Responses added, see PrinciplesOfUnity
PRINCIPLES OF UNITY
1. 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.
We support and respect the principles of equality, decentralisation, and local autonomy. We both fully support the self-organisation of autonomous collectives that recognise the importance in developing a union of networks, and we work by these principles too.
2. All IMC's consider open exchange of and open access to information a prerequisite to the building of a more free and just society.
We are firmly committed to open publishing.
[3. All IMC's respect the right of activists who choose not to be photographed or filmed.]
We remove photos or edit out faces when requested.
4. 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. To ensure privacy and anonymity, the logging of information about users shall be kept to the minimum. The logging of internet protocol (IP) information about users shall be kept to the minimum necessary to maintain control over the server (i.e. in the event of an attack). In the event that logging is necessary, details of the logging shall be made publicly accessible, including duration of logging, what information was stored, and actions taken as result of the logging. Collectives are encouraged to have a public policy on IP logging.
We support all of these principles, and have clarified our collective opinion in this email dated April 1 2011.
5. The IMC Network and all local IMC collectives shall be not-for-profit.
We are not-for-profit.
6. All IMC's 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.
We are committed to the principle of consensus decision making and the development of a direct, participatory democratic process that is transparent to its membership. We believe that intransparent hierachies can be minimised by collective members taking the time to reflect on and discuss group dynamics. This includes ensuring balanced job complexes.
7. [All IMC's recognize that a prerequisite for participation in the decision making process of each local group is the contribution of an individual's labor to the group.]
We recognise that a prerequisite for participation in the decision making process of each local group is the contribution of an individual's labour to the group. This includes but is not limited to technical work, moderation, feature writing, and attending meetings.
8. All IMC's 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.
We are committed to mutual respect and solidarity within all communities we participate in, both collectively and as individuals. We support knowlege and skill sharing, and have endeavoured to promote this during our outreach work ImcMaydayOutreachLeaflet.
9. All IMC's 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.
We are 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. Currently we are using a GPL'ed Content Management System running on Debian GNU/Linux and intend to continue to do so.
10. All IMC's 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.:1
We support all of these principles and qualities, and have also developed a Diversity Statement: ImcMaydayDiversity.