Digital Diasporas, Digital Communities


This collection documents manifestos that are concerned with communal production online. These manifestos focus on communities that oppose and are often excluded from discourse on representation, rights, and freedom on the Internet. Many of the manifestos documented in this collection also rethink and remap the Internet, imagining alternative modes of relation mediated by digital technologies.


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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.

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

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

'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

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

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

Undaddy Mainframe, by Soda_Jerk, 2014

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

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

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

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

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