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IMC Priviledges

just some thoughts
TECH ELITISM, WMC PRIVILEDGE, MALE DOMINANCE AND THE IMC NETWORK:

So you are all hyped about the latest big action, or have been working on a local issue for a long time developing
resources and contacts. You go to the local IMC for some help or you pop in to edit some video from a cop beating up some
young anarchist kid for not moving fast enough and find that when you try to access the IMC that it is a white middle class male dominated
tech playground.

That Sucks!

Or you try to go to an IMC meeting and you hear all this talk about consensus and decentralization but find out that
consensus is usually ignored that the tech aspects are decided by a select chosen few "Tech Gods", the IMC Global site is
not even consensed to and there is no accountability to others even if they are long standing IMC activists

ACCESS DENIED YOU DO NOT HAVE PRIVILIDGES TO ACCESS THIS PROCESS

White Middle Class Male priviledge (shreek! not that PC term again). Ooops! Sorry. Yes, that time again. Let's look
at the realities of media activism:

Necessary Tools:
Multi Media Computer: $1500.00
Digital Video Camera: $1000.00
Digital Audio Recorder: $ 350.00
Air Fare: $1000.00

Okay, you get the picture. Easily affordable if you are the trust child of a middle class middle manager or executive.
But totally unreal if you are an inner city latino/a, an african-american or white trash from a working class background.

Lets, see Tech skills to participate in decisions made by the Tech Collective:

Necessary Tools:
Know Open Source cool lingo
Know at least one computer programming language
Have endless hours of free time to sit on IRC
Own at least two computers


Okay, so yaeh. It seems that we have some pretty unrealistic standards for most people that want to use our resources, network and centers.

WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DO

Time to start figuring out how to make resources, tools, equipment accessible to others. Time to start making sure others have an equal voice
in meetings. Time to have some accountability, open process manuals (just like tech documentation), and transparency in the network. Start the discussion.
Why do women, "minorities" and others feel left out of the IMC network? Let's think about it.



--Your Anarchycorp rep. (Yes, I am a white male middle class coder)
 
 

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