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PODCAST: Open-source activism

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Don't get mad, get open-sourced © AJ Korkidakis

New Internationalist’s co-editor Hazel Healy talks about ‘co-operative values and the open-source movement’, drawing on what she learned while working on the Internet Showdown magazine in December 2012.

Do we want commercialized technology controlled by a few, or alternative human-start technology accessible to many controlled from the bottom up?

From the making of 3D guns to community hacktivism, open-source pioneers are programming the world they want to live in. Guns aside, co-operative ideals allow us to hold on to our human rights in a digital age.

Hazel was talking at the Ethical Consumer’s conference on ‘Co-operative Alternatives to Capitalism’ that took place in London on 28th September.

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Hazel Healy a New Internationalist contributor

Hazel Healy became a co-editor at New Internationalist in 2011. She began her working life as a researcher with Colombian feminists in Medellin, coaxed peas and beans out of the soils of East Manchester with kids, and went on to do advocacy work with refugees from the Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan.

She took up journalism full time in 2007, co-founding online investigative paper Manchester Mule and going on to cover everything from campaigns by Senegalese migrant organizers in Madrid to the trials of Dominican gardeners in New York.

Since joining New Internationalist she has written on food speculation, climate adaptation and digital freedom, and keeps a close eye all things migratory. She also edits the Agenda section of the magazine.

Her work has also been featured in The LA Times, by La Agencia EFE and the Women’s Studies Review.

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