Greece: Hands Off ESPIV Server

There is an urgent situation regarding espiv’s infrastructure inside the Panteion University (in Athens, where espiv server is located). Below is a first announcement by Cybrigade, espiv’s administrative collective, about the current shutdown of the server:
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Today, Monday, July 7th, 2014, the rector of the Panteion University ordered that the espiv server be unplugged and put out of service. The pretext was an extrajudicial notice which was served to the university administration by the owner of the call-centre company OnLine Sales, by which the boss asks that a blog post which is allegedly defaming him be deleted and that the authors of the same post be named.

The specific blog post is as follows:
“OnLine Sales: Employer continues to act arbitrarily; we call for a gathering at the Labour Inspectorate (Athens)

On June 6th, 2014 the boss also sacked the colleague E.T. because she refused to continue to work unpaid and overtime until she’d achieved the ‘sales target’ of the company. This requirement, as we have noted many times before, is a daily practice at this call center. However, in the case of the colleague E.T., the boss exceeded all limits, and assaulted her verbally and physically after she was asked to sign a document which stated that she would not make any financial or other claims to the company, but she expressed legitimate reservations.

*/ We remind that on Monday, June 16th, at 10am, the Labour Inspectorate (located in 10, Agisilaou Street, near Omonia, Athens) will examine the complaints of fellow workers I.K., E.D. and E.T.; this is why we invite every trade union, collective, neighbourhood assembly, and every single colleague to attend the meeting and support our female co-workers I.K. and E.D. in their struggle for reemployment, as well as E.T., who experienced this blatantly arbitrary employer behavior./*

More related posts on this topic can be found (in Greek) here and here

Cybrigade, which already exists for six whole years, as administrative crew of the 6-year-old espiv server, informs all concerned that:

Espiv is an internet infrastructure dedicated to the antagonistic movement which stands against capitalism and hierarchy. On espiv, we do not just provide digital space for the expression and organization of individuals and collectives, but we also consider ourselves part of the global community that fights for digital rights, the inalienable right to privacy, interception-free communication, and freedom of expression. In espiv, we oppose in-principle the storage/recording of data identifying those involved in any communication that our server provides. Cybrigade has explicitly stated the following on and

“The content of all pages on this domain ( is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Greece License. The administrative collective defends freedom of speech and expression, so in no event shall uploaded opinions or texts –which are solely the views expressed by their respective authors– be censored. Additional permissions to use this work, beyond those granted by the license that has been applied, may be listed on
Espiv does not store any data enabling identification of users, in any of its services. Data of visitors and users, such as IP addresses, are not registered on the server.”

In conclusion, Cybrigade chooses not to keep and, by extension, not to provide any kind of identification information (aka snitching) to any entity, and therefore neither to employers or other type of oppressors.

We will let you know of our next steps/actions.



Urgente: Represión contra la infraestructura de, alojada dentro de la Universidad Panteion, en Atenas. Sigue el primer comunicado del Cybrigade, colectivo de administración de espiv:

Hoy, lunes, 7 de julio de 2014, el rector de la universidad Panteion ordenó que se dejara fuera de servicio el servidor antagónico de espiv. El pretexto fue el aviso extrajudicial enviado a la universidad por el propietario de la empresa OnLineSales, en el que pide que se borre una publicación en uno de los blogs de espiv que, supuestamente, le difama y que se delate a quienes lo redactaron.

La publicación de la que se trata es la siguiente:
« OnLineSales: Continúan las arbitrariedades, nos vamos a concentrar en Inspección Laboral

El 6 de junio de 2014, el patrón despidió también a la compañera de trabajo E.T. porque se negó a continuar trabajando sin que le paguen y le hacían trabajar horas extra hasta que alcanzara el 'objetivo de ventas' de la empresa. Estas exigencias son, como ya hemos explicado, una cotidianidad en este call center. Sin embargo, en el caso de E.T., el patrón superó todos los límites, dado que la atacó verbal y físicamente cuando le pidió que firmara un documento en el que declaraba que no tenía exigencias económicas ni de ningún otro tipo hacia la empresa, pero ella verbalizó sus reticencias legales.

Recordemos que el lunes, 16 de junio, a las 10:00, se examinarán en la sede de Inspección Laboral (calle Agisilaou 10, cerca de la plaza Omonoia) las denuncias de las compañeras H.K., E.D. y E.T., así que convocamos a todos los sindicatos de base, todos los colectivos, todas las asambleas de barrio y a todxs lxs compañerxs de trabajo a título individual a presentarse y apoyar así a las compañeras de trabajo H.K. y E.D. en su lucha para que las readmitan y a la compañera E.T., que experimentó la brutal arbitrariedad de la patronal.

Se puede encontrar más información sobre este tema en griego aquí y aquí »

Tras 6 años de existencia de la Cybrigade, colectivo de administración del servidor antagónico de espiv, que lleva funcionando los mismos años, informamos a quien le interese de que:

Espiv es una infraestructura cibernética al servicio del movimiento antagónico al capitalismo y la jerarquía. En espiv no solo damos espacio digital a la expresión y la organización de individuos y colectivos sino que, además, consideramos que formamos parte de la comunidad global que lucha por los derechos digitales, el innegable derecho a la privacidad, la comunicación libre de vigilancia y la libre expresión. En espiv nos posicionamos en contra del registro de datos que identifican a lxs que se involucran en cualquier comunicación que se da en nuestros servidores. La Cybrigade ha declarado de manera clara en y lo siguiente:

"El contenido de todas las páginas del dominio de espiv,net se encuentra bajo licencia de Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Greece. El equipo de administración defiende la libertad de pensamiento y de expresión y en ningún caso censura las opiniones o los textos que se publican, que son pura y exclusivamente pensamientos de quienes los escribieron. Otros permisos para usar este trabajo, aparte de los que dan la licencia mencionada, se pueden encontrar en
Espiv no almacena, en ninguno de sus elementos, datos que identifiquen a sus usuarixs. Los datos de los usuarixs y visitantes, como las IPs, no se registran en el servidor."

Por lo tanto, la Cybrigade opta por no mantener y, consecuentemente, no facilitar ningún tipo de información que pueda identificar a nadie (chivatazo) a ninguna entidad, ni a la patronal ni a ningún otro tipo de opresor.

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Seguiremos actualizando. Pedimos la máxima difusión de esta noticia y alentamos las acciones solidarias en defensa de nuestros medios de contrainformación. Contacto:



[Cybrigade] Update following yesterday’s shutdown of espiv server

On July 8th, 2014, members of the Cybrigade admin crew, as well as representatives of the Proledialers (call-centre workers, whose blog is hosted on espiv), went to the Panteion university premises. Their presence was enough to put the server back in operation.

The attempted silencing of hundreds of collectives that use the espiv infrastructure was averted. Certainly, this does not mean that similar attempts by either the authorities or private individuals cannot occur in the future.

Espiv is not owned by one administrative group, but rather is an infrastructure already used by a big part of the movement. Therefore, the struggle in defense of espiv server concerns us all. Faced with an attempted attack on struggles within the labour movement, on infrastructure of the antagonistic movement, on islets of freedom of expression and speech, solidarity is our weapon.

We support the new call by the Proledialers, for Monday the 14th of July at 9am in the office of the Labour Inspectorate located in 10, Agisilaou Street, Athens.

Is that orbital ion cannon thing still operative?

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