It seems the Indignants have answered my criticism of too little political activity on the Internet. They have now opened several international, English-speaking groups in the N-1 collaborative work and social networking service. The groups focus on such areas of politics as economy, education, environment and migration.
N-1, based on the open source social networking engine Elgg, features workgroups, discussion forums, file sharing, blogging, microblogging and calendar functions, amongst others. Unlike some other social networking services, N-1 takes the privacy of its users seriously and doesn’t require users to enter any personal information when they register. It must be said, though, that N-1 is still very much a work-in-progress. The user interface is not terribly intuitive and it’s not helped by the fact that the site, including the help pages, is still mostly in Spanish only. Don’t let this frighten you off, though; with a bit of trial and error the service can already be put to good use. At the time of writing N-1 has about 25000 registered users and about 2800 workgroups.
From briefly looking around at the site, there does indeed seem to be an abundance of documents drafted at the various public forums, but again, primarily in Spanish. There’s going to be a lot of work to be done to translate the relevant documents into other languages, English being, of course, the first priority. So, if you happen to have some time to spare and want to help the movement, and especially if you understand Spanish, do go and register over at N-1 and join the translations group.