Occpy Boston GA Almost Unanimously Approves Leaving Google
Submitted by ross on Tue, 10/18/2011 - 02:22
In a consensus ruling Monday night, the Occupy Boston General Assembly approved the tech team's proposal for all working groups to leave Google groups for free and open source mailing list tools and email accounts hosted by May First/People Link.
Standing before our occupying comrades, I felt the radical techie equivalent to standing naked in front of an audience. Some one-hundred people gathered around, they seemed like the same hundreds of people I've seen over the years who scoff at free software, cringe at the thought of changing their interface, and lay down at the feet of the data-mining good guys that is Google. This is the American Left after all, right? What took place was anything but the Left I've grown to expect.
The experience of watching this proposal pass was shocking and magical to this politico-techie. Only one person reacted as I expected, she actually went so far in her rejection of this proposal that she blocked it, but to my surprise, the block was vehemently rejected, and subsequently, almost every person voted in favor of this shift from the "giant good guys." Head spinning, I walked from the GA with the two women that worked with me on the proposal. What was I to think? How to react? We have entered different times...tech freedom has passed into the consciousness of those who call themselves the 99%.
Before I could gather my wits, emails began coming in requesting the new system....damn I gotta go!
...SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE...
...THIS IS WHAT TECHNOLOGY LOOKS LIKE...