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//////////////////////////////// Thesis outline #1 [meta draft]

To be able to shield oneself, to persist on detaching and to claim the dignity of remaining invisible.

We clamor for the right to opacity for everyone (Glissant, 1997, p. 194)

Within the realities of scarcity, limitations and imposed turmoils some individuals, collectives and communities manage to stay afloat and sometimes even prevail over distress. In the relatively ‘uneventful’ settings, at least on a surface level, some people go to lengths to dissect the tools they’ve been dealt with and choose to disentangle themselves from a default system in order to gain autonomy as they refuse to participate in the repelling mechanisms. I am focused on social dynamics, tools and tactics implemented in these contexts. This aligns with the points articulated in The Critical Engineering Manifesto (2011) and Feminist Data Manifest-No (2019), FOSS principles and DIY attitudes.

Hackitat (2020) broods over collective efforts of the communities in various parts of the world, dealing with different circumstances: Safecast devised radiation measurement tool to extensively document and map the contamination caused by Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant explosion in 2011 in Japan; isolated mesh network implemented by gamers turned into the vast infrastructure, SNET (StreetNet) maintained by the residents; Planka designated Free Public Transport Day in Sweden, locking subway turnstiles open with tie wraps and creating insurance fund [P-kassan] to cover the ticket fares and fines for the commuters.

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