Jul 262014
 

Este artículo es parte del libro colectivo “#15MP2P. Una mirada transdisciplinar del #15M“, cuyo objetivo es tener una mirada múltiple y abierta sobre el 15M, con la pretensión de entender un poquito más, entre todos, qué pasó como para que cambiaran tanto nuestras vidas.

Como el artículo es un poco largo para la lectura en la web, a continuación los primeros párrafos y el artículo entero os lo podéis descargar.

El objetivo de este artículo es pensar sobre el devenir cyborg, como se diluyen las fronteras entre lo digital y lo real en las #revolution, todo es real, todo pasa, todo nos pasa. Haremos las reflexiones en pequeñas dosis o pildoras, se podrá saltar de una a otra, sin orden ni concierto, sera un impulso lo que lleve a leer cada una, no necesariamente deberá ser una lectura seguida, en tiempos de procastinación, la lectura también cambia. Este texto, no pretende ser un análisis objetivo sino una visión personal y subjetiva,desde la vivencia.

Mi piel está hecha de bits

Cuando la tecnología es parte de la piel, y los bits circulan por la sangre, cuando lees un tweet y te da un brinco el corazón, cuando deslizas el dedo en una pantalla y la distancia se vuelve algo relativo, cuando en un clic muestras al mundo lo que tienes alrededor, entonces empiezas a pensar que quizá algo esta cambiando, algo estamos cambiando, algo nos esta cambiando.

Artículo completo: Mamá, me ha salido un bit

 Posted by at 2:11 am
Apr 222014
 

It feels a long time without writing in the blog. After diving in some near world, is the moment to share how it looks like, the invisible white world.

A veces, pasa el tiempo, pero fuera del reloj, es otro, es el tiempo que pertenece a  otro mundo, dentro de este mundo, pero invisible. Existe, y está cerca,  en ocasiones ese mundo subterráneo le da el cambiazo al que está en superficie, ahora quiero visibilizarlo.

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Un día cualquiera llegas a una puerta, de un edificio en una calle cualquiera, y entras, pone “Urgencias”. Cuando llegas no eres consciente de que estas a punto de entrar en un mundo en sí mismo, simplemente piensas que es una pata más de ese en el que te mueves diariamente. Sin embargo, en esos primeros minutos, ya notas las diferencias. Tras los cristales, salas de espera, pantallas donde avisarán si ya tienen información sobre el ingresado. Mayoritariamente se ven personas solas, o en parejas, en silencio, no hay muchas ganas de hablar. Se buscan los enchufes, imprescindibles para mantener los teléfonos encendidos, imprescindibles para tener contacto con el exterior. Los enchufes evidentemente escasean, no funcionan, comienzan los paseos arriba y abajo, buscando, mirando detrás de cada asiento, de cada maceta, de cada máquina, en cada rincón, confiando que alguno disponible esté libre, alguno que nadie haya visto y así conectar nuestro teléfono.

Siempre lo hay, acabas dejando el móvil metido en una maceta o en la papelera, pero cargando la batería.

It’s funny to think, that  normally, one sees a hospital and never thinks what is inside, is quite obvious, sick people, but thoughts stop there. Until one day you arrive to a door that says “Emergency”, your loved one enters to an area and you wait outside. Glass doors, people alone, or in pairs, silence and a worry to find a plug where to plug the handy, our contact to the world. Although most of the people use mobile phones, buildings don’t provide an easy way of charging them, you have to find the plug, behind seats, plants, hidden in some corner, so for a moment, all the movement around the the waiting room has to do with the discovery of an empty plug.

Entonces, aparece tu número en pantalla, te darán información, es como esperar una sentencia. Te acercas, esta vez el jurado ha fallado, te quedas. Empieza una nueva vida. Sales y ves un grupo numeroso en la puerta, quizá sean 10 personas, se hace raro en mitad de la noche y del silencio, van y vienen, es un grupo de gitanos que vienen a acompañar, han ingresado a uno de ellos, al contrario que la norma, son muchos, de todas las edades, grandes y niños, hombres y mujeres. Momentos de envidia, es el grupo, la comunidad la que cuida de sus miembros, no estan solos, allí se quedarán, se relevarán hasta que su ser querido salga. Tu sigues tu camino, ahora dentro del área de urgencias, te permiten ver a tu ser querido, un rato.

