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EngageMedia/Ruagrupa set up a local video archive, Jakarta

EngageMedia Local Archives Project, Indonesia

EngageMedia is currently undertaking a range of video distribution projects within the Asia Pacific region. One of our latest projects in Indonesia is aimed at creating four “local archives” for video makers to be able to store and share their work. This extends EngageMedia’s online video sharing website to a more local and offline understanding of video distribution and community access sharing, that routes around the limited bandwidth problem in countries like Indonesia and embraces in a more realistic and viable hybridity between the on and offline.
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EngageMedia/Ruagrupa set up a local video archive, Jakarta

EngageMedia Video Distribution Workshop (Jakarta)

EngageMedia is hosting another free workshop on video distribution, this time in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 2-day workshop from 23-24 May 2009 will explore how producers of critical films around the world are distributing their videos both online and offline.
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Maruli Sihombing

Featured Filmmaker: Maruli Sihombing

Maruli’s videos are about the social and political injustice that occurs almost everywhere in Indonesia. He mostly works with communities who suffer from violence enacted by the State or other authorities.
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Seelan Palay. Image via Flickr by Alexandra Crosby. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Featured Filmmaker: Seelan Palay

Seelan’s most recent video is a message by Dr Chee Soon Juan to President Obama on his inauguration day. Dr Chee is an opposition party leader in Singapore who has been jailed several times, made a bankrupt and is yet facing multiple charges of defying local protest laws and other offences.

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Featured Filmmaker: Chi Too

Chi Too from Malaysia is a tree-hugger with a video camera and EngageMedia’s feature filmmaker for February. After a long childhood obsession with the leatherback turtle, he was deeply disturbed to learn that it was near extinction when he was 12. It was then that he realised that something was very wrong.

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Plumi 0.2.3 released

Following the release of Plumi 0.2.2 last month, EngageMedia’s tech team is pleased to announce the release of a new version of its video-sharing application, Plumi 0.2.3. This new release includes several bug-fixes, and some minor improvements to templates. It also incorporates improvements to the transcoding framework to include transcoding of Flash video files.
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EngageMedia needs a new home in Melbourne!

The EngageMedia team has outgrown its current office space. We’re now looking for a bigger place to park ourselves and we need your help! If you know of any available office space in Melbourne we’d love to hear from you.
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The Net is Under Threat

Community advocacy group GetUp is running a new campaign against Australian Federal Government plans to censor what we view on the internet.
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Pixelate or Perish – Networking Developers and Video Activists at Transmission Asia-Pacific

Independent, grassroots online initiatives find themselves in a strange place these days. As the first wave of online projects like Indymedia wane in the face of the ‘web 2.0’ “mallification” and “net-sploitation” it can often feel as though the days activists, at least those closely linked to social movements, took a cutting edge role in shaping the web are far gone.
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Independent Media at Climate Camp Australia 2008

Independent Media at Climate Camp Australia 2008

EngageMedia helped to coordinate an independent media centre for Climate Camp Australia 2008 (July 10 – 14) at the Octapod, a not for profit independent arts and new media organisation based in the heart of Newcastle. Around 20 video makers, photographers and bloggers used this space to create their own media coverage of the Climate Camp workshops, discussions and actions to build a community-based movement for real action on climate change. We were able to present our own stories as a counter-measure to the often simplistic and conflict-based accounts presented in the mainstream media. Climate Camp has been a rich and diverse exploration of positive action on climate change, and ways to build alliances by the many different communities who are stepping up their efforts to convince governments to take real action, and to take it now, before it is too late. The major focus of the camp was on coal exports, as Newcastle is the world’s largest coal port, and therefore one of Australia’s major contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.
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A banner on the fence erected around the Camp for Climate Action at Blackheath in August 2009. Image via Flickr by SallyB. CC BY 2.0

EngageMedia at Climate Camp

During Climate Camp, being held in Newcastle between the 10th and 15th of July, 2008, a diverse group of concerned people have converged to protest the damage being caused to the global climate by the coal industry.
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Plugin TV

Filmmaker Collective Profile – Plug-in TV

Since Plug-in TV’s formation three years ago, it has spawned into an innovative network production house that strives to equip independent filmmakers with technological resources and most importantly, peer- to-peer support.
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Video Coverage of Tibetan Uprising

The uprising in Tibet is highlighting the power and necessity of independent video and do-it-yourself news making. These images have mobilised people around the world to take action for an independent Tibet. We’re compiled a list of places where you can find video coverage of the uprisings.

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Plumi 0.2 Released

EngageMedia have recently announced the release of Plumi 0.2, the free software video sharing platform. Plumi enables you to create a sophisticated video sharing and community site out-of-the-box. In a web landscape where almost all video sharing sites keep their distribution platform under lock and key Plumi is one contribution to creating a truly democratic media.

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EngageMedia Website Apr 2008

EngageMedia February 2008 Update

There’s a lot going on with EngageMedia in February so we thought we should let you know about some of the more important news. We will be participating in a panel and screenings at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne, there are some new improvements to the website, and the release of a new Facebook application to help you share videos from EngageMedia with your friends.
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EngageMedia Website Apr 2008

Major Update to EngageMedia.org Website

We’re very excited to announce that we have just added some big changes to the EngageMedia.org site. You might have noticed the site looks a bit different! These updates help to highlight user contributions much better along with improving the site speed and performance.
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