[New-imc] WELCOME IMC TOSCANA
joe.ttx at blablaxpress.org
Sun Apr 8 02:35:04 PDT 2007
[en] great ! welcome to the network and long live to imc toscana :)
(fr] super ! bienvenue dans le réseau et longue vie au cmi toscana :))
Le 31-mars-07 à 01:30, joe a écrit :
> Below, the documents produced by the Toscana collective at the time
> of the New-imc procedure, by a dozen activists of current and cities
> different of toscana. The process lasted from December 06 with now.
> Its been a pleasure to work with them/they.
> here the site test
> Ci-dessous, les documents [en] produits par le collectif Toscana lors
> de la procédure New-imc, par une douzaine d'activistes de différents
> courants et villes de la tosacane. Le process a durée de décembre 06
> à maintenant. Ce fut un plaisir de travailler avec eux/elles
> Ici le site toujours en test
> in solidarity
> Membership Criteria
> a. Agree in spirit to the NIMC MissionStatement and PrinciplesOfUnity,
> :: We remind you that most of us come from the italian indymedia
> node experience, so we well know the various network principles and
> policies and we agree with them.
> b. Have a committed membership substantial enough to sustain a
> functional IMC
> :: Actually our collective is constituted by 23 persons. Each one
> have experiences in and knowledges of ICT, journalism, photo and
> video making. Most of us have managed, until november 2006, the
> old Tusacny category on the italy.indymedia.org site, so, borne out
> of years of experience, we think we are quite able to maintain a new
> c. Have open and public meetings (no one group can have exclusionary
> "ownership" of an IMC)
> :: We live in different cities around Tuscany, we have different
> political point of view (though we all fights for themes like
> ecology, antifascism, antisexism, animal rights, antimafia,
> individual and collective rights and internationalism) and we are
> activists in different groups and associations. We have in mind to
> organize meetings and workshops in places where anybody interested
> might partecipate. We are also planning to organize such an
> "indyTour" all over Tuscany and tech workshop to share (among us and
> with other people too) technical information on how indymedia works
> and on how a project of independent information could work.
> d. Work toward developing a local Mission Statement or Statement of
> Purpose. Network Mission Statement may be adopted or used on an
> interim basis
> :: We have already discussed and written such document.
> that will be sent to you together with this one.
> e. Establish and publish an editorial policy which is developed and
> functions through democratic process, and with full transparency
> :: We agree with the democratic process and the transparency; the
> policy should be the same as the old Italy node, with some tweaks.
> We have written a "policy document" that you'll recieve together with
> one. Moreover we will publish all our documents on our new web site
> as soon
> as it will be on line.
> f. Agree to the use of Open Publishing as described in the NIMC
> Editorial Policy [editorial collective comments: "We did agree that
> the term "Open Publishing" was one that is still being defined by the
> Global Network Collective, and we would wait and see what the results
> were before rewriting this criteria]
> :: We are planning to use a CMS with this feature in our future web
> site. Moreover we consider Open Publishing the core of an indymedia
> g. Adopt a decision-making policy that is in alignment with consensus
> principles which include open, transparent and egalitarian
> :: We agree with this kind of decision-making policy, and we actually
> been using it even in the old local Tuscan Indymedia group. We agree
> with the
> consensus principles.
> h. Have a spokesperson(s) willing and capable of participating in the
> global decision-making process and meetings as a rotating liaison/
> representative, with a clear understanding of the responsibilities
> that come with this role,
> :: Some of us are already enrolled on some global network mailing
> lists, and someone will soon subscribe the imc-process mailing list.
> i. Participate in the key IMC Network Communication Methods that
> pertain to the health and vitality of the Network and that contribute
> to the work of the IMC. Assure that at least one person from your
> local IMC participates at any given time on the [[http://
> Communication]] list,
> :: Someone will soon subscribe the imc-communication mailing list.
> j. Have no official affiliation with any political party, state or
> candidate for office (comments: but individual producers have freedom
> to do whatever they like and local IMCs can "feature" stories about
> various political parties and initiatives),
> ::None of us is directly involved in political party activities,
> none is
> nor has been candidated for office, so that our group is completely
> free from
> every kind of parties influence.
> k. IMCs shall in no way engage in commercial for-profit enterprises.
> [We could add: The IMCN is committed to the decommercialization of
> information and will disassociate from any local IMC that decides to
> become a for profit media corporation.]
> :: Our collective is self-managed and self-financed.
> l. Display a "local version" of the IMC "i" logo on your website and
> :: We will do it in our future web site and in our printed documents.
> m. Include the IMC Network current "Cities List" on your site,
> preferably on the front page.
> :: We have written this in the mission statement too.
> cmi-toscana (centro media indipendente - toscana)
> "cmi-toscana" is a project of a group of persons who share the basic
> and the methods of Indymedia Network.
