Signal is an encrypted messaging service that has been around in different forms for about 10 years. Since then, I have seen the software widely adopted by anarchist networks across Canada and the United States. More and more, for better and for worse, our interpersonal and group conversations have moved onto the Signal platform, to the extent that it has become the dominant way anarchists communicate with each other on this continent, with very little public debate about the implications.
From Anarchy Bang
Anarchy Bang is a weekly call in talk show where we sit around the digital campfire and talk about our favorite topics. This week we will try to have an anarchist conversation about technology. It is a system, it is the decisions we make every day and it about the question of whether there is any affirmative action worth making regarding the way we manipulate the world. It also has a rich anarchist history of advocates and enemies. We ask ourselves if it is also a topic about right and wrong, and what does a post-pandora worldview look like? Extra credit this week to questions that include the Luddites as (failed?) modernist experiment, the neo-Luddites as an example of taking personal responsibility for systematic problems, and like usual Christian "lack" thinking ruining everything.