Glider Ink is a project seeking to explain how hackers understand technology and how that affects their daily lives.
Stories of an inventor trying to change the world before it changes her, an activist trying to avoid calamities only he understands and an anarchist wanting to live independently and give more than she takes.
Everything I've gathered, written and commissioned within the last two years is available under Creative Commons BY-SA, so feel free to use it: https://wiki.glider.ink
And BBC about the game and research papers supporting it:
I love the fact that even Gaza has https://gazaskygeeks.com/ , but I'd love for it to be a community-driven hackerspace, not a startup accelerator.
Do we really want to promote "entrepreneurship" instead of sustainable infrastructures in Egypt, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal? Places being already re-colonized by corporations taking over the universities and kicking out open source from the curriculums?
Even making, a middle ground between the hackers and the general public is using very entrepreneur-ed language, leading people to think in terms of companies and growth hacking instead of communities and infrastructure. With the MakerFaires all over the world, how will they change the local cultures, which don't have tech independence traditions as strong as Germany? Will they have any other way to perceive modern technology than the startups, Blockchain and phone apps?
I just found out that most of the youtube radio animation loops I kept seeing in the last months are a work of one brilliant artist: Juan Pablo Machado - http://jpmachado.art/en/about/
Coincidentally, they would be absolutely perfect for #GliderInk
Added to moodboards.
Image copyright by jpmachado
Only by providing a counter-narrative, which also deals with the constant burning future shock people are feeling - we can make other perspectives and futures possible.
If you won't create a narrative explaining why you did something, someone else will supply theirs.
No matter how good the software created by the engineers is, no matter how much work the activists put in, the public needs storytellers to tell them why it's important as well.
Some ideas from the #HackerNarratives blogpost I'm writing:
#cyberpunk doesn't describe a state of the world, but is a perspective which we can take to perceive the reality.
Cyberpunk and technical dystopias started out as warnings, but got embraced because of a constant future shock the society is feeling.
Now it's easier to accept huge megacorporations and surveillance because _we know them_ from the culture and stories, while we see no realistic alternatives.
Hey, Mastofriends, I'd like some help/feedback on a thing.
I'm building an open source platform for hosting web comics. I want it to be safe and usable by as many folks as possible, out of the box. But before I get too far into a rabbit hole of difficult-to-change design, I want to ensure I consider all the options users would actually appreciate in a community platform like this will be.
Linked below is my current list. Thoughts?
I understand that I may not be considered an expert in the field, but I seriously hope that the #35C3 Foundations theme will have someone talk about hacker values. It's important.
Without starting a discussion about our values and how to communicate them to the broader world, we won't be able to convince anybody to any policies.
Not every baker and schoolteacher needs to understand HTTP or assembly language, but they all should understand why net neutrality is important.
For over two years I've been working on #GliderInk , a graphic novel which aims to introduce people to hacker values and create an aesthetic different from Hollywood's "black hat" stereotype or a grim cyberpunk future.
We live and breath the values of free software and free culture every day, while they are basically absent from the collective imagination. A lot of people don't ignore them out of malice, but cannot imagine a world in which they would be important. I believe that only by painting a vision of a world where they do matter, accessible to non-programmers and non-technical people we can convince them that those are important values - and policies - to push for.
Sadly, my #35C3 talk was rejected. As promised, you can expect a blogpost about it soon:
We need to tell a story better than cyberpunk
hacker narratives in popular culture
Hackers' calls for the free and neutral internet, open technology and community-driven infrastructure are ignored by most of the public. We're instead seen as black hats trying to set the world on fire and political troublemakers. Is it because we don't present our values in ways accessible to regular people?
With that said, there's a lot of beautiful dynamic between the characters. What if Suzanne doesn't want to be "taught"? What if she doesn't want to know who's hitting on her? She may just want to focus on what she knows - designing circuits, making small new inventions.
I don't Amanda to be too motherly either. She has a lot to learn yet, and she's rather a gentle guide than a "mom". She may have adventures which end up hurting her.
Suzanne may be (rightfully) afraid of being someone's fetish, so she just ignores the romance. She wants friends, not lovers.
#AmandaTheAnarchist is totally different - she lives for the communities and working with people. Her work is only one aspect of her life and does not define her. She likes her body, likes sex and is open about it.
Amanda feels a "sisterly duty" to younger Suz, showing her things she doesn't see around her and trying to teach her how to be a responsible adult.
After reading stories like https://shawnstruck.blogspot.com/2014/08/open-letter-to-aaron-diaz-stop-hiding.html I decided to handle the female characters in #GliderInk carefully.
First, they are people. They have goals and wants of their own. That's important knowing how dangerous #sexism is in a lot of hackerspaces.
I want them to be varied as well.
#SuzanneTheInventor wants to be considered a person first and doesn't have time for romantic relationships. She wants to be an engineer and be able to adjust the world to her needs.
As probably the most socially experienced member of the 'space she loves communities and working together. Sadly, some of the hackers refuse to respect non-programmers, and she's "only" a competent sound engineer.
Amanda fights for #feminism and wants to show people the regenerative anarchism.
She's emotionally mature, sex-positive and open to talk about it. She wants to be a protective "big sis" for Suz and introduce her to adult life.
The market failed rural kids: poor rural broadband has created a "homework gap"
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#Monopoly for millenials
"Forget real estate: you can't afford it anyway."
It's a real thing. #capitalism pretending it's aware of itself.
Programmer, hacker, educator, activist and a wannabe writer fascinated by how technology is portrayed in culture - and how that affect human lives.