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 Posted by at 5:48 am
Jan 112014
 

Happy new year 2014A new year has started, 2014. I wanted to write during the Xmas holidays many of the pending posts that I have in mind, but of course, going back home, enjoying being with family and friends, eating, drinking and talking a lot, does not set writing posts as a priority 😀

One of the topics I wanted to write about is “Women in tech”, something that I find quite difficult to talk about without misunderstanding the real meaning, but I like the idea of making this the first topic of the year.

Since I moved out of Spain, I realized that my way of living technology is quite different from the new people that I meet, is as if I had been living in a kind of bubble, outside reality.

Being involved many years (many!) in Spanish free software community meant to talk about technology and politics, to learn with others in squats, to self-organize events without even thinking sponsoring a possibility, to experiment with others because we enjoyed it, we liked technology but specially when it means changing the world for good, the “world domination plan” was always present, that would be the moment when technology would help people to self-organize, to empower them to develop whatever they wanted, it meant talking about freedom, yes, just freedom, not Internet’s freedom but people’s freedom.

In this context, I cannot say that there were a lot of women, but I can say that the spaces that were build were women friendly, everybody could just join, all kind of conversations took place, not just expert-technical, technical but social, political.

lela coders logoI’ve known great women hackers, as the ones from donestech who have a great project Lela Coders,  thanks to amaiac I knew eclectic tech carnival, which is been going on since 2002, and is  a gathering of women with a critical interest in ‘Free Information and Open Standards’ technology, and there were many other initiatives lead by women interested in technology, but women tend just to do things without needing to showoff, like Margarita Padilla

Now, what I find is something different, to talk about women in tech is cool, mainly the ones promoting it are big cool IT companies, but I cannot avoid thinking that is not that society has understood that women can like technology, that they can be good at it, that is fun, I have the feeling that companies need women because there is a lack of developers, they need workforce, but to say it like that is a bit hard, so is nicer to promote women in tech.

On july 13th 2013, I gave a talk in geekgirlsmeetup, about the difference between open source and free software, something that I had never done because I took for granted that the aim was always free software and that to be politically correct some used open source but that in the end it was the same, but also moving out made me realize that is not so, a lot of women don’t know what is the  difference or what is free software, is quite simple to say, free software points out freedom not technology.

In this event I was quite nervous, not because of the talk but because of the context of the talk, when I arrived I found that in one of the first talks of the event, the women in tech that were set as reference were the women CEO of Facebook, Google, etc, and the aim seemed to encourage women to become like them… mmm …. why?

So I started the talk just saying, that those women for me were not the reference, that I believed in other way of creating technology, that though many times ignored a important thing is to think why do we create technology for, what is the goal. Here I come back to my origins, technology should be there be gain freedom in every sense, and free software has shown a path to it, by developing technology in a cooperative way, open, where sharing knowledge is a gift and empowering people a goal, and this way of doing is extending beyond the IT context.

dibujo mujeres zapatistasThen all I can say is that I seek for free women. For me, women in tech means to empower women to make them individuals capable of contributing to the structuring of the future society, individuals who have learned to be self- determining, not to follow blindly the dictates of any organization, my wish is that they are encouraged and supported to fulfil their full potential.

The good thing was that some of the women that were present in the talk, came to me to thank other vision of women in tech, each of them had a different relation with technology, some were newbies, others engineers, software developers, all were doing different stuff, women are present in technology the thing is that people don’t see it, so maybe is time to change how to look at things not to set mainstream values as a reference.

 

 Posted by at 6:51 pm
Sep 272013
 

Spanish version

One of the main topics discussed in the #revolution has been, if violence should be used or not by the protesters, to question who is violent and what is violence. The funny thing, is that as if a collective brain was working, protesters considered themselves non-violent, although they are framed in different contexts. It was not a slogan given by any leader nor the results of endless assemblies, it was just a general feeling. Non-violence is not a passive attitude but a new way of confronting the system escaping its logics by being unpredictable.

Some weeks ago there was an interview to a leader of ELN (colombian guerrilla) said “if in the 60s the most revolutionary thing to do was armed struggle, now it’s peace”. Somehow we are seeing this change of paradigm in the wave of protests(#Jan25, #15M, #OWS, #occupygezi, #vemprarua) going on since 2011, which declare themselves as non-violent movements, although police violence in many cases is extreme to the point of killing the protesters.

On each of the protests we have seen the use of art in politics, how the streets have acted as the communication channel, as the physical wall of facebook, the transmitter of the conversations taking place in and out of the social networks. And the streets have become the inspiration that had to be disseminated in the social networks. The real and the virtual world meet on the streets.

