From:   Nat Meysenburg <nat@stealthisemail.com>
Sent time:   Tuesday, October 25, 2011 7:31:47 AM
To:   globalrevolutionmedia@googlegroups.com
Subject:   SPAM-MED: Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: Proposal from radio team
 

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

caller information.

 

> Are people interested in starting to share knowledge on things like this?

> Are there places where the media group has been documenting processes or

> methods?

 

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.

 

Best,

~~nat

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