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Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto, by Joichi Ito, 2017

Joichi Ito's Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto refuses infinite, exponential growth, computational absolutism, and techno-utopianism. Ito rather prefers participant design, or, "interconnected, complex, self-adaptive systems across scales and dimensions that are unknowable and largely inseparable from the observer and the designer." Design, Participant Design

Afrosurreal Manifesto, by D. Scot Miller, 2009

D. Scot Miller's manifesto argues that "excess as the only legitimate means of subversion, and hybridization as a form of disobedience" in his Afrosurreal Manifesto. His manifesto results in a contrarian and fluid concept of black life that manifests in a rococo aesthetic.

Participatory Conflict, by the Digital Manifesto Archive Collective, 2016

How might multimodal composition mirror democracy’s inherent conflicts? Our goal is to offer a concept of multimodal composition that invites political tension in the strata of its tools, but also in the rhetorical space they create. What would it mean to uncover and nurture modes of political conflict that are coextensive with our tools for political speech? How might we make political conflic... Conflict, Multimodality

The AnarchoHacker Manifesto, 1999

The AnarchoHacker Manifesto outlines both an politics and ethos descriptive of anarchohacking. It advocates for knowledge's free dissemination across the web and beyond. Anarchohacking

Manifesto for an Active Archive, by Constant in Collaboration with Arteleku, 2006

The Manifesto for an Active Archive reimagines archives and archival work as collaborative, decentralized, and active. It imagines new paths toward ownership over archived content, distribution, and promotion. archive

Denton Declaration: An Open Data Manifesto, 2012

The Denton Declaration is a collaboratively produced document that establishes invaluable standards for research data management. It valorizes open access and open source technologies, while also compelling the development of a communitarian consciousness of one's research and academic practice. Open, Access

A Summary of My Work Modes and Objectives, by Norman White, 1991

Written by Norman White, a Texas-born Canadian New Media Artist, "A Summary of My Works and Objectives" is a profound articulation of a tinkerers ethos. It forefronts the principles of what we now call "critical making" as it favors handcraft and the temporal variability of technological devices in the present. Critical Making, Tinkering

Critical Code Studies, by Mark C. Marino, 2006

Mark C. Marino's "Critical Code Studies" is the foundation of contemporary scholarship that analyzes code "as a text, as a sign system with its own rhetoric, [and] as verbal communication that possesses significance in excess of its functional utility." The primary characteristic of Marino's "Critical Code Studies" is that one apply critical hermeneutics to the interpretation of code and contex... Critical, Code

We Look Like Professors, Too, by Sarah B. Pritchard, Adeline Koh, & Michelle Moravec, 2015

Sara B. Pritchard, Adeline Koh, & Michelle Moravec's "We Look Like Professors, Too," explains the activist DH origin of #ILookLikeAProfessor and further articulates the importance of its use. "We Look Like Professors, Too" opposes bias and stereotyping by giving a face to the radical shift the professoriate has undergone over the past half century, calling on readers to recognize how the "civil... #ILookLikeAProfessor

Maker Manifesto: Maker Faire Africa

The "Maker Manifesto: Maker Faire Africa" announces the African maker community and calls for sustainable acts of making that benefit the entire continent. Making, Critical

Design Fiction's Odd Present vs. Science Fiction's Near Future, by Julian Bleecker

Julian Bleecker's "Design Fiction's Odd Present vs. Science Fiction's Near Future" proposes that Design Fiction supplant typical Science-Fiction narratives with diegetic prototypes--actual objects that test an idea. Critical Making, Design Fiction

Introducing Adversarial Design, by Carl DiSalvo

Carl DiSalvo's "Introducing Adversarial Design" calls for design practices based on agonism. His desire in this text to politicize design, but also to be specific about the politics of design, charting a path forward for thinking design and politics in tandem. Critical Making, Adversarial Design

Power of Making, by Daniel Charny, 2011

Daniel Charny's "Power of Making" manifesto hopes for a new Industrial Revolution of making predicated on everyone's ability to make. Critical Making, The Power of Making

The Critical Engineering Manifesto, by Julian Oliver, Gordan Savicic, & Danja Vasiliev, 2011

"The Critical Engineering Manifesto" espouses a kind of "critical maker" ethos that attempts to limit our dependency on seamless digital experiences. Insofar as "each work of engineering engineers its user," the role of the Critical Engineer is to deconstruct the means of our dependency on all forms of technology. Critical Making, Critical Engineering

Theses on Making in the Digital Age, by Michael Dieter & Geert Lovink

Michael Dieter & Geert Lovink's "Theses on Making in the Digital Age" combines an anti-capitalist ethos with the prototypical and protocological dimensions of maker culture. Dieter & Lovink focus on production rather than political negativity here, asking technophiles and political activists alike to error on the side of making rather than destruction. The Digital Humanities, Critical Making

Metamodernist Manifesto, by Luke Turner, 2011

Luke Turner's "Metamodernist Manifesto" attempts to define and embody the contradictory spirit of the digital age. By proposing a pragmatic romanticism for all forms of digital interaction, Turner valorizes a "scientific-poetic" synthesis in and for all contemporary forms of life. Digital Aesthetics, Metamodernism

Manifesto for the Gynecene – Sketch of a New Geological Era, by Alexandra Pirici & Raluca Voinea, 2015

The "Manifesto for the Gynecene – Sketch of a New Geological Era" is an eight point provocation. It calls for the Gynecene, a feminine cultural principle that works to overturn institutionalized violence in the form of: domination, exploitation, slavery, colonialism, profit, exclusion, monarchy, oligarchy, mafia, & religious wars. Gynecene, Cyberfeminisms

Open Web Index Manifesto, by Prof. Dr. Dirk Lewandowski Hochschule

The "Open Web Index Manifesto" is a call to pluralize and reinvent the search engine across Europe. Prof. Dr. Dirk Lewandowski, the manifesto's author, argues for open access to information distributed across the web. Open Access, Big Data

The 3D Additivist Manifesto, by Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, with sound design from Andrea Young

"The 3D Additivist Manifesto" is an accelerationist call to arms, valorizing subversive practices of making in and across a diversity of anthropomorphized milieus. Citing disciplines and practices as varied as anarchist environmental anthropology, 3D printing, hacking, and body modification as possible modes of resistance, additivism proposes to move human beings to "to an aftermath whence all ... 3D Additivism, Making

Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation, by Laboria Cuboniks

Laboria Cuboniks manifesto, "Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation," calls for a complex concept of gender abolition and "offensive" social change. Cyberfeminism, Digital Feminisms, Gender Abolition

Gens: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism, by Laura Bear, Karen Ho, Anna Tsing & Sylvia Yanagisako, 2015

The authors of "Gens: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism" define Gens as "s collective with feminist ancestry for the study of capitalist inequality." The "Gens Manifesto" aims to challenge the means by which capital produces and represents "non-capitalist" institutions, especially those related to gender and kinship. Digital Feminisms, Capitalism

The Gonzo Manifesto, by RageBoy®, 1997

In RageBoy®'s "Gonzo Manifesto," RageBoy® espouses a Hunter S. Thompson-like approach to the Internet called Gonzo Business Management. RageBoy®'s intent is to unsettle and disrupt the commodification of the Internet, as well as the social practices that make its commodification possible. Gonzo Business Management, RageBoy®

Science Fiction Manifesto, by Jeff Noon, 2015

Jeff Noon's "Science Fiction Manifesto" is comprised of twenty-six tweets. Noon accounts for the science fiction genre's mutability and plays with its dominant modes of articulation, using Twitter to take stock of the genre's present and future. Twitter, Science Fiction, Jeff Noon

Interview with Geert Lovink -- The ABC of Tactical Media & Workspace Manifesto

Matt Applegate & Izzy To interview Geert Lovink about his coauthored "ABC of Tactical Media" & "Workspace Manifesto," the manifesto genre, and authorship. Tactical Media, Geert Lovink, The ABC of Tactical Media, The Workspace Manifesto, Digital Manifesto

The Hacktivismo Declaration, by Cult of the Dead Cow, 2001

The authors of "The Hacktivismo Declaration" oppose state-sponsored Internet censorship and proclaim the universal right to freedom of expression. Appealing to both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Cult of the Dead Cow and HACTIVISMO propose to extend and maintain these rights to all people, across the globe. Hacking, Internet Access, Cult of the Dead Cow

