Charlie Harvey looks at some top tips for searching the New Internationalist website.
New Internationalist’s IT manager heads off to the Barncamp once more…
A new booklet is aimed at helping activists deal with increasing police surveillance in cyberspace.
BarnCamp 2010 is two days of workshops on topics ranging from renewable energy to foraging for food to citizen journalism to using free software for activism, up to three nights of camping, open space sessions, evening entertainment, great food on a beautiful farm co-op high in the Wye Valley.
An increasingly totalitarian regime wants to introduce mass internet censorship in a fundamentally undemocratic way. Web users may be disconnected and web sites taken down with no due process or clear evidence on the say-so of shadowy unelected bodies. Oh, and Google finally stood up to Chinese internet censorship.
I’ve had my head down in a large Bricolage CMS project over the last few weeks (well, that and some packing), so it was time that I came up for some air and some technical blogging. First exciting bit of news to report is David Wheeler’s announcement about the released of Bricolage 1.11.3 last week. This is the first (and hopefully last!) beta toward the release of Bricolage 2.0. There is a lot of shiny-new fun in this release, so you should give it a try if you’re so inclined.
The next bit of fun is also Bricolage related…
Call me a curmudgeon (and many do), but I just can’t understand why intelligent folks make the choice to completely ignore Perl. I can understand if you don’t want to use it yourself — that’s all cool — but I wish folks would at least give it the nod it deserves.
Why no mention of Perl?
Activist organizations are getting bitten by storing their data in "the cloud" and there is a lot that can be done about it. Over the years, I’ve seen this happen, more than a few times, to organizations that I’ve worked with. Heck, it’s happened twice in the last year just to New Internationalist. But the question is: as Web services used by these organizations shut-down, or — worse — when they willingly hand out data to any repressive regime that asks for it, are there enough alternatives being developed to provide, well, alternatives?
This concern was brought back to life for me recently with the news that the micro-blogging service Twitter allegedly assisted authorities in locating an activist during the G-20 Protest in Pittsburgh, resulting in his arrest.. The possible collusion of services like Twitter is a relatively new activist security concern, historically concerns focused on the all-too-frequent seizure of Internet servers and hardware used by activists and organizations like Indymedia. But now that people’s data is moving "into the cloud," there are a lot more issues to be concerned about.
I got a great e-mail from Gabor earlier this week that proposed a simple challenge: Let’s not get distracted trying to promote Perl itself, but — instead — let’s focus on promoting projects written in Perl.
One of those projects — the one I’m most excited about on a day-to-day basis — is Bricolage, the enterprise-class content management system. Gabor’s note — which asked about the status of the project — makes me wonder why more folks in the Perl community aren’t taking a closer look at what is undoubtedly one of the most capable publishing systems on the market today?
So, in the interest of beating the drum for a Perl project that’s alive and well, I wanted to summarize what I think is exciting about the Bricolage project right now:
Over the years, I’ve been involved with a fair number of Bricolage implementations for different organizations. (For those that don’t know, Bricolage is a large, Perl-based, publishing system.) Many of these organizations don’t have a full-time Perl programmer on staff, and instead rely on external contracts to do the heavy lifting that comes up from time-to-time. However, most of these organizations have a "Web producer" or "Web manager" — a generalist who helps with content updates, and smaller scale Web site changes — and, almost without fail, that person eventually asks: How can I learn more about Perl?