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Transcript of HACKING CITIZENSHIP
Breaking into the digital natives network
Denisse Albornoz - Digital Natives Program
Centre for Internet and Society
HACKING (RF 1392):
A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, [computers and computer networks in particular]
Born during or after the introduction of digital technologies and has a greater understanding of its concepts. Nativity expressed through how they are, think, act and connect.
CITIZENSHIP (GAVENTA - DRC):
An informed and aware citizenry can participate in democratic life, hold the state accountable, and exercise their rights and responsibilities effectively.
CONSTRUCTING CITIZENSHIP (MERRIFIELD):
Learning citizenship involves having
understanding and awareness
, engagement with others, disposition and deeply-held values and attitudes [of justice]
A collection of individuals or entities (called nodes), connected by edges or links representing a relationship.
NETWORK SOCIETY (CASTELLS):
The network society is made up of networks of production, power and experience in the context of the social, political, economic and cultural changes caused by the spread of digital information and communications technologies
TO CREATE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Oral and written communications have merged into a constant flow, and into a many-to-many dynamic.
Search for information
Social capital and social opportunities interactions occur through online spaces geared toward lifestyle and interests
As amount of information increases, our attention span and our ability to process it declines
Social change comes from the meaning we give to information
Interpreting nativism in terms of literacy and our ability to
understand and communicate
effectively to transmit
Information is more accessible through search engines, smart-phones and a larger data repositories.
DEMOCRATIC, SEMI-DEMOCRATIC OR REPRESSIVE SOCIETIES
LAW AND REGULATION
Joyce: The practice of using digital technology to increase the effectiveness of a social or political change campaign
Seattle - WTO
CRISIS: Neo-liberal economic and political systems
CITIZEN ACTION: Months before the 1999 WTO Conference, NGOs, civil society, interest groups and citizens organized via the internet.
RESULT: More than 50,000 protesters coordianted by e-mail and mobile technologies + Independent Media Centre
2003: Iraqian Blogger Salam Pax
Iraq's perspective of U.S. invasion
Music: Massive Attack + Bjork
Taksim square - Turkey
"Now we have a menace that is called Twitter. The best example of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society"
Lotus Marketplace Controversy
CRISIS: Database compiling consumer behaviour data
CITIZEN ACTION: Spread of information through e-mail and message boards raising awareness about consumer privacy
RESULT: 30,000 contacted Lotus and opted out. The database was not released
EZLN Zapatistas Movement
CRISIS: Non-violent methods to help indigenous people from Chiapas reclaim their resources
CITIZEN ACTION: Online mobilization and socialnet wars (DDoS attacks) to bring down government websites
“[The bombardment] has become the soundtrack of our lives. You wake up to the sound of bombardment; you brush your teeth to the rhythm of the anti-aircraft rat-tattats. Then there is the attack, which is timed exactly with your lunchtime.”
SENSE OF CITIZENSHIP
STRATEGIES FOR INFORMATION DISSEMINATION
What encourages participation, civic engagement and a sense of citizenship?
Role of the Visual
Challenge the viewer
Combining information and design
JOURNEYS THROUGH DATA
Archives of social change
Using technology to introduce and unveil invisible narratives
Tactical Technologies: Visualizing Advocacy
The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. Release early, often and with rap music.
Prism Break Barbie is about starting a conversation and awareness around the palpable consequences of surveillance and presents a solution for security based on combative humor, speed projects and attainability.
THE DATA KLUBB
Released by Geraldine Juarezwith Raquel Meyers (vj) & Bigup2dance (dj)
Starts conversation about privacy, Google exploiting personal data, sociability of data, government surveillanec and paranoia.
Shilo Siv Suleman - Fearless Campaign
Nation Estate - Larissa Sansour
Spacebank - finances technology projects for activism