The Cybertwee Manifesto, by gabriella hileman, violet forest, and may waver, 2014

"The Cybertwee Manifesto" valorizes emotion, empathy, and sentimentality as it also affirms a technologized vision of the body. Its author(s) are fragmented and multifaceted bbs. Cyberfeminism, Cybertwee, May Waver

HotWired FAQ, 1994

"HotWired FAQ" functions as a manifesto for the HotWired platform. Distributed in 1994, HotWired envisioned an entirely new media experience the would facilitate novel forms of user interaction and limited commercial influence. Internet Access, HotWired Magazine

Negro Electro, by Max Eternity, 2010

In his "Negro Electro" manifesto, Max Eternity develops the artistic principles and digital imperatiives of a new art movement. Claiming that "Negro Electro" is a new genre that develops from the "American Negro Diaspora," Max Eternity theorizes "Negro Electro" as force of liberation. Digital Diaspora, Negro Electro

Interview with Professor McKenzie Wark - A Hacker Manifesto

Matt Applegate & Izzy To interview McKenzie Wark, Professor of Media and Culture @ the New School, about his "Hacker Manifesto," the manifesto genre, and the struggle to liberate information. Hacking, McKenzie Wark, A Hacker Manifesto

Wages for Facebook, by Laurel Ptak, 2014

Laurel Ptak's "Wages for Facebook" is a Marxist-feminist manifesto that demands payment from Facebook for use. Playing off of Facebook's 'friending' use pattern, Ptak ultimately argues for the dissolution of all wages and the rediscovery of friendship as an anti-capitalist mode of relation. Digital Labor, Wages, Facebook

'Borderhack' Festival a Call to Action, by Annaliza Savage, 2000

'Borderhack' Festival a Call to Action is a description of the 2000 Borderhack festival at the US/Mexico border. It offers several excerpts from the festival's "Borderhack! Manifesto," and links hacking and activism beyond the digital interface. hacktivism, Digital Diaspora, Borderhack

Happy Hacking 2015 Manifesto

The "Happy Hacking 2015 Manifesto" is a call to revive curiosity and collaboration online in 2015. The authors of the manifesto criticize world governments for criminalizing hacking while at the same time approriating their criminal status. #SailSafeMotherFuckers! Anonymous, Hacking

New Clues, by Doc Searls & David Weinberger, 2015

"New Clues" is a follow-up to the 1999 "Cluetrain Manifesto." Written by Doc Searls & David Weinberger, "New Clues" offers new categories to think Internet-based communication (the fools, the the marauders, & the horde) and supports a more creative and open Internet. Digital Markets

The Cluetrain Manifesto, by Christopher Locke, David Weinberger, Doc Searls, & Rick Levine, 1999

The authors of "The Cluetrain Manifesto" developed 95 theses to describe digital markets and call new these new markets into existence. Focused on communication between consumers and organizations, Christopher Locke, David Weinberger, Doc Searls, & Rick Levine claim that the Internet facilitates unprecedented human-to-human interaction. Digital Markets

Interview with Rosa Menkman - Glitch Studies Manifesto

Matt Applegate & Izzy To interview Rosa Menkman about her "Glitch Studies Manifesto," digital aesthetics, and the politics of digital life. Glitch Art, Rosa Menkman, Glitch Studies

The Virtual Barrio @ The Other Frontier (or the Chicano interneta) 1997

Guillermo Gómez-Peña's "The Virtual Barrio @ The Other Frontier (or the Chicano interneta) 1997" includes the first draft of his manifesto: "Remapping Cyberspace." Here, Gómez-Peña develops six imperatives for claiming and reterritorializing cyberspace for Chicano artists and "Third World" populations alike. Remapping Cyberspace, Digital Disaporas

eBlack Studies Manifesto, 2008

Sponsored by the African-American Studies Department @ the University of Illinois Urbana, the "eBlack Studies Manifesto" defines eBlack studies as "the ongoing application of current digital information technology towards the production, dissemination, and collection of historical knowledge critical to the discipline of Black Studies and to the overall black experience." The authors also outlin... Digital Preservation, eBlack Studies

Manifesto for Bad Subjects in Cyberspace, by the Bad Subjects Production Team, 1995

The Bad Subjects Production Team, authors of the "Manifesto for Bad Subjects in Cyberspace," are primarily concerned with communal production and relations in cyberspace. Reminding the reader that cyberspace is malleable and unpredictable, the Bad Subjects Production Team desire to create a digital space that opposes both liberal communal institutions and the exploitative forces of capital. Digital Communities, Digital Diaspora


In their "REFUGIA: MANIFESTO FOR BECOMING AUTUNOMOUS ZONES (BAZ)," subRosa theorizes a 'refugia' as both a cyberfeminist and ecological practice. Spatially oriented and politically charged, a refugia is an autonomous zone that opposes capital, privatization, and exploitation. Cyberfeminism, subRosa, Autonomous Zones

"A Manifesto for Do-It-Yourself-Internet-of-Things Creation," by Dries De Roeck, Karin Slegers, Johan Criel, Marc Godon, Laurence Claeys,Katriina Kilpi, & An Jacobs

"A Manifesto for Do-It-Yourself-Internet-of-Things Creation" outlines thirteen imperatives for digital design and creation. Importantly, this manifesto theorizes the Internet of Things outside of corporate contexts and control. Digital Design, Internet of Things

Interview with Dr. Yuk Hui - The Archivist Manifesto

Matt Applegate & Izzy To interview Dr. Yuk Hui, Postdoctoral Reseacher at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, about his "Archivist Manifesto," digital archives, and digital objects. Digital Archives, Yuk Hui, Archivist Manifesto

The Monstercat Manifesto, 2014

The authors of "The Monstercat Manifesto" advocate for an open access and user-based economy of music.

A Cyberpunk Manifesto, by @transceiverfreq, 2011

The author of "A Cyberpunk Manifesto" builds on the cyberpunk ethos, claiming that information wants to be free and that we are inseparable from technology. Cyberpunk, Open Access

Interview: Jeffrey Schnapp, Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures @ Harvard University, Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Matt Applegate and Izzy To interview Professor Jeffrey Schnapp about his coauthored "Digital Humanities Manifesto," the Digital Humanities, and collaborative academic projects. The Digital Humanities

Manifesto: We Are FemTechNet

The "We Are FemTechNet" manifesto outlines the FemTech network's stance on cyberfeminism, feminist academic hacktivism, and feminist technologies. FemTechNet, Cyberfeminsim

Media Ecology: The Effects of Emergence, by Alex Ross & Patrick Collins, 2011

Alex Ross & Patrick Collins' "Media Ecology: The Effects of Emergence" argues that media compose a complex ecosystem. This ecosystem is in constant flux. At times, media allows us to 'think freely.' At other times, media are captured by institutional and corporate interest that obscure free thought. Media Ecology, New Media

A Manifesto for Music Technologists, by Nancy Baym, 2014

In her "A Manifesto for Music Technologists," Nancy Baym argues that music technologies can function as means of world-building. Her manifesto is thus a point of connection, allowing like-minded music technologists to connect and produce better worlds.

"10 Reasons Academics Should Start Writing Buzzfeed Articles," by Mark C. Marino, 2014

Mark C. Marino's "10 Reasons Academics Should Start Writing Buzzfeed Articles" functions as an example of and call for the reinvention of academic publishing. Using Buzzfeed's 'listicle' as a new model of academic publishing, Marino works to upset the formal processes through which academics write and share ideas. Digital Composition, Academic Publishing

GNU Manifesto, by Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman's "GNU Manifesto" outlines his desire to create a new computer operating system and disseminate it for free. Both an intervention in creative software design and open access, once GNU is acquired, users are entitled to four freedoms: "The freedom to run the program as you wish; the freedom to copy the program and give it away to your friends and co-workers; the freedom to chang... Open Access, GNU

The #TwitterEthics Manifesto, by Dorothy Kim & Eunsong Kim, 2014

Dorothy Kim & Eunsong Kim's "#TwitterEthics Manifesto" focuses on the representation of, interaction with, and abuse of women on social media, particularly Twitter. Functioning as a manifesto for both digital feminism and digital composition, Kim & Kim focus the "#TwitterEthics Manifesto" on rhetorical, ethical, and economic solutions to violence against women online. Digital Feminism, Social Media, Twitter

Cyberpunk Manifesto, by orgullo

orgullo's "Cyberpunk Manifesto" is a visual articulation of cyberpunk philosophy and ethics.

