Tech for Disobedience

With Julia Kloiber & Elisa Lindinger

03.02.20  10.02.20  24.02.20  02.03.20  09.03.20  16.03.20 

Many mainstream narratives of technology suggest that humanity is dominated by digital systems. Systems that do not work for the people but destroy democracies, undermine human rights and turn citizens into obedient consumers. We are under constant digital surveillance and our data and social graphs are being sold to the highest bidder. What happens when centralized systems dominate our actions? What if autocrat regimes and tech governance converge? How can people stay independent and act in the digital sphere? What are the tools out there to organize and connect communities?

From Hong Kong, to Sudan and Venezuela – Movements and communities across the globe have tried to answer these questions. They have experimented with digital tools for disobedience and developed strategies that help them fight oppression and regain their freedom.

The goal of this course is to get an overview over past and present examples of how technology was used for civic disobedience. We will invite international guest speakers and get insights into their practice. In the second part of the course will work on speculative futures and come up with new tools and concepts.

Julia Kloiber is the co-founder of the Prototype Fund – an open source funding program for social digital innovation and the Superrr Lab – a research and advocacy organization based in Berlin. In her work she develops strategies and concepts for the digital world, explores future narratives and helps to empower emerging leaders and communities. Her focus is on free access to information and the ethical dimensions of technology. In the past 10 years she has worked with Mozilla, Ashoka and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Elisa Lindinger works at the intersection of technology, the arts and the humanities. She is the Co-Founder of Superrr Lab (, a Berlin-based research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the ethical use of technology and the empowerment of people. Her current research ( focuses on Open Digital Infrastructure, and how social practices, norms and values within tech communities shape its development.