Over the last several months, individuals who are interested in harnessing the power of Indymedia to produce inspiring, informative media, have come together to work on a number of international Indymedia projects, such as the features in the center column of the www.indymedia.org web site as well as international print, audio and video productions. You will find information about how to get involved in these projects below.
Recently global Indymedia has begun to have international biweekly meetings on the irc.indymedia.org IRC server, channel "#communication". Each local IMC is strongly encouraged to have a liaison attend the global meetings. These meetings will be a place for liaisons from local IMCs to discuss their local IMC's reaction to proposals (found on the firstname.lastname@example.org list) and issues that effect the global Indymedia network. Decisions about indymedia policy will happen on the local level, in local IMCs, and the local IMCs will send their liaison to the global meeting to let everyone else know what they've decided. For information about how to be involved in the meetings, contact email@example.com.
On an ongoing basis, other than making an effort to visit people at local IMCs when you travel, and/or trying to get to any regional independent media gatherings or events an IMC is covering, the best way to get involved with global Indymedia organizing is to participate in the global Indy e-mail lists. Some local IMCs are making an effort to have at least one member on each list. Below is a description of the global Indymedia lists. All of the lists would LOVE to have representation and involvement from all local IMCs.
This list is for proposals ONLY. Only proposals that working groups (i.e. the people working on each of the Indymedia mailing lists) have made with the intent of being brought back to local IMCs for feedback will appear on this list. Each local IMC should have someone on this list, and when a proposal appears s/he should raise the issue in his/her local IMC. We are moving toward developing a place for focused discussion of these proposal, and to creating a decision-making process for how to put these discussions into action.
firstname.lastname@example.org People have used imc-process as a place to discuss the organizational structure of Indymedia. Lately people on imc-process have been focusing on the approval of new applications for local IMC sites and what 'being an IMC' entails. People are also posting process documents and having process discussions on the web at global.indymedia.org.au.
People on imc-editorial have been working on issues such as the editorial policy for the www.indymedia.org news wire, and on broader issues related to how to present the content on the www.indy site.
The purpose of this list is to develop better communication between the local IMCs and to initiate a global Indymedia communication structure. The people on this list have been coordinating the global Indymedia IRC meetings that have started to occur, and will continue biweekly.
This is the list for people who are working on general indymedia technical issues and programming concerns. There is also a list for people working on the web code that underlies the indymedia sites at email@example.com.
A global print team is developing through this list to work on network-wide print projects such as the PDF project (discussed below) and, potentially, a regular global Indymedia print publication.
This group coordinates the way the www.Indymedia site looks (fonts, type, colors, etc.)
This list is an organizing group for the Indymedia translation team. People on this list are developing the system by which translation team volunteers will translate things like Indymedia process documents and www.indy center column features.
This is a list for people who are coordinating the features that appear on the center column of the www.indymedia.org page. Anyone can suggest a feature to this working group by e-mailing the suggestion to the list.
The purpose of this list isn't exactly clear, but people have been using it as a place to discuss general issues that effect the whole network, such as what to do with donations and what kind of general ideas people have for the future of Indymedia.
People on this list are working to coordinate the creation and management of the indymedia e-mail lists.
This list is for discussion of issues surrounding the variety of questions people send to the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail box. The people on this list are using the helpdesk.indymedia.org system to answer those varied requests.
Post interesting photos from your local IMC that you think have international relevance to the www.indymedia.org newswire. In the future, when the PDF project is active, you may also suggest your best photos to the email@example.com list for inclusion.
The IMC radio team is working with the National Radio Project (www.radioproject.org) to produce a weekly five minute news headlines report as part of their Livewire news month-long pilot project (throughout February) which perhaps will become a regular production. To become part of the radio headlines project e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Indymedia network-wide video production is in the works, to be broadcast regularly on the Free Speech TV (www.freespeech.org) U.S. satellite channel (DISH Network, 9415) and in local screenings around the world. The project is planning to debut in March or April. Local IMCs that produce video segments regularly should contact contact Rachel email@example.com, Robert firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Eric email@example.com to get involved.
Messages from Indymedia Prague
IMF/WB PRISONER GIVEN AMNESTY BY PRESIDENT VACLAV HAVEL
Prague Legal Update 24.10.00
A sixteen year old Austrian boy was granted amnesty by President Havel, and released today. He was one of the 6 confrimed prisoners still in jail after 11 prisoners were released last Thursday. According the Prague Legal Support Team, of known cases of the five prisoners still in jail, the only evidence prosecutors have is police testimony.
Czech Ministry of Interior Investigates "Foreign Media"
Czech Minister of Interior Stanislav Gross, as well as Czech Prime Minister, Milos Zeman, have cited a police investigation into an unnamed foreign media agency with clear characteristics of the Prague Independent Media Center. Gross claims that the agency has directly intended to denounce the Czech Republic and the Czech police, while Zeman alleges that the well funded organization may have meddled with police communication devices.
From Melbourne to Prague: the Struggle for a Deglobalized World
by Walden Bello
We are, here in Melbourne in the next few days and in Prague in two weeks' time, participating in an historic enterprise: that of creating a critical mass to turn the tide against corporate-driven globalization.
For years, we were told that globalization was benign, that it was a process that brought about the greatest good for the greatest number, that good citizenship lay in accepting the impersonal rule of the market and good governance meant governments getting out of the way of market forces and letting the most effective incarnation of market freedom, the transnational corporation, go about its task of bringing about the most efficient mix of capital, land, technology and labor.