Thursday, July 28, 2011

Using your phone to be a citizen Journo

The Mobile Media Toolkit shows you how to record audio, from finding a good recording environment to recording phone calls (Murdoch empire take notes), editing audio, and listening to and sharing reports with others.
http://mobilemediatoolkit.org/

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Cop was arguably an agent provocateur, says Judges

Three senior judges have ruled that the undercover police officer Mark Kennedy unlawfully spied on environmentalists and arguably acted as an "agent provocateur".
In a damning ruling explaining why they quashed the convictions of 20 climate change activists, the appeal court judges said they shared the "great deal of justifiable public disquiet" about the case.
The judges, who included the lord chief justice, said "elementary principles" of the fair trial process were ignored when prosecutors did not disclose evidence about Kennedy's work to activists' lawyers.

There remain questions over his legal authority to spy on activists. Kennedy was not authorised to take part in the occupation of the power station until 9 April, just three days before the planned protest.His surveillance of the activists also exceeded his powers, according to the judgment.

"When the protesters started to congregate together just before the proposed occupation it appears that Kennedy went much further than his authorisation.
"That included undertaking reconnaissance, participating in briefings, checking the surrounding area for police activity and agreeing to take part in a team of climbers."
The judges agreed that Kennedy was arguably seen by younger activists as an "eminence grise" – influential decision-maker – in the group.
The judgment added that Kennedy played a "significant role in assisting, advising and supporting ... the very activity for which the appellants were prosecuted".

That finding could prove damaging for senior police responsible for the surveillance operation.Vera Baird, the former solicitor-general, said: "It was an ill-thought-out campaign to undermine people who turned out to be honest campaigners, not criminals, during which they wasted an enormous amount of money on this man who inevitably went native living with decent people for all those years.
"They were then left with him having let them down and with evidence showing that there was no crime in the first place."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/20/police-spy-on-climate-activists-unlawful

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BT ordered to block Pirate website

The move to block anyone sharing files online with each other has taken a huge step today.

A High Court judge has ruled that BT must block access to a website which provides links to pirated movies.Newzbin 2 is a members-only site which aggregates a large amount of the illegally copied material found on Usenet discussion forums.
The landmark case is the first time that an ISP has been ordered to block access to such a site.

It paves the way for other sites to be blocked as part of a major crackdown on piracy.In his ruling, Justice Arnold stated: "In my judgment it follows that BT has actual knowledge of other persons using its service to infringe copyright: it knows that the users and operators of Newzbin 2 infringe copyright on a large scale, and in particular infringe the copyrights of the studios in large numbers of their films and television programmes."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14322957

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Last chance to submit your work to 1st International Citizen Media Award

You can win 1000 Euro in one of 3 categories: Internet, Audio, Video.
Deadline: Saturday 30/07/2011.
The winners will be awarded on the 22nd of September 2011 in the
framework of the "Week of Civil Commitment" in M├╝nster.
An international and inter-cultural event will take place in the
B├╝rgermedienzentrum Bennohaus (Art & Media / Volunteer-TV). The award
show will take place in the scope of this event.
More information:
http://www.youth4media.eu/?page_id=2000


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Just Do It - a tale of modern-day outlaws comes to Cardiff

Sunday 31st July, Tuesday 2nd - Thursday 4th August Cardiff Chapter Cinema

“Rousing stuff” **** EMPIRE

“Smart, funny, adrenalised portrait of 21st-century activism” - Danny Leigh, The Guardian

Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern day outlaws. Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. With unprecedented access, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest.

Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire.

Sunday 31st - 2:30pm
Tuesday 2nd - 8:30pm
Wednesday 3rd - 6:15pm
Thursday 4th - 8:30pm

Tickets here


Get in for free!
If 5 of your friends book their tickets in advance, we'll give you a free ticket. All you need to do is send the names and email addresses of your friends who've booked to our Outreach Coordinator Molly at screenings@justdoitfilm.com

Just Do It is on tour around the UK with screenings from Aberystwyth to Aberdeen, still to go we have York, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Aberystwyth, Oxford, Poole, Brighton ,Southampton, Exeter, Bath, Norwich, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Kendal, Nottingham, Lancaster and Torrington.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tiny video camera

http://www.definitionmagazine.com/journal/2011/7/26/small-format-camcorders-challenge-gopro.html


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Canada takes our video on tour

One of our ecovillage videos (see below)will be going on a traveling film/video festival that would be both entertaining and educational in Canada.This series of short videos coming from all around the world will feature diverse cooperatives, their value and principles, and highlight the economic model.

The Manitoba Cooperative Association is a provincial association of cooperative organizations, created by its members to enhance and support the development of a united, growing and influential cooperative movement in Manitoba, Canada.

2012 has been declared the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) by the United Nations. To that end, MCA has been actively planning activities to help promote and increase awareness in the cooperative model.




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Thursday, July 21, 2011

How your phone is a tracking device for Police

From a Guardian article

Mobile phone companies can provide police with real-time location information about the whereabouts of suspects or missing people at 15-minute intervals. More commonly, police request a "cell site dump", which gives a complete historical record of the whereabouts of person's mobile phone.

