Decidim Fest 2020
Democracy and Technology in times of Emergency
Alba is a Codebase Steward focused on supporting communities. She is a Developer Relations professional, who has been working in Tech Communication and Marketing since 2011. She is a familiar sight at technical conferences, and specialized in software communities: the focus of her professional career during the last six years.
Before joining the Foundation for Public Code she worked for Codemotion Conference (one of the biggest in EMEA) as the Project Manager for Communities of Northern Europe. Here she strengthened liaisons with software communities, mainly Netherlands, Germany and Spain.
She has a degree in Philosophy, specialized in art and digital technologies. Her interest is focused, above all, on analyzing the relationships that are woven between the technical object and the body from a paradigm of distributed agency. She addresses these issues by combining theory and philosophy with criticism and artistic experimentation.
She currently works as a full-time researcher-in-training in the project "IN>TRA. Collaborative artistic practice as a model of experience: new forms and prototypes in research processes", directed by IMARTE, Research Group, Art, Science and Technology of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona (UB). He is also working on his doctoral thesis on the new modalities of corporation-reality that arise in relation to the phenomenon of datification, under the tutorship of the UB and the University of Rennes.
Alexandra Elbakyan is a web developer and creator of Sci-Hub, a shadow library website that provides free access to millions of research papers and books. She founded Sci-Hub in 2011 in Kazakhstan in response to the high cost of research papers, and the site is now extensively used worldwide. Her and the website have been sued twice for copyright infringement in the United States in 2015 and 2017, and that led to loss of some of its Internet domain names. Since then, the site has cycled through different domain names.
Amy X. Zhang is an assistant professor at University of Washington's Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, where she leads the Social Futures Lab on reimagining social and collaborative systems to empower people and improve society. Previously, she was a 2019-20 postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University's Computer Science Department after completing her Ph.D. at MIT CSAIL in 2019, where she received the George Sprowls Best Ph.D. Thesis Award in computer science. During her Ph.D., she was an affiliate and 2018-19 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, a Google Ph.D. Fellow, and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her work has received a best paper award at ACM CSCW, a best paper honorable mention award at ACM CHI, and has been profiled on BBC's Click television program, CBC radio, and featured in articles by ABC News, The Verge, New Scientist, and Poynter. She is a founding member of the Credibility Coalition, a group dedicated to research and standards for information credibility online. She has interned at Microsoft Research and Google Research. She received an M.Phil. in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge on a Gates Fellowship and a B.S. in Computer Science at Rutgers University, where she was captain of the Division I Women's tennis team
Arantxa Mendiharat co-designs and manages cultural and participation projects. She is especially interested in researching and promoting new models of democracy based on the draw and deliberation. She is co-founder of democraciaporsorteo.org, deliberativa.org, and is a member of the international network Democracy R&D. She just published a book co-written with Ernesto Ganuza, La democracia es posible. Sorteo cívico y deliberación para rescatar el poder de la ciudadanía ( "Democracy is possible. Civic Drawing and Deliberation to Rescue the Power of Citizenship"). She lives in Bilbao.
Caroline Sinders is a critical designer and artist. For the past few years, she has been examining the intersections of artificial intelligence, abuse, and politics in digital conversational spaces. She has worked with the United Nations, Amnesty International, IBM Watson, Wikimedia Foundation and others. Sinders has held fellowships with the Harvard Kennedy School, Google's PAIR (People and Artificial Intelligence Research group), the Mozilla Foundation, Pioneer Works, Eyebeam, Ars Electronica, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Sci Art Resonances program with the European Commission, and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been featured in the Tate Exchange in Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, MoMA PS1, LABoral, Wired, Slate, Quartz, the Channels Festival and others. Sinders holds a Masters from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Clara is Senior Research Fellow in Digital Local Democracy at Newcastle University Open Lab (UK). Her research explores the interplay between technologies, democratic practices and social justice and the design of socio-technical tools and participatory processes to democratise digital innovation with a particular concern for equity in social digital innovations.
