Nita Mocanu on Mon, 24 Jul 2006 11:01:29 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-ro] Eclectic Tech Carnival 2006 - reminder

1.About ETC/ (English)
2.INVITATIE   (Romana)

1.About ETC/ (English) 



Eclectic Tech Carnival 2006, a carnival of exchanging 
computer-related skills, ideas and art. By women and for women.

/etc2006, 4-8 September, Timisoara, Romania




Since 2001, the network of women who help organize the 
clectic TechCarnival or /etc has grown both far and wide. 
We are geographically some-what diverse and we have varied 
experiences and expertise in computing, technology, art 
and activism. We are an eclectic bunch. Since the northern 
summer of 2002, we (or some subset there of) have successfully organized 
an annual Eclectic Tech Carnival.


To connect, to network in real life. The global village 
has come at the price of community. We are interested in 
tech things and like to play with it. We know there are 
other women who are also interested. There is little 
opportunity for us to get together. And there is even 
less open space for women to learn new skills. It is 
especially hard for those with little resources to make 
a start.

We want to change that!

We want to help women feel confident enough to 'hack' 
their own way into northern and male domination of digital 
We can do it!
We want to help women learn to use Free/Libre and 
Open Source Software.


Why the name /etc?


Well, /etc is a directory of the linux file system. In 
this directory called /etc (short for etcetera) are all 
the important configuration files for your computer and 
its networking (hostname, hosts, networks). We asked 
ourselves, "If we were part of the linux file system, 
what would we be?" The /etc directory seemed the best 
place for a carnival of ideas and then the name Eclectic 
Tech Carnival or /etc for short was born.




All people involved work as volunteers. We rely on 
donations and accept them with glee ;-) In 2004, we 
received funding from HIVOS for the /etc in Belgrade. 
In 2005 we received funds from Mamacash and HIVOS. This 
year NCDO and hopefully also Global Fonds for Women will 
help out too. 

The project is a collective action. We think computers and 
technology are not only vital tools in today's world, but 
also a lot of fun. We want it to be fun for those who come 
to the carnival. If you would like to come to the carnival 
or to facilitate a workshop, please contact us or fill out 
our registration form. (subscriptions till 20 August)

By using and teaching others to use Free/Libre and Open 
Source Software we have more freedom and control over our 
work and projects in whatever we do, be it activism, art 
or technology or a combination thereof. "Free and Open 
Source" basically means that the code that makes up 
software or applications is not kept secret. Users and 
programmers have access to the "source code". This allows 
the community of users to adapt, modify and improve the 
software itself - sometimes at an astonishing rate.

We believe that to be independent of the experts and so 
called authority figures you need to be autodidactic and 
DIY. Fixing your bicycle, car, computer. In fact women are 
already very technical. They use sewing machines, weave, 
spin and knit (it was weaving that lead to the first 
computer programs).

There will be communication barriers, a good metaphor for 
ICT. We willbecome Information and Communication Teachers 
in order to break these barriers.

By asking what women want and what they have to offer we 
strive to beinclusive. Please contact us if you are 
interested in the carnival.

It will be okay to break things.

It will be exhausting.

Come join us!


/etc2006 Romania and Partners


The fifth Eclectic Tech Carnival will take place in 
Timisoara, Romania, in collaboration with h.arta 
(a group of three artists) and D Media (NGO for 
independent media).

Other participating organizations and individuals are 
Feramenta (women's hackers collective in Italy), 
SysterServer (web hosting and learning server project 
run by an international group of women), Gender Changer 
Academy (locally based computer hardware training for 
women by women), Creative Catalyst by Helen Varley 
Jamieson (NZ) (playwright, writer, web developer, cyber 
former) and SisterO by Nancy Mauro-Flude (AT) 
(performing artist and associated researcher at 
Institute Network Cultures [INC])

2.INVITATIE   (Romana)
prezentat de Fundatia WAITS in colaborare cu D Media ( si H.arta 
DATA :: luni 4 - vineri  8 septembrie 2006 
LOC  :: Casa Tineretului, str.Aries nr. 19, Timisoara 
TIMP :: 10:00 - 20:00 
organizatori din lumea intreaga:: un colectiv international de femei 
dedicat tehnologiei si culturii libere 
5 zile si nopti de carnaval intr-ale schimbului de experienta si 
aptitudini. Organizat de femei - dedicat femeilor. 
- spatiu experimental de invatare numai pentru femei. 
- discutii despre gen si tehnologie; 
- etica "fa-o-chiar-tu" (*DIY); cultura si impartasire de cunostinte; 
- free open source software; 
- informatia libera; 
- producerea si folosirea informatiei la modul distractiv. 
cateva din ateliere:: 
- computer hardware: se face bucatele si apoi se reasambleaza 
- Linux: se invata bazele acestui sistem 
- FLOSS: ce este si cum il poti folosi 
- HTML: codare manuala pentru site-uri web 
- alte limbaje de scripting : Perl, Python, Java, Ruby, etc 
- computerele ca instrumente pentru creatie: UpStage, Keyworx, streaming 
  audio si video 
- prezentare despre Creative Commons 
- atelier de lucru manual din lemn 
- "Bar Cocktail Creativ " 
Va invitam sa va alaturati noua! 
Va invitam sa va prezentati productiile personale pe parcursul carnavalului! 
- atelierele sunt in engleza; 
- traducatoare in limba romana sunt calduros invitate 
info si program la :: 
pt. Romania - Nita Mocanu : 
:::::::::   inscrieri pina in 20 AUGUST 2006   ::::::::: 
Pentru persoanele din alte orase care doresc sa participe putem gasi 
cazare pe la prietenii nostri din Timisoara , in cazul in care nu au 
destui bani sa plateasca hotel. Dar dorim sa stim din timp cate persoane 
doresc ajutor. 
Vom reveni cu noi informatii despre cum evolueaza lucrurile. 
numai bine 
nita & h.arta 
*DIY = continut autolegitimat, productie - publicare - distributie in 
afara main stream-ului. A fi parte a unui grup socio-cultural, direct 
implicat in productia propriului sau continut si distributia lui.

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