Infoshop.org is an anarchist website, founded in January 1995 as the Mid-Atlantic Infoshop by Chuck Munson. Munson had been working as a system librarian at University of Maryland-College Park, one of the perks of which was a free web account. Having previously co-founded an online archive of anarchist texts, the Spunk Library, in 1992, Munson established Infoshop as a general resource on anarchism, moving to the domain name Infoshop.org in 1998. Munson reorganized the website as a collective project in 2001, and it is currently run by a core of seven people, supplemented by regular writers and volunteers.
A prominent feature of the site is Infoshop News, an open publishing newswire similar to that of Indymedia. Initiated in 1997, the news service is one of several thousand English language publishers carried by Google News. The site has a number of other sections, including forums, and wikis such as The Matrix: Anti-capitalist Database. Infoshop.org is a part of the Alternative Media Project, and was involved in publishing Practical Anarchy magazine. In April 2008, a link aggregator, Infoshop Links was launched, using software based on popular social bookmarking service Digg. As of 2008, the collective is planning on launching a quarterly magazine titled Infoshop News & Views to go "head-to-head against other American leftist magazines".The site also mirrors the anarchist-written FAQ "An Anarchist FAQ". According to its Alexa rankings, Infoshop is the most visited anarchist website.
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- "Making the News: Anarchist Counter-Public Relations on the World Wide Web". Lynn Owens and L. Kendall Palmer. Critical Studies in Media Communication. Vol.20, no. 4, December 2003, pp. 335-361.