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Informe: Investigación sobre seguridad digital con organizaciones sociales de Chiapas

Por Jacobo Nájera

El día de hoy Sursiendo da a conocer su primer Informe Investigación sobre seguridad digital con organizaciones sociales de Chiapas.

En el presente Informe se aborda el proceso de diagnóstico, hallazgos y aprendizajes resultados del acompañamiento de Sursiendo en seguridad digital desde el enfoque de la autodefensa digital y los autocuidados junto a 8 organizaciones defensoras de los derechos humanos de Chiapas.

Diagnóstico tuvo el objetivo de conocer las necesidades de las organizaciones en seguridad digital con relación a sus labores de defensoría de los derechos humanos. Para con él, posteriormente, desarrollar herramientas y prácticas colectivas graduales de autocuidados digitales.

En un contexto donde Internet visto y pensado como territorio está sujeto a disputas actuales visibles y discutidas como los modelos de extracción de valor de nuestras comunicaciones casi exclusivamente guiados por el valor de mercado, la industria de la vigilancia, y el crecimiento de las facultades de vigilancia de los gobiernos. Seguir leyendo

Technological biodiversity to jump the walled gardens of the Internet

[this post was translated by The Common Understanding Project… thanks!]
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The dream of the Internet was to be free. Isn’t that everyone’s dream? Without going into detail about what it means to each of us, being free (feeling free) is one of life’s great purposes.

It turns out we take a handful of cables, antennas, modems, servers, protocols, etc., and we personify them. We make them dream of being “free.” But, to many of us, the Internet isn’t just a tool or infrastructure, but an immaterial thing that builds social relationships. Yes, we know the dangers of the Internet. Every day, we try to keep our privacy and intimacy safe in a medium currently ruled by market laws and government control that are far removed from the dreams of those who, more than forty years ago, saw it as a space in which shared knowledge had no limits.

The great confluence of prior “inventions” that ended up becoming the network of networks has also been marked by military, academic, and economic “development”. Each of those groups has diverse, and sometimes antagonistic, interests, but are “forced” to coexist on the Internet one way or another.

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Reasons to inhabit the Internet

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We could think of a hole variety of topics around which to think our autonomy. Suddenly this interconnected (growingly so) society in which we live, puts communications on the front line. And on a daily basis most of those interconnections go about on line.

Then we ask ourselves, what is the Internet?, and what isn’t it? The debates around the multiple spaces it crosses, its architecture, contents, finger prints, is very interesting. But to begin with, we think that the Internet is part of the real world and that is why we are interested in inhabiting it.

There is an ongoing number of things that are happening on a daily basis through the web, is this enough reason to inhabit the Internet? According to the Spanish Real Academy maybe it is enough, because inhabiting means living in. But on wikipedia we find the significance of this word increased explaining that “Now a days, the concept of inhabiting has become broad, it has no limits, it is mutable and creative per se (…) The appropriation of places is in making them: inhabiting them in conformity with the dignity of the people”.

It’s poetic and not less beautiful that the definition involves the word dignity. This is how we want to (re)inhabit the Internet. Seguir leyendo

The challenge of a feminist technology: a necessary reconfiguration

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Some time ago we started saying that the Internet isn’t neutral. Neither are technologies in general. It isn’t neutral respecting the software, social media… nor is it for activism. Montse Boix says “their are a lot of people that dedicate themselves to technology but there are very few, unfortunately, that sum up technology with a social point of view and there are even less people that do this with feminism as well”. This is a huge challenge.

Montse Boix sums up the term cyberfeminism by “doing feminist activism on line”. The intention is not only to increase the number of women on line, rather than having this inclusion come about from a clear feminist political approach.

There is a long history of advances toward hacking patriarchy “Cyberfeminists have already understood the importance of combining efforts in technological education as crucial for women. But this education needs to be put in context with in a critical feminist analyses and a discourse about women, web culture and politics, and the economy of pan-capitalistic labor”.

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