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

about me

I'm interested in and actively engaged with 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. Professionally, my background is in anthropology and communication, working principally at the intersection of people and technology. In my spare time, I work on collaborative projects (see below), write poetry, and serve as a connector of aligned humans, groups and projects.

my projects


Omni Commons - A collective of collectives stewarding shared space and resources in Oakland, CA

Sudomesh logo.jpg
sudo mesh - Building a decentralized, libre wireless network in the East Bay!
Sudo Room - Anarchist hackerspace and creative community, located in the Omni Commons.


The Pyre - A collaborative, open source project to collate a DIY toolkit for building resilient communities.

Contact me

  • Homepage:
  • Twitter/
  • IRC: tunabananas on Freenode IRC
  • Git (and SVN) committer name: jnny
  • Email:
  • Public Keys: See bottom of userpage.

Other Projects

  • Mycelia - Mycelia is a decentralized documentation and inventory tool, enabling individuals and communities to self-organize their own projects and associated data while also networking their object and skill inventories with other creative spaces, communities and individuals. Mycelia provides object, project and skill matchmaking for collaborative and grassroots endeavors.
  • Cryptoparty - Every third Sunday of the month, we gather at Sudo Room to learn about and teach each other how to use digital security tools (encrypted email, calls, texts, chat, etc;).
  • Hackpacks - A hackpack is a backpack with a set of "always carry" tools for hacking the world around us. The aim is to distribute hackpacks to local youth who attend a class on hacking at sudo ^_^
  • BACH - The Bay Area Consortium of Hackerspaces is a loosely-structured organization for promoting collaboration, mentorship and camaraderie across the various Bay Area hackerspaces.




  • "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


Public Keys

  • PGP Fingerprint: 111D 394D EF58 605A C0F0 8E29 FDF8 CE38 CAFE 99F3
  • SSH Key:
ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQDCQA3l98JT2kNPmX4zpESFv31Wk4jLe0CEzzxixTCpmFZeZV1/FrjXnQAy6N87Dlj1/RVsFwA7C+zl35rFWPQEUlWXZ7aUzJ67Q7cyMEYzpagPAfr7dU7nL7knFMvtOn2Jb7EfHMJgFEKMcmmKvNdyKw3RrPkd1MDPXU33FmuhPvuYJzvv6OSpl7gsLYTAFE7u5BbRSTQQjoIfY0JzWeH/sxSzNKgk1uVjvuswvwXLxGQOzXwWc9cxL7PCi5gS+qAGclrsXXC3dkrsAAd4KodZ5SixKCFEQNXtukBL6Y3hcBR46lGcJLudAOYrq/UD82N50kLJhmf3dOOkazuD9Mzh hearthbook@hearthbook