There are two ways the data is obtained. When a phone is used for a call or SMS message, details of its location are logged. Alternatively so-called "pinging" can be used when a phone is not in use, by sending the device signals and triangulating the results from cellphone masts. The level of accuracy ranges from a few hundred metres to around two kilometres, depending on proximity to the masts.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Police video evidence?

As yet another court case collapses over Police mishandling of a protest in Fortun and Mason, we find news of this one.
This copper denied knowledge of video evidence at this action!
In April 2008 some people locked on to the the doors of EOns offices. Police turned up and Nottingham Police's Inspector Chell said that if they do not unlock themselves and move by 10.00 they would be arrested. They unlocked at 9:56 but were still arrested.

Nine months later as the court case opens the CPS denies knowledge of video evidence of Inspector Chell's interaction with the protesters, Inspector Chell also says in Court that he did not know of the video evidence. Case collapses but all that happens to the police/CPS is 'strong words' from a magistrate.

After nine months to prepare for the case the CPS should have known of the video evidence. And the police blatantly lied in court: the image shows Inspector Chell at the time of the arrests with police evidence gatherers taking video and photograph !

The issue is not just that the CPS and Police routinely corrupt the justice system. Perhaps the more significant point is that the justice system allow them to.
original story
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/01/418610.html

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Guardian runs with Murdoch being Pied


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Secret camera captures life of UK women in Israeli prison

Undercurrents succeeded to get a hidden video camera into and out of the Israeli
prison where the Flytilla internationals were held last week.

Secret camera captures life of UK women in Israeli prison. A hidden video camera recorded the daily life of British women behind bars in an Israeli prison last week. Women smuggled out the recorded video of their 6 nights locked up in a high security prison in Israel.Stopped at Tel Aviv airport 124 EU nationals were imprisoned despite
breaking no laws.


One video clip shows how Fiona Williams, a mum from Wales was forced to scrub the prison floors in exchange for food.Life inside the hot cells, metal doors slamming and tense interactions with the Israeli guards were all captured.

Some of the still images can be seen on
http://www.swanseapalestine.org/2011/07/secret-camera-captures-life-of-swansea.html

Broadcasters can contact us on paulo@undercurrents.org to discuss more
Regards

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

'Wakan Tanka' - Promo



This film communicates a powerful message from elders to youth on climate change through inspirational and educational interviews with elders set against a backdrop of a fictional journey shot in the style of a contemporary music video. The socially conscious production team is seeking funds from you to help complete filming this summer that is critical to making this film interesting, interactive and inspiring for global youth to watch.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Swansea Women End Hunger Strike in Israeli Prison

Press Release: Swansea Women End Hunger Strike in Israeli Prison
July 12 2011

At 7am this morning, we had the first contact since Friday with the 2 women from Swansea who have been imprisoned in Israel. D Murphy and Fiona Williams were amongst 124 people from Europe who were arrested at Tel Aviv airport on Friday as part of a solidarity protest with the people of Palestine.

The 2 Swansea women ended their hunger strike at 7am GMT this morning after 48 hours when their demands to make a phone call were met.

They said they are both refusing to sign the Israeli papers to accept being deported.

Fiona Williams said she is resisting being deported and is prepared to stay in prison until at least the weekend.

Speaking from her cell Fiona said
'It is difficult for us here, but at least people in prison can get visitors.The people living in the West Bank can't get visitors because Israel holds the keys. We want to challenge that power.'

She continued to say
'There is no legal reason for our incarceration.The risk of us accepting deportation, is that it will be normalized and create a precedent by which the Israeli Authorities are permitted to decide on who has the right or not to come visit Palestine'

D Murphy said
'There are 27 women here in the prison and 5 in our cell. It is scruffy, dirty and very very basic and it is very hot and sweaty at night. But our spirits are still raised knowing that people are supporting us beyond these barbed wire and thick walls.'

She continued;
'In Israel, if you are prepared to lie constantly about your destination regarding Palestine, it is easier to survive here.I want to go to Bethlehem and support the people of Palestine and I am willing to keep resisting deportation until the 20nd of July, maybe longer.'

Phone calls from the prison maybe more frequent now after their hunger strike has opened up a channel of communication to the outside world.

Notes:
For interviews with Fiona Williams partner John McClean or for photographs of the 2 women contact paulo@undercurrents.org









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Monday, July 11, 2011

ITV report about undercurrents book keeper n Israel



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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Undercurrents Book-keeper arrested in Israel

D Murphy, the Undercurrents book keeper has been arrested for trying to enter Palestine va Israel. She took part in an international solidarity 'fly in' to break the blockade which Israel has over Palestine.

Latest news according to Joseph Dana, a Journalist based in the West Bank
65 passengers are now in Israeli jails for the weekend before Israel will ban them from the country for ten years. We suspect that our book keeper is amongst those 65 as no word has been heard since yesterday.



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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Free undercurrents videos anyone?

A chap emailed us saying that his VHS player has finally died and I'm getting rid of my tapes - among them Undercurrents issue 1 & 2.

Do you know of anybody who might want these rather than me throwing them away?
Contact him on Adrian Gorst"

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