January 9th, 2011 - Open Knowledge
Jan. 9th, 2011
I hope Rep. Giffords—and everyone wounded yesterday—makes a full recovery. It's particularly tragic that she was shot while doing exactly what we want elected officials to do—she was making herself available to the people she serves. And of course we should mourn the people senselessly murdered yesterday, government employees and otherwise: U.S. District Judge John Roll, Dorthy Murray, Dorwin Stoddard, nine-year-old Christina Greene, Phyllis Scheck, and Gabe Zimmerman.
That said, I long for the day that our political and media figures get as indignant about innocent Americans killed by their own government—killed in fact, as a direct and foreseeable consequence of official government policy that nearly all of those leaders support—as they are about a government official who was targeted by a clearly sick and deranged young man. What happened this weekend is not, by any means, a reason to shunt anti-government protest, even angry anti-government protest, out of the sphere of acceptable debate. The government still engages in plenty of acts and policies—including one-sided violence against its own citizens—that are well worth our anger, protest, and condemnation.
It's an art hackathon! Come make something beautiful, awesome, and strange, but most of all, make something that if you didn't make it, it wouldn't get made.
See http://romrador.com/ for details!
I probably won't be there the whole weekend, but I'm planning to go to this.
02:04 pm - Kevin Kelly to speak at HackerDojo
Hear Kevin Kelly speak on his new book What Technology Wants. We'll discuss the book in the context of the emerging Open Science movement: the push to open up data, rethink the function of patents and their effects on innovation, and generally change humanity's relationship to science and tech, for the better. Come get your signed copy of the book!
Kevin Kelly is, among many things, former editor of Whole Earth Review, co-founder of Wired magazine, and creator of the Cool Tools blog. I'm planning to go to this.
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