could ever hope to afford. The new technology of Internet radio, so necessary given the ClearChannel monoculture of terrestrial radio these days, is in danger of being squashed. Not because Internet radio isn't profitable, left alone--because the new fees far exceed both their revenues and the fees paid by their terrestrial radio competitors! The new fees make it so that only huge media corporations like AOL, which could eat those exorbitant costs, could afford to host Internet radio stations--and this was the intention of the RIAA who lobbied for it:

Internet radio has to pay a type of copyright fee that terrestrial radio does not.

Why? What justifies this difference? Was there any study of the economic consequences from Internet radio that would justify these differences? Was the motive to protect artists against piracy?

In a rare bit of candor, one RIAA expert admitted what seemed obvious to everyone at the time. As Alex Alben, vice president for Public Policy at Real Networks, told me,

“The RIAA, which was representing the record labels, presented some testimony about what they thought a willing buyer would pay to a willing seller, and it was much higher. It was ten times higher than what radio stations pay to perform the same songs for the same period of time. And so the attorneys representing the webcasters asked the RIAA, ... “How do you come up with a rate that’s so much higher? Why is it worth more than radio? Because here we have hundreds of thousands of webcasters who want to pay, and that should establish the market rate, and if you set the rate so high, you’re going to drive the small webcasters out of business. ...”

And the RIAA experts said, “Well, we don’t really model this as an industry with thousands of webcasters, we think it should be an industry with, you know, five or seven big players who can pay a high rate and it’s a stable, predictable market.” (Emphasis added.)

Translation: The aim is to use the law to eliminate competition, so that this platform of potentially immense competition, which would cause the diversity and range of content available to explode, would not cause pain to the dinosaurs of old. There is no one, on either the right or the left, who should endorse this use of the law. And yet there is practically no one, on either the right or the left, who is doing anything effective to prevent it.
-- Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture


Want to do something about this travesty of politics?

Read about Radio Paradise, a prominent webcaster in danger of being legislated out of business, and its fight against the new rates.

Read user testimonials and other information at Save Our Internet Radio.

There are two petitions going around: one here and the other here. You should sign them!

To find your representatives and send them dead tree mail, click here.

April 13, 2007 06:46 PM

March 31, 2007

Claremont Colleges

Face 2 Face : Peer 2 Peer

Hey, it's another event! Free Culture 5C will be hosting a Face 2 Face Peer 2 Peer mixtrade/flash mob/etc event on Sunday, April 1. (No, not an April Fool's joke. :) ) We'll be burning mixes of our favorite music and giving them to others in exchange for new mixes and new music we've never heard! I may bring some media kits, stickers, and other assorted surprises as well. The event's at 3 PM at Walker Beach at Pomona (see our graffiti on the wall advertising the event). Come one, come all! And bring your friends!

Some open source CD burning programs:

InfraRecorder (Windows)

Burn (Mac)

March 31, 2007 05:18 AM