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by Jenny Ryan
We are entering an era that calls for an end to scarcity and individualism toward collaboration, communalism and a commons-based economy. Working together with hackers, makers, neotribalists, activists, technologists, and other edgy thinkers, Jenny seeks to create a new kind of ethnography founded in co-creation, mobility and multimodal documentation. Her current efforts are directed towards building the digital infrastructure for the project, as well as preparations for a 6-9 month multidisciplinary field study to initiate direct collaboration with primary partners and establish a network including all involved parties. (thepyre.org)
An incorrigibly nomadic cyberanthropologist gone gonzo, Jenny Ryan recently dropped out of graduate school to more fully tune in to emerging movements rooted in the shared struggle to reclaim the commons, create public spheres through the cultivation of open spaces, and enable direct democracy through principles of federation and open source or Read/Write culture.
Her past research ranges from an extensive ethnography of online social networking (The Virtual Campfire), to digital literacy skills for the 21st century (with Howard Rheingold), to the legal and ethical dimensions of problematic online content (with danah boyd), to posthuman anthropological explorations of how the dead live on online.
In her spare time, she makes websites for her superhero friends, helps to organize an emerging Oakland hackerspace (Sudo Room), and acts as a connector of aligned humans, groups and projects.
Recently Tara wrote a popular post on Forbes about how LA is going to take over the Silicon Valley as the hottest place to run a tech startup. This post received both positive cheers from the LA startup community and guffaws from Silicon Valley. In her talk Tara will talk about the history of the LA tech scene and map out where the startups and money guys (VCs, incubators) are within LA County.
Tara Tiger Brown has designed, developed and led innovative software development projects for 15 years. Her primary focus has always been on excellent user experience, anywhere data access, online communities, and open platforms.
She is currently immersed in a startup she co-founded, Teach Me Stuff, a digital media learning (DML) platform that matches interest-driven learners with mentors and coaches.
Previously she co-founded Noot, a real-time interactive mobile sports game and before that worked at Shazam, Topspin and Microsoft.
In an effort to showcase the soft spoken tech scene in LA, she wrote the Forbes piece Why Los Angeles Will Outpace Silicon Valley As The Tech Startup Capital and is currently working with startups and startup spaces to give LA a louder voice.
What does Twitter have to do with anarchist revolution? More than you might think, even if you think immediately of Egypt and Tunisia. Brian will discuss how the radical demands of the previous generation have been integrated into today's economy, how activism and technology influence one another, and how competing cartographies of power are racing to define the future.
A longtime contributor to the notorious underground publisher CrimethInc., Brian has organized on a national level within the anarchist, anti-globalization, anti-war, and Occupy movements. In the course of the resulting adventures, he has breathed tear gas for days on end, faced felony rioting charges, and lost friends to the bullets of Mexican paramilitaries. Recently he has traveled the Americas and Europe speaking on grass-roots social movements and anti-capitalist strategies, appearing everywhere from the School of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece to the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, but chiefly outside the academy at occupations, social centers, and union halls.
5th May 2012