Why Radar?

Radar: An agenda free of commercial interest.
Created by a community of groups announcing their own events, where the dominant power doesn't decide if it's worth a mention.
A tool we build together, to organise, socialise, educate.
A tool designed not to track its users, but break from the 'facebook-like' gated communities and to promote open sharing.

Community of groups

  • Groups are responsible for their own content. We can help you if you get stuck, but there isn't anybody who will post events for you.
  • Groups are what drive our communities - and this site. Therefore events cannot be posted without being in a group.

Build together

  • We tried to build the site to be as accessible for everyone, but if we failed please tell us, so that we can fix it with your help.

No Tracking, Open sharing

  • The Radar site does not leak information to other websites. We actively discourage you to link to sites such as facebook.
  • This is a system which makes it easy to get your events onto other sites - the way you want to show them. It is different to the gated communities such as Facebook which need you and your data as their product, and so make it difficult to do anything but draw new users with your content to them. Remember not everyone is on Facebook, nor do they want to be.
  • Radar uses OpenSource software and Open Data (Drupal as Content Management System, and OpenStreetMap as source for the maps).
  • The webserver gets your IP address removed, so cannot log it. Cookies should only be set if you need to log in.
  • Squat.net host the site on a server they control.

 

 

Another Network is Possible

"When social movements share infrastructure that they own, it’s easier to support each other. When we share space, we can begin to build the type of world we’re striving towards. That may mean online communication channels that ban racism and forums that respect privacy from the start. It could mean building archives to store photos and videos of social movements in such a way that facial recognition is prohibited, the files can be deleted at any time, and nobody is profiting off of every view. If there’s ever a future where we can begin to reimagine the internet as a commons, rather than a shopping mall with a handful of big-box platforms that extract our data and our time, building our own network may be a good start. 

"But in order for anything to last, it has to be used. A resource is used when it’s serving a purpose and there are people at the center keeping it strong. If a new leftist network is built today, its nodes should strive to support a unifying concern on a global or national scale, like immigration, racial justice, or environmental destruction, while remaining deeply connected to local communities and their own particular informational needs. Now might be the perfect time to build something new. The corporations that form our digital sphere are facing a political crisis. They’ve become conduits for violent hate around the world and have made our elections awful. Indymedia shouldn’t be replicated — it was nowhere near perfect. But its example reminds us that a better internet is possible, if we are willing to build it."

This taken from the conclusion, read the rest of the article by April Glaser in Logicmag