ARTeCHO Lecture: Denis ‘Jaromil’ Roio

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    In the last couple of decades, planetary-scale computation precipitated the ongoing transformation of existing jurisdictions and disciplinary realms, a trend that is both depicted and tackled by the notion of "algorithmic sovereignty". This talk will address such transformations with particular attention to the web3/crypto sphere and propose practical and strategic solutions to develop a space for "digital commons" and to strengthen democracy against new aggressive forms of privatization, exploitation, and centralized control. 

    The digital commons movement ideal is that of making humans understand machines: to envision new trust models in cybernetics and fight back against the supremacy of centralized black-box governance. Our technical challenge is to create deterministic conditions for replicable computation and implement algorithms whose mode of operation can be scientifically proven, communicated with simplicity and democratically debated. 
    Algorithms of dissent. 

    Denis Roio, also known as Jaromil, is a philosopher and a software developer. His creations are recommended by the Free Software Foundation and re-used worldwide, and he is also an active contributor to media theory debates. His PhD thesis "Algorithmic Sovereignty" is the most viewed item of all times at Univ. Plymouth's main theses collection.

    Since 2000, Jaromil has dedicated his efforts to building, a non-profit software house that collects contributions from a growing number of specialists and socially engaged developers. productions include software such as Devuan, FreeJ, MuSE, HasciiCam, Tomb, Frei0r video plugins, and Dyne:bolic the 100% free GNU/Linux distribution for multimedia.

Jaromil received the Vilém Flusser Award at Transmediale (Berlin, 2009) while leading the R&D department of the Netherlands Media Art Institute (Montevideo/TBA) for six years. He is included in the "Purpose Economy" list of the 100 best social entrepreneurs in the EU (2014) and the "40 under 40" European program for young leaders (2012). 

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    This lecture is part of the ARTeCHO project. A European initiative to unleash the potential of the emerging arts ecosystem, created by five European institutions: SERN – Startup Europe Regions Network; Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation/Etopia; Meet Digital Center; Baltan Laboratories; and Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). ARTeCHO is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting can be held responsible for them.

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