She is the director of Not-Equal, a UKRI funded Network+ fostering collaborations to develop practical responses to issues of Social Justice in the Digital Economy. She is also co-Investigator for the UKRI Centre for Digital Citizens (CDC), and the H2020 Generative European Urban Commons, gE.CO (2019-2022). Clara is also a member of OLAthens, a not-for profit organization that supports social solidarity economy initiatives in Greece.
David Arroyo Menéndez is currently studying for his doctorate at the URJC. He began to participate in scientific groups through publications at the UNED, while studying in the area of e-learning at the time that the Internet appeared. He then spent a few years of his professional life in the private sector in the area of web programming. Then he decided to start master studies at the UCM to understand the technical aspects of sociology, research methods in social sciences. She decides to get her PhD with Jesús González Barahona because of the ethical affinity in software issues and scientific affinity in the quantitative measurement of the phenomenon, specializing in the gender issue.
David has dedicated a large part of his militant life to hacktivism, rooting it in the neighborhoods through the political structure of hacklabs, direct democracy in 15M-type assemblies or social centers, and unionism. As a stable activist project he maintains Libremanuals.
Associate Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Zaragoza. PhD in Legal Sociology and Political Institutions. Researcher at the Sociology of Law Laboratory of the University of Zaragoza. From the perspective of gubermentality, he has worked on contemporary political rationalities, the Law, the Modern State and public policies in the areas of social governance, formal control and knowledge economy. He edited, with X.E. Barandiaran, the research of Buen Conocer - FLOK Society in Ecuador.
After graduating in Political Science and Economics at McGill University and University College London (UCL), Eloïse specializes in the sector of impact technology through her experience at the Liberté Living-lab. After a time as a communication officer within this ecosystem devoted to civic and social technology, she focuses on open data and SAAS solutions applied to democracy, government transparency and citizen engagement. Today, it is within Open Source Politics and with the free software Decidim that Eloïse works as a consultant in digital democracy for institutions, NGOs and private sector actors.
Co-director of ARSGAMES, an international organisation with more than 12 years of experience focused on video games as a tool for social transformation. D. in Philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Cum Laude International Mention with the thesis titled Technology at the borders. Professor at various universities in Spain and Mexico.
She was the founder and director of the Fábrica Digital El Rule (now the Technology Laboratory) of the CDMX's Secretariat of Culture, and she advises and collaborates with the CENART's Multimedia Centre.
Creative and feminist Chilean. Master in Communication, Culture and Digital Citizenship (Medialab Prado & URJC).
Since 2014 she is Coordinator of Science and Citizenship Innovation at the Universidad de Playa Ancha in Valparaiso, Chile. She has been general coordinator of the Network of Makers, the VIII International Meeting of Creative Cities and the Ibero-American Lab Meeting, a meeting that brought together 120 laboratories of Citizen Innovation in Medialab Prado, Madrid. As an activist, she promotes the applicability of an ethics of care and a hacker ethic for a radical democracy in the Latin American region. Since 2018, she has been collaborating with the Decidim community, contributing to its mirror platform Metadecidim and, from 2020, being part of Decidim Association.
Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University, Canada. Trained as an anthropologist, her scholarship covers the politics, cultures, and ethics of hacking. She is the author of two books on computer hackers and the founder and editor of Hack_Curio, a video portal into the cultures of hacking. Committed to public ethnography, she routinely presents her work to diverse audiences, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and has written for popular media outlets, including the New York Times, Slate, Wired, MIT Technology Review, Huffington Post, and the Atlantic. She sits on the board of The Tor Project.
Media theorist, internet critic and author of Uncanny Networks (2002), Dark Fiber (2002), My First Recession (2003), Zero Comments (2007), Networks Without a Cause (2012), Social Media Abyss (2016), Organisation after Social Media (with Ned Rossiter, 2018) and Sad by Design (2019). In 2004 he founded the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. His centre organizes conferences, publications and research networks such as Video Vortex (online video), Unlike Us (alternatives in social media), Critical Point of View (Wikipedia), Society of the Query (the culture of search), MoneyLab (internet-based revenue models in the arts). Recent projects deal with digital publishing and the future of art criticism.
