Anarchism and information technology
On a recent trip to Germany, I visited the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg, the Memorium Nuremberg Trials, the Stuttgart TV Tower, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Stuttgart University, and Embedded World 2017. I spent some parts of the trip thinking about how information technology relates to anarchism. I also thought about the most effective ways for me to continue to be politically active whilst not burning myself out.
In today’s world, buggy humans control buggy, insecure hardware and software to send signals all over the world at the speed of light. We are capable of transmitting signals to the other side of the world in a few hundred milliseconds. What can we really know for sure besides that which we can observe directly? In this sense, anarchism makes a lot of sense in the information technology age: one of the core tenets of anarchist ideology is to think globally but to act locally. Through mutual aid, solidarity, and federalism, we hope to achieve a scalable, peaceful society where everyone’s dignity and human rights are respected and everyone has an opportunity to excel in their own way.
Anarcho-communists also believe that the means of production should be owned by the community (not by the state or by private companies). In the information technology age, access to the means of distribution of information is equally important for growing our movements. Those of us who have relevant skills should support our comrades (anarchist or not) and give them the means to make their voices heard as widely as possible.