[EN] Explanation of recent site downtimes

[EN] Explanation of recent site downtimes

squatplanetbig

Dear squat!net users,

Yesterday, Wednesday September 10th squat!net had a /planned/ downtime from approximately 12 AM until approximately 4 PM or earlier, which allowed us to install new hardware.

We are painfully aware that squat!net has had a lot of sometimes longish downtimes recently. Our apologies for that: the tech-team of squat!net works like a good old fashioned squatted space, we are all doing this work on volunteered time and money. We are dedicated, but we are also poor andvchaotic and whatnot. Earlier, a comrade organized some extra RAM for the server, but it didn’t fix the regular crashes encountered by our box. So we have installed a ‘new’ secondhand server that was kindly donated to us by a loyal supporter of the squatting movement, and we really hope that it will solve our downtime problems on the short term. On the longer term, we are also looking into a complete software
rehaul of the squat!net server, to ensure easier use for you, less technical fiddling for us, and enhanced security for all of us.

So, please bear with us, we are happy to serve the squatting movement at large! Send us suggestions, requests, complaints, fanmail, or if you have some kicking collective, organize a benefit to help us cover the costs – we don’t need a lot to run s!n, but we do need to spend some money on the physical hosting of our server and on new bits of hardware every now and then.

By all means get involved! Here is how:

Contact page = https://en.squat.net/contact/
Email = squat [at] squat [dot] net
IRC = #squat on the indymedia network, easy access via

https://irc.indymedia.nl/

Hosting = https://en.squat.net/hosting/
Help = https://help.squat.net/

News in different languages = http://planet.squat.net/

Listings = http://radar.squat.net [even better new version coming soon!]
Films = http://video.squat.net

Thx for your patience, and keep squatting da lot!

Your s!n tech-team.


[EN] Second edition of ‘Squatting in Europe’ published

[EN] Second edition of ‘Squatting in Europe’ published

The second edition of Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles has just been published. As before, the pdf is available and individual chapters are now being uploaded to the website, links below.

Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles

Published on Minor Compositions.

Squatting in Europe aims to move beyond the conventional understandings of squatting, investigating its history in Europe over the past four decades. Historical comparisons and analysis blend together in these inquiries into squatting in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and England. In it members of SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective) explore the diverse, radical, and often controversial nature of squatting as a form of militant research and self-managed knowledge production.

Contents:

  • Margit Mayer: Preface
  • Introduction
  • Hans Pruijt: Squatting in Europe
  • Pierpaolo Mudu: Resisting and challenging Neoliberalism: the development of Italian Social
    Centres
  • Gianni Piazza: How activists make decisions within Social Centres? A comparative study in an Italian city
  • Miguel A. Martínez: The Squatters’ Movement in Spain: A Local and Global Cycle of Urban Protests
  • Claudio Cattaneo: Urban squatting, rural squatting and the ecological-economic perspective
  • Andre Holm, Armin Kuhn: Squatting and Urban Renewal: The Interaction of Squatter Movements and Strategies of Urban Restructuring in Berlin
  • Linus Owens: Have squat, will travel: How squatter mobility mobilizes squatting
  • Florence Bouillon: What’s a ‘good’ squatter? Categorization’s processes of squats by government officials in France
  • Thomas Aguilera: Configurations of Squats in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region: diversity of goals and resources
  • E.T.C. Dee: Moving towards criminalisation and then what? Examining dominant discourses on squatting in England

Available from Minor Compositions direct and all good radical bookshops.