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Renovation as part of Regeneration

SilenceBreaker Media have successfully delivered projects in communities such as Maltby, Rotherham; Thurnscoe, Barnsley; Edlington, Doncaster. But one thing we didn’t have was a base of operations to one day expand our collections of used computers, as well as our reconditioning, and low-cost computer sales. After a long scouting project, we connected with Sheffield City […]

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Open to Connections

To celebrate the completed renovation of 1 Bowling Green Street into the SBm Hub, SilenceBreaker Media are providing free computer workshops on our Open to Connections project – a sneak-peak into the internet cafe and computer sales/repair shop that will commence in September! Learn computers, internet, media-making – whatever media/technology needs you have! Open to […]

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Net Neutrality and the importance of your feedback!

One of our fantastic volunteers, George Higgins, spent several months creating SilenceBreaker Media a new animation that looks at the issue of net neutrality and how through our activities we promote and further net neutrality. The animation illustrates two things that are central to what we do: engagement with some fantastic volunteers alongside an inherent […]

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Another Kind of Social Network

Last year, Research & Development Director Jane Watkinson and I attended the Rebellious Media Conference, which featured such speakers as Noam Chomsky and John Pilger. At one conference event, discussion was centered around internet access. Obviously, Jane’s spearheaded a great deal of SilenceBreaker Media background and perspective on the broader issues of net neutrality and […]

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Operating Systems for Society

When we talk about cities, we often think of dirty, smoggy, smelly, polluting places stained with the smoke of an industrial age of bygone years – back before postwar consumerism saw people sent out to live in suburbs, buy a car to travel home, and a television set for entertainment. But times have changed again. […]

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GDP, Sustainable Social Accounting, and SilenceBreaker Media

The Office for National Statistics’s first national survey on well-being is an attempt to move away from Gross Domestic Product being the hegemonic indicator measuring performance and activity. Whilst this is an important step away from the focus on economic concerns regarding growth for growth’s sake that ignores important issues of sustainability and ethics the […]

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The Internet and the Property Rights Battle

Though markets existed from antiquity, capitalism as a social productive system did not really emerge until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, first in England. This system which, unlike all previous historical modes of production, was based on generalized production for market, and depended on the predominance of two kinds of commodity producers/sellers: on the one […]

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U.S. PIPA and SOPA Acts and the Internet Blackout

The internet, what the founder of the World Wide Web (WWW) – Sir Tim Berners-Lee – said is a human right, is locked in a battle with the US Congress as Senate debate the Protect Intellectual Property Act and the House of Representatives consult over the Stop Online Piracy Act. The Acts represent an attack […]

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Democracy and Net Neutrality

Ron Paul, a libertarian Republican leader candidate, is also one of the many people with this political philosophy that is essentially a critique of net neutrality (also see Ayn Rand Institute’s comments on this). Why? Basically, libertarians see net neutrality as an undermining of the market by the state. However, net neutrality isn’t about the […]

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