Inés Binder is a social communicator. She does research on feminism, technologies and communication policies. She is co-founder of the Center for Radio Productions (CPR) and is part of the hackfeminist space la bekka. She is the author of For a radiophonic cyberfeminism. Breadcrumbs for the production of feminist and free podcasts; and co-author of How to set up a feminist server with a home connection and Politizacing technology. Community radio and the right to communication in digital territories. She gives workshops on digital security for activists, feminist digital self-defense, and free software.
Professor, audiovisual programmer, director and essayist. From all these facets she has contributed to reflection and public debate on television formats and the role of images and technological devices in the contemporary world. Curator of the "Soy Cámara" project, a laboratory of new audiovisual formats produced by the CCCB, member of the programming committee of the Barcelona Quality Television Exhibition (MINIPUT), which she directed between 2002/18. She holds a PhD in humanities from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and has been an associate professor at the University of Girona since 2009. From the academy she has carried out research on gender, inequality and technology within the framework of culture and audiovisual practice. In her essay L'ull i la navalla (Arcàdia, 2018, winner of the Serra d'Or d'Assaig 2018 Critics' Prize), she analyses how images and data condition our private lives and determine the dynamics of the public sphere and communities.
Research Associate at Cardiff´s school of Journalism, Media and Culture and the Data Justice Lab. His current research aims to fill the knowledge gap between social and media researchers and technology as well as to perform technological auditing and design proposals in the intersection of intelligent information systems and social justice. Javier holds a PhD. in Computer Science from the University of Granada and has been an Associate Professor at the University of Córdoba and the University Loyola Andalucía and a Research Intern at Real-Time Innovations (US). He has worked on several projects involving distributed systems and machine learning. His last projects were with the AYRNA research group at the University of Córdoba targeting problems of biomedicine, renewable energy and climatology among others. He has published many journal and conference papers with contributions in evolutionary computation, artificial neural networks, kernel methods and ordinal regression models and recently, in critical digital studies. Co-author of free scientific software ORCA with Pedro A. Gutiérrez and María Pérez-Ortiz.
Jaya is a Senior Software Engineer on the Jitsi team. With a decade of experience developing video conferencing software she works mostly on the client side, tackling problems such as improving the cross-browser support and keeping the WebRTC API usage current. When away from the keyboard she enjoys spending time with her family and in volunteering time for local community events involving kids and families.
Nathan studies digital governance and behavior change in groups and networks shaped by algorithms. He also organizes citizen behavioral science with communities of millions toward a world where the power of digital technology is guided by evidence and accountable to the public.
He is currently an assistant professor at the Cornell University Department of Communication and through the Citizens & Technology Lab.
Kelly is the Director of the Democratic Society in Scotland. Based in Edinburgh, she leads on work related to open government and deliberative democracy across the organisation. She has over a decade’s experience designing and facilitating participatory and deliberative events and processes, bringing a background in community engagement.
Lars Kaiser’s greatest interests lie in the sustainable spatial development of our planet and in developing solutions that benefit everyone. To him, everything is always connected to everything else. This is why problems should never be treated in an isolated manner. Recognising and analysing these dependencies and connections, wherefrom designs and solutions can be developed, is a huge challenge we can only manage through participation and collaboration.
Martu Isla is a trans-hack-feminist activist and promoter of the feminist hacklab la_bekka. She is a technic in management of informatic systems and since 2016 has been providing training and accompaniment in digital protection for women human rights defenders and feminist activists in the Spanish state.
Chilean activist. Director of the NGO Rayito de Luz Open Center for work with children at social risk. He has been part of different spaces of political militancy and counter-information media such as the Enrique Torres radio station, the collective Hijos de la Calle, the Popular Photography Students' Front and the Photographic Front. He actively participated in the Penguin Revolution in 2006 and since 2012 he has been integrated into different spaces of social articulation in the southern zone of Santiago, founding in 2018 the Coordinadora Social Shishigang.
