On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 01:42:04AM -0400, Becky Hurwitz wrote:
I think a multitude of solutions is the way to go so there are backup
options. At the least, we should document our experiments for the future
and for other Occupies. As long as electricity is available, radio will be
good, but if we lose it, or for encampments without, the mobile phone-conf
call option may be best. AND for very mobile events, conf call will be
better than radio.
Conference calls are an interesting idea, and I can see their
usefulness for some situations. Also, having multiple output channels
for an audio signal will let us reach more people with the tools they
have or are already comfortable with.
There are two concerns I have with using the types of services
mentioned. First, all of the free conference services that I have ever
used impose arbitrary limits on the number of participants, and force
long distance calling (which is less of an issue with cell phones).
The second concern is the privacy of prticipants. It is really hard to
figure out who actually runs any of the free conference services, and
there is no guarantee of what they will and won't do with the list of
phone numbers joining the call. They could be giving it to anyone,
from selling it to market researchers, to law enforcement. There is no
way to know, and no reason to expect that they aren't sharing user
data -- it is one of many ways "free" services make their money.
If folks are really interested in conference call technology, perhaps
we should reach out to some computer techies, and get someone to set
up asterisk or other free tools. This would let us do things like
remove call in limits, provide a local number and be in control of
Are people interested in starting to share knowledge on things like this?
Are there places where the media group has been documenting processes or
I'm not sure if or wherethe media team has been recording things like
this, but a bunch of technology folks from different occupations have
been trying to use occupytechnology.org to share information about
tools that are being used. The goal of that site at some level is
documentation. Folks can feel free to post stuff there if they think
it is worth sharing.