Technology Sovereignty, Volume #2

2017-07-16 15:20-15:40

maxigas @ hackon, ADM, .nl

“Consumption cooperatives organise themselves in order to establish direct contact with providers, but then, why don’t people self-organise their technological providers, buying the technological support they need directly from them, like carrots?” — Margarita Padilla

“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define own food and agriculture systems. It puts those who produce, distribute, and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of the market and corporations.”
— Via Campesina

TS Genealogy

  • Via Campesina (1996, 2007): food sovereignty…
  • Margarita Padilla, Spideralex, etc.
  • Calafou, Campamento para la autonomía, Trobada de Comunitats, etc.
  • Barcelona City Council, etc.

Made in Calafou…

in collaboration with…

  • Ritimo Foundation, France;
  • hacklabbo, Italy;
  • COATI, Europe;
  • and others.

Technology Sovereignty

  1. Temporality: “Taking your time”
  2. We: “Sovereign”
  3. Responsibility: Five Ws (Who? What? Where? When? How? How much? Why?)
  4. Exchange-based: “Immaterial workers” are compensated
  5. Ecology: Raw materials, labour rights, energy use, etc.

Book, vol.1

  • Thematic overview
  • French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian (new!)

Book, vol.2

  • Case studies
  • French, English, Spanish, Catalan, Italian
  • FORTHCOMING, September 2017

Vol.2: Table of Contents

  • Preface by Margarita Padilla

Part 1: Initiatives for technology sovereignty

  • Non-destructive algorithms vs. weapons of math destruction
  • Rhyzomatica, community mobile phone network
  • COATI: Simultaneous translation using radio frequencies
  • Leaking platforms
  • Collective of alternative, transparent, open, neutral and solidarity service providers (CHATONS)

Part 2: Developing the characteristics of technology sovereignty

  • Encrypting mails with usable tools: Mass adoption of encryption technologies
  • Keeping technological sovereignty: The case of IRC
  • Gamification
  • Appropriate technologies
  • Technology Sovereignty Cooperatives

Tool chain

  • Git (,, github, gitlab, …)
  • Markdown (github flavour)
  • GitBook
    • HTML
    • EPUB
    • PDF
    • Plain text repo
  • DTP version with Scribus


  • Which books there are?
  • How to get printed copies in different places?
  • Who is available to speak about the books?
  • Which events there are?
  • What resources are there, for instance for presentations?

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