Distributed Web of Care

 

Can we code to care and code carefully? The Distributed Web of Care (DWC) is a research initiative on communication infrastructure, exploring the Distributed Web as a peer-to-peer, alternative web which prioritizes collective agency and individual ownership of data and code. Through collaborations with artists, engineers, social scientists and community organizers, DWC imagines distributed networks as a form of interdependence and stewardship, in critical opposition to the networks that dominate the world today.

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About

DWC is an initiative of Taeyoon Workshop. Taeyoon Choi is an artist and cofounder of School for Poetic Computation and a fellow at Data and Society. Currently there is an open call for Fellows to develop the tools and events, with Stewards who activate and expand them.  

As Taeyoon Choi writes in “Artificial Advancement” for The New Inquiry, “Care, in contrast to cure, is a form of stewardship between people who support each other in communication, action, and social engagement. It is actualized by extending one’s mindfulness of another person’s dignity and feelings, while respecting their independence.”

The first DWC event took place in March as a part of Rhizome’s Ethics & Archiving the Web conference at the New Museum, NYC. The workshop offered resources for getting started with the Distributed Web, and invited computer scientists and domain experts to host an open conversation on counter-narratives to the mainstream internet. A transcript and video documentation of this workshop will be published in April 2018. Read Sarah Gray, a participant’s reflection.

F.A.Q 

Q: What are some examples of Distributed Web?

A: Beakerbrowser: P2P browser with tools to create and host websites,  Scuttlebutt: a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform, Rotonde: P2P Social Network, Dat: Distributed Data Community.

Q: Why are you making a Distributed Web?

A: Media Manipulation and because we are not the product.

Schedule

  • April 11: Open call for fellows deadline April 25, 2018. Open call for stewards on a rolling basis. 
  • July 1-29: Skillshares and public events in NYC. 
  • July 29: Distributed Web of Care Party in NYC. More information about ticketing to be announced in May.

Open Call for Fellows and Stewards

 

Design & Storytelling Fellow

The fellow will work with Taeyoon Choi alongside the Technology Fellow in designing and creating visual content for the ongoing Distributed Network of Care series, most importantly a project-specific website to be built by a static site generator and published on a distributed network. They should be experienced with web design (HTML, CSS, JS), typography, and collaboration with developers. They should have a particular interest in storytelling through digital and nonlinear forms, and an excitement for documenting workshops and future events with relevant artwork. They will create and publish openly DWC related content with a GPL license with attributions to collaborators.

The fellow will also work with Taeyoon to assist in the planning of Uncomputable, taking place June 21-27th as well as the Distributed Web of Care Party to be hosted in July 29th. They should be present for both events and offer support with administration, facilitation and documentation. The application deadline is April 25th, with notification sent out by May 1st.

Schedule

  • May 21-28: Onsite training and onboarding sessions. Part-time and flexible.
  • June 15-July 31: Onsite work in Manhattan or Brooklyn. 4 days/week, 6 hours/day.
  • Honorarium of $2000 for fellowship between June 15 and July 31, 2018. Fellows will be paid every two weeks.

Apply to become a Design & Storytelling Fellow, Summer 2018.  

Technology & Documentation Fellow

The fellow will work with Taeyoon Choi alongside the Design Fellow to build and maintain custom static sites and distribute content via Dat and IPFS. They should have interest and experience in web  development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP), Distributed Networks and be able to teach technical tasks including data management, web security and web literacy. The fellow will provide technical assistance across DWC projects as well as support with website and database maintenance.  They will create and publish openly DWC related content with a GPL license with attributions to collaborators.

The fellow will also work with Taeyoon to assist in the planning of Uncomputable, taking place June 21-27th as well as the Distributed Web of Care Party to be hosted in July 29th. They should be be present for both events and offer support with administration, facilitation and documentation. The application deadline is April 25th, with notification sent out by May 1st.

Schedule

  • May 21-28: Onsite training and onboarding sessions. Part-time and flexible.
  • June 15-July 31: Onsite work in Manhattan or Brooklyn. 4 days/week, 6 hours/day.
  • Honorarium of $2000 for fellowship between June 15 and July 31, 2018. Fellows will be paid every two weeks.

Apply to become a Technology & Documentation Fellow, Summer 2018.

 

 

 

Stewards

Stewards are guest collaborators, contributing to DWC initiatives with their domain expertise. Stewards are often invited to present at DWC events and contribute to building the code base as well as code of conduct. In this volunteer role, stewards will lead their own projects utilizing access to technical resources and collaboration with the fellows and with Taeyoon directly.  

In 2018, we’re looking for stewards with expertise in peer to peer web (IPFS, Dat and other formats), design and storytelling, alternative and distributed networks, Internet privacy, security, data and community activism. Stewards should demonstrate a willingness to share materials and insight as well as an investment in building community through teaching and learning. To apply, please send an email with a brief description of your expertise and what you are hoping to offer to the community.

Apply to become a steward. 

 

Open [Source/Culture/Tech] Citizenship

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open [source/culture/tech] citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society. We seek to create an open and sharing environment deeply based in open source practice.

All open source (licensed or otherwise) and copyrighted work that is integrated into work inside and outside of the Distributed Web of Care event must be appropriately adhered to under the referenced work’s license guidelines.

Expected Behavior

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community. This is a grassroots event that we build together from the ground up. Everyone is expected to contribute.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Be respectful of the space, tools, equipment, and materials.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Give attribution where attribution is due. Adhere to CC, open source, GNU and other licenses of work used and remixed
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unacceptable Behavior

No form of harassment will be tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, skill level, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion.
    Intentionally lewd or sexually exploitative images in public spaces.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, or use of physical force; harassing photography or recording.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention; and advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

This Code of Conduct was adapted from the example policy from the eTextiles Spring Break, via Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers and the Berlin Code of Conduct.net

 

All drawings by Taeyoon Choi.

 

Help us!

Distributed Web of Care is an independent, self funded initiative. We are actively searching for supporters. If you’d like to make donation, or hire Taeyoon Choi and the collaborators to lead a workshop, please contact studio@taeyoonchoi.com