May 2, 2012: Open Technology: We’re all invited to contribute but who actually participates?


05/02/2012 (All day)

Let's talk about technology, openness, and social justice.

“Openness” has become an important concept, used to describe everything from free speech and open content, to DIY art and hacking, to free and open-source software and hardware. In the technological sphere, openness connotes ideals of freedom, accessibility, non-hierarchy, and social inclusion. However, while open technology is founded on inclusive principles, we see only a small proportion of the world’s population driving the movement forward. The community of users and contributors is mostly comprised of young white men from the Global North. Why is the movement primarily developed by a privileged few and what are the consequences? How can we ensure that those behind open technology adopt inclusive practices? This conversation will ask what inclusion means in the context of open activities and how these activities relate to broader social justice movements.

More information:

Guest: Christina Haralanova
Moderator: Alexandre Enkerli
When: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Espace Fibre, 2665 Rue Augustin-Cantin, Montreal, Quebec H3K 3L1