Berlin, September 2013
against abusive use of personal data
"Government control starts between your ears when you tell yourself what your masters told you"
Attached to the sign, a Wi-Fi device transmits a message several hundred meters around: « Fuck the NSA ». When you connect to it, you can download the new version of a book entitled: "Serenität"
A first functional network in South Africa.
Very quickly, she is invited to different different so-called “southern” countries to introduce her technology and train people to use it.
Thus, Elektra has collaborated to the writing of the book « Wireless networking in the developing world », freely accessible on the Internet in 7 languages. The second edition has been downloaded more than two million times.
2. Trailer Park
A trailer park is a land occupied by trailers and containers customized for life in community.
About ten people sharing similar values live here. You can find a “give-box” at the entrance to give or take free of charge useful objects, meals in common are open to all at a free price on Wednesday evenings, it has solar energy, a profound respect for nature, outdoor cinema sessions, freeprice workshops
However, there is a fundamental aspect that she would like to convey through her books and her voiced opinions:
And beyond breaking free from unconscious manipulations, not talking to ourselves allows to reach a state of Serenity. Most daily pains disappear: headaches, aggressiveness, intolerance, etc.
"I want to start the revolution in people’s minds"
She uses various ways of communication: Twitter, public domain books that can be downloaded for free, and by performing “one-woman shows” in a cabaret.
For instance, this idea that the economy is more important than anything else. Banks deposit insurance has injected I don’t know how many billions euros in order to save the banks. We save banks, but not people! We have more empathy for banks than for the poor in this society. This is utter nonsense »
Benoit and Hélène went to Berlin in August and September 2013 and drew this portrait. They met Andrea, a documentary director, who introduced them to Elektra.
Her personality and the principles of her philosophy quickly motivated them to make this first portrait of the series. Raising this subject on Sideways appears relevant. They knew the basis of it through Buddhism and meditation, but dealing with the topic through the words of a hacker is what they found most interesting.
Back in France, Benoit and Hélène worked on the writing of this magazine and its formatting.
Helene Hecke did the translation into German, Julie Salmon (@JulieSalmonMex) and María Jesús into Spanish and Farha (Ma Maison Sur Roues) and Elise into English.
You can find Elektra on her Internet Website: dogmatic-podcast.info and on Twitter : @elektra_42
If you would like to know more about the hacker-lady's philosophy, you can read other works such as "Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life" by Thich Nhat Hanh and books written by Eckart Tolle, etc.
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