TRANSFEMINIST TECHNOLOGIES

this is a space that provides tools for enabling collective brainstorming on alternative imaginaries surrounding technologies. there is substantial evidence that most of the algorithms that command our digital interactions are biased, particularly towards reproducing what black feminist scholar patricia hill collins calls the matrix of domination (capitalism, heteropatriarchy, white supremacy and settler colonialism). in other words, tech is currently designed in a way it helps maintaining the status quo of social inequality and the norms of consumerist, misogynist, racist, ableist, gender binarial and heteropatriarchal society.

 

what would the future look like if we could hack this trend?

this project is developed in partnership with coding rights and mit co-design studio, inspired by a speculative feminist writing workshop from cooptecniques, methodologies co-designed by coding rights at ietf to bring human rights considerations into standards and protocols, and by contemporary design ideation practices.

coding rights is a brazil­-based women-­run organization working since 2015 to expose and redress the power imbalances built into technology and its application, particularly those which reinforce gender and north/south inequalities. our goal is to ensure that policy making affecting technological development and digital rights are informed by actual technological knowledge, and that technological development is guided by fundamental human rights – so that both legal and technical codes converge to promote and protect rights.

coding rights team involved in this project:

concept and Coordination: joana varon, executive directress and researcher ,

design and illustration: clara juliano, designer and researcher

MIT CO-DESIGN STUDIO

the civic media: collaborative design studio, based at mit and working in collaboration with partners in multiple locations, generates civic media projects that are grounded in real-world community needs. we partner with community-based organizations, and use co-design and lean startup methods for project ideation, design, prototyping, testing, launch, and stewardship.

mit co-design studio team involved in this project:

concept and coordination: sasha costanza-chock, associate professor of civic media at mit