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"Don't Hate the Media, Be the Media!"

UK #indymedia near death was ripped into two by internal social forces https://archive.indymedia.org.uk/ these two victorious blood spattered parts promptly expired. The battle of open/closed has NO GOOD OUTCOME need to remember this simple truth for the reboot "be the media"

here is a video on the subject of the reboot https://youtu.be/txCLtKpDwNE

“I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.” -William Blake

This is 20 years of history in this project.

Did some images for #OMN idea of #indymedia reboot

The idea is to keep it simple to push the control balance from the geek to the users. To use existing tools to build a open network then let the users decide how to use it. This is the “news” part of indymedia the privacy focused actavist part is needed as well. Plugging in tor and scuttlebutt provides that side. In the end its just human moderated flows and actually technologicaly neutral, anything can be hub/peer on the network. Its just like the underlining tech of the internet and web itself.

Simple. And if you look at the fedivers all this already exists.

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What can you do to help OMN indymedia reboot

  • teach people the #4opens and review tools/projects they use/wont to use by them.

  • OMN is not about tech - all code is idolagy - the OMN its a social solution to a social problem

  • It easy to keep crossing wires with "media" vs. personal. Media should be open, with clear sources, except when protecting them. Whereas personal data should default to private

  • on the dev/organising site you can help by asking simple basic questions


PGA hallmarks as a mission statment and #4opens as a tech statmente covers raddical grassroots.

we also have the draft:

PRINCIPLES OF UNITY http://web.archive.org/web/20100313064530/https://docs.indymedia.org/view/Global/PrinciplesOfUnity

The Independent Media Center Network (IMCN) is based upon principles of equality, decentralization and local autonomy. The IMCN is not derived from a centralized bureaucratic process, but from the self-organization of autonomous collectives that recognize the importance in developing a union of networks.

All IMCs consider open exchange of and open access to information a prerequisite to the building of a more free and just society.

[3. All IMCs respect the right of activists who choose not to be photographed or filmed.]

All IMCs, based upon the trust of their contributors and readers, shall utilize open web based publishing, allowing individuals, groups and organizations to express their views, anonymously if desired. **see appendix: Open Publishing document —> still in proposal phase, at this address: lists.indymedia.org/mailman/public/imc-communication/2001-April/001707.html lists.indymedia.org/mailman/public/imc-communication/2001-April/000874.html

The IMC Network and all local IMC collectives shall be not-for-profit.

All IMCs recognize the importance of process to social change and are committed to the development of non-hierarchical and anti-authoritarian relationships, from interpersonal relationships to group dynamics. Therefore, shall organize themselves collectively and be committed to the principle of consensus decision making and the development of a direct, participatory democratic process] that is transparent to its membership.

[All IMCs recognize that a prerequisite for participation in the decision making process of each local group is the contribution of an individuals labor to the group.]

All IMCs are committed to caring for one another and our respective communities both collectively and as individuals and will promote the sharing of resources including knowledge, skills and equipment.

All IMCs shall be committed to the use of free source code, whenever possible, in order to develop the digital infrastructure, and to increase the independence of the network by not relying on proprietary software.

All IMCs shall be committed to the principle of human equality, and shall not discriminate, including discrimination based upon race, gender, age, class or sexual orientation. Recognizing the vast cultural traditions within the network, we are committed to building [diversity] within our localities.

OK let's start building the trust.