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11/14/2011 in Uncategorized

Here’s a mathematician in Oakland who’s working out the math behind Direct Democracy. He’s soliciting donations so that he can work on this project full-time:

http://www.rockethub.com/projects/3773-mathematics-of-direct-democracy

“Margin Call” is playing at the Savoy:

Though this could be the official film of the Occupy Wall Street movement, you don’t need a political agenda to fear the enormity of power held by these select few. In fact, it’s the sort of realistic horror that could unsettle an entire audience—or at least 99% of it.

http://www.savoytheater.com/

And finally, Richard Stallman is presenting a free lecture entitled “Copyright vs. Community” at Norwich University’s Dole Auditorium on Wednesday afternoon between 4PM and 6PM.

Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press.  But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it.

The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology.  But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright–to promote progress, for the benefit of the public–then we must make changes in the other direction.