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

The Liberal Party & Worldwide Online Printing – Demonising Refugees

Today I received one of the abhorrent Liberal party flyers going around the nation which dehumanise and demonise refugees by continually associating their arrival via boat with the term “illegal”. Clearly a political stunt aimed at exacerbating public ‘fear of the other’ at the expense of genuine refugees, in the hope of scoring political points.

Yep, that’s bad. But the story gets worse. The flyer I received was printed by Worldwide Online Printing, who no doubt have made a profit in the process. That is to say, they directly profited from a POLITICAL FLYER which demonises refugees and was delivered to my home.

I have a problem with people profiting off creating further misery for people who are fleeing persecution, so I went over to Worldwide‘s Facebook page and left the following reasonable criticism (mind the typos, I was a little worked up):

Worldwide Online Printing profiting off the LNP's demonisation of refugees, my comments. Continue reading The Liberal Party & Worldwide Online Printing – Demonising Refugees