There are many things that have amazed me about #occupygezi, specially related to the capacity of using art for communication, which enables to share reflections beyond languages and at a global level. I like thinking that all these protests are part of one global change and they can’t really be isolated, but are really part of a learning process from previous experiences. First we are witnesses, then we become promoters.

One of the thing that has surprised me most, is the way police violence has been handle by #occupygezi protesters, how the use of humor has emerged from the streets, to deactivate fear to activate resistance.

 

Police brutality has been shown in many videos. The timeline of the protests had clear keywords, like tear gas, gas bombs, water cannons, batons, barricades, not forgetting that 4 people have been killed during the protests.
In the video we can see how the football fans ask the protesters to chant, as if they were in a football match instead of in front of the police.

There was a daily fog, made of gas, there were water cannons in the street amid that appear symbols as “the woman in red” and “the woman in black” which become icons of the resistance.

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 Posted by at 3:33 am
Oct 072012
 

Entorno al proceso desencadenado con la convocatoria del 25S  se han dado muchas reacciones, reflexiones, se detecta un cambio, se habla de un nuevo movimiento, así que en esta entrada intento hacer una recopilación de algunos de los artículos que he leído al respecto, incluirlos todos es imposible, los que he podido recuperar aquí están, espero que sirva para tener una visión de la evolución del 25S.

El 25S se salió a la calle tras una larga definición de la acción, lo que quería la Plataforma En pie era ocupar el congreso , pero exactamente ¿ eso qué era? ¿qué significaba?, salieron acusaciones por parte del Gobierno de que era un intento de golpe de Estado, cosa divertida viniendo de los políticos que le han quitado al Estado su caracter velador del ciudadano para convertirlo en extorsionador de sus vidas. Si algo consiguió el Gobierno creando ese titular de escándalo, fue empezar a generar un clima distinto, empieza el clima de “guerra”, ya se empiezan a dibujar las líneas, golpe de estado, acoso a los ciudadanos, identificaciones contínuas, multas, represión, recortes, hambre, deshaucios, la marca España empieza a tomar forma.

En mitad de ese debate inicial, la inteligencia colectiva consigue modificar su rumbo, no está claro eso de “ocupar el Congreso” así que se propone rescatar la democracia , miles de entradas en los blogs explicando qué puede suponer razones para rescatar del Congreso , cómo rescatarlo y ejemplo concreto de cómo hacerlo , etc. , también hay tuits, todo ello genera un debate sobre la definición de la acción, la coordinadora 25S auna las distintas voces, pero hemos recuperado el imaginario de la vieja política, parece que para hacer algo colectivamente hay que ser plataforma, coordinadora, todos esos términos que el 15M había dejado de lado, porque 15M en sí era un clima  que implicaba inclusividad, porque hablaba de personas y no de colectivos, porque las personas podían pertenecer a lo que quisieran pero nunca las identidades de grupo irían por encima de las personas . Sin embargo, surge en el último momento voces25S recuperando ese sentimiento de hacer colectivo, de confianza y descentralizado de las personas, queremos cuidarnos mientras informamos.

Y llega el 25S , una idea ronda que la democracia se abre paso, y pese a la represión policial, la gente esta con menos miedo y propone volver el 26S y el 29S

Ahora hablamos de estrategias de “guerra”, son varias las entradas en blogs que hablan del ajedrez y el go,  otros juegos y lo que puede ocurrir más allá de ellos ) pero claro el clima está cambiando, la policía realiza detenciones preventivas,  se reabre el debate entre violencia, no violencia y desobediencia civil , ya hay quienes se consideran black block  sin que parezca que tienen muy claro lo que eso significa, también he tropezado con pies de vídeo como este “Sigue el #26S en directo (otra noche de violencia policial en Madrid):”  y los jueces reaccionan archivando los casos del 25S, hasta  la propia policía empieza a mostrar que internamente tienen sus diferencias ante las actuaciones que están teniendo. El clima está cambiando.

Pero en mitad de ese debate poniendo la represión policial en el centro, que quiere actuar como un agujero negro, cerrando las opciones de pensar qué queremos y cómo queremos conseguirlo, encontramos reflexiones que nos invitan a reflexionar “protestar para qué” y otros dos céntimos al respecto pero también pensar en un paso más allá,  la opción de formalizar un proceso consituyente  que implicaría esta hoja de ruta.

Pero mientras tanto la marca España se sigue construyendo.

 Posted by at 4:03 pm