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Whose Future are you serving?: Interrogating 'Frontier' Imaginaries within P2P Technologies #23

laniyuk opened this issue Jul 1, 2019 · 2 comments


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Supremacy, in all it’s forms, is ultimately a narrative that we tell ourselves. It is these stories which determine who is valuable, who is authority, who can live and who must die. It was a story of supremacy that allowed Captain Cook(ed) to report to his superiors that the continent now known as ‘Australia’ was Terra Nullius aka uninhabited. He asserted that the people he did encounter were incapable of conceptualizing land ownership or governance. So continues one of the worlds most powerful stories-colonisation:ownership-slavery-murder-child abduction.

This talk looks to explore the power and possibility of INTENT. What is possible and what limitations have we already created before coding even begins. What narratives are we imagining through P2P technology and what worlds are we creating? Is tech inherently a colonial space? How do we create tech that is not only decolonial but anti-colonial? While situated in one of the world's longest standing nightmare's how do we create tech that breeds Indigenous survival, resistance and renewal.

Type: talk/performance
Length: 30 mins
Language: English
Additional considerations: n/a

Session Objective

  • Start a conversation about importance of learning how the past effects our present
  • Start a conversation around decolonisation in P2P
  • Give some insight into needs of some Indigenous folks of the dweb

Material and Technical Requirements

Mac to projector


Name: Laniyuk
Twitter: n/a
GitHub: @laniyuk

Presenter Bio

Laniyuk is an award winning queer Aboriginal poet born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity. She contributed to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives. She is currently exploring the intersection of her poetry, decolonial theory and P2P technologies (poetic computation ala Taeyoon Choi) co-running workshops for queer people of color in Melbourne exploring accessibility and safety of P2P technologies. She has also run decolonial lectures and workshops for universities and in Aotearoa New Zealand at the first Scuttlebutt gathering.


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