Archive:2007 Workshops/Activism and Digital Disobedience

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Schedule: Discussion 1 | Discussion 2 | Infinite Smallness | Lunch National FC discussion | Discussion 3 | Chapter & project reports
Workshop Session 1: Open Access | Free Software | Free Music & Remix Culture | Free Video & Open Media
Workshop Session 2: Digital Disobedience | Communication and Collaboration | A Vision for | Models for Creators
2007 workshop reports +/-

Leaders: Fred Benenson and Nick Reville

Past disobedient actions

Downhill Battle

  • Organized 200 sites in hosting the Gray Album (name?)
  • Stickering CDs that are RIAA or that fund exclusion of independent artists
  • Eyes on the Prize (civil rights documentary in awkward copyright status that made it unavailable) campaign, ended up backing down because they didn't want to be seen as in opposition to the documentary creator

Art as digital disobedience

Considerations when planning

  • Plan in the open and get more attention, or plan in private and get more surprise?
  • What are the risks? Are they really as bad as you think?

Using technology

  • Textmobs. Using email to send messages to cell phones.
  • Phone call software used by Downhill Battle. People sign up and receive a specific time. Use in the INDUCE act action.


  • Simple writing with a web site for handouts. Nothing too technical.
  • Book called Made to Stick with advice about marketing messages
  • HazMat suits as an example of a technical message distilled down to something clear and simple