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May First/People Link[br] International Movements Work Plan[br] 2014

The International Movements working group is charged with all MFPL's international relations including our work with organizations like APC and the World Social Forum. Members of the working group will attend international conferences and increase our visibility, communications and recruitment work in countries outside of the U.S. and Mexico.

Internationalization

Localization of server applications

It's important that members can install, administer, create and support their users in languages most used in their communities. This requires us to offer the most up-to-date versions of language packages for the server applications that we offer members. Additionally, our mail software must support the widest possible range of characters so that non-Roman languages display properly in webmail. Specifically,

  • Ensure that all server applications are available in at least: English, Spanish, French and Arabic
  • Ensure that all server applications are available in the local languages of all MFPL members by taking a survey of our current membership.

Internationalization team

We will foster a team of translators, mostly volunteer. In cases when the translation of text is urgent, difficult or extensive, we may elect to pay translators at a fair market rate per word.

  • Develop a cultural perspective to our internationalization-localization work in the form of an organizational statement
  • Organize one event, perhaps online, for the internationalization team
  • Team members will organize themselves to translate any existing or future outreach materials into English or Spanish as necessary.

Networks and movements

Association for Progressive Communications

MFPL has been a member of APC since 2008. APC is probably the largest international network of progressive ICT-focused organizations in the world. Founded in the mid-1990's by the Institute for Global Communications (Labornet, Peacenet, etc.), APC involves non-profit Internet and technology organizations in countries throughout the world with a focus on the global south.

  • Renew primary and secondary representatives to the council
  • Attendance at council meeting, June 2014
  • Collaborate with Infrastructure team on DDoS event.

World Social Forum

MFPL has been an active member of the WSF Communications Commission since the Belem forum in 2009. In 2011 it became an official member of the governing body, the WSF International Council, sponsored by Social Watch Italy and Alternatives International. We have been active organizers of several forums, both thematic and global.

  • Attend the 2014 IC meeting, TBA
  • Support reclamation of the outdated WSF website
  • Attend the People's Social Forum in Ottawa in August 2014
  • Begin organizing and fundraising for the WSF 2015 in Tunisia.

UN

Currently, under our membership with APC, MFPL has some limited ability to attend UN events as a civil society observer organization. A UN headquarters is conveniently located in NYC, thereby opening possibilities for MFPL to explore our potential impact on international policy work.

  • Explore use of APC's observer status at events in our advocacy realm
  • Explore value of having our own observer status.

Social and solidarity economy

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  • Explore additional partnerships with specific organizations related to this work and our past participation
  • Quebec meeting in October

Ad hoc networks

Mapping MFPL's network would be no easy task. However, the more we as a collective know who we are connected to, the more impact we will have within these networks and the more we will recognize in what regions and sectors we must grow.

  • Attempt to visually map the MFPL universe
  • Present to our members and allies a list of preferred providers and sister organizations in various countries, so as to support local infrastructure as well as progressive technology groups.

Miscellaneous

Bitcoin

  • Implement the use of bitcoin into our financial plan so international members can pay their dues with bitcoin, avoiding wire transfer fees.

Free software event

  • LAC-focused summit, with some participants from the US and Canada, would be the second installment of an event aimed at promoting use of free software.