For this Reading Room session at Page Not Found, Seda Gürses and Femke Snelting from The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest read and discuss the introduction to ''There is no Software, there are just Services'' by Irina Kaldrack and Martina Leeker.
Please RSVP to participate in this reading session by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject 'Reading Room'. You will receive the introduction to ''There is no Software, there are just Services'', which should be read in preparation.
As a rare critical account of radical changes in software production with huge implications, this text written in 2015 lucidly details a transformation long in the making. As became increasingly clear during lockdowns, public institutions such as hospitals, schools, local libraries and cultural institutions have by now almost without exception outsourced their digital infrastructures to a small handful of Big Tech companies. Interjected by readings from pamphlets, manifestos and zines from critical tech-collectives proposing solidary, queer, non-coercive computational practices, this Reading Room Session will be stretching readers' technical and social imaginaries.
The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest (TITiPI) is a trans-practice gathering of activists, artists, engineers and theorists initiated by Miriyam Aouragh, Seda Gürses, Helen Pritchard and Femke Snelting. Together we convene communities to hold computational infrastructures to account and to create spaces for articulating what technologies in the “public interest” might be when “public interest” is always in-the-making.
This is a free event.
Please note: for seated events we kindly ask you to show a valid proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test result at the entrance, as Page Not Found follows the COVID-19 regulations of the Dutch government. For further information, please visit this website.