Making a non standard laptop power plug

A solar powered HD video editing ultrabook for fracking protection camps this summer. It runs on 7W of power when doing light work.


Just waiting for confermation on times and dates for these workshops at

There are 3 workshops over the weekend. Each one will be practical and hands on:

1) Practical intro to video activism - Using the Tool in Your Pocket (2-3 hours +)
We will teach you how to plug an external mic into your smart phone and record “edited” fast turn around journalistic news reports.
You will have the opportunity to do a report on the gathering and distribute it there and then.
There will then be a second workshop to next day to improve your skill levels and introduce you to the wider alt-media networks.
2) Portable Solar Power - Small to medium solar power with technology you can carry with you in order to power an entire protest camp from the sun
This is a simple hands on for demonstrating how to build easy/practical power set-ups for both personal use and also for a “solar shed” suitable for a whole protest camp. If you have any solar gadgets, please bring them along.
3) Advanced Video Activism and Social Media-  How to Get Your Voice Heard. (1 hour + on the second day)
This is a follow up to expand the skills you learned on the first workshop and introduce you to the wider video activist community.
Finally, do you have anyone coming by car or van from London who could help with transport? If so, we could bring more kit to/use demo.

Upton protection camp

The view from the tree house #upton #fracking

It can be found here

Workshops at Daneshill

#daneshill #fracking Alt-power at protest camps, we have a hour long intro in front of the main gate on solar power then Q&A. Followed by a practical workshop on setting up solar LED lighting in the kitchen.

First stop on the fracking protection camp tour



Tour of anti-fracking sites over the spring


The activisttech group are just outlining a tour of anti-fracking sites over the spring. This has the over-arching strategy of building up the level of alt-tech solutions in the activist community.

* see what the sites need in the way of technology and people to be working with sustainable energy.

* set up exemplar working tech tents with solar and wind power. If feasible we will initially use what equipment there is on site, supplemented with our equipment to get sites up and running as soon as practical. The objective is to then remove our equipment and replace it with locally sources of equipment as soon as possible so we can move on and reproduce this at each site.

* the same with people with skills. Our mission is to network and up-skill the people at the camps so that we free up our limited crew to move onto the next site, rinse and repeat.

* we will use the site to network and skill share amongst this burgeoning network.

The outcome will be protest sites with good basic infrastructure and improved internal process. They can then be exemplary of real alternatives.

1) ASAP: scouting mission and skill share – to do this we need a small van or car to tour the sites, we have a small budget for fuel.

2) Mid April we have to have a large van to carry the equipment and crew for the full tour. Would be good to fundraise and gather equipment via the wish-list to facilitate this.

3) Spend the summer building up existing and creating new protest sites.

4) Organise a gathering/conference at the end of the summer to decide where next.

Where next for alt-power and media at protest sites

Spring is here, as more anti-fracking camps open up the “family” side of the current camp crew will be diluted to allow spaces to be opened up and made more functional and outreach friendly. For me protest camps have 3 core values:

* Direct action against the polluters, to ideally stop it or more practically slow it down, to highlight and bring publicity to the wider civil campaigns. This will directly drive the financial cost of polluting up and the bad publicity will drive down the company involved market share value.

* Its a real opportunity to practically built and sustain parts of the alternative world we would like to see, weather this is in camp process/governances, alternative energy, sanitation and buildings etc. With out these real functioning alternatives the will be nothing to replace the polluting activity with, our arguments will be much thinned by this reality.

* camps at there best are networking and gathering spaces – from this anything could grow – and this is probably the most exciting and useful parts of camp culture.

Am interested in many aspects of this, but will be concentrating my energy on 3 arrears: alt-power, with out it we cant do the second, grassroots media, with out this we have no (R)evolutionary outreach and finally (reluctantly) camp process to open up the spaces so that theses can flourish.

To do this we need resources and funding. We have the possibility of a van and driver for transport.

I am bringing:

2x100w light waite semi-flexible solar panels

Cables and connectors

32w folding solar panel + 7amh battery

2x100w charge controllers

A 110amh leasher battery

2x 12v laptop power supply’s

5M of LED strip lighting

Battery drill

Electric screwdriver

We have a small budgit to get more equipment for media training.

See wish list for what we need, if you have anything you would like to donate add it to this wiki, to donate cash click here.


Blockade Number 1 at Barton Moss

Barton Moss Blockade in full swing

More people needed on the ground

First communal space up at Barton Moss anti-fracking camp

First communal space up at Barton Moss anti-fracking camp, more to come.

Chemical sensing for airborne BTEX

Since the government and the local authority do not carry out any independent monitoring of pollutants given out by fracking. I have got hold of an Arduino board and a number of chemical and environmental sensors to measure the pollutants given off. This micro monitoring station could be mounted onto a quad-copter to provide independent analysis of the chemical given out. The sensors I have purchased are able to detect the airborne polutants BTEX (benzene, ethyl-benzene, toluene and xylene) that are released during the fracking process.

View the real-time sensor data


Why use a website rather than Facebook to organise activism?

Well current activist use of the internet is completely fuckedup we are failing in our choices of a digital utopia or dystopia the facebook generation are lost on this subject. A brief primer for those who can't think outside the corporatist silos.

We need to do better in our anti-fracking campaigning, not only in how we build our camps but also how we build our virtual communication tools. This site is one such tool, it has a open security model based on trust. And ignores all activist attempts to impose client server encrypted communication as inherently dangerous. Take off your tin hats and welcome to the ride,  if your unhappy whisper your secrets in the forest - don’t do it online. A view of tools

Where next?

This is a good write-up of were next for fracking after Balcombe:

"In the longer term the answer to the ‘where next’ question is ‘everywhere’. Across the country community groups are mobilising to fight the fracking threat. In the last two years the movement has grown from one community group to over 50. This is the real strength of the movement and the Achilles’ heel of the fracking companies. Since each well produces only a small amount of hydrocarbons, coating the vast areas of the countryside with thousands of wells is the only option to produce even moderate amounts. Each one of these wells would be near a community, which will be motivated to resist. Thousands of active and organised communities are what can halt fracking in its tracks."

We have to be proactive and put the next camp in place ASP.

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