Friday, July 4, 2008

borderLands hackLab

The borderLands hackLab is based in San Diego, California. Our goals are to:
* provide technology for radical groups in san diego
* work towards technical self-sufficiency within our radical community
* challenge the tradition of racism, sexism and homophobia in technical education
* educate people about free software ideals and the usage of free software
* utilize our privilege as people in the U.S. to share technology with people who don't have the same level of access
Generally, their goals are to create more radical technology in san diego and provide tech solidarity abroad, specifically to the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico.
The borderlands hacklab is a network of hackers, artists and activists in the San Diego/Tijuana border region. They are creating a space for autonomous technology, that is, technology within autonomous social movements, operating outside of the State or the traditional forms of the left such as political parties or unions. When they say radical above, they generally mean anti-capitalist, anti-war and anti-authoritarian, or pro-decentralization of power.
From the Jargon File: "hacker: n. [originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe] 1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. RFC1392, the Internet Users' Glossary, usefully amplifies this as: A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular...
6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example.
7. One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations."

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