Veterans and Survivors March for Peace and Justice

Veterans and Survivors March for Peace and Justice

From Mobile to New Orleans March 14-19, 2006

March 19, 2006 is the 3rd anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Veterans for Peace is organizing this five-day march along Gulf Coast Highway 90 to demand the immediate return of our troops from Iraq, and to call for U.S. tax dollars to be spent on human priorities and rebuilding of the devastated Gulf Coast, instead of the illegal occupation of Iraq.

Support Americans in Iraq and the Gulf Coast—bring them home NOW!

Find more info at www.vetgulfmarch.org. Here is a pdf of the flyer. Download, print, copy, distribute.

Fat Pipe, Always On, Get Out of the Way!

I just discovered an interesting bit of protest poetry on Tim O’Reilly’s blog at O’Reilly Radar. It seems David Isenberg gave a talk at the O’Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference. It’s a Dr. Suess style rhyme about protecting our Freedom to Connect to the Internet and it’s called Fat Pipe, Always On, Get Out of the Way!. It also happens to be a advertisement of sorts for the upcomming Freedom to Connect conference in Washington, DC on April 3 & 4, 2006. Click the more link to read the whole rhyme.

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How to Import and Export OMPL from iTunes

Export OPML from iTunes

1) Launch iTunes (duh?)

2) Click on the Podcast icon in the Source area on the left side of iTunes

3) Goto …

File > Export Song List

In the dialog box that appears select OPML from the formats drop down menu near the bottom of the window. Don’t forget to name your opml file and make sure there is a .opml extension on it.

5) Click save & your done!


Import OPML from iTunes

1) Launch iTunes (duh?)

2) Click on the Podcast icon in the Source area on the left side of iTunes

3) Goto …

File > Import

In the Import dialog box find your OPML file. Click choose.

4) You’ll see a box comes up that says, “Are you sure you want to add XX subscriptions?” Click yes, of course. (XX is a place holder for the number of RSS feeds in your OPML file that iTunes is importing.)


This tutorial was created with iTunes 6.0.1 on a Mac OSX 10.4.3. I’ll test it on a PC and report back.

To see a difference in your present playlist try exporting a OPML file then clearing a podcast feed or two. Go back and import that OPML file you just made. Your RSS feeds should be back where they were.

Another thing I noticed was iTunes gives errors when trying to import OPML files made by Radio Userland. I’m guessing it’s the difference in the xml syntax.

Atention Trust Principles

From the Attention Trust About page:

Our Principles

When you pay attention to something (and when you ignore something), data is created. This “attention data” is a valuable resource that reflects your interests, your activities and your values, and it serves as a proxy for your attention.

AttentionTrust and our members believe that you have the following rights:

1. Property

You own your attention and can store it wherever you wish. You have CONTROL.

2. Mobility

You can securely move your attention wherever you want whenever you want to. You have the ability to TRANSFER your attention.

3. Economy

You can pay attention to whomever you wish and receive value in return. Your attention has WORTH.

4. Transparency

You can see exactly how your attention is being used. You can DECIDE who you trust.

When you give your attention to any entity that’s an AttentionTrust member, these rights are guaranteed.

Why are those sites paying attention to us?

Ruby has been using LastFM a bunch recently. It’s a community website that keeps tracks of what music you’re playing on your computer, lets you tag music your listening too, and it has a browser based audio player that streams you music you might like. LOTS of data and metadata flying back and forth from user to server and server to user.

I’ve been hesitant to join up. I got tired quick of other social software sites like Friendster. Mostly because I haven’t clicked with them in a way to get me to dedicate lots of time. Plus I’ve been more and more concerned about how websites use our data and how the ACT on the metadata they create from it.

Well Ruby just sent me an e-mail that might get me to join LastFM. She said Ed Batista, of The Attention Trust, created a community on LastFM. (It was Ruby’s idea actually.) Here is the group description:

This is a group for Last.fm users who are interested in making more effective use of their “attention data” (including, but not limited to, all the data we’re sharing with Last). We’re big fans of Last, and we love their service, but we’d also love to know what Last is planning to do with this data. We hope this group will prompt some interesting discussions between Last and its users. For more information, visit Attention Trust at www.AttentionTrust.org.

Is it odd that I’d start using a website because I’m interested in how they use their data? It’s not like I’m a competitor trying to grok their business model. I’m not planning on gaming their site. It’s just that I’m a data privacy advocate who wants websites that collect any personal data to be open with us about how they use it. (uh hello Google!) Putting legalese into a super long and hard to understand privacy policy isn’t enough. We need very simple straightforward answers. (LastFM does have a good synopsis of their Terms and Conditions)

Terms and Conditions in a nutshell

* The entry of any personal data on this site is completely optional.
* We do not require an email address during sign up.
* We will not email you crap or pass on your email address to anyone, not even Lars Ulrich at gunpoint.
* Your pseudonymous listening habit data will be available to the public for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license.
* We reserve the right to sell or license pseudonymous listening data for commercial use, however we will never sell your personal data.
* You you will always have the opportunity to remove from the system any personal information you’ve entered

A great thing about discovering this LastFM group is that I understand the Attention Trust better. I’d heard about it a few months ago and checked out the site but for some reason I didn’t get it. Now with this context of LastFM and the group description it all makes sense. But all the crap about the President admitting to spying on US citizens, Google refusing to turn over search data to the Attorney General, personal research about social network analysis, etc. has pushed me past the breaking point. I’m doing something about my personal data sharing habits. I’m shifting my attention.

This doesn’t mean I’m going to disappear from the net and stop dumping all my thoughts on ya. Naw… you’re not that lucky. 🙂 I’m just going to try and be more conscious. We all need to still give each other bits and bytes. A serious evolutionary jump of my net habits is brewing.

I’m not just interested in how corporate websites are using our data and metadata but how WE can use it to make this world better. How can we improve our lives in ways besides just making money? You could call it selfless data-mining or social data entrepreneurism.

How do we create a civil Internet society? How do we promote fairness? How do we create social justice in the 21st century? I bet part of the answer lies in socially responsible data usage.

BTW – I just joined LastFM and Attention Trust. (See the AT logo on my right side bar.)