IMC UK Collective New IMC Application Form

The initial application to the global New IMC working group for the global recognition of the autonomous ImcUkCollective was submitted on 9th December 2010 and then it was resubmitted on 12th February 2011 by the ImcMayday Collective, see ImcMaydayNewImc


Proposed IMC Name (required): UK

Proposed Indymedia URL (required): indymedia.org.uk, www.indymedia.org.uk and uk.indymedia.org

Current URL (if any): indymedia.org.uk, www.indymedia.org.uk and uk.indymedia.org

City:

State/Province:

Country: United Kingdom

Contact Name (required): Jack

Email (required): imc-uk-collective@lists.indymedia.org

Phone:

Technical Contact Name: Chris

Email: chrisc@indymedia.org

Phone:

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Critical Dates?

Supporting Groups:

Oxford IMC have expressed support for this application. We hope to add more groups (inside and outside of Indymedia) in due course.

Please write an introductory statement about why you want to participate in the Indymedia Network.

We already do participate in the Indymedia Network; all of our present members have been Indymedia volunteers for several years. However we have never gone through the new-imc process, because when our site began, there was no such process. We believe it will strengthen our collective to go through the process. Also, since most other collectives in this region have gone through the process, our present condition is an anomaly.

As the UK Network has changed over the years, a number of groups have spawned off from the UK site and set up their own sites. This has resulted in a gradual deterioration in the organisation of the collective that maintains the UK newswire and features, to the point that its membership criteria are not transparent and there is no proper process for consensus decision-making. At one time the site was maintained by members of most collectives in the UK Network; this is no longer the case. It is important that the UK site be maintained by a properly constituted collective that has regular open meetings and transparent membership, and this application is being made in pursuit of that goal.

What kind of resources can you contribute, in terms of server/bandwidth/technical and organizing skills?

We use and administer the Mir server called Traven, and our members made a significant contribution to the purchase price of that server. Traven is shared by many Mir collectives around the world. Our bandwidth is purchased from Riseup. We have an established network of mirrors. A number of us are capable of administering a Linux server.

What kind of outreach have you done to bring together a diverse group of people?

Our group is not nearly as diverse as we would like. We are geographically scattered, and we recognise that we face challenges in terms of outreach. However, we hope that once our collective is properly constituted we will be in a better position to recruit and support new members.

Many marginalised groups and individuals have engaged with our newswire over the years. Some of them have also written features for our
middle column and our topic subpages. We will invite these groups and individuals to our mailing list with a view to meeting physically as part of our ongoing outreach.

Members of the collective will be promoting the newswire and the IMC UK site and the IMC UK Network in their local communities. To improve inclusivity, collective members will commit to outreach work with interested parties both within and outside of their local area.

We intend to make the site work better for people using mobile devices.

How does the makeup of your collective reflect the diversity of the local community (e.g. in realtion to gender-, sexual-, spiritual-, and/or cultural-identity)?

We are from a variety of backgrounds, but do not reflect the cultural, sexual and spiritual diversity of the general population. We have members from Wales, Scotland and England.

If your group currently does not represent the diversity of the local community, particularly in relation to groups who are underrepresented in mainstream society and denied access to vehicles of expression, what steps will be taken to address this on an ongoing basis?

Our collective uses open mailing lists and public meetings for organising. We intend to try to organise public events such as film screenings to accompany our public meetings, and hope by this means to draw diverse groups of people into our activities. We intend to hold our public meetings in a different city or town each time. We aim to encourage minority groups to use our site to publish their news and we will offer support to enable them to do this.
We aim to extend the involvement of marginalised groups through collaboration on features, inviting groups to meetings, and outreach at events and protests on an ongoing basis.

What steps will be taken to involve individuals in workfields new to them? What measures will be taken to overcome a gendered work division?

We plan to have skill-sharing sessions where there will be the opportunity for existing and new members to learn new skills. We intend to work collectively on aspects of writing, site maintenance etc., enabling less experienced members to participate in the work of the collective in a supportive environment. We hope to be able to offer of one-to-one 'buddying' by women members of the collective for new women joining, to encourage them to learn new skills, especially technical skills.


Draft possible additions

Add at the start of the existing Please write an introductory statement about why you want to participate in the Indymedia Network answer:

We are a group of long term Indymedia activists who have been helping run and maintain the UK Indymedia site for many years, we include activists from Wales, Scotland and England.

Indymedia UK covers global topics and parts of the UK not covered by other IMC sites in the UK, via the open newswire and we support this and want to continue doing this.

Disputes in the UK Network around the approach to controversial issues have crystallized into two approaches for dealing with them. We believe that the use of critical thinking, reason and evidence based research and source checking is the best approach, rather than simply censoring these topics.

Our aim is to maintain an open channel for information in a world where the ruling class controls the main flows of information via the corporate media, public relations companies and the like.

One aspect of the open publishing model, which was not foreseen, was the extent to which it could be used and abused for the purposes of disinformation. Our approach to this is not to close down open publishing but to take active steps to remove disinformation and expose the tactics and politics of those behind it.

Indymedia is not only a journal of the revolution, it is part of the terrain that the Empire's information war is being fought across.

With the convergence of the crises, which gravely threaten the existence of life on earth, climate change, Peak Oil, resource depletion, Imperial wars, Fascism, ecological and economic collapse and starvation, a radical alternative future is urgently needed, now more than ever. We want to help to enable humanity steer a course to a future of co-operation, peace, sustainability, equality, autonomy and non-hierarchical community.

We are committed to non-hierarchical, consensus based decision making. We wish to go through the New IMC process in order that we can be globally recognised as an autonomous collective, with our own independent site, UK Indymedia, http://www.indymedia.org.uk/.

The UK Indymedia sites is, and has for many years, been well used by activists both nationally and internationally, to circulate reports, news, analysis, media and information that the corporate media doesn't cover. People know where to find UK Indymedia, it's at www.indymedia.org.uk, we hold with Tim Berners-Lee, that "Cool URI's don't change" and believe the UK Indymedia site should remain on its current domains, indymedia.org.uk, www.indymedia.org.uk and uk.indymedia.org. We wish to be listed in the cities list as simply uk, rather than united kingdom. We think the UK Network should have it's own entry in the cities list. We wish to remain in and participate in the UK Network as a peer of the other collectives.

We are open and welcoming to new and existing activists who wish to join our collective on the basis on which it was founded.

Our Mission Statment and Editorial Guidelines only differ from the existing UK Indymedia ones in so far as references to "United Kollectives" have been replaced with references to "UK Indymedia".

When we fully gain our autonomy we wish to roll out long developed improvements to the UK Indymedia site.


-- MrDemeanour - 05 Dec 2010
Topic revision: r36 - 28 Apr 2011, ChrisC
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