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<nettime> Piksel21 -Critical Engineering Working Group- online workshops

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Piksel21 -Critical Engineering Working Group- online workshops 

To sign up send an email to: piksel21(at)piksel.no
All workshops are free to attend.

For the first time, the Critical Engineering Working Group are opening
their workshops to the online realm. It is a unique opportunity to join
Danja Vasiliev and Sarah Grant this Friday and Saturday for the hands-
on workshop using Hotglue. On the 10th and 11th of December Bengt
Sjölén and Danja Vasiliev will work together again to lead the workshop
Selfhosted. Join us sending an email to piksel21(at)piksel(dot)no

**Hotglue by Critical Engineering Working Group / Danja Vasiliev and
Sarah Grant**
3-4 December 2021 – 15:00-17:00 hours.

Building decentralized websites using Beaker and Dat is fun – and a
great, hands-on way to learn about the otherwise hidden structures and
exchanges that power the web. But to do so, one – more so than ever –
needs proficiency in the language of the web (HTML, CSS and JavaScript)
in order to participate.

In a workshop specifically for children and other “outsiders”, a
modified version of “Hotglue” is used to build decentralized sites
together and interlink them.

Hotglue is a FOSS “What you see is what you get” editor for the web.
Created in 2010, it currently uses files on the server it is installed
to hold the users’ data. A to-be-created modified branch of “Hotglue”
would instead work on top of the Dat ecosystem – forgoing the need to
be running a server altogether.

Type: workshop
Length: 4h
Language: English
Additional considerations: max. 12 participants

Session Objective
- learn how Dat & Beaker are different from your regular website
- build decentralized websites using Hotglue
- interlink our decentralized websites

Material and Technical Requirements
Participant materials: Laptops

**SelfHosted by Critical Engineering Working Group / Danja Vasiliev and
Bengt Sjölén**
10-11 December 2021 – 15:00-17:00 hours.

Decentralise! These 4 hours walks participants through the process of
setting up their very own server on the Internet, complete with
webmail, cloud, VPN, gallery, and website services, scalable to
hundreds or thousands of users.

Those interested in serving from home can bring in a PC to wipe and re-
purpose as a low-bandwidth server on the Internet. Others wanting a
high-traffic, media-rich solution will be encouraged to choose and
register a geographically-local server package in class such that they
can be guided through a complete install (typical monthly fees are 5 to
15 EUR).

Good server-side security practices are covered, from disk-encryption
to password-management and firewalling. The basics of the UNIX command
line are also taught such that participants can securely log into their
server and administer it regardless of their physical location. It
takes just one in a community to give the gift of high-quality, low-
carbon Internet infrastructure – to free yourself and others from
centralised and privacy-eroding services (like GMail, DropBox and

No prior experience is necessary, although attention to detail and
note-taking skills are important.

More about the exhibition Decoding Black Magic. Interventions in


Piksel is supported by the Municipality of Bergen, Arts Council Norway,
Vestland fylkeskommune.


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