Mel is Director of Programmes at Demsoc and she is a specialist in developing strategy and practice for all forms of evidence-based decision making and participation. She has worked with a range of public sector clients and organisations to help them respond to a complex and often fragmented world through participation and inclusion as a way of sense- making, harnessing insights and working collaboratively to make decisions.
Independent researcher in technology, human rights and feminism. She is the secretary of Al Sur, a grouping of 11 organisations from seven Latin American countries working on digital rights. Co-creator of Acoso.Online, a website with information and recommendations for victims of "non-consensual pornography" on the Internet. Since 2014 she has also been a member of the collaborative council of Coding Rights, Brazil. For eight years she was advocacy director for Digital Rights Latin America and public leader of Creative Commons Chile. She is a journalist and holds a degree in Social Communication (Pontificia Universidad Católica Valparaíso, Chile) and a Master's degree in Gender and Cultural Studies, with specialization in Social Sciences (Universidad de Chile).
Red Levadura is an initiative of people who have come together online in the wake of the pandemic, concerned about the rise of hate speech and fear. Its aim is to educate about misinformation at this historical moment and to generate constructive dialogue for the future. It now includes a diverse group of more than 400 people: journalists, psychologists, health workers, environmentalists, data experts, NGOs, creatives, pensionists... and many other profiles that are essential to join forces and build a better future together.
Renata Avila, (Guatemala), is a lawyer, author and advocate. She brings more than fifteen years of experience in technology and human rights. She is a 2020 Stanford Race and Technology Fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity in partnership with the Stanford Institute of Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence. She is a co-founder of the <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms, which aims to bring more equality and social justice to digitisation and automation and future labour policies. Expert in digital rights, she studies the politics of data, the evolution of transparency, and their implications on trade, democracy and society, alerting about a phenomenon she describes as digital colonialism. She advocates for the right to publish and defends whistleblowers and journalists speaking truth to power.
She is a Board member for Creative Commons. She also serves as a Board Member of the Common Action Forum and a Global Trustee of the Think Tank Digital Future Society.
Writer and feminist activist. Graduated in Law from the University of Chile.
As a student she actively participated in the Chilean Feminist Wave of 2018. She has worked as a constitutional advisor and researcher in projects such as "Citizens' Practices for a New Constitution" of the Chilean Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, the regular FONDECYT project for a theory of deliberative receptivity in constitutional processes, "Citizens' Dialogues in a Comparative Perspective", and for the "Virtual Senator" platform, analyzing the 1980 Constitution and the New Constitution project. She is co-author of "La Constitución en Debate" edited by Lom ediciones in 2019, as well as compiler of the book "Por una Constitución Feminista" edited by Pez Espiral in 2020.
Independent researcher specialized in gender and technology. He regularly publishes in media and magazines such as CCCB Lab or Teknokultura and has presented his work in spaces such as the Gelatine Festival of La Casa Encendida, The Institute for Postnatural Studies or FEM TEK Bilbao.
Recently he has given a prologue to the books “Xenofeminismo”, by Helen Hester (Caja Negra, 2018), and “La guerra de deseo y tecnología”, by Sandy Stone (Holobionte Ediciones, 2020). He has also translated texts by Sadie Plant, VNS Matrix, Judy Wajcman and Helen Hester for the anthology “Cyberfeminism. From VNS Matrix to Laboria Cuboniks” (Holobionte Editions, 2019).
Xabier E.Barandiaran holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science and works on the transdisciplinary intersection of cognitive sciences and complex systems, collaborative innovation and participatory democracy. He studied the Master of Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems at the University of Sussex in the UK and it was there that he came into contact with the world of Artificial Life: a cross between biology, mathematics, computers, art, philosophy and engineering. He is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, attached to the School of Social Work and a researcher at the IAS-Research Centre for Life, Mind and Society. Xabier has been a founding member of the Decidim project, of which he is still a member, coordinator of Democratic Innovation and advisor to Barcelona City Council, co-founder of the Spanish Network of Research in Cognitive Sciences, co-founder of WikiToki.net (Laboratory of collaborative practices) and of the project el Buen Conocer/Flok Society.