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 to maintain 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. Situation cards were based on the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

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

DESIGN JUSTICE NETWORK

The Design Justice Network is an international community of people and organizations who are committed to rethinking design processes so that they center people who are too often marginalized by design. We work according to a set of principles that were generated and collaboratively edited by our network.

Design Justice Network team involved in this project:

concept and coordination: sasha costanza-chock, steering committee member