The Internet gives me hope. #100daysofblogging #Day53

A snapshot of Internet ConnectivityThe internet is one of very few things which gives me hope for the future of humanity.

Well actually it’s much more than just ‘the internet’ as a tool which give me hope.

It’s not just the sheer volume of information. It’s not just the ability to communicate instantly with dozens of people from different locations all at once.

It’s more than that.

It’s the communities I’ve become a part of and the huge variety of people I’ve met online.

From the random US citizens I spoke to on IRC in 1996, to Iraqi bloggers I met online in 2004, to local activists I met through Twitter and Facebook in 2011.

The fact that I can meet these people from the safety of my own home has made me a different person than I would have been otherwise. It broke cultural barriers and freed me from relying on mainstream sources to learn about other parts of the world.

The shareware, freeware and open source culture of online communities supply endless, high quality free to use applications for nearly every task imaginable.  Continue reading The Internet gives me hope. #100daysofblogging #Day53

Podcast EP7 – Housing Affordability, Edward Snowden and the Manning Trial

Episode 7 of the (un) Common Sense Podcast is now available!

This episode of the podcast includes:

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Podcast Episode 1: Turkey, Filters, Monsanto and planning in WA

First episode of the (un) Common Sense podcast is up!

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Issues covered in this episode of the podcast include:

If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion on the (un) Common Sense podcast, head over to the #UCScast hashtag on twitter.

Yes, that is different to the hashtag originally stated, but it makes sense so we will be using it from now on.