> The main "cmi-toscana" purposes are, rated by importance:
> 1) give to voiceless individuals and groups a media to let them be
> to report directely news and stories censored, hidened or distorted by
> mainstream media;
> 2) give to voiceless individuals and groups the technical knowledge
> to create
> their own independent media that could become part of cmi-toscana;
> 3) report, even individually, news and stories censored, hidened or
> by mainstream media;
> 4) operate as an archive to find documents otherwise quickly
> overflowed by
> mainsream media flow
> Those purposes will be achieved mainly by a web site management that
> will be
> a collector of informations and (in)formative situations organized in
> The management of this project will be done in an assembly way usingÂ
> electronic communication tools (mailing lists, irc, instant
> messaging, etc...) as well by means of periodical meetings opened to
> all the interested people.
> The structure of the group is configured in an horizontal
> way and the decision making method used will be
> similar to the consensus method, in other words decisions will be
> taken unanimously and/or without explicit and motived vetoes.
> Due to the mailing lists technical and relational characteristics, we
> consider the active participation an obligation that everyone
> voluntarily accept as long as subscribes to the mailing list. The
> list will have public archives to everyone via web.
> There are many levels of activism related to Indymedia Toscana. The
> first one
> consist in publishing on the web site news and articles telling
> stories that
> otherwise would be ignored. To partecipate more actively, people
> should agree
> with this Mission Statement and with the policy, subscribe the
> mailing list,
> partecipate in the web site management and to the meetings organized.
> Someone who would become admin of the site should, beside all the
> written above, have working in the list for a period, have
> partecipated in a
> live meeting and attempted a workshop on how to manage the web site.
> All admins are expected to apply the policy consensually stated by the
> The web site would be totally autonomous as well as a part of
> an italian geographic network.
> The web site will be divided in various parts that will at least
> include: an informative area mainly cured by the management group, an
> agenda and a newswire both based on open publishing. On the web pages
> will be the list of the other nodes of the global Indymedia network.
> The web server will be hosted outside Italy and will be
> shared with other African and Asian IMCs. The server's cost will be
> between Toscana-imc and Switzerland-imc, while the technical
> management will be shared between all the imcs hosted on the server
> and coordinated through a specific mailing list.
> The newswire
> Newswire is the mixed blessing of Indymedia, and most of the problems
> been generated by posts published. But the newswire is, in a sense,
> the heart of the project and then a very important aspect of the
> way of
> making indymedia is related to how the newswire itself is managed and
> how it
> Choosing the open publishing philosophy, entails the possibility to
> have a
> newswire in which everyone can freely write, getting a later, i.e.
> that a post
> can be hidden, edited or deleted only after having been published.
> There's a techincal way of facing newswire problems, based on the way
> in which
> the useres benefite the site. Knowing that there are standard way of
> to web pages, it's possible to implement solutions to highligth some
> instead of others.
> We have decided to divide the newswire in more than one "section",
> to the kind of post published, highlighting those that the managing
> considers more useful for the project of independent information.
> With "policy" we mean the criterias we use to "hide", "edit" and
> "delete" a
> post published on the newswire:
> - "to hide" means to move a post among the hidden posts;
> - "to edit" means to change the text of the published post;
> - "to delete" means to erase the post from the database.
> Everyone who can work on the newswire can "hide", "edit" and
> "delete" a
> published post.
> They just have to follow some rules before doing this:
> a) respect the policy;
> b) discuss with the others when in doubt on what to do.
> Hidden posts are, in the opinion of the newswire admins, those that
> the policy of toscana.indymedia.org. Hidden posts will remain
> available to
> read (even if not immediately visible).
> This allows everyone to point out any error that can be, in this way,
> In some cases it's possible to edit the text of published posts:
> - when there are "sensitive" data such family names, addresses,
> numbers or any other private
> information relating to persons who don't hold offices or who aren't
> in show business.
> - when editing is required by the author of the post, i.e when we can
> be quite
> sure that the request comes
> from the author.
> - when some "legal backing" suggests to edit a post that could demage
> or the site itself.
> There are three kinds of "deleted" posts:
> - double posts;
> - "deleted" posts for extraordinary reasons concerning legal or
> - multimedia files out fo policy.
> We won't save any backup copy of these posts.
> We consider the policy criteria not such as the "Tables of Law", but
> more like
> a kind of filter that could have some leaks. In other words, policy
> should be
> used with cleverness and may, during times, undergo some necessary
> these are the criteria according to which a post is considered out of
> - fascist posts
> - sexist posts
> - posts about party and istitutional canvass
> - religious canvass posts
> - posts with photos in which people are identifiable
> - posts unuseful for the porject (no info)
> - double posts
> Despite of this, we are consciuos that there aren't (and there never
> be)objective criteria to decide what is in and what is out of policy.
> means that "critical" posts should be discussed, case by case,
> even without caring to much about policy, that, we repeat, is not a
> Policy toscana.indymedia.org (march 2007)
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