Don’t invite me to the square

It makes me feel a mixture of surprise and tedium to keep finding gmail addresses on mailing lists of alternative projects that claim to be fighting against the big megacorporations.

Years ago I wrote this article for indymedia colleagues who invited me to a telegram group, and for others who started communicating via twitter in preparation for indymedia’s 20th anniversary celebration.

This is an update.

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Blatant Advertising

In case any remote reader is every looking for a good WordPress host which is not network23 because it would be aimed for setting up a commercial business to (hopefully) earn an income, so that would rule out Network 23, but yet ethical behaviour would be a requirement.

Projects that are run by people just as cool as Network23 are for example:

http://xtreamlab.net/

Webarchitects

 

Repair Party

In line with ideas of de-growth and transition towns, on Saturday 16th of June took place a public event where people were invited to bring devices for repair.

I was mainly busy being a witness of my printer being opened up to its deepest entrails and then closed up again – twice -, but here are some pictures of the event: Sigue leyendo

So, you are using a corporate email provider

You are not bothered that they mine your behavior to better sell your eyeballs to advertisers.

One problem, however, is that governments around the world are using these private corporations as a vast multiplier of state power. The big email providers won’t disclose how many requests for data they get from the government.
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The next bike lane

You come out of the night club. You feel the cold of the night, but you know your body will get warm again after a few minutes of pedalling. You get on your bike and it takes you away from clubland, away from the cars vomiting their music and into the stillness of suburbia.

The road feels peaceful because it is night time, it is silent all around there is no traffic and no one has thrown an empty bottle of Vodka at you in the past three or four months. Biking feels safe, fast, quiet. Silence between the only two beings that matter right now: you and your bike.
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