The HCI community has increasingly examined the societal implications of our work and our corresponding responsibilities. Despite HCI’s increasing engagement with the political, it continues to lack an explicitly articulated politic, which we argue re-inscribes and amplifies systemic oppression. In this paper, we set out an explicit political vision of an HCI grounded in emancipatory autonomy—an anarchist HCI, aimed at dismantling all oppressive systems by mandating suspicion of and a reckoning with imbalanced distributions of power. We outline some of the principles and accountability mechanisms that constitute an anarchist HCI. We offer a potential framework for radically reorienting the field towards creating prefigurative counterpower—systems and spaces that exemplify the world we wish to see, as we go about building the revolution in increment.
It’s titled Human-Computer Insurrection: Notes on an Anarchist HCI. I have no idea how we’re going to present it in 20 minutes, but I am very excited to find out.