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Transborder immigrant Tool - CNN Intriguing people for December 21, 2009

The Transborder Immigrant Tool is Intriguing - as are dead Popes ;-)

Ricardo Dominguez

Yes Men - "Climate Debt Agents"


Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Press conference: 1pm CET, Frederiksholms Kanal 4, Copenhagen
Contact: Margaret Matembe,, +45-23960186
Coverage: Click here, or click throughout press release for specific links
Canadian announcement (hi-res download)
Ugandan response (hi-res download)

An App For Betrayal


[I thought post.thing folks would enjoy this review of the project ;-]

A smart phone to help kill American jobs
By Mark Cromer | Published on 12.05.2009

Resist Film about Border Deaths and NPR LA: Cell phone doubles as coyote

SWARM the VOTE - Support the Transborder Immigrant Tool Today

Hola all,

We the Chicana Coyotek Gangs (CCG),
we used to be known as
Electronic Disturbance Theater/bang.lab.

What is your vote on our new name?

Speaking of votes.

CCG would like you to SWARM the VOTE TODAY.

How can I do that you ask and what am I voting for?

Here is the scoop - a new news story has popped-up at the OCR:

November 20, 2009 9:26 AM

Transborder Immigrant Tool helps Mexicans cross over safely

Vice has an interview with b.a.n.g lab's Ricardo Dominguez about the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a GPS device based on a cheap cell phone that will help Mexican immigrants safely cross the border.

For the past few years you've been working on the Transborder Immigrant Tool, which sounds like it's really going to chafe the asses of millions of people--civilians and government entities alike. What was the impetus for this project?

My research lab at Calit2 is called BANG Lab, which stands for Bits, Atoms, Neurons, and Genes. One of the areas I've focused on since I've been in San Diego is developing what we call border-disturbance technologies.

Technésexual - At Artivistic TURN*ON In Montreal

Billionaires for Wealthcare Interrupt Republican Pollster with Song

“The protesters interrupted a presentation by Republican pollster Bill McInturff, whose work for AHIP on the series of early-90s “Harry and Louise” anti-health-care reform commercials has been called by Advertising Age ‘among the best conceived and executed public affairs advertising programs in history.’

AHIP represents insurers who provide coverage to more than 200 million Americans, the group says. Singing out against them were a small group of protesters from the group Billionaires for Wealthcare, which specializes in dressing up as members of the groups it is critiquing (often in an exaggerated or satirical way, as with top hats or suspenders).”

Yes Men's Fake U.S. Chamber of Commerce Press Release Removed From Internet

A California internet service provider ceded to the demands of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has removed from the internet a spoofed press release set up by the culture jamming collective the Yes Men. The release falsely announced the Chamber now supports legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A wide variety of mainstream news outlets picked up Monday’s hoax announcement, which was followed by a staged press conference at the National Press Club featuring a Yes Men member posing as a spokesman for the Chamber of Commerce. The press conference was interrupted when an actual chamber spokesman burst into the room and confronted his tree-hugging doppelganger.

Now On Sale At the AT&T Store -- Anti Net Neutrality Propaganda

The sales force at AT&T stores has a lot to do these days. They have to customers disappointed over dropped calls and poor service on the overburdened wireless network.

They have to explain why the new iPhone data plan is more expensive than the old one, as my colleague and iPhone enthusiast Alex Curtis discovered.

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