Having spent £25m on the branding rights to London's new cycle hire scheme, the bright sparks in the Barclays marketing department have started a dialogue with the public which could last for several years. The scheme is part of a private finance initiative providing thousands of rental bikes in return for painting London's roadways in the bank's corporate colours.
Only minutes after the bank unveiled the bikes-for-rent in partnership with the city's Conservative administration, situationist guerrilla teams struck in the night to add their own mobile advertising messages under the Barclays logo. One of the messages, "Funding depleted uranium birth defects in Iraq", was particularly timely. New studies suggest that the ongoing genetic damage caused by the U.S. attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004 may be worse than that caused by the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago.
Barclays was also targeted in Cambridge on Friday 30th July 2010.Read more >>
Mostly from London Action Resource Centre the capital's most cheeky radio crew have netcasted a lively radio show every other Friday for the past three years.
On Dissident Island's third birthday, the crew brought a nice mixed bag of happenings from the UK and beyond.
In the History corner this week we have Martyn Everett discussing the life and work of revolutionary Frechwoman Louise Michel.
Finishing off the talking we had an exclusive follow up with members of the Belgrade 6 on their acquittal. Ronin rolled up to the studio at around 10 to help us celebrate our birthday in style - raise a toast to three years of radical radio!
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Indymedia always needs more volunteers and at the moment the IMC UK network in particular is seeking more tech help so that it can be more active in the development of the content management program used by many IMC sites. It is really important to increase the developer pool since many proposals made for improving the site are stalling at the tech bottleneck.
If you think you could help please get in touch with your local collective or email imc-uk-tech. You could also mention this to anyone else you think might be able to help.
If you'd like to develop your own tech skills, you might be interested in the various Hacklab projects around the country which host regular training and workshops. The rampART lab for example provides a useful venue for anyone wanting to become more involved in indymedia.
On Saturday 25th the London Hacklabs Collective is putting on a benefit event to help cover the cost of the broadband both at the rampART and Freedom Book Shop. You can find more details about the event from the rampART or the Hacklabs website. The event will be a workshop about IMC tech and various IMC projects.Read more >>
Davids 'crime'? - wearing a rucksack along with an 'unseasonal' jacket and checking his phone messages while waiting for his train. Luckly for David the police refrained from following the shoot-to-kill policy that had resulted in the tragic death of Jean Charles De Menezes less than a week earlier. Instead, they closed Southwark tube station and cordoned off the whole area while the bomb squad checked his bag. Eventually, finding nothing but a laptop in his bag, the orginal officers appologised then arrested anyway. His home was searched and his computers confiscated. You could be next.Read more >>
On Monday, June 27th, Indymedia Bristol's server was seized by the police. An Indymedia volunteer was arrested during the raid on suspicion of incitement to criminal damage. He is now on bail. See Indymedia Bristol Statement (28th June 05):
"We are outraged at the actions of the police. They have completely disabled the entire Bristol Indymedia news service. By their actions they have undermined the principle of open publishing and free access to the media, thereby removing people's opportunity to read and report their own news. This situation has serious implications for anyone providing a news service on the Internet. We do not intend to let this stop us from continuing the project."Read more >>
The government has introduced draft legislation for potentially compulsory biometric identity cards and a central database of all citizens. A trial of related biometric technology has already been launched. The card system will cost at least £3 billion and is likely to become an essential part of life for everyone residing in the UK. Read more.
Home Secretary David Blunkett thinks that the "ID Card Scheme is the key to the UK's future" whilst affirming that they will be a crucial tool in the "prevention of terrorism" and against "illegal immigration". Citizens organisations such as Privacy International, Stand, Liberty, Statewatch and FIPR strongly refute these views. On Wednesday 19 May in London they held a public meeting under the title "Mistaken Identity".
The meeting gave a resounding vote of no-confidence over the national Identity Card. Leading politicians, lawyers, regulators, security experts and civil libertarians were unanimous in condemning the proposals. The president of the Law Society, representing 116,000 solicitors throughout the UK, also warned in his statement (pdf) that the government's draft legislation contained dangerous provisions. For corporate media coverage, see the articles from Silicon.com, BBC, and the Guardian.
A similar meeting was held on May 20th in Glasgow.
HUMAN RIGHTS violation by a group of Poles in London
WiFi a Thalidomide in the making
An Open Letter To Russell Brand from the Silent Majority
Espionage & Brain-Computer Interfaces - Modern Warfare Series
IMPORTANT! NHS Care Data Opt-Out Forms!
Little people set to sue other Internet Giants like Google.com
Getty Images Scam Letter
John Zerzan talk, London Saturday 4th August 2012
aktivix and other tech collectives statement on 11 Oct 08
11-10-2008 12:17 | 1 addition
EV-EON: Nice Bit Of Subvertising (Shame About The Solutions)
Freedom not Fear | The Big Picture Photocall
London Autistic Rights Movement - Free Garry McKinnon
Corrupt City of London Police give BT a get out of jail card
Mass 11.10 Walkabout?
11th October Mass/Decentralised Action
ECLN Call Out
Carbon Die Oxide: The Epilogue
Phones and privacy at the camp for climate action.
23-07-2008 20:48 | 2 additions
Anti-Phorm Protest Event this Wednesday, July 16th, in London
Dissident Island Tonight - A bit of a G8 special
July 16th - Protest at the BT AGM, Barbican Centre, London
Benefit Party at Bowl Court Squat for Riseup.net and ASS
Street Blitz London, 1-15 May 2008
1 may Day of Climate Action
22-04-2008 20:52 | 1 addition
Fossil Fools Day protest against Kingsnorth coal-fired power station
UK Returns to Colonial Slavery with Terminal 5
Angry reaction promised if Government fails to drop Biofuels targets
The war on scientology.
Google is making money by creeping porn sites into search results
RFID For Prisoners
LSE Students Funded By Arms Companies, Report Reveals
London Biofuel Investment seminar runs scared of protestors
London Underground CCTV firm Comverse in illegal wiretaps scandal
New South West rave forum
London Underground CCTV firm replaces fugitive CEO
Ubiquitous Surveillance: Mayor Bloomberg's New Clothes
Hackers: Unite For Burmese Freedom!
Atomic Weapons Establishment a catastrophe waiting to happen
Philippines: Another Scandal rocks Arroyo regime
News from the streets - SMS news during DSEi
10-09-2007 13:51 | 4 additions
Audio report from those in the lock-on at Sizewell B
Blockade at Sizewell B nuclear power station
Indymedia centre at Climate Camp
Independent climate camp week info line
12-08-2007 16:17 | 1 addition
DATA KITS BREAKING UK LAWS Pt 2
Using wi-fi has cost me my life:
BBC protests - London and Manchester - August 14th
Plea for help in mast battle
World Renowned Security Expert Slams ID Cards
Flight 77: The Flight Data Recorder Investigation File
CCTV cameras can now watch you in the toilet
edited audio report from world naked bike ride
CCTV Cameras Are Looking In Homes
Arms Dealers' Conference Disrupted!
15-05-2007 23:52 | 1 addition
Climate Activists Mark 10 Years of Blair
imobile media malarkey this weekend
One Day Radical Film Festival in North London
Try out indymedia mobile on your mobile phone or PDA
iMobile - indymedia on the move
20-02-2007 12:47 | 1 addition
The EM Radiation Research Trust
TAG Aviation Public Inquiry
Indymedia Photography Skill Share Workshop
02-12-2006 14:01 | 2 additions
Close Counter Terror World!
Help stop biometric controls in workplace for migrant cleaners
SOCPA ban on cycle sound systems.
Peak Oil : High tide for an oil addicted world
fingerprinting - the future is already here
Protest Caterpillar- Stop the war profiteers! Wed 22 Nov 5.30pm
BtB press release: Stop nuclear weapons - stop climate change
Mon 30th: Sci-Fi against the Nano-Military machine!
29-10-2006 15:24 | 1 addition
Sci-Fi Protest against Nano-Military Conference
Counter Terror World - "strengthening state security"
Scandal hits London Underground security/technology company
A glimpse of national ID card enforcement
19-10-2006 14:01 | 1 addition
Leave Them Kids Alone NEWSLETTER Issue 1 October 2006
CPP congratulates DPR-Korea for nuke breakthrough
i the film - indymedia exposed - european screening tour starts 10th Oct, London
03-10-2006 09:47 | 4 additions
As London swelters and electricity prices go through the roof...
films on Nuclear Power & Depleted Uranium
Is 2006 the year of peak oil? The latest figures are suggesting it could be...
12-07-2006 13:27 | 3 additions
RIOT in Hackney
Bicycles for Africa at Vauxhall Park Sunday 18th June
Performance Studies international (PSi) 12: PERFORMING RIGHTS
The Class of the New
City Mine(d) Urban Forum 18 June
Virtual Protest Takes On Parliament Square Ban
Blair's Quick-Fix Nuclear mistake
Google IS political...
nuclear accidents list: blairs legacy?
rfid and The Identity Cards Act , becoming law, on
East End of London gets connected with world wide media
Another talking surveillance camera near Fenchurch St.
Is there a subtle political intereference going on right now?
M.Howard on new nuke power and waste etc.
Lydd Airport (Romney Marsh,Kent) Launches public meetings blitz
Indymedia London Open Meetings
A tall story
Public sector cuts