I’m kind of mashing it with the categories on this one, but let’s go.
One thing which I’ve noticed from the WhatsApp (sigh) groups that I’ve ended up in off the back of my attendance of/assistance with various festival-of-ideas or mutual aid type things is that those who have the greatest amount of energy when it comes to organising and putting on very valuable radical stuff, normally have very little time/knowledge/energy when it comes to the techological aspects of spreading their message and/or an understanding of how to do so effectively if they have some know-how. We have this understanding, and it’s possible that this could fit in well with the facilitation of others concept that has been discussed on this forum.
Let me illustrate my point here by filching a view posts from a group which I am in:
- Does anyone have a megaphone?
This is the only one I don’t have an image for as it has been deleted, but the person in question was asking after a megaphone for use at a protest. In my eyes this could likely be solved through a little bit of content marketing via a blog providing I am correct. I don’t think a megaphone is a necessary piece of kit for a protest (and I’m not talking here about imitiating Occupy Wallstreet’s methods) because most activists will have access to some kind of a bluetooth speaker and a phone. I have done only the research that I can do inside my own mind, but surely there is an app or way of passing through whatever comes into the microphone of a phone out to a bluetooth speaker? Here I think there is a benefit to thinking like a technologist, not an activist - Move Fast, Break Things (Get Your Phone Confiscated By The Police)
- Can anyone ID this venue?
This is one where it’s a bit more niche, but as someone with a foot in OSINT and a general understanding of methods, I was able to do so… someone got there first but I think when it comes to tools such as reverse image searches (not relevant here), open graph work on social media, and/or advanced search operators, I think it’s always going to be easier when someone jumps in who has some tech chops.
- Help with a livestream
This one is a bit more involved, but similar to the megaphone situation, a livestream (content and the like dependent) is not so difficult to put on. Once again here we are talking about something which can possibly be done with kit that is hanging around. It can also be facilitated (distance notwithstanding) by someone here who is confident in their ability to do so.
I guess another aspect of this is that it fits in well with the mentioned tech talk @ TWT concept, and our interrelation with activist groups could allow us to add some vegetables to the (vegan) steak of the meal, this being teaching them about good opsec at protests whilst we help them jerryrig necessary equipment.
My searching has only turned up: https://www.techactivist.org/ which could be a group we could talk to, but as they are in Oakland CA, they are unlikely to be competition on providing this service