Loomio
Mon 14 Jan 2019

A request for an interview with social.coop

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Nick S Public Seen by 254

I just received an email sent to admin@social.coop. It reads as follows.

Do we have anyone who feels they might speak for social.coop in such an interview?

> Dear social.coop,
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> My name is Manetta Berends, i'm an artist/designer from Rotterdam (NL) and am currently working on a zine with a series of interviews with people that work on/with federated publishing networks, and i would love to include a conversation with you in this series.
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> The work that you've been doing with social.coop is very interesting, it would be a great case to add it to the collection of people/projects that i will conduct an interview with. I'm currently doing a residency in Paris, which allows me to contact a series of people here in France that have been working very hard to host/initiate their own networks. The organization "Framasoft" is a particular example of such initiative, they're working on campaigns and libre services for a wider public, both to introduce them to critical thinking about networks, but also to offer practical experiences with alternative software such as calendars, writing tools and social media platforms.
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> The zine will be presented in the context of an exhibition called Computer Grrrls, in the cultural institution La Gaite Lyrique in Paris in March 2019. The exhibition is rooted in stories about the role of women in the history of computers and includes projects of 19 international (mostly) female artists that work with technology. My contribution to the exhibition is closely connected to a set of 19 techno-feminist manifesto's, which we will make available for the visitors in the exhibition. Next to that work, i wanted to create a connection between techno-feminist thinking and everyday network practices, to integrate not only theoretical practices in the show, but also make space for the everyday situations around network infrastructures.
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> For this part i decided to work on the topic of federation, as a form of decentralized networks that is not grounded in individuality, but is based on the attachment of individuals to shared nodes. So this is where the interest in project such as Mastodon comes in. And i think that the case of social.coop is extra interesting, as you extend the online node system with an organizational system.
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> So here is my question :), would you be interested to discuss the social.coop project with me, in the form of a short interview in which we discuss the what's, how you are doing it and why you feel it is important to do so? I would love to hear more about the initiative. We could do it over a video call, or if this suits better ... we could also use a collaborative writing software called etherpad, where multiple people can write at the same time. Such collective writing format could suit well to the cooperative structure of social.coop. But i'm open for any other suggestion!
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> Many greetings,
>
> Manetta

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Matt Noyes Mon 14 Jan 2019

How about Nick and Emi?

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Nathan Schneider Mon 21 Jan 2019

@ana