A New Cyberpunk Manifesto: A Rhapsodist Editorial, by Alex Willging, 2012

Alex Willging's "A New Cyberpunk Manifesto: A Rhapsodist Editorial" outlines the present conditions from which new cyberpunk literature is written. Willging argues that new cyberpunk literature must account for the dissolution of digital privacy altogether, as well as the relation of negative affect to the production of everyday life. Cyberpunk, Literature

Cyberpunk Manifesto, by d. Pretorius, 2011

d. Pretorius's "Cyberpunk Manifesto" is a visual remix of Christian A. Kirtchev's 1997 "Cyberpunk Manifesto." As d. Pretorius writes: "The film itself is [a] manifesto about some of the cyberpunk principals I find most relevant for society today."

Mondo 2000 Manifesto, 1989

The authors of the "Mondo 2000 Manifesto" outline the ethos of Mondo 2000 magazine--a publication dedicated to documenting and sharing the development of digital culture. Published throughout the 1990's, Mondo 2000 helped develop the now prevalent cyberpunk subculture. Digital Culture, Mondo 2000

RiP: A Remix Manifesto, by Brett Gaylor, 2008

"Rip: A Remix Manifesto" is an open source documentary on issues of copyright. The documentary was written and directed by Brett Gaylor. Creative Commons, Copyright, Copyleft

EDM Culture: An Incomplete Manifesto For The Modern DJ, by Chris Alker, 2013

In his "EDM Culture: An Incomplete Manifesto For The Modern DJ," Chris Alker offers 30 propositions for the production and performance of electronic dance music. Electronic Dance Music

Your Social Media is Owned by Advertisers

"Your Social Media is Owned by Advertisers" is a manifesto that describes Ello, a social media platform that proclaims to be private, ad-free, and empowering. Social Media, Digital Communities

The Priceless Music Project Manifesto, 2014

"The Priceless Music Project Manifesto" offers a brief history of the technologies that preserve music and their coincident privatization. The authors of this manifesto ultimately outline five principles of music preservation and dissemination, arguing that music should be easy to access and that its price should be determined by the user. Digital Music

"ARTtech 2009: Revisiting the Cyborg Manifesto," by Maria Candia, 2009

Maria Candia's presentation, "ARTtech 2009: Revisiting the Cyborg Manifesto," interprets and repurposes Donna Harraway's Cyborg Manifesto. She addresses issues related to cyberpunk, cyberfeminism, and literature. Cyborgs, Cyberfeminism

Notes Toward a Postcyberpunk Manifesto, by Lawrence Person, 1999

In his "Notes Toward a Postcyberpunk Manifesto," Lawrence Person offers a genealogy of cyberpunk literature and culture. Further, Person describes the literary and ideological differences between cyberpunk and postcyberpunk, marking a new evolution in the culture's genealogy. Cyberpunk, Postcyberpunk

Towards a New Classical Music Culture, by eidelyn, 2011

"Towards a New Classical Music Culture" is a manifesto that addresses the politics surrounding the contemporary 'crisis' in classical music. As a whole, the manifesto is a reformist document that emphasizes new electronic approaches to the creation of classical music. Electronic Music, Classical Music

A Manifesto For The Original Art Form Of Electronic Dance Music Production, by A Guy Called Gerald, 2012

The author of "A Manifesto For The Original Art Form Of Electronic Dance Music Production" develops the concept of the 'True School,' an ethics for electronic music creation. In line with other manifestos concerned with the future of music, "A Manifesto For The Original Art Form Of Electronic Dance Music Production" advocates for a collaborative approach to music production. Electronic Music

Manifesto, by thesuper, 2014

Manifesto, by thesuper, is an 8-bit demo that both features 8-bit aesthetics and criticizes low-fi Internet technologies. Digital Aesthetics, 8-bit

A New Manifesto for New Music, by Adam Harper, 2013

In his "A New Manifesto for New Music," Adam Harper argues for the reinvention of music in the face of the 'illusion of completeness.' By claiming that 'the ask of music is never completed or made permanent,' Harper ultimately theorizes noise and creative destruction as possible future horizons of musical creation. Creative Destruction, Music

Excerpts from the Shit-Fi Manifesto, by Stuart Schrader

The "Shit-Fi Manifesto" explores the political economy of 'bad music.' The term 'shit-fi' refers to music that is either too bizarre or too poorly crafted to conform to typical standards for good and beautiful music. Digital Music, Shit-fi

The Postdigital Manifesto, by Rasmus Fleischer, 2009

"The Postdigital Manifesto" is a collection of propositions that theorize the 'abundance of music.' The manifesto focuses on music's common circulation among listeners and producers. Musical Abundance, Postdigital

Manifesto for a Post-Digital Interface Criticism, by Christian Ulrik Andersen & Søren Pold, 2014

The authors of the "Manifesto for a Post-Digital Interface Criticism" offer six propositions for understanding the function of the interface in a post-digital context. The Digital Humanities, Interface Theory

Independent Music Manifesto, by Steve Lawson, 2009

In his "Independent Music Manifesto," Steve Lawson argues that as the future of music becomes more digitized, the cost of producing music should drop. With piracy in mind, Lawson is intent on preserving an artist's right to remuneration for their artwork in the midst of changing digital landscapes. Piracy, Independent Music

The Future of Music Manifesto, by The Future of Music Coalition, 2000

The authors of "The Future of Music Manifesto" attempt to preserve artists' rights and profit interests in the face of new digital technologies. Piracy, Profit

Manifesto for Electronic Music, by Rafael Toral, 2012

In his "Manifesto for Electronic Music," Rafael Toral argues for electronic music's cultural emancipation, characterized by "the appreciation of a genre by its formal, aesthetic and spiritual characteristics, regardless of the type of instrumental resources used." Cultural Emancipation, Electronic Music

Manifesto for Futurist Musicians, by Balilla Pratella

In her "Manifesto for Futurist Musicians," Balilla Pratella argues that mediocrity and ignorance dominate musical production and composition. Pratella's claim to Futurism, then, is a call for musical experimentation, communal production, and the rejection of history. Digital Music

A Manifesto for Music Technologies, 2014

The authors of "A Manifesto for Music Technologies" frame music as a means of world-making. They argue that new music technologies should be open and available to the largest possible audience. They also refuse the monopolization of new music technologies by large corporations. Open Access, Digital Music

Manifesto for a Ludic Century, by Eric Zimmerman, 2013

In his "Manifesto for a Ludic Century," Eric Zimmerman describes how digital technologies give games new relevance. While games feature new design elements, platforms for literacy, and provide entertainment, Zimmerman underscores the character of play at work in contemporary games, compelling his readers to explore and experiment with the very digital systems that have come to define our lives. Gaming, Digital Design

Our Manifesto (The League of Moveable Type)

In their coauthored manifesto, The League of Moveable type argues for open source and open access typeface. It asks designers to consider giving design products away for free in order to create a community that is based on shared knowledge and circulation, rather than individualized knowledge and privatization. Open Access, Digital Design, Open Source

The Telekommunist Manifesto, by Dmytri Kleiner

Dmytri Kleiner's "Telekommunist Manifesto" trades on Marx & Engels' Communist Manifesto, arguing that communist principles be adapted to meet the demands of a technologized world. Kleiner develops novel concepts like venture communism and copyfarleft to enact these communist principles in the present. Digital Communism, Copyleft, Copyfarleft, Venture Communism

Manifesto for the Digital Humanities, Mikael Cixous Mikael, 2010

This manifesto is a poster version of the "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities" produced in France, 2010 at a THATCamp event. The Digital Humanities

Linux Manifesto, Linus Torvalds with Boot Magazine, 1998

The "Linux Manifesto" features an interview between Linus Torvalds and Boot Magazine. It describes the creation and dissemination of the Linux platform, open source issues, and Torvalds' thoughts on Microsoft. Digital Design, Linux

The Onlife Manifesto, European Commission

"The Onlife Manifesto" is the European Commission's plan to redefine democratic relations and rights from a virtual standpoint by 2020. Internet Freedom, Digital Democracy

