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Jenny Ryan
"Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories."

about me

An incorrigibly nomadic cyberanthropologist gone gonzo, I recently dropped out of graduate school to more fully tune in to emerging movements rooted in the shared struggle to reclaim the commons, create public spheres through the cultivation of open spaces, and enable direct democracy through principles of federation and open source or Read/Write culture. In my spare time, I make websites for my superhero friends, help to organize an emerging Oakland hackerspace (Sudo Room), and serve as a FOSS evangelist and connector of aligned humans, groups and projects.

my projects

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Contact me

  • Google talk: tunabananas
  • Skype: tunabananas
  • IRC: tunabananas
in #mediawiki, #sudoroom, #geekfeminism, and #noisebridge

Current Projects


Eudea: A Wikitown

Eudea is a wikitown that aspires to help form an open source appropriate technology ecovillage: a technecovillage.

A testing ground for biomimetic design and fabrication, unified by pursuits of social and biological benefit, developing decentralization, automation and accessibility.


Sudo Room

Sudo Room is an open, non-hierarchical, collaborative community of humans, including tech developers, citizen scientists, activists, artists–and all combinations in between and beyond!–who are interested in and working towards social change. Our goal is to create the first inclusive, dedicated hackerspace in downtown Oakland, to share ideas and projects involving the creative use of technology, citizen science, digital citizenship and literacy, environmental sustainability, community engagement, self-government.

The Pyre

The Pyre project is a collaborative effort to build a comprehensive set of DIY tools and resources to create and maintain socially equitable, ecologically sustainable and economically robust human societies. We are engaging as many interested parties as possible to collaborate on the creation of an extensive compendium of blueprints for building sustainable communities. Our intent is to distribute these blueprints on a set of individually encrypted USB keys supporting the Live Linux Debian operating system that each user can customize to suit their individual needs and purposes. These keys would also provide the software platform for private and secure intra-community communication and organization, as well as inter-community peer-to-peer networking and collaboration.




  • "The Digital Graveyard: Online Social Networking Sites as Vehicles of Remembrance," in Mike Wesch and Neil Whitehead (eds.), Human No More: Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End of Anthropology. University of Colorado Press. August 2012. PDF Buy on Amazon
  • "Pro-Self-Harm and the Visibility of Youth-Generated Problematic Content," with danah boyd and Alex Leavitt. Journal of Information Law & Society, Winter 2011.
  • "Weaving the Underground Web: Neotribalism and Psytrance on," in Graham St. John (ed.), The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance. Routledge: New York & London. June 2010. PDF Buy on Amazon
  • The Virtual Campfire: An Ethnography of Online Social Networking. Master's Thesis, May 2008. PDF Website