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.
Indymedia was a big, almost world wide project, born in Seattle, VA, USA, in 1999. It was the first ‘place’, the very first internet outlet where any one with a computer and an internet connection could post their own news, their own text and media content. Continue reading →
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:
Radical Routes is a coop of coops. It is best explained on their website, but in a personal, shorter definition, it can be seen as occupy, climate and similar camps, and squats, taken to the day-to-day, sustainable way of life. In as much as possible. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →