Activism track

What is open source’s role in our culture and in our politics today? Demonstrate how you’re making a change in the world.

We don’t build open technology or open cultures in a vacuum. Given the political, cultural, and economic crossroads we find ourselves at right now, we’re adding a new track to explore how activists are using technology, how open source communities are supporting activists, and how other open source and activist communities intersect. While we don’t have past examples of activist talks, here are three topics we’d excited to see: ‘What technology security risks should activists pay attention to?’, ‘How can activist communities use open source technology to share information more effectively?’, and ‘What usability improvements will make open source tools more useful to activists?’

Proposals for this track

* #workzoneWTF: crowdsourcing policy change in PDX

Walk or ride your bike around Portland long enough and you'll come across unsafe sidewalk and road closures. To paint a clear picture of this issue, Oregon Walks and The Street Trust (BTA) ran a social media campaign collecting hundreds of photos and videos from citizens using a little tech sauce we whipped up. The pressure was on for City Hall to pass new closure requirements, which they did unanimously. This talk covers the people, the methods, and the open tech used to help move the needle.
Activism 2017-03-29 02:06:41 +0000
Tim Welch

* A Community-Driven Future for Open Data Kit (ODK)

Open Data Kit (ODK) replaces paper surveys with smartphones. ODK tools are open-source and are primarily used by social good organizations to collect data quickly, accurately, offline, and at scale. ODK has been used to collect billions of data points around the world. In this talk, Yaw Anokwa and Hélène Martin, two of the leaders of the ODK community discuss the problems that inspired ODK’s design, demonstrate the impact the tools are having, and describe how the Open Source Bridge community can contribute to an open-source, community-driven future for mobile data collection tools.
Activism 2017-03-07 18:37:38 +0000
Yaw Anokwa, Hélène Martin

* Hack Harassment: a New Initiative to Enable Communities to Reduce Online Harassment

In this presentation, we will present the methodology used to create a harassment dataset and classifier, the dataset used to help the system learn what harassment looks like, along with a call to action for anyone interested to get involved with the project directly.
Activism 2017-03-27 21:17:25 +0000
George Kennedy

* IndieWeb 101: owning your content and identity

The IndieWeb strives to create an alternative to content silos and the 'corporate web'. This is achieved through creating a single source of truth for your content and identity aka a personal domain. Let's explore the ramifications of this and answer any questions you might have together!
Activism 2017-03-27 21:45:45 +0000
Wm Salt Hale

* Making dollars and sense of open source funding's future

Sustainably funding public goods is hard, just ask your local government. We know FLOSS benefits everyone, whether or not users contributed to its development. How then can we reach the world of everyone working on software they love while making a livable wage? We have been working on concept called 'crowdmatching' that creates a network effect through mutual assurance to fund the commons.
Activism 2017-03-27 21:36:43 +0000
Wm Salt Hale

* Making MLIS Classrooms Open Source: Activism, Service Learning, and Building Digital Community Archives

This presentation explores an ongoing project to incorporate digital repository building for community archives within a master's level library and information sciences classroom. The class taught under the pedagogical methods of service learning highlighted (and continues to highlight) the complex relationship between proprietary technology and archival 'best practices.' By reimagining this relationship, students were able to look at how open source tools and technologies better accomplished their desired outcomes to build a small-scale repository for their community partner, one whose narratives and materials were representative of feminist activism in the American South.
Activism 2017-03-30 14:29:20 +0000
Travis Wagner, Elise Lewis

* Serving social spaces

Shared application servers are a vital building block for creating resilient information networks. Recent advances have made them dramatically easier to deploy and maintain in your home/workplace/community. Come for a tour, stay for a deep dive.
Activism 2017-03-29 06:29:46 +0000
Eric Drechsel

* Voting-Method-Reform Activism

Activists around the world are experimenting with using voting to coordinate their decisions, and it's obvious that secure, open-source software must handle this form of communication. Yet typically such software is developed without involving "voting architects" who understand the math behind fair and unfair voting methods. Let's bridge this gap. Together we can build surveys and decentralized collaboration systems that bring democracy to very high levels of fairness, especially compared to the intentionally unfair use of single-mark ballots in governmental elections.
Activism 2017-03-13 06:20:31 +0000
Richard Fobes