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Larisa Blazic
Data Union fork → tools for data strike: a collective action in collaboration with DECODE project, facilitated by Waag Society
Larisa Blazic

Larisa Blazic is London based media artist, educator, researcher and feminist hacker with over 20 years of internationally acclaimed practice ranging from net.art to FLOSS art and design. The focus of her work is ethical and critical examination of technology by the way of creative exploration and art as research.

Data Union fork: Tools for data strike

These are still early days before the full implications and range of uses and environments that the blockchain technology can affect and be affected by are known. In anticipation of these implications, the team believes that there is enough evidence of a need for mass organised collective action regarding data: to defend and manage personal and population-wide data. This organisation should come ‘from below’. Data Union fork → tools for data strike is an idea building on DECODE OS, blockchain-based, operating system and nodes for decentralised ownership and control of data. It is a proposal to conceptualise, articulate and co-create an assertive “smart contract” model enabling additional protective layer for citizens’ digital rights whilst promoting solidarity and mutual aid.

DECODE

DECODE provides tools that put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal information private or share it for the public good. It is a response to people’s concerns about a loss of control over their personal information on the internet. The ability to access, control and use personal data has become a means by which internet companies can drive profits. DECODE is an experimental project to develop practical alternatives to how we use the internet today - four European pilots will show the wider social value that comes with individuals being given the power to take control of their personal data and given the means to share their data differently.

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Data Union fork: Tools for data strike
Larisa Blazic X Waag
Data Union fork → tools for data strike: a collective action in collaboration with DECODE project, facilitated by Waag Society
citizensDatablockchaindata privacydata protectionsolidarity
The artwork

These are still early days before the full implications and range of uses and environments that the blockchain technology can affect and be affected by are known. In anticipation of these implications, the team believes that there is enough evidence of a need for mass organised collective action regarding data: to defend and manage personal and population-wide data. This organisation should come ‘from below’. Data Union fork → tools for data strike is an idea building on DECODE OS, blockchain-based, operating system and nodes for decentralised ownership and control of data. It is a proposal to conceptualise, articulate and co-create an assertive “smart contract” model enabling additional protective layer for citizens’ digital rights whilst promoting solidarity and mutual aid.

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About the artist
Larisa Blazic

Larisa Blazic is London based media artist, educator, researcher and feminist hacker with over 20 years of internationally acclaimed practice ranging from net.art to FLOSS art and design. The focus of her work is ethical and critical examination of technology by the way of creative exploration and art as research.

The technology
Data Union fork: Tools for data strike

Data Union fork → tools for data strike: a collective action in collaboration with DECODE project, facilitated by Waag Society

About the residency

DECODE provides tools that put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal information private or share it for the public good. It is a response to people’s concerns about a loss of control over their personal information on the internet. The ability to access, control and use personal data has become a means by which internet companies can drive profits. DECODE is an experimental project to develop practical alternatives to how we use the internet today - four European pilots will show the wider social value that comes with individuals being given the power to take control of their personal data and given the means to share their data differently.

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Waag