In this session, I will facilitate a collaborative drawing-based discussion between activists, hackers, technologists and researchers on how we can imagine a radically different, better, internet. Participants will be encouraged to produce drawings (individually and in groups) that represent how they imagine the internet to be now and how they would like the internet to be in the future. The drawings will support a discussion on how to imagine radically different technological futures.
The unusual format of the discussion allows for the inclusion of people with different types of expertise and experiences of technology, thus helping to break down the technical barriers that are often involved in talking about infrastructures.
Type: [workshop (but I'm open to other formats!)]
Length: [1 hour]
Additional considerations: [e.g., max number of participants, access]
Guide participants towards clarifying how they feel about current technologies and towards imagining radically different technological futures;
Foster a creative and collaborative conversation between different participants on big-picture questions concerning infrastructures;
Provide participants with a technique (drawing-based discussion) that they can use in their own activism/work to stimulate conversations about technology that can include different stakeholders.
Material and Technical Requirements
Participants require pieces of paper of different sizes, markers, and pencils. I can cover the cost of these materials. A room with tables (or another type of flat surface) would be ideal to support the drawing.
As organizers we strive for low-cost pathways of participation, are you interested in a community billet program either hosting out-of-towners or staying with locals?
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Dr. Elisabetta Ferrari is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Digital Culture and Society, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (USA). Elisabetta's work focuses on the relationship between social movements, protest and digital technologies. Her dissertation research explores how contemporary radical leftist activists in Europe and the United States imagine the role of technology in their struggle for social change. She uses creative visual methods to engage activists in thinking critically about technology.
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