Krystian Woznicki | 26 Nov 11:24 2015

UN|COMMONS "initiating beginnings"

Hello nettimers,

at the UN|COMMONS conference (October 22-24) the Berliner Gazette and
Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz hosted more than 500 participants
and visitors, who explored over the course of three days the commons
as the most exciting space for the critique of capitalism and also as
a scalable social practice.

Most importantly we learned that it is all about initiating
beginnings. This can for instance mean acknowledging as well as
mapping alternatives or redefining top down concepts such as “the
economy”, opening elitist practices that are of eminent importance
to civil society or turning leaks into public records, but also
reclaiming what has been stolen from us and politicizing communities
that operate in grey zones. Many of such beginnings are not networked
among each other, many of them take place without the awareness of
working towards the commons. Therefore our major task is to make
visible those beginnings as a shared project and to contextualize them
inside the grand narrative of the commons.

Here we present our findings, incl. more than 10 projects that were
built at the conference, as well as papers and documents from the
lectures by speakers such as Yochai Benkler, Michel Bauwens and Harsha
Walia, as well as photos and videos and last but not least an outlook
on our activities in 2016:

We are looking forward to your feedback!

(Continue reading)

Tilman Baumgärtel | 25 Nov 09:16 2015

the triumph of the pirates

Dear all,

this is my conclusion of the reader "The Pirate Essays: A Reader on
International Media Piracy", that was just published by Amsterdam
University Press.


The Triumph of the Pirates
Books, Letters, Movies, and Vegan Candy – Not a Conclusion

Tilman Baumgärtel

After recently returning to Germany, the country of my birth after
teaching media studies for seven years in Asia – first in the
Philippines, then in Cambodia – I was slapped with two Abmahnungen
in a month. An Abmahnung is a written warning in the German judicial
system, similar to the “cease and desist” letter used in the
Anglo-Saxon world: a formal request by one person, usually a lawyer,
to another person to immediately stop a certain behavior. In my case,
the undesirable behavior was the downloading and sharing of two
movies: Carnage (2011) by Roman Polanski and Merantau(2009), a martial
arts movie by Welsh director Gareth Evans set in Indonesia.

That this could happen to me – a media critic who has done research
on piracy for a decade – is a major embarrassment. Of course, I was
aware of the fact that film studios and distributors – in Germany as
well as elsewhere – had started to hire law firms and specialized
companies to track down Internet users who shared files thought to be
(Continue reading)

Felix Stalder | 24 Nov 10:56 2015

Worldwide Travel Alert

[What a docuement of social psychology. The US government warns its
citizens about travelling, well, anywhere outside its borders. While
this is not the first time such a general, unspecific warning has
been issued, together with generalized fear mongering and sharply
rising anti-immigrant sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic it seems
particularly ominous today. Felix]

Worldwide Travel Alert > Passports & International Travel > Alerts and
Warnings > Worldwide Travel Alert

Last Updated: November 23, 2015

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel
due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that
ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist
groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These
attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and
non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private
interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.

Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as
members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally,
there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning
attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on
an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events,
theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there
(Continue reading)

nettime's big_thumb | 24 Nov 03:23 2015

FP > Christian Cary > Burma Gives a Big Thumbs-Up to Facebook

< >

Burma Gives a Big Thumbs-Up to Facebook

   Four years ago Facebook didn't exist in Burma. Now it's the country's
   most important source of information.

     * By Christian Caryl -- Christian Caryl is the author of
       Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century. A
       former reporter at Newsweek, he is a senior fellow at the Legatum
       Institute (which co-publishes Democracy Lab with Foreign Policy)
       and is a contributing editor at the National Interest. He is also a
       senior fellow at the Center for International Studies at the
       Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a regular contributor to
       the New York Review of Books.

     * November 13, 2015 - 5:11 pm

     * christian.caryl
     *  <at> ccaryl

   Burma Gives a Big Thumbs-Up to Facebook

   As the vote count draws to a close, it's clear that Burma's
   long-suffering opposition has scored a landslide victory in
   Sunday's historic national election. And the leader of that opposition
   knows whom to thank. As she was explaining the reasons for her party's
   remarkable triumph in an interview with the BBC this week, Nobel
   Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said this: "And then of course there's
   the communications revolution. This has made a huge difference.
(Continue reading)

nettime's_occupant | 23 Nov 06:49 2015 list student protest demands (last updated 11.21.15)

< >

Across the nation, students have risen up to demand an end
to systemic and structural racism on campus. Here are their

Note: These demands were compiled from protesters across the
country. These are living demands and will grow and change
as the work grows and changes. If you have demands that are
not listed, please send them to sam@... or
 <at> samswey.

List of Campuses Represented (last updated 11.21.15):

     [see the URL above for links]

     University of Missouri
     Amherst College
     Atlanta University Center Consortium
          (Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, ITC)
     Black Liberation Collective National Demands
          (Multiple Colleges)
     Boston College
     Brandeis University
     Brown University
     Claremont McKenna College
     Clemson University
     Dartmouth College
     Duke University
     Eastern Michigan University
(Continue reading)

Patrice Riemens | 21 Nov 21:16 2015

Luc le Vaillant: Don't _pray_ for Paris, please! (Liberation)

Every time one uses the hashtag «#prayforparis», one forgets that Paris 
was targetted for attack because of its festive religious unbelief, as 
well as for its admittedly mousy yet perfectly decent tolerance towards 
all religions.

So, you're all nice guys, but please don't feel obliged to _pray_ for 

by Luc le Vaillant, Liberation daily, November 17, 2015

There is a hashtag that annoys me to no end, the more so since the whole 
world seems to have adopted it. It's called «#prayforparis». and Hilary 
Clinton, Teddy Riner and everyone in between including Thiago Silva are 
