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Co-Captain Armada.Digital
TEM-ICT @DigitYser
Portuguese expat living in Brussels since 2003, I'm interested by the intersection of technology, politics, participatory democracy, grassroots movements and human rights.
| I'm passionated about #Indieweb #CivicTech #Dataviz #RSS Curious about #Blockchain and the future of work by enabling #platformcoop.






We are not in tech anymore

Interesting read.. 

Maybe this is the most difficult task to entail and I wonder if we have the knowhow, the skills, the tools to do it : if code is law, how do we get shared code governance ?

How do we, as societies, handle feature request, bugs and specific needs from vulnerable communities in a inclusive manner ? 


Why does it matter? 

We live in a world that by default carry structural biases and the later become transcoded into real life  they become part of the fabric  even of the alternatives we want to have. Code carry bias, all the time, the same way anyone writing about any issue will also carry its own bias . 

Realizing this and applying this thinking to shared code governance projects is a challenge because we live in a individualistic society where privileged people don't even know they are privileged over others . 

The tools we use to collaborate do not take into consideration inclusivity, even the contributions someone will make will by default have less importance than a real hard on pull request piece of code . 

But it shouldn't be this way.. It is this way because most of the code ever produced was produced by mostly white privileged people that don't even need to think about being misrepresented. It's not in their DNA. It's not part of their natural thinking flow because most never needed to even be bothered by not being  Represented . No need if you run the project . 


This is political  very political . 


In some way it is related to how also in the democratic system huge swats of population are not being represented and how the system is built this way .. 


How do we change this ? 

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