[Hacklabs] [wsis] covertura desde indymedia y/o hacklabs
txopi at sindominio.net
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Asunto: [imc-euskalherria] Fw: WSIS activities
De: txipi <txipi at sindominio.net>
Fecha: Mar, 18 de Noviembre de 2003, 10:07 pm
Para: imc-euskalherria at lists.indymedia.org
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Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 19:06:33 +0000
From: ionnek <ionnek at gmx.net>
To: azalai at sindominio.net, txipi at sindominio.net
Subject: WSIS activities
hi azalai and txipi,
carolina gave me your adresses when I asked her about imc-related
in spain who might be interested in the wsis - we seize activities. a
while ago i sent a call to the imc-europe list, with lots of links at
end. i include it in this email.
now i have no idea if you are already involved or maybe don't have time
this at all. but it would be nice if you'd find some way to chip in, in
way you like, online or offline, within or outside indymedia, writing or
filming or just spreading the word.
(1 of imc uk)
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during the imc-uk network meeting some weeks ago, some of us had a chat
about imc-involvement in the "WSIS - We seize" activities in Geneva Dec
10-12. We know many individual imcistas and local imcs who are up for
doing something or involved in specific projects, but WSIS has not yet
taken on as a collaborative imc project - either through coordinated
reporting, or through the polymedia lab on the ground, or both.
The WSIS debates affect the core of the indymedia project, and the best
to know what's happening is to report about it - online or on the
some of us are definitely going and it would be nice to be in touch with
others in advance. We can use the nadir email list for further
from the ad-hoc imc-uk-wsis-group :-)
This mail is a call to all imcistas with an interest in WSIS:
- - to browse the email archives, websites and wikis listed below
- - to spread the info to friends, comrades and collectives who might
make good use of it
- - to subscribe to this mailing list for further discussion:
- - to think about ways to report/get involved
WSIS - AN IMC ISSUE?
WSIS is an UN summit about the global commons. Big Network Providers and
government representatives are meeting to map out the future landscape
information and communication. The WSIS debates affect the core of the
Today, the internet still holds the promise of forever multiplied shared
knowledge. A space where you don't own, sell or buy knowledge, but share
it. At indy, we are running about 130 indymedia websites, about 800
lists and a twiki with more than 800 topics with a minimum of money. The
coding doesn't cost us anything, and many tech volunteers are constantly
working on it. We control our own servers.
This could change. If software is declared "intellectual property", and
software patents are introduced, Free Software Development will become
difficult, if not impossible. According to Richard Stallman, developers
will constantly run the risk of illegally including a patented bit of
The claim for internet privacy in combination with new tracking methods
gives raise to repressive cyber-security regimes. The definition of
and "unsafe" communication would be up to the state.
The dream of the internet as an anarchic place where everybody gives and
takes is long gone anyway - most websites are for commercial purposes.
Newspapers have started to charge for access to their online archives.
companies are starting to set up their own, private networks instead of
participating in the internet. Privatisation and liberalisation of the
communications infrastructure leads to corporate control of the
channels. The internet as we know it might shrink. The right to
and access to a global communications network, so crucial for imc, might
see serious restrictions.
WSIS is a major forum for governments and big business to come together
invent ways to control the global commons - of course for the best of
the consumer. Civil Society in the form of NGOs is invited to watch the
process, but excluded from the decision making.
We have yet to find appropriate forms of political articulation to make
our voice heard in such an abstract issue. Few protests have been held
under the banner of communication rights. Let's use WSIS as an
ground to explore creative use of our day-to-day IT-knowledge!
IMC-REPORTING IN CYBERSPACE
1. The event.
WSIS is an unusual event for indymedia reporting. So far, not many
street-actions are expected. Other than the usual summits, the WSIS
organisers included big business and "civil society" in the
Soon it became clear that participation of "civil society" was very
restricted. As a result, a variety of "half-official" events was set up.
2. reporting what?
Reporting about WSIS could cover the debates themselves, especially
that happen outside the official event. Reporting can be an action in
itself. And it is a chance to raise awareness within the indymedia
community and beyond.
3. reporting where?
in the local imc middle columns as usual. How about dispatch? In the UK,
are thinking of setting up a WSIS topic, i.e. a dedicated WSIS mid
which could be used collaboratively. See
To coordinate reporting, imc would need to establish the communication
channels as they have been used for previous reporting (dispatch etc).
usual, we'd need irc-ers, translators, writers, updaters... The
lab could be the meeting point on the ground. # wsis on
is well frequented. A wsis twiki was started:
http://docs.indymedia.org/view/Global/WsisImc. Please subscribe to
5. decentralised WSIS presence
imcistas don't need to fly to Geneva to participate. organise local
screenings of the video stream (see High Noon below) or even just the
newswires. Keep in touch and advertise many local events in different
places together - the old global movement trick of synchronisation.
POLYMEDIA LAB - A MEDIA CENTER ON THE GROUND
Under the slogan "WSIS - we seize", three events will offer a
critique of the summit, outside the official framework: High Noon, a V2V
Video-Peer-to-Peer Webcasting Project, a Strategic Conference, and a
Polymedia Lab. These interventions are coordinated on one email list
In our view, polimedia lab would be a perfect framework for an imc
presence. it will be a space for practical experiments, skill-sharing,
meeting, networking and reporting. People from Geneva have already found
location. we could get involved by:
- - setting up hardware and software equipment
- - registering workshops and presentations on the polymedialab
- - using it as a base for reporting
- - organising imc network and coordination meetings
- - talking about it with other (indy)media activists, gather ideas for
creative interventions etc.
- - "looking after the space", i.e. being point of contact for newcomers
WSIS - We seize:
Mailing List: http://lists.emdash.org/mailman/listinfo/prep-l
High Noon: http://www.geneva03.net/moin.cgi/HighNoon
Polymedia Lab: http://www.geneva03.net/moin.cgi/PolyMediaLab
mailing list: https://lists.nadir.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/wsis
register a workshop:
workshop registration form:
Tactical Maps of Geneva
Hub-mailing list: https://www.inventati.org/mailman/public/hub/
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