[IMC-Tech] grant, small clarification
toya at riseup.net
Wed Oct 29 11:46:43 PDT 2008
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Hi sofia and all,
I am very surprised to see such proposal. Did this group of indymedia
collective ever included on their discussion the new-cms project?
I mean we have being working on it for 3 years, we spend thousand of
dollars from our own pocket to get developers to meet each others and
to continue the project and discussions. We have sent a lot of
announces to this list and communication list as well, in an attempt
to involve more collectives on the process.
We aren't just thinking of getting a new software for indymedia, but
also including very important changes on how indymedia sotware should
work to prevent data retention and also to prevent that we fall into
the same problem we have right now, lack of hosting spaces, lack of
bandwidth, lack of people to do administration of boxes, law
enforcement & corporate server seizures, take-down orders,
geographically-distributed data redundancy and a lot of other security
issues -- so not only a new software but an entirely new architecture
that would make the indymedia network impervious to all of these
I am saying all that because I believe we should unity our efforts
instant of having less and less unity on our network like we are
having right now. The new cms group has tried to do that, we invited,
many times, other groups which shared the same initiative (i.e. imc
alternatives), the people who are participating on this proposal are
the same ones who have maintained the softwares we have used for all
the past 8 years on our network and the same ones who have being
responsible for hosting space etc for all those years. I believe it
should be included on the discussion what this group is doing and the
reasons why they decided for the new cms approach.
Also I would like to remind that the migration of the bolivia site to
drupal was a very problematic migration which affect a lot the network
of indymedia collectives from Bolivia. They had to deal with the
problems created by the migration for over an year and just now they
are finally resolving them. Also venezuela haven't migrate their
site, and as far as I know (since I host their site) there is no plans
on doing so. Maybe you are talking about the other venezuela indymedia
collective here. Not the one that was first created in the country.
But those are problems that are not directly related to what I am
talking about here, but are things that shows to us how we are not
unity in the global indymedia network and how all this just weak us
more and more.
I would like to raise some questions, since you guys requesting money
and everything to do such a project:
1. How this proposal will address data retention problems and the
others examples of data security problems I listed above?
2. How this proposal will address lack of hosting spaces, bandwidth
and system administration people?
3. Is there a way to build a geographically-distributed data
redundancy out of this solution?
4. Who will be the maintainer of this new solution? Update the code,
look for security holes etc.
5. How could this solution work together with the new-cms project?
Sofia JarrinT wrote:
> hi, It was pointed out to me that "all Indymedias" might've sounded
> as if we've all decided on consensus to run on Drupal. That's not
> the case. I meant to say, all Indymedias who would want to or are
> already switching to Drupal. Here's a list of the currently
> participating Indymedias on this proposal, so far:
> * Boston Imc * Belgium Imc * UK Imc * St. Louis Imc * Columbus Imc
> * Scotland Imc * Arizona Imc * Bolivia Imc * Germany Imc (not
> officially) * Los Angeles Imc * Linksunten (South-west Germany) Imc
> * Venezuela Imc (not officially) * Urbana Champaign Imc (as fiscal
> sponsor) * Australia Imc * Austria Imc We don't mean to be
> exclusive of other cms... :( There's just seems to be a lot of us
> working on drupal, that's all.
> peace, Sofia
> ----- Original Message ---- From: Sofia JarrinT <sofiajt at yahoo.com>
> To: imc-tech at lists.indymedia.org Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
> 1:11:05 PM Subject: Knight Foundation Grant for Drupal IMC
> For disclosure purposes, please be informed that in the past couple
> of weeks, we created a loose coalition of Indymedia people to apply
> for a Knight Foundation grant (http://www.newschallenge.org/) to
> build an Indymedia Drupal prototype for ALL Indymedias (which will
> include, among other things, an Indymedia install profile)... The
> deadline is November 1st.
> The idea developed originally from Belgium and Boston Imc and since
> then has snowballed to include many other IMCs.
> The goals so far on how exactly to use the money or manage it, if
> we get it, are a bit up in the air. But there's a feeling of
> urgency that if we don't, this will take too long to get done, and
> Imcs continue to close down because of tech difficulties. Techs
> lack the time and the money should hopefully give them the space to
> allocate that time. One idea is to allocate $ to local Indymedias
> through the global fund, so they in turn could "hire" a tech to
> help them...
> Most documentation can be found here:
> And we're using this channel to communicate:
> imc-drupal-dev at lists.indymedia.org
> peace, Sofia Boston Imc
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