Data and Control--A Digital Manifesto, by Wolfgang Pietsch

This excerpt from Wolfgang Pietsch's "Data and Control--A Digital Manifesto" calls for the democratic supervision of 'big data.' Digital Democracy, Big Data

Solarpunk: Towards a Manifesto, by Adam Flynn, 2014

Adam Flynn's "Solarpunk: Towards a Manifesto" foments resistance to the 'tyrannies of the present' at the level of infrastructure. Solarpunk functions as a new 'punk' ethos, one that is, on its own account, more affirmative than cyberpunk, and one that is more progressive than steampunk. Solar Punk

Cyberpunk Manifesto, by Gareth Branwyn, 1991

Gareth Branwyn's "Cyberpunk Manifesto" is one of the earliest of its kind. It describes a world in which individual computer users wield a novel power rooted in open source and open access movements. Cyberpunk, Open Access, Transhumanism

WorkSpace Manifesto, by Pit Schultz & Geert Lovink, 1997

In their coauthored WorkSpace Manifesto, Pit Schultz and Geert Lovink theorize the novel capabilities of the 'digital manifesto,' surpassing analog iterations of the genre before it. Perhaps the Workspace Manifesto's most important contribution to contemporary political discourse is its claim that the digital manifesto is a fundamentally anarchic product, refusing absolute power beyond digital ... Digital Composition, Anti-Authoritarianism

Notes on Manifesto-ism, by John Hutnyk, 1997

John Hutnyk's "Notes on Manifesto-ism" draws parallels between Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto and contemporary information environments like the Internet. Digital Composition, Digital Communication

The Piran Nettime Manifesto, 1997

Written in Slovenia and distributed via Nettime, the authors of the "The Piran Nettime Manifesto" call for an open Internet, declaring an information war against those that would profit from Internet technologies. Open Access, Anti-Capitalism, Open Source

The Birth of Way New Journalism, by Josh Quittner

Josh Quittner's "The Birth of Way New Journalism" describes the tension that emerged between individual authors (journalists) and 'Big Media' (News Corporations) with the popularization of online writing. At the time the manifesto was written, journalists realized that they could publish what they wanted, when they wanted, with the advent of the Internet. On the other hand, journalists recogniz... Digital Composition, Digital Journalism

We, the Web Kids, by Piotr Czerski, (translated by Marta Szreder), 2012

"We, the Web Kids" gives voice to the 'online' generation. Although it was written in Poland, it describes a generational ethos that extends to all those who were early adopters of the Internet. Anti-Capitalism, Open Source

The Anti-Web Manifesto 2.0, by Andrew Keen, 2007

In his "The Anti-Web Manifesto 2.0," Andrew Keen critiques digital utopianism by way of Frankfurt School critical theory. It concludes by focusing on four keywords inherent to digital utopianism, all of which should be critiqued and opposed: a) author b) audience c) community d) elitism. Critical Theory, Digital Utopianism

The Cape Town Open Education Declaration, by The Open Society Institute (OSI) and the Shuttleworth Foundation, 2007

The authors of "The Cape Town Open Education Declaration" call for the proliferation of open and collaborative educational spaces that are motivated by new technologies. It develops three propositions which demand that education be freed from corporate interest at every level. Digital Humanities, Open Source

Undaddy Mainframe, by Soda_Jerk, 2014

"Undaddy Mainframe" reworks and represents VNS Matrix's 1991 "A Cyberfeminist Manifesto" for the 21st Century. Digital Feminism

Ancient Marginalia: The Watershed Manifesto, by Corey Pressman, 2013

Corey Pressman's "Ancient Marginalia: The Watershed Manifesto" details what he terms 'post-book opportunities' with the advent of digital technology. Post-book artifacts share five characteristics: 1) multifarious content. 2) Fluidity over fixity. 3) Sensuality over monosensual experience. 4) Multiple content streams. 5) Dynamic and social marginalia. Digital Composition, Post-book

A Manifesto for the Video Essay

The author of "A Manifesto for the Video Essay" develops sixteen theses for producing essays with film. Digital Composition, Video

The Cyborganic Manifesto, by Jenny Cool, 1995

In her "The Cyborganic Manifesto," Jenny Cool coarticulates the technological and organic capacities inherent to human life. Digital Anthropology


The authors of "Media Art Needs Global Networked Organisation & Support – International Declaration" advocate for the preservation of media art. It calls for the creation of international funding structures and institutional support to meet this growing need. Media Archaeology, Digital Preservation

The BradLand Manifesto, or, Why I Weblog, by Brad L. Graham, 1999

"The BradLand Manifesto, or, Why I Weblog" is the personal narrative and desiderata of an early weblogger, Brad. It advocates for the use of blogging as a means of experimentation, self-publishing, and community building. Blogging, Digital Composition

The Public Domain Manifesto, by Members of COMMUNIA Working Group 6, 2010

The authors of "The Public Domain Manifesto" seek to limit copyright protection in favor of a public domain of free circulating and easy to access information. Open Access, Copyright

The Digital Libraries Manifesto, by Gruppo di studio sulle biblioteche digitali, 2005

The authors of "The Digital Libraries Manifesto" describe what digital libraries are and how they work. Written prior to the broad adoption of Dublin Core Metadata Standards, this manifesto describes the structure, organization, and function of digital archives. Digital Literacy, Digital Preservation

IFLA/UNESCO Manifesto for Digital Libraries, 2014

The authors of the "IFLA/UNESCO Manifesto for Digital Libraries" advocate for the preservation of digital objects. They describe what qualifies as a digital library and who can produce one. Media Archaeology, Digital Preservation

Manifesto of the Pirate Party of Germany, by The Pirate Party of Germany, 2012

The authors of the "Manifesto of the Pirate Party of Germany" attempt to maximize democratic participation by freeing digital spaces from both corporate and government foreclosure. Open Access, Open Source

Our Manifesto (Pirate Party of Canada), by Pirate Party of Canada, 2014

The authors of "Our Manifesto" work to define digital privacy as a human right. Further, they advocate for social change at the parliamentary level, compelling governments to create and maintain democratized digital spaces. Open Access, Open Source

The Pirate Party Manifesto, by The Pirate Party UK, 2012

"The Pirate Party Manifesto" is the UK's contribution to a worldwide political movement that theorizes the development of future civil liberties and rights as coextensive concerns in physical and digital worlds. "The Pirate Party Manifesto" is perhaps the most comprehensive of its kind. Open Access, Piracy, Open Source

Mutation Manifesto Part I & II

Orryelle's "Mutation Manifesto Part I & II" meditates on our capacity to mutate. The manifesto focuses specifically on our ability to incorporate other parts of nature and new technologies into our lives and bodies. Transhumanism, Digital Aesthetics

Manifesto of the Obsolete: Photo/sculpture Project, by Sketchy Doodler, 2014

Manifesto of the Obsolete: Photo/sculpture Project By Sketchy Doodler Manifesto of the Obsolete Henceforth we will not go blindly into the dump. We will not be subjugated to the recycling bin or thrift store. We will sustain ourselves, and not let our young fall victim to your mediocre propagation practices. We will rise, and we will endure. PS: Be afraid, be very afraid, we are... Media Archaeology, Digital Aesthetics

Free Font Manifesto, by Ellen Lupton, 2006

In her "Free Font Manifesto," Ellen Lupton advocates for free and open source typeface. Digital Composition, Digital Design, Open Source

A Technofeminist Manifesto, by Sara Lemmermeyer

"A Technofeminist Manifesto" is a concept film that advocates for women's production of and participation in online communities. This manifesto hails digital technologies as powerful platforms for women's autonomy and self-expression. technofeminism

Nearlyologist Manifesto, by Jia Yu-Corti & Chris Meade

The authors of the "Nearlyologist Manifesto" attempt to define new conditions of authorship in the digital age. Where new media technologies allow for anonymous and pseudonymous identities to take shape in digital space, they also allow for individuals to 'become near' to an infinite set of desires and possible modes of expression. Nearlyology is the coarticulation of these identities and desir... Digital Composition, Nearlyology

A [S]creed for Digital Fiction, by Alice Bell (Sheffield Hallam), Astrid Ensslin (Bangor), Dave Ciccoricco (Otago), Hans Rustad (Hedmark), Jess Laccetti (Grant MacEwan) & Jessica Pressman (Yale), 2010

