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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #301 - Digital, Liberty Libertarians: The UCL Seizes Digital Issues (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:35:27 +0200

During its federal coordination in October 2019, the Libertarian Communist Union voted a text clearly affirming its commitment to free software and the freedoms of Internet users. Little return on a highlight. ---- At the founding congress of the Libertarian Communist Union (June 2019), activating the fusion of Alternative Libertaire and the Coordination of anarchist groups, issues relating to digital freedoms had not been discussed ; the program is indeed already quite busy and we had to make choices. But for the librists of the two ex-organizations, it was essential to quickly propose a reading grid on these issues. ---- A historic vote for the UCL librists ---- Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019, first federal coordination of UCL. The UCL Librism working group presented two texts. The first text aims to transform the working group (WG) into an intervention committee (CI). While a WG has no concrete weight on the organization's decision-making and only proposes lines of reflection, a CI develops and carries the voice of the organization on the theme which is specific to it and actively participates in the federal secretariat. The second text takes up the two librist texts voted by the ex-AL, presents a synthesis and above all proposes new resolutions, in order to go further without wasting time.

These ambitious texts have been fully adopted ! With these votes, the UCL takes note of the important lines of convergence between librism and libertarian communism. It marks from its first federal coordination its willingness to engage and progress on these issues.

In essence, the second text can be summarized as follows: first, UCL supports and defends the principle of librism, understood as the claim of the political character of so-called " digital " technologies - whether hardware or software - and the need for popular control over these tools and the choices related to them. But we don't stop at these fine words: UCL is committed to using free tools as a priority in its daily operation rather than private tools. It also undertakes to conduct an ongoing reflection on its dependence on Gafam and to ensure a presence on the Mastodon social network at least equivalent to its presence on Facebook or Twitter. According to the adage " all work deserves wages "(until the abolition of the wage earners !), the UCL also undertakes to finance monthly the collectives and associations developing software and online services (pads, surveys, file transfer, etc.) used internally (today, it means Framasoft and Riseup).

Finally, the UCL refrains from using targeted advertising services, such as " Facebook boosts ", so as not to participate against its will in the registration of its activists and sympathizers: surveillance capitalism must be combated and a libertarian communist organization must lead by example. This latest resolution resolves a question that has been the subject of debate during the last year of Alternative Libertaire's life, and we are delighted with this outcome.

We will continue to advance UCL as a driving force for a librarian and libertarian revolution.

The UCL Librism Commission

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