Occupy Boston IT Moves Away From Google
Submitted by ross on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 02:20
Occupy Boston IT decided tonight to actively encourage Occupy Boston working groups to move away from google groups. In recognition that, while useful, google represents many things at odds with the goals of the movement, the group found numerous reasons to leave google's infrastructure. Rather than relying on servers controlled by corporate interests that would willingly give information over to government requests, OBIT sees using a trusted, politically aware, encrypted source as an important step as the movement grows and encounters greater government resistance.
The group reached a consensus decision to recommend moving email and email lists onto May First/People Link servers as a way to protect participants sensitive communications. On Saturday, OBIT will take this decision to the General Assembly for approval and hopes to get consensus from OccupyBoston. This will mark the first official recognition of political and security awareness by the Boston technology working group and a great step toward bringing recognition to the larger political issues surrounding corporate controlled tech resources.
Though there remains much to be done with distributing a techno-political message, this step seems critical both for the security of our information and our overall political mission. Hopefully other Occupy spaces will take similar steps to move away from corporate control over technology.