Communicating freely

Thoughts on how we can all talk a little easier, and how that can make life better.

Anti-DRM protest in Zurich

Today was busy. I was up at 5.30am and by 7.40 I was in a print shop getting posters and banners made for an anti-DRM protest outside the Dataquest store in Zurich. Dataquest are the main Apple reseller.

It’s been a while since I was at a protest and I had a lot of fun. I’m new to this city and I met the Free Software crowd for the first time. Everyone was taller than me. Why are people so tall in Switzerland?

The people passing our protest were really engaging. For the most part the average ‘person on the street’ was supportive of what we’re doing. I gave out a ton of leaflets and felt a particular type of victory for each person who picked up a leaflet before entering the Dataquest store. One guy picked up a leaflet, glanced at the content and said “this is why I’m not buying an iPod”.

After we had informed the good citizens of Zurich about DRM we visited the new FSFE office and then went to a nearby cafe. I had a very nice chicken sandwich and a reasonable coffee. One of the most striking things about this town is the quality of the food and drink.

It’s now 18:30 and I’m writing this blog entry while thinking about the new website. It’s a pretty exciting portal. The FSFE and several partner organisations are sharing their views on DRM through this site and I think it’s going to be a major source of positive education. It also has one important extra feature; there is a photo of me: Ah, fame at last.

I’d like to apologise for neglecting my blog for a while. I’ve got a ton of news to share with you and I’ll start with a post about my new role in Switzerland soon.