Pretty Good Podcast Live at DRAPAC23 is a special episode series of Pretty Good Podcast, recorded live at the Digital Rights Asia Pacific Assembly in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last May 22 to 26, 2023.
Together with hundreds of changemakers from a broad range of sectors who have come together to build knowledge, collaboration, and momentum on Digital Rights and the Asia-Pacific, this series features a number of DRAPAC23 participants working across pressing digital rights issues in the region.
In this episode of PGP Live at DRAPAC23, Numun Fund’s Information and Knowledge Systems Choreographer Syar S. Alia delves into the organisation’s exploration of feminist tech and prioritising equitable, accessible, and safe technology for all. Syar also discusses highlights from the organisation’s research uncovering shared concerns in the global south, such as freedom from online gender-based violence, knowledge accessibility, and tech infrastructure development.
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About Numun Fund: Numun is the Sumerian word for “seed.” The Numun Fund is created to provide initial support and sustainability required within technological infrastructures for feminist activism, organisations, and movements. The Numun Fund aims to help shift power and resources to feminist and women/trans-led groups, organisations and networks that use technology to advance social justice. Their mission centers around promoting joyful, safe, and un-intimidating tech experiences, propelling the industry towards a more inclusive future.
- With the goal of exploring alternative forms of technology, Syar shared about Numun Fund’s DRAPAC23 session playlab on a matrix instance called matrix.feminist.tech, which allowed participants to have a better understanding of what a ‘matrix’ is.
- A matrix is used to “describe systems of linear equations” and is applied in the field of computer science. Syar describes a matrix as a “universe that aims to connect all the various platforms we use to communicate with each other in an easier way”. During the playlab, a participant shared how they used a local matrix instance in a rural community and found it easier to use than corporate platforms.
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