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Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Global Futures Speaker Series - Eleanor Saitta Event

16:00 - 18:00
9 October 2013
Lecture Theatre B, Eastside Building, Winchester School of Art

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Victoria Walters at .

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On Power and Infrastructure

Infrastructure has always been a way of projecting power into the world, from Roman roads to the Chinese imperial currency system. In the network age, infrastructure is increasingly taking things that were previously human behavior and moving them into formal systems, in what we call soft infrastructure. Infrastructure is especially interesting as a site for activist resistance to oppressive power structures because it is both a site of the intersection of monetary power and state-violence power and a tool for force multiplication. In this talk, I'll explore the intersections between money, power, the rule of law, violence, infrastructure, and the revolution of the tool-makers.


Eleanor Saitta is a hacker, designer, artist, writer, and barbarian. She makes a living and a vocation of understanding how complex, transdisciplinary systems operate and redesigning them to work, or at least fail, better. Among other things, Eleanor is a co-founder of the Trike project ( ) and the Constitutional Analysis Support Team ( ), Technical Director at the International Modern Media Institute ( ), Principal Security Engineer at the Open Internet Tools Project ( ), a member of the advisory board at Geeks Without Bounds ( ), a contributor to the Briar project ( ), and a Senior Security Associate with Stach & Liu ( ). Eleanor is a regular speaker at conferences including the CCC Congress, SigInt, Uncivilization, ToorCon, Knutepunk, and Arse Elektronika. She is nomadic, living mostly in airports and occasionally in New York, London, Stockholm, and Berlin. She can be found at and on Twitter as @dymaxion.

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