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.
Just a few days into lockdown I could not access any of the riseup pages or services from my computer (and the adventure that followed ended up in the workshop that twofriends and i will stream today 30th of January from 3pm in Madrid and Berlin, 2pm in London, with an option to ask questions on IRC).
Summary of the technical report and the current status of the WomenOnWeb
22 May 2020
Since the end of January 2020, the information website on abortion Women on Web is being blocked in Spanish territory. As described in a detailed technical report published on the 5th of May, several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are blocking the website. In the absence of confirmation from the ISP companies, we can only speculate that this blockade could arise as an initiative of the Ministry of Health, through the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS for its acronym in Spanish). Despite the fact that Women On Web has been operating all over the world for years thanks to its unquestionable rigour in the medical and legal field, its website is being censored silently, without any legal intervention and without giving any explanation about the existence of the blockade itself to the users.
Since pepephoneblocked me from accessing riseup.net, the people from the magma guide know how to contact me, and so they did, when they noticed that the websitehttp://womenonweb.org/, which offers information on contraceptive and abortion options and pills on donation, was blocked by all major Spanish internet service providers (ISPs). I couldn’t give them reason apart from confirming that pepephone also blocks it, so I asked some people from hackmeeting and sindominio. A commotion was raised, articles were written in Catalan, inSpanish, in English. The website seems still blocked today. Even though it can be accessed over TOR and some VPN. Apparently the Opera browser offers some free VPN. (So do riseup.net and aktivix.org but you need a friend to introduce you).
Is Tottenham a little village? Some one involved in the literature festival was a friend of a friend of mine, an ex-colleague of another friend and the colleague of another, although none of us knew about these connections until yesterday. [Link to the festival’s page] Continue reading →