Networks of Trust

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Kyriaki Goni

Networks of Trust is an offline network running on IPFS, which hosts stories about tech, population movements and the climate crisis. It proposes fiction as a method for building community, understanding the present moment and envisioning possible futures.

What will you be working on during the fellowship?

During the fellowship I will investigate different ways of designing and implementing workshops on possible futures. Key to the project will be approaching and involving broader audiences, which may include young people in  Athens, refugees or inhabitants on the local islands. Through this research and these workshops, I intend to establish dialogue between people, trace systems of support and solidarity, and build tools to identify and interrogate censorship and misinformation. Through inter-community collaboration and writing, this project will contribute to a Mediterranean and European ecosystem based on collective intelligence, coexistence and solidarity, and will pose questions on how we might re-invent our societies for safer, equal and inclusive digital futures. From these workshops, we may publish a collective book of stories, which would be shared among the communities involved (and possibly more widely across Europe) through storytelling and reading sessions.

Your Vision: What future do you aspire?

The need to understand the functions, impacts, biases and monopolies of technology is urgent – especially so in the post-Covid era. In Greece, I feel we are not so well informed and unprepared for this new technologically-enabled reality enabled. For an equitable future, we need to explore new alternatives for just and inclusive tech which respects humans and the Earth. By inviting people to envision possible futures and participate as political beings in broad, interdependent ecosystems, Networks of Trust might initiate the tough task of enacting this aspiration.

Tell us about yourselves. What motivates you?

I am motivated by art and politics. In particular, I am concerned with surveillance, tech’s ecological footprint, technological bias, and how to bridge Europe’s periphery and centre through collective visions for the (digital) futures that we both dream and fear of. My work combines science, tech and fiction to ask existential questions in a poetic way. Past projects which orbit these concerns propose speculative distributed infrastructures and networks. These include Human-Algorithm in Deletion Process, Eternal U, Counting Craters on the Moon, Perfect Love #, The Aegean Datahaven, and Data Garden.