- Occupy Wall St. (OWS) is an ongoing protest/large demonstration being held in NYC's Zuccotti Park.
- started on September 17, 2011, by Canadian activist group, Adbusters.
- protests against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and corruption in the government.
- Originated as an idea from the aforementioned Canadian group, known for its advertisement-free publlication.
- The internet group Anonymous supported the movement, and perpetuated it by encouraging its members to join the peaceful protest by joining and setting up shop at the park.
- The demonstration is said to have been enacted so late after the start of the financial crisis because people were under the impression that Obama would do something about.
- Zuccotti was chosen because it was private property, where police could not intervene unless requested to do so by the property owners.
- "We are the 99%" is the slogan of the Occupy movement, and refers to the imbalanced concentration of wealth within the population, wherein the top 1% holds a great portion of the wealth.
- There is a mixed bag as far as a demographic among the demonstrators goes. Its quite a diverse group, varying in age, ethnicity, and political views.
- As for organization of the demonstration, there is what is referred to as an assembly, where meetings are open to the public, and there is no actual leadership. The group is somewhat self-moderated. The protest was often criticized, as there was no formal mission statement until mid-october. Since then the website with the demands seems to have been deleted by an administrator.
- While there are mixed goals among the group, there is a general message that asks for better jobs, equal distribution of income, bank reform, and less corporate influence on politics.
- Protesters communicate among themselves via "human microphone", where a message will be repeated in unison throughout the crowd, due to lack of amplified sound permit.
- The whole movement is said to have been inspired by the protests in Cairo
- 52 cities are participating in protests as of 9/27
- Professional unions are among the protesters.
928 Offshoots Overnight:
- Meetup.com, a social networking site meant specifically for offline meetings reached out to the OWS movement to help with technical publication and promotion of the protests.
- The site had previously worked with Adbusters.
- While the simple Meetup organization seems superior to that of Facebook, as far as it being a platform conducive to such get-togethers, facebook events pages seem to trump those of Meetups, where the number of attendees is concerned.
- In the end, the article states that both are somewhat chaotic platforms, and that's what matters to some degree, the decentralization of the movement.
- Programmers in support of the OWS movement started hosting Hackathons, to develop, work on, and discuss the various technological needs that will be necessary. Things like running the main website, allocating proper server space, developing helpful communication apps and platforms, online privacy, etc.
- Decentralization is also key here, to prevent one integral communication platform of being shutdown permanently from one location.
- FreedomBox seems like something very conducive OWS communication, as it provides a decentralized computer/web server, where on external source could completely shut it down from any one point.
- Activity and participation within OWS is seemingly easily being tracked and statistically recorded by following various OWS-related tweets.