Tech Ops Newsletter – Edition 2

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In the second edition of the Occupy Wall Street Tech Ops newsletter:

News/Updates

  • InterChange: We’ve released a beta version of a new job board for Occupy.net called InterChange. If you’re part of an OWS working group, you can use InterChange to help you find people to perform specific tasks or fill specific roles; if you’re looking for a way to help OWS, you can use InterChange to find something to do that’s right for you.
  • Demo Day: The NYC OWS Tech Ops working group participated in an Activist Technology Demo Day at the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center on Saturday, January 28. We demoed Occupy.net, NYCGA.net, the alpha version of Permabank, Livestream, and click-to-vote devices alongside folks from Occupy With Art, the Free Network Foundation, and others, to scores of students, artists, technologists and activists, who circulated between tables. We then participated in a whole-event conversation about the relationship between technology, the free/libre/open source movement, community organizing and political activism. We hope to continue and expand our outreach to technology communities about the Occupy movement!
  • Trainings: NYC Tech Ops has a conducted a series of trainings targeted at other occupiers, on use of nycga.net, occupy.net services, and computer security, among other topics. Many thanks to Drew & Devin for setting these up! We’ve held these several Mondays in a row, training several dozen people. However, we don’t yet have a fixed schedule for how these will continue. We plan to continue offering trainings, and hope to set up a regular time & place. Please keep an eye out for details.

Events

Times & locations subject to change. For NYC events, check the events calendar.

Calls (National)

National tech coordinating calls take place in the 2nd and 4th week of every month. Check titanpad.com/NationalTechGroup for exact times and call-in details.

Trainings (NYC)

Check nycga.net for dates, locations, and subjects of upcoming trainings.

Meetings (NYC)

  • General meetings every Wednesday and Sunday at 6pm at 60 Wall St. This is where the Tech Ops working group makes decisions requiring group consensus. All are welcome.
  • OccupyWallStreet.net Content Team meets every Monday at 6pm at 60 Wall St – all are welcome.
  • OccupyWallStreet.net Development meeting every Thursday at 4pm – check nycga.net for details.

Work Sessions/Hackathons (NYC)

Ready to help out with a Tech Ops project now? Join us for a hackathon! Currently we’re doing these every Friday, 5-7pm – but the location is not fixed, so please contact tech+rsvp@nycga.net to RSVP and get details. This is a good place to meet people and get introduced to a project, or to work collaboratively on a project you’ve already been involved with for a while. There should be some spare computers, but if you have your own laptop, please bring it.


Mentorships

If you are interested in seriously developing your coding skills, Tech Ops is beginning a mentorship program. We want to share our skills at writing software and administering systems with people who might not have previously had the opportunity to learn them, but want to helpĀ  solve the movement’s problems with technology. If you’re interested in working one-on-one with a more experienced Tech Ops member, write to tech@nycga.net and tell us what you know already and what you want to work on.


Get Involved

Please sign up as a volunteer!

And/or, check out our jobs board at interchange.occupy.net for a list of specific skills & roles that Tech Ops projects need.


Stay in Touch

Tech Ops has a blog, a forum, a Twitter account (@OWS_Tech), an IRC channel (#nycga-techops), and an email address (tech@nycga.net)!


Feedback

Something missing from this newsletter? Got feedback? Let us know! Post on the forum or email us at tech@nycga.net.

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