CyberUnions podcast on the LittleSis logo

Been catching up with podcasts in the last fortnight, including the excellent CyberUnions, a mix of Free Software an politics that could only be more aimed towards me if it was soundtracked by Albert Ayler.

They manage to cover websites and technologies that I haven’t heard of and they do it accessibly. One recent episode discussed, which I like the look of a lot. It describes itself as:

a free database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government.

We’re a grassroots watchdog network connecting the dots between the world’s most powerful people and organizations.

Like a more data-driven wikipedia focussed on "who bought company X which did Y and sold Z to A while preventing workers at B from organizing". The potential as a resource for solidarity unionism and actions seems huge. Imagine a company like Atos, involved in the Work Capability Assessment but with fingers in many pies. Or G4S.

The only drawback is that thus far, there’s not much UK-related info on the site and the way they say they want to grow (linking content to what’s already there) may make this slow.

However, go there and take a look. CyberUnions were talking about using the software for their own purposes. It’s well worth keeping an eye on.