New Lists and Wiki
New Email Lists and Wiki for UK Indymedia
Two of the key tools that Indymedia activists use for communication and collaboration are email lists and wiki pages. UK Indymedia activists have made extensive use of lists hosted by the global list server and of the global Indymedia wiki over the last decade. But at the end of May 2011 key lists were shutdown without agreement and activists had their wiki accounts deleted.
In response, the Indymedia UK site has set up new email lists for people who wish to contact the site admins or to be involved in discussions about features and moderation. There is also a new wiki site for UK Indymedia related documents.
The new lists were set up after bou from IMC London and Be The Media, closed down the imc-uk-features and imc-uk-moderation lists, which were still in use, claiming that there was a consensus for her actions, following calls by the Be The Media collectives for IMC UK site admins to be denied further access to global Indymedia resources including mailing lists, irc and docs.indymedia.org. Shortly thereafter bou wrote another email stating that "[It] seems there is disagreement strong enough to grant a halt in this action so I am closing this ticket now. Only the first point was done." The email was hidden as it contained personal details of Mayday members but is quoted here. In spite of bou's acknowledgement of strong disagreement about these actions, (which was in addition to that expressed by Mayday collective members whose voice was not considered to count in the global network), no steps have yet been taken to reactivate the closed lists.
Both the features and moderation lists had over 100 subscribers, none of whom were made aware of where discussions would be taking place, invites will shortly be sent out to subscribers of the archived lists inviting them to join the new Features Tech and Moderation lists. Those wishing to contact site admins in confidence can now use the Contact List
In addition UK Indymedia activists have had their accounts deleted from the global wiki site at docs.indymedia.org and subsequent to this key pages have been deleted and edited, in the name of the "Northern Indymedia wiki-secretary". Such vandalism and abuse will not be tollerated on the new wiki.indymedia.org.uk site.
The attempts to expel IMC UK site admins from Indymedia communications resources has already seen several protest resignations by techs outside of the dispute, and has caused extra work for techs who have not been party to the dispute. SSL certification for most Indymedia sites was lost as a direct result of the punitive measures. It cannot be a coincidence that the authoritarian measures proposed by the Be The Media collectives would serve to reduce the opportunities for Indymedia UK site admins to communicate with the IMC global network.