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Mail: hackstub [AT] forum [DOT] arn-fai [DOT] net
Adress : C/O Harmonie VO VIET ANH, 42 rue de Stosswihr, 67100 Strasbourg
Founded in 2011, the Hackstub is a Strasbourg-based hackerspace located in the premises of Groupe d'Entraide Mutuelle Aube, at 97 Avenue de Colmar in Strasbourg. The association raises awareness of the local public to the culture of the Free Software and carries out popular education work, through formats such as workshops, screenings, radio, debates, etc. It has notably experienced two highlights in the organization, in Strasbourg, of Avenirs d'Internet(s) in 2016 and the Libre Software Meeting in 2018.
Membership = 5 €/year, adjustable on site during Stammtisch or other events (inquire in person).
Schedule available here.
The statutes of the association are available here.
We sometimes accept internships or civic service missions according to the motivations and means of reception available.
Computer science is used, learned, thought and developed as the science of information systems (from washing machines to routers, smartphones, and physical and virtual networks). Even more than other sciences and techniques, computer science is neither "pure" nor neutral but is, as an industry, the product of complex relationships of forces: economic, ideological, geopolitical, social, environmental, etc... And we conceive hacking as its artisanal, human, awakened, curious and critical practice.
The Libre, to define it simply, claims a humanistic conception of culture, where everyone should have the right to use, study, modify or share a resource. The struggle for the preservation of the Commons generally involves free products, as opposed to proprietary recipes, and distribution under so-called free licences, which make it possible to ensure and perpetuate, when they are sufficiently restrictive, the free circulation of a resource.
The neologism "Hackstub" could be translated as the "heated room of hacking" in contemporary Alsatian. The association was created in 2011, by a gang of nerds (people with a passion for science and technology) from Strasbourg and its surroundings. In the rest of the world, such places would be called "hackerspace" or "hacklab".
The non-profit association Hackstub aims to contribute (at least locally) to individual and collective technical (olog)ic emancipation in all relevant fields (e.g. art, media, agriculture, law, economy...). In other words, to endeavour to study and debate, experiment, develop and exchange ideas, materials, critical knowledge and aesthetics, free from dominant technologies.
In short, to enable people to control machines, rather than the other way around.
Concretely, and to achieve this goal, Hackstub proposes in particular :
- a weekly permanence for all people, experts and laymen alike (Hackstub's stammtisch);
- the production of regular and one-off events to raise awareness of technological issues (Hack Ver Alli);
- material and human support to the corresponding initiatives (free software, net neutrality...);
- the organization and participation in training or education workshops on technology;
- the (co-)organization of free research and development community events (World Free Software Meeting 2018);
Hackstub is also a place to live, meet and exchange, where various audiences come together; associations such as Alsace Réseau Neutre (an associative ISP), collectives such as StrasHack (a group passionate about computer security) or other communities. Anyone can come there with technical requests, to which hackerspace members answer (or not, even charter) every Friday evening during the Stammtisch, a niche intended to welcome people looking for technical support (free). Think of a bike self-repair workshop
Hackstub is therefore open to all publics, in a philosophy close to popular education. All skills or views are complementary, legitimate and relevant, at all levels. We wish to share all subjects, even the most technical ones, with all populations generally oppressed/repressed/exploited for the benefit of capitalism. A charter is currently being drafted to specify the conditions of access and excluded behaviours.
Since its foundation in 2011, Hackstub has moved: first in apartments and bars in the city centre (friendly but not stable enough); in the math-info UFR of the University of Strasbourg (stable but too restrictive); in an ad-hoc roommate in the rue de la Broque (free but too confidential) ; before the opening of Shadok, the "digital factory" of the City of Strasbourg (welcoming before the change of direction in 2019, suddenly hostile); finally, today, in the premises of the association Aube, a Mutual Aid Group (that's good timing) for people who can be said to be neuro-atypic (even better timing ^^).
Several events have marked the life of Hackstub: in 2015, the cycle of conferences and workshops "Future(s) of the Internet" brought together nearly 200 people at the Malraux Media Library and Shadok to question the evolution of computer networks, in relation with science fiction; in 2018, the 2nd Strasbourg edition of the World Free Software Meeting (LSM), which federated more than 1000 people from the world's library communities as well as the local population. These events were held in complicity within the informal federation alsace.netlib.re, alongside the associations Alsace Réseau Neutre (ARN), Seeraiwer, the Amicale d'Informatique de l'Université de Strasbourg (AIUS), the sxb.so collective and the Linux User Group (LUG) of Strasbourg.
Throughout the association's history, its members have renewed themselves, according to their personal backgrounds, their technological, political or aesthetic sensibilities and affinities. Over time, the sociology of the association has also evolved, initially quite homogeneous, almost exclusively technical, masculine and western, towards a greater diversity of profiles, backgrounds and practices. Today chaired by Harmonie Vo Viet Anh--Meyer, a lawyer in digital law, the association is finally getting its breath back after the huge voluntary effort necessary to the organization of the LSM 2018.
The future of the association, fluctuating according to the people between pro-amateur militancy and professionalization in some places, is apprehended, for some years now, between: maintaining existing activities (regular meetings, thematic or not); developing and perpetuating certain strategic activities (popular education, support for research and development of alternative technologies); eventually, through the creation of a cooperative society (SCIC/SCOOP) around free cultures and technologies.
Since all work will always be part of a class struggle, it is best to position oneself clearly. Contribute as much as we can to the decolonization of technologies, built on more than 2 centuries of imperialist exploitation. To share free knowledge and practices between social groups, in all their diversity.