Occupying Media: 24 Hour Protest People
The Occupy Wall Street Movement began in September, 2011 with the goal of holding a 24/7 public protest at the nerve center of American finance. Uniquely among American mass protest movements, the "occupation" used a variety of specially configured audio, video and social media resources to built an independent media capacity to extend the reach of its message and bypass mainstream media filters. These systems emphasized the role of the citizen observer over traditional media engagement strategies, and by creating "news" and validating events through shared experience, they helped the occupation movement achieve and sustain critical mass. This panel features members from various occupation sites who have worked on national media efforts.
Occupy Austin Tech & Livestream "Magnet"
Managed Occupy Austin's early adoption of freenetworkfoundation's "Freedom Tower" mobile, free wifi concept.
Occupy Austin livestream coordinator.
Engineering/tech lead for occupyradioaustin.org, occupyradio.fm and somostejanos.org
Charles Wyble is the co founder and CTO/Technical Director of the Free Network Foundation.
As CTO, he is responsible for overseeing a global team of system/software engineers, testers, support staff delivering open source/open standards based
blueprints, reference implementations, governance models and Operations/Business support systems infrastructure for local network operators.
Colin Delany is founder and editor of Epolitics.com, a website that focuses on the tools and tactics of Internet politics and online advocacy. Launched in July of 2006, Epolitics.com received the Golden Dot Award as "Best Blog - National Politics" at the 2007 Politics Online Conference, and Delany was He was honored as one of "Ten Who Are Changing the World of Politics and the Internet" at the 2010 World E-Gov Forum in Paris. Epolitics.com features three downloadable e-books, "Learning from Obama," "Online Politics 101" and "How Candidates Can Use the Internet to Win in 2010" (currently being updated for 2012). A former staffer in the Texas Legislature, Delany has worked with advocacy groups and political campaigns to leverage the power of digital communications tools since 1996, and currently serves as the Director of Outreach and Online Communications at the National Women's Law Center. He also occasionally plays bass in a rock and roll band.
Priscilla "grimwomyn" Grim is only one voice of the 99%. She speaks not on behalf of the movement that has been inspired by #occupywallstreet, but on her involvement promoting the inaugural action on September 17th, as Founding Editor and Project Manager at The Occupied Wall Street Journal, and her role as probono social media consultant to the various larger media destinations of the Occupy Movement (We are the 99 Percent Tumblr, OccupyTogether and Occupywallst.org). She blogs about her experiences with and her reasons for supporting #occupywallstreet through twitter on her handle @grimwomyn.
She is a graduate of The New School and is on leave from her graduate program at Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.