"A [S]creed for Digital Fiction" is not technically a manifesto, but rather a creed for the screen. Functionally speaking, "A [S]creed for Digital Fiction" contains a list of terms and positions, prompting the reader to consider the networked connections that make digital fiction possible. Digital Composition, Digital Fiction

Notes Toward a Feminist Futurist Manifesto, by Sarah Kember, 2012

In her "Notes Toward a Feminist Futurist Manifesto," Sarah Kember critiques the coarticulation of feminism and futurism (i.e., moral claims to technological advancement). Most importantly, she advances a theory of 'post-cyborgian storytelling.' cyberfeminisms

On the Virtues of Preexisting Material, by Rick Prelinger, 2007

In his "On the Virtues of Preexisting Material," Rick Prelinger develops fourteen imperatives for documenting and archiving media. Focused on archives in particular, Prelinger underscores the notion that archives are defined by use, rather than simple preservation. Media Archaeology

"We Should All Be Feminists," by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2013

In her TED Talk, "We Should All Be Feminists," Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie argues for the denaturalization of masculinity in favor of a feminist ethic, socially, politically, and culturally. Focused on Nigeria in particular, "We Should All Be Feminists" offers unique insight into questions of gender and sex in an increasingly globalized world. Feminism

MOOC Manifesto, 2013

The author(s) of the "MOOC Manifesto" outlines twenty three directives for organizing and teaching in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) format. Digital Humanities, Online Teaching, MOOCs

A Manifesto for MMORPG Design, 2002

The author(s) of "A Manifesto for MMORPG Design" outlines eleven key principles and a large glossary of gameplay for the design of MMORPG's (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). Gaming, Digital Design

I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living, by Grimes, 2013

On April 23, 2013, Canadian musician and artist Grimes published a manifesto on her tumblr, stating that she refuses to be infantilized, sexualized, molested, or treated as an object. Her manifesto is an important contribution to digitally based dialogues about feminism, gender, and sex. cyberfeminisms

Manifesto Against SOPA/PIPA, by Alex Lindsay, 2012

Alex Lindsay's "Manifesto Against SOPA/PIPA" attempts to combat the corporatization and foreclosure of Internet freedom by establishing an 'Internet Protection Fund.' By functioning as a PAC (Political Action Committee), Lindsay's IPF would "use every legal means to attack those who would attack us." SOPA, PIPA, Net Neutrality

ADF Manifesto, 2010

The "ADF (Anti-Design Festival) Manifesto" accompanied a UK-based design event meant to challenge professional and disciplinary norms concerning the practice of digital design. Opposed to the reduction of design to profitability, the authors of the "ADF Manifesto" challenge its readers to "design dangerously." Digital Design, Anti-Design

Ghost Manifesto, by Francesca da Rimini, 1998

Francesca da Rimini's "Ghost Manifesto" is a compilation of aphorisms taken from a multitude of authors. Claiming, "All women are ghosts and should rightly be feared," da Rimini lends an ephemeral and cryptic voice to the expression of cyberfeminism. cyberfeminisms

Towards an Indie Tech Manifesto, by Aral Balkan, 2014

Aral Balkan's "Towards an Indie Tech Manifesto" advocates for open source and free software movements. Throughout the manifesto, Balkan calls for the creation of a new decentralized Internet that refuses monopolization by individuals or corporations, hence the term 'indie Tech.' Internet Freedom, Open Source

Internet Manifesto, 2009

The authors of the "Internet Manifesto" outline seventeen propositions for the future of digital journalism. Digital Composition, Digital Journalism

The Indie Web Manifesto, 1997

The author(s) of "The Indie Web Manifesto" describes the need for open source and open access movements to emerge at the time of the Internet's commercialization and corporatization. The creation of an 'Indie Web' is therefore the "a free vision of the world, [one that] bypasses the economic censorship of news, its confusion with advertising and infomercial, its reduction to a dazing and manipu... Open Access, Open Source

About Feminism, by Sara Chipps, Ellen Chisa, Sabrina Majeed, Kat Li, Joanne McNeil, Angelina Fabbro, Jessica Dillon, Jennifer Brook, & Divya Manian

"About Feminism" is a collectively written manifesto that addresses issues of gender inequality in the Tech Industry. Feminism

Bitch Mutant Manifesto, by VNS Matrix, 1996

VNS Matrix's "Bitch Mutant Manifesto" is an antagonistic refusal to be incorporated into a homogenized and corporatized digital future. cyberfeminisms

Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century, by VNX Matrix, 1991

Created by the Australian art collective VNS Matrix, the "Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century" proclaims the formation of the cyberfeminist movement. cyberfeminisms

Digital Dualism and the Glitch Femisnism Manifesto, by Legacy Russell, 2012

Legacy Russell's "Digital Dualism and the Glitch Feminism Manifesto" combines the glitch aesthetic with the politics of cyberfeminism. Glitch feminism in particular focuses on the revolutionary potential of digital technologies that produce the glitch aesthetic, allowing for new modes of self-definition and representation to arise. Glitch Art, cyberfeminisms

100 anti-theses, by old boys network, 1997

"100 anti-theses" tells the reader what cyberfeminism is not. cyberfeminisms

Virus, by Deltron 3030, 1999-2000

Hailed by some as a 'hacktivist manifesto,' "Virus" was recorded by Deltron 3030 between 1999-2000. The song describes a futuristic world in which individuals can create computer viruses to undermine the capitalist mode of production, ultimately leading to a world in which homo sapiens are hunted and destroyed. Afrofuturism, hacktivism

Pedagogy and Digital Aesthetics: A Manifesto, by Kyle Conway, 2012

In his "Pedagogy and Digital Aesthetics: A Manifesto," Kyle Conway argues for an interdisciplinary approach to teaching digital technologies and aesthetics. As such, he theorizes the interrelation of art, composition, and music in digital landscapes. Digital Humanities, Digital Composition, Digital Aesthetics

The Digital Journalism Manifesto, 2012

The authors of "The Digital Journalism Manifesto" valorize the technologies and power of social media in journalistic practice. Digital Composition, Digital Journalism

What is a Digital Journalist? Towards a DJ Manifesto, by Andrew Rodgers (Posted by 'Andrew Orange'), 2008

In his "What is a Digital Journalist? Towards a DJ Manifesto," Andrew Rodgers attempts to define the skills a journalist needs in order to call oneself a 'digital journalist.' Digital Composition, Digital Journalism

Bloomsburg U. Undergraduate “Manifesto” on Digital Humanities, 2013

Written by a group of fourteen undergraduate students at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, this manifesto argues for a more thorough integration of new and digital technologies into the college classroom. Digital Humanities, Online Learning

Manifesto on Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges, 2014

Written by a working group created after the Liberal Arts Colleges and Digital Scholarship Pre-conference in 2013, the authors of the "Manifesto on Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges" support open access and intends to promote and create generative digital scholarship. Digital Humanities

Digital Storytelling Manifesto, 2013

The authors of the "Digital Storytelling Manifesto" give a structure and a politics to the digital art and design community in Quebec. Digital Aesthetics, Digital Storytelling

Ten Cosmist Convictions, by Giulio Prisco (Ben Goertzel), 2009

Part manifesto, part science fiction, Giulio Prisco, author of the "Ten Cosmist Convictions," describes ten future states of being in which humans and technology fully integrate toward the production of a more ethical world. An augmented version can be found here: Technocracy

A Class Balance Manifesto for Virtual Worlds, by Wolfshead

Wolfshead, author of "A Class Balance Manifesto for Virtual Worlds," theorizes the creation and implementation of radical equality among character classes in virtual worlds. Although this manifesto is not concerned with the 'digital brick and mortar' of digital design and architecture, it provides a ethos for game creation and character relations in complex digital environments. Gaming, Digital Architecture

A Manifesto for Postindustrial Design, by Jamer Hunt, 2005

"A Manifesto for Postindustrial Design" focuses on the importance of code in digital design. Code is a mutating and varied body of tools that allow for the production of entire digital environments. As such, informing oneself of its possibilities and platforms is necessary for the future production of digital design. Digital Architecture, Digital Design

Laufen Manifesto for a Humane Design Culture, 2013

Written and conceptualized in Germany, the authors of the "Laufen Manifesto for a Humane Design Culture" develop seven propositions for designing urban and rural landscapes that cater to the poor, working poor, and homeless. Digital Architecture, Humanitarian Design

Open Source Architecture (OSArc), 2011

The authors of "Open Source Architecture (OSArc)" advocate for the creation of digital design technologies and spaces that are based on the free exchange of knowledge. By relying on the knowledge of amateurs and the expertise of design professionals, OSArcs allow for mass collaboration and sharing for the creation of digital spaces and structures. Digital Architecture, Open Source

# Manifesto, by Bob Sheil, 2010

In his "# Manifesto," Bob Sheil describes the ways in which digital technologies have infiltrated the creation of new architectures and continue to create new platforms for both physical and digital design. The manifesto results in a concept of protoarchitecture, albeit one that remains undefined. Digital Architecture

Parametricism Manifesto, by Patrik Schumacher, 2008

In his "Parametricism Manifesto," Patrik Schumacher attempts to account for architecture and design that is driven by two contemporary social developments: Post-Fordism and technologization of society. In Schumacher's words, architects are tasked with the production of "an architectural and urban repertoire that is geared up to create complex, polycentric urban and architectural fields which ar... Digital Architecture, Digital Design, Post-Fordism

Digital Designer Manifesto, by Peter Bergstrom

In his "Digital Designer Manifesto," Peter Bergstrom offers sixteen aphorisms and videos meant to guide the production of digital design. Digital Architecture, Digital Design

Malleable Manifesto no. 1, by The Malleablists

The authors of the "Malleable Manifesto no. 1" argue that architecture, a profession defined by permanence, has become malleable. Architecture's contemporary focus on malleability is, as the manifesto argues, a result of digital computational technologies. Taken together, digital technology and architecture have conspired to create an 'architecture of malleability.' Digital Architecture

Visualising Archaeologies: A Manifesto, by Andrew Cochrane & Ian Russell, 2007

In their coauthored "Visualising Archaeologies: A Manifesto," Andrew Cochrane and Ian Russell develop a method for transcending the linguistic and cultural barriers inherent to current practices of archaeology by embracing the visual. Not quite media archaeology, but not quite traditional archaeology, "Visualising Archaeologies: A Manifesto" is perhaps best understood as a bridge between a trad... Media Archaeology, Archaeology

The Affectivist Manifesto, by Brian Holmes, 2008

Brian Holmes' "The Affectivist Manifesto" furthers an understanding of how art and everyday life coproduce each other by theorizing the interrelation of digital technology and affect. Digital Aesthetics, Affect

Art Education 2.0 Manifesto, by Craig Roland, 2012

In his "Art Education 2.0 Manifesto," Craig Roland argues for the incorporation of new media technologies into the arts classroom. Developing a method that incorporates elements of digital aesthetics, media archaeology, and concerns for open access, Roland ultimately calls for a holistic view of technology in arts education. Digital Humanities, Art Education

Digital Literacy Manifesto, by Kate Petty, 2012

In her "Digital Literacy Manifesto," Kate Petty outlines eleven propositions for online learning outcomes in digitally driven class spaces. Overlapping with many tenants that are central to developing a concept of the digital humanities (open access, digital composition, integrative learning), Kate Perry's manifesto exemplifies the hybrid character of online teaching and learning. Digital Composition, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy

A Manifesto for the Humanities in a Technological Age, by Cathy N. Davidson & David Theo Goldberg, 2004

In their coauthored "A Manifesto for the Humanities in a Technological Age," Cathy N. Davidson & David Theo Goldberg briefly chart the relationship the integration of new technologies into the humanities in the early 2000s. Their primary focus, however, is to argue for the importance of the humanities in a rapidly changing educational climate. Digital Humanities

Manifesto for a Theory of the 'New Aesthetic', by Curt Cloninger, 2012

In his "Manifesto for a Theory of the 'New Aesthetic,'" Curt Cloninger argues for a new way to understand aesthetics as such. Heavily influenced by thinkers like Gilles Deleuze and Alfred North Whitehead, Cloninger describes as aesthetic relationship among humans and things that their entanglement and coproduction. Digital Art

The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto, by Martine Syms, 2013

In her "The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto," Martine Syms argues for and expresses a mode of world-building that opposes imperialism, capitalism, and white patriarchy. Situating her argument at the intersection of critical race theory, science and technology studies, and science fiction, Syms' "The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto" is novel intervention in digital aesthetics. Digital Aesthetics, Afrofuturism, Race

Extropic Art Manifesto of Transhumanist Arts, by Natasha Vita-More, 1997

In her "Extropic Art Manifesto of Transhumanist Arts," Natasha Vita-More theorizes art as something more than an artifact; art is a living, transformative practice that molds everyday life. In this way, the technologies that allow for new art forms to be created also allow for the creation of new forms of life. Transhumanism, Digital Art

Manifesto: A Manifesto for Art in the Age of the Internet, by Antoinette LeFarge

In her "Manifesto: A Manifesto for Art in the Age of the Internet," Antoinette LeFarge calls for art to circulate outside of and beyond the gallery as other forms of knowledge circulate. Open Access, Digital Art, Creative Commons

Introduction to (1994-1999), by Natalie Bookchin & Alexei Shulgin, 1999

In their coauthored "Introduction to (1994-1999)," Natalie Bookchin and Alexei Shulgin describe a digital aesthetic that prefigures contemporary glitch art. They advocate for a DIY ethos and the creation of decentralized, non-hierarchical communal relations in digital environments. Digital Art, Glitch Art

Don't Make Me Steal Digital Consumption Manifesto, 2011

On February3rd, 2011, twenty contributors created and signed the "Digital Consumption Manifesto" as part of a larger project: The Don't Make Me Steal Campaign. The manifesto itself demands open access to consumable digital media so as to limit, and ultimately eliminate, the prosecution of individuals who consume media in ways that don't directly benefit large corporations. Open Access, Piracy

Archaeological Manifesto, by Michael Shanks, 2013

While it is not concerned solely with the digital, Michael Shanks' "Archaeological Manifesto" rethinks the discipline of archaeology as a hybrid practice, spanning art historical, scientific, and digital academic modes of inquiry. Digital Archaeology

Authorship Manifesto in the Age of New Media, by Bettina Lemm

Bettina Lim provides her own description for her "Authorship Manifesto in the Age of New Media": "This Manifesto considers Foucault’s “What is an author” and Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s lecture at Duke University in February of 2011 “The future of Authorship,” to establish the 10 commanding roles and responsibilities of the author in the Age of New Media." Digital Humanities, Digital Composition

Online Learning: A Manifesto, by Jesse Stommel, 2012

In his "Online Learning: A Manifesto," Jesse Stommel outlines thirteen points of departure for the future of online education. He refuses the commodification of online learning, as well as the rise of the for-profit university, in favor of an open educational model. Digital Humanities, Open Access, Online Teaching

A Manifesto for Teaching Online, by James Lamb

In his "A Manifesto for Online Teaching," James Lamb outlines an emerging set of pedagogical problems that result from the development of online teaching. By addressing issues as broad as surveillance and assessment, Lamb attempts to give direction to a rapidly changing and growing pedagogical model. Digital Humanities

A Manifesto for Teaching Online (2013 Remix)

The 2013 'Remix' of "A Manifesto for Teaching Online" refocuses the manifesto on the communal elements of online teaching and learning. The remix also underscores the flexibility of online learning environments, demanding that these spaces should be open and experimental. Digital Humanities, Online Teaching

The Lo-Fi Manifesto, by Karl Stolley

Karl Stolley, author of "The Lo-Fi Manifesto," calls for the production of free, sustainable, and easy to use technologies for digital composition. Lo-Fi stands for: Lossless, Open, Flexible, and In(ter)dependent. Digital Humanities, Open Access, Digital Composition

MANIFESTO: Technorhetoricians and/as Copyright Activists

The authors of "Technorhetoricians and/as Copyright Activists" argue that digital authors must understand and intervene in issues of copyright. Ultimately an argument for open access and free creative expression, the "Technorhetoricians and/as Copyright Activists" is concerned with protecting the composition practices that have emerged as a result of digital technology. Digital Humanities, Digital Composition

The anti-preneur manifesto, by Danielle Leduc, 2013

"The anti-preneur manifesto" concerns what processes of self-making are available in a world defined by the intersection of digital technology and capitalism. Danielle Leduc, the manifesto's author, claims, "I want to be a curator of myself," at a remove from capitalism and the ends to which it deploys digital technology. Aesthetics, Anti-Capitalism, Digital Personhood

Manifesto Amplificato del Arte Digitale Figurativa (Figurative Digital Art Enhanced Manifesto) 2.2, by Massimo Cremagnani, 2010

Developed as a decalogue, Massimo Cremagnani's "Figurative Digital Art Enhanced Manifesto" works to describe the relation of the digital artist to digital art--a relation that is both dynamic and interactive. The phrase "figurative digital art" is therefore 'real' and 'virtual' in the sense that it simultaneously defines and extends beyond the artistic boundaries it establishes. Digital Art

Headmap Manifesto, by Ben Russell, 1999

In his "Headmap Manifesto," Ben Russell articulates the social implications of location aware devices. Influenced by thinkers like Hakim Bey, Russell conceives of location aware devices as a force of resistance and autonomous social organization in the face of state-sponsored cartography. Digital Art, Locative Media

Internet Freedom Manifesto, by Bits of Freedom

The authors of the "Internet Freedom Manifesto" call for open access and anonymity for citizens of the Netherlands. Created in response to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by Bits of Freedom, the authors of the "Internet Freedom Manifesto" work to ensure a decentralized and user-driven Internet at a constitutional level. Cryptography, Open Access, Internet Freedom

The Libre Culture Manifesto, by David Berry, 2005

In his "The Libre Culture Manifesto," David Berry defends the open source ethos against the argument for intellectual property laws. Berry finds intellectual property to be a 'romantic vision' that is incompatible with the capitalist reality. Open Access

Free Culture Manifesto 1.0, 2004

The authors of the "Free Culture Manifesto" demand open access and the proliferation of copyleft online. In opposition to what it terms 'digital feudalism,' the authors develop the "Free Culture Manifesto" as part of a larger project to promote cultural heritage in the public domain. Open Access

A Manifesto for Blogging, Christ Street, 2012

In his "A Manifesto for Blogging," Chris Street outlines twelve principles of digital composition and authorship. As a means of blogging effectively, Street characterizes blogging as a relational means of expression, one in which the author is accountable to her reader. Blogging

Manifesto: In Defense of the Fundamental Rights on Internet (title appears as it is listed), 2009

Written by an anonymous group of Spanish Journalists, this manifesto stands opposed to Spanish laws restricting Internet freedom. Although the manifesto is tagged with term 'net neutrality' its authorship predates the popular use of the term. Open Access, Internet Freedom

Art Manifesto, by Drew Wilson, 2009

In his "Art Manifesto," Drew Wilson declares that art is a virtual enterprise. While he is concerned with art in general rather than digital art, Wilson develops a concept of artistic production that moves from the intangible to the tangible, and valorizes experimentation. Digital Art, Tactical Media

A Response to the Tactical Media Manifesto: A Network of Castles, by Peter Lamborn Wilson, 1997

Peter Lamborn Wilson's response to the "ABC of Tactical Media" manifesto focuses on the Internet as a possible site of resistance to capital. By proposing a 'network of castles,' Wilson theorizes the production of autonomous digital spaces that might foment the tactical media ethic and aesthetic. Tactical Media

BLF Manifesto, by Jack Napier & John Thomas

To Advertise is to Exist. To Exist is to Advertise. These are the tenets of the "BLF Manifesto." Operating in a lineage of Debord's 'derive' and the "culture jamming" movement, the authors of the "BLF Manifesto" outline the group's attempt subvert the profusion corporate advertising. Digital Art, Billboards, Advertising

The ABC of Tactical Media, by David Garcia & Geert Lovink, 1997

In their coauthored "The ABC of Tactical Media," David Garcia & Geert Lovink define a nomadic and experimental use of visual and digital media technologies that champions a DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic. Further, as they stand opposed to the use and consumption of privatized media, David Garcia & Geert Lovink work to create a economy of media production that is not captured by capital and ... Tactical Media

Digital Art Manifesto 1.0, by Shawn Rider, 2002

In his Digital Art Manifesto 1.0, Shawn Rider attempts to establish a series of rules for the production, reception, and archival of digital art. Rider places emphasis on experimentation and the primacy of the artist. Digital Art

Real Time Art Manifesto, by Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn, 2006

In their coauthored Real Time Art Manifesto, Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn champion realtime 3D game technology as an artistic medium. Harvey and Samyn provoke their readers to share and create total digital experiences with complex narratives. Digital Art, Gaming

The "Digital Age" Artist's Manifesto, by Joel Watson, 2008

In his "The 'Digital Age' Artist's Manifesto," Joel Watson outlines the problems of exposure that a digital artist inevitably faces when their art is showcased online. Arguing for a more direct relationship between the artist and the consumer, Watson defines the Internet itself as a kind of gallery where digital art can be created and shared. Digital Art

A Digital Artist's Manifesto, by Bob Griffin, 1996

In his A Digital Artist's Manifesto, David Griffin discusses the uses of computer technology in art production and the compositional novelties that computers allow when art is produced digitally. Importantly, Griffin hails dissimulation as the foundation of digital imaging here, underscoring the notion that the computer's content is completely malleable. Digital Art

The Glitch Studies Manifesto, by Rosa Menkman, 2010

In her Glitch Studies Manifesto, Rosa Menkman both describes and provides a critical vocabulary for understanding glitch art. The glitch aesthetic is broad, but Menkman sums up the genre well, claiming that glitch art "is often about relaying the membrane of the normal, to create a new protocol after shattering an earlier one." Digital Art, Glitch Art

The Fractal Art Manifesto, by Kerry Mitchell

In The Fractal Art Manifesto, Kerry Mitchell attempts to define fractal art, rather than a computerized art without human input, as an expressive and creative artistic endeavor. Digital Art, Fractal Art

Transhumanism Art Manifesto, by Natasha Vita-More, 2003

In her Transhumanist Art Manifesto, Natasha Vita-More plays off of the 1983 Transhuman Manifesto, arguing that aesthetics are merging more fully with science and technology. In particular, Vita-More understands a transhumanist aesthetics to enhance personal understanding and extend life. Transhumanism, Digital Art

One Half A Manifesto, by John Lanier, 2000

In his One Half A Manifesto, John Lanier forwards six propositions, ultimately outlining a concept of cybernetic totalism. Perhaps most provocatively, Lanier claims that "people are no more than cybernetic patterns," producing a vision of the world in which humans are subject to computer processes at a biological level. Digital Anthropology, Cybernetics

The Piracy Manifesto, by Miltos Manetas, 2009

Milos Manetas' <em>The Piracy Manifesto</em> is simultaneously a call for open access and a call for fomenting new, digitally mediated, modes of relation. Internet Freedom, Piracy

The Digital Artisans Manifesto, by Richard Barbrook & Pit Schultz, 1997

In their coauthored "The Digital Artisans Manifesto," Richard Barbrook and Peter Schultz call for the creation of networked interaction and Internet freedom to transcend the borders of European nation-states and the growing presence of transnational capital. As digital artisans, the subjects of Barbrook and Schultz's manifesto are to create modes relation that increase expertise and autonomy. Open Access, Digital Communism

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, by John Perry Barlow, 1996

Prior to co-founding the Electronic Frontier Foundation--a major activist organization involved with anti-PIPA, anti-SOPA, and Net Neutrality issues--John Perry Barlow authored "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace." The manifesto outlines political opposition to the Internet's privatization, as well as its organization by state law and regulation. Open Access

A Proposal for Network Neutrality, by Tim Wu, 2003

In his "A Proposal for Network" Neutrality, Tim Wu identifies network regulatory problems stemming from the growing usages of home broadband. Wu proposes a network neutrality (or, non-discrimination) principle that would police network abuse by distinguishing between forbidden and necessary grounds of discrimination. This principle considers local network restrictions to be permissible, and int... Net Neutrality


In his "THE::CYBER.COM/MUNIST:: MANIFESTO," Richard Barbrook champions a cyber-communism against the neo-liberalism. Further, Barbrook explains how ordinary everyday Net users can work against the exchange of commodities with what he calls the circulation of 'work-as-gifts'. Open Access, Cybercommunism, A Free European Internet

The dotCommunist Manifesto, by Eben Moglen, 2003

Written by Eben Moglen, the "dotCommunist Manifesto" adopts the style and political imperatives of Marx and Engel's Communist Manifesto, but adapts both for the politics of digital life. At the manifesto's conclusion, Moglen develops seven communist imperatives for the distribution of information online. Open Access

The Slow Media Manifesto, by Benedikt Köhler, Sabria David, & Jörg Blumtritt, 2010

The authors of the "Slow Media Manifesto" champion a concentrated and mindful media landscape. Digital Anthropology, Slow Media

Archivist Manifesto, by Yuk Hui, 2013

Yuk Hui's "Archivist Manifesto" aims to politicize the archive and archival practices by rethinking the role and meaning of the archivist in digital culture. Further, Hui asks how we might re-conceptualize digital objects in relation to the evolution of the web. Media Archaeology, Media Archive

Dead Media Manifesto, by Bruce Sterling & Richard Kadrey

The authors of the "Dead Media Manifesto" declare the need for both an archive of outdated media and the reinvention of 'the book' to house it. In what is perhaps the first manifesto to call for what we now call 'media archaeology,' Bruce Sterling &amp; Richard Kadrey identify the need to document, archive, and teach a general audience about our digital past. Media Archaeology, Dead Media

Five Principles of Zombie Media, by Garnet Hertz & Jussi Parikka

In their coauthored "Five Principles of Zombie Media," Garnet Hertz and Jussi Parikka call for the politicization of media archaeology and the opposition to planned obsolescence (i.e. e-waste). As it is ecologically oriented, this manifesto calls for a practice of media archaeology that reanimates 'out of date' media in new platforms, products, and aesthetic practices. Zombie Media, Media Archaeology

Digital Anthropophagy and the Anthropophagic Re-Manifesto for the Digital Age, by Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez

Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez's "Anthropophagic Re-Manifesto for the Digital Age" is an updated variation on the 1928 Manifesto Antropófago by Brazilian author Oswald de Andrade. By resituating Andrade's metaphor of colonialism as cannibalism, this manifesto advocates for new practices of consumption based on technological mediation. Digital Anthropology

A Manifesto for Digital Spectrology, by Jussi Parikka, 2011

In his "A Manifesto for Digital Spectrology," Jussi Parikka compels the reader to use obsolete technology as a lens to 'look inside the machine.' All media have an afterlife that informs present technologies. "A Manifesto for Digital Spectrology" mobilizes the afterlife of obsolete technologies toward a method for interpreting, analyzing, and archiving the software and hardware of the present. Zombie Media, Media Archaeology

Manifesto for the Digital Humanities, 2011

Developed out of a THATCamp in Paris, the authors of the "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities" attempt to define, situate, and guide the study of digital technologies in the humanities. Most pointedly, the authors of the "Manifesto for the Digital Humanities" call for a stronger methodological relation of the humanities to the social sciences. Digital Humanities

A Digital Humanities Manifesto (Precursor to The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0)

A "Digital Humanities Manifesto" is the precursor to "The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0." It offers a first set of methods and definitions for the digital humanities that are focused on collaboration, open access, and experimentation. Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0

The authors of the "Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0" outline a series of focal points for the study of digital technologies and culture in the humanities. It is a historical, theoretical, and creative document. It builds on and refines the ideas and imperatives presented in "A Digital Humanities Manifesto." Digital Humanities

A Cypherpunk's Manifesto, by Eric Hughes, 1993

In his "Cypherpunk's Manifesto," Eric Hughes outlines arguments for anonymity and privacy online. He also advocates for the proliferation of cryptographic practices. Hacking, cyberpunk, cypherpunk

A Cyberpunk Manifesto, by Christian As. Kirtchev, Trans. Illian Botonov Malchev, 1997

In his "A Cyberpunk Manifesto," Christian As. Kirtchev simultaneously describes the cyberpunk subculture and offers an expression of its values. In developing a cyberpunk ethos, Kirtchev argues for open access, cryptography, and generalized anonymity on the Internet at a time when these concepts were just emerging as pertinent social concerns. Hacking, cyberpunk

Cyber Dada Manifesto, by The Cyberpunk Project, 2003

In what is perhaps a cultural bridge between hacking culture and media archaeology, the "Cyber Dada Manifesto" provokes its readers to fully integrate all forms of technology into their everyday life, bodies, and minds. Technology is understood here as the impetus for the creation of new cultures as well as the path to new forms of cultural hegemony. Hacking, Cyberpunk

Weblog Ethics, by Rebecca Blood, 2002

In her "Weblog Ethics," Rebecca Blood outlines six criteria for establishing a standard in amateur digital publishing. While the manifesto is perhaps overly concerned with professionalism in print media, it is one of the first manifestos for blogging available online. Blogging

Blogging Manifesto, by H. Prillinger, H. Gislufsson, & R. Ellenson, 2003

The authors of the "Blogging Manifesto" establish a loose set of ground rules for blogging that resist both over-professionalization and banality. The importance of this manifesto rests on thinking of blogging as a new medium of self expression and respectable form of authorship.

Slow Blog Manifesto, by Todd Sieling

In his "Slow Blog Manifesto," Todd Sieling outlines six imperatives for creating and disseminating meaningful content online. Opposed to both traditional media that print on a daily cycle and hyper-blogging practices that increase one's page rank, Sieling establishes a practice of Internet-based writing that is meant to use the medium for thoughtful and enduring social, cultural, and political ... Blogging

The Blogger's Manifesto, by Chris Pirillo

"The Blogger's Manifesto" is written as a series of 26 maxims for writing on the Internet. Both humorous and descriptive of an avid blogger's impression of online composition, "The Blogger's Manifesto" embodies the struggle between self-expression and the norms of digital public discourse. Blogging

The Hacker Manifesto 2.0, by Anonymous, 2011

The Hacker Manifesto 2.0 is a tribute to The Mentor and his Hacker Manifesto, produced by Anonymous. Anonymous, Hacking

A Hacker Manifesto [version 4.0], by McKenzie Wark, 2004

This is an amended version of McKenzie Wark's 2004 "A Hacker Manifesto." In addition providing a new vocabulary for understanding capitalist accumulation and exploitation in digital environments, Wark's manifesto defines hacking as a productive process: a process of bringing the virtual into the real. Hacking

The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto, by Timothy C. May, 1992

In his "The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto," Timothy C. May envisions a totally anonymous and decentralized Internet. Opposed to both the state and capital's hegemony over digital space, May calls for the appearance of the crypto anarchist--the anonymous and collective figure of the Internet revolution. Hacking, Anarchism, Cryptography

The Consciousness of a Hacker, by The Mentor, 1986

Written in 1986, "The Consciousness of a Hacker" is now a cornerstone of hacking culture. The manifesto declares the formation of a new, technologized world, and therefore the formation of a new subject within it. Hacking, Anarchism

SOPA/PIPA Manifesto (TED Talk), by Clay Shirky, 2012

Clay Shirky's TED talk offers an overview of copyright issues and technologies that prefigure contemporary debates concerning SOPA, PIPA, and Net Neutrality. Shirky also offers legal responses to these acts of censorship. SOPA, PIPA

The Manifesto, by Xeno Phrenia, 2012

The author of "The Manifesto" argues for the dissolution of PIPA and SOPA while also advocating for the creation of more politically oriented Internet communities. In contrast to groups like Anonymous, the author of "The Manifesto" claims to resist Internet foreclosure within the boundaries of the law. SOPA

SOPA/PIPA Hacker Manifesto, by aZuZu, 2011

This manifesto is comprised of excerpts from "The Consciousness of a Hacker" manifesto. It is mobilized here as a response to PIPA and SOPA. SOPA

Anonymous' Tribute to the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto, 2013

This manifesto features a figure from Anonymous reading at a news desk with Aaron Swartz's "Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto" overlaid through an online voice generator. It is a tribute to Swartz and the open access movement. Aaron Swartz, SOPA, Anonymous

Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto, by Aaron Swartz, 2008

Written by Aaron Swarts in Eremo, Italy, in 2008, the "Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto" advocates for the liberation of academic research from private corporations. By declaring the formation of a 'open access movement,' Swartz outlines a number of possible avenues for accessing and sharing copy-righted information beyond the limitations of the companies that 'own' it. Aaron Swartz, SOPA