Togethernet is an open-source software that invites groups of 10 or less participants to build community archives through practices of consent.
Designed around the ethos of data transparency and consent, Togethernet's goal is to transform digital rights policies such as the right to be forgotten into an embodied practice through reimagining software architecture and user experience.
This tool and initiative stands on the shoulders of Consentful Tech Zine by Una Lee and Dann Toliver and Design Justice Network Principles — by considering transparency and consent every step of the way, the source code serves as both a technical and a moral document that seeks to uncover systems of power and uncertainties embedded in network technologies.
Lead Artist: Xin Xin
Lead Software Developer: Charlotte Yaqing Wen
Lead Writer: Neema Githere
Advisor: Lauren Lee McCarthy
Togethernet was created through the generous support of Eyebeam NYC's Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Fellowship.
Graphic Designer: Livia Foldes
Consentful Protocol is an ongoing workshop series that uses Togethernet v0.1 to activate communal dialogues to envision a set of protocols on data, health, oral history, and sex & intimacy consent. The workshop series includes:
- A Study on Bio-Medical & Technological Consent with Dorothy R. Santos
- Oral History, Oral Vision with Kimberly Springer
- All Systems: Yes with SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY
- Data Placemaking with Neema Githere and Xin Xin
Through the workshops, participants built community statements that serve as a reference tool to help set intentions and form explicit requests when navigating intimacy in our everyday lives.
Consentful Protocol has been presented at Eyebeam and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.