A Feminist Server
A feminist server • Is a situated technology. She has a sense of context and considers herself part of an ecology of practice • Is run for and by a community that cares enough for her in order to make her exist • Builds on the materiality of software, hardware and the bodies gathered around it • Opens herself to expose processes, tools, sources , habits, patterns • Does not strive for seamlessness. Talk of transparency too often signals that something is being made invisible (Division of labour – the not so fun stuff is made by people – that's a feminisy issue) • Avoids efficiency, ease-of-use, scaleability and immediacy because they can be traps • Knows that networking is actually an awkward, promiscuous and parasitic practice • Is autonomous in the sense that she decides for her own dependencies • Radically questions the conditions for serving and service; experiments with changing client – server relations where she can • Treats technology as part of a social reality • Wants networks to be mutable and read-write accessible • Does not confuse safety with security • Takes the risk of exposing her insecurity • Tries hard not to apologise when she sometimes is not available
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A collective outcome of the constant december meeting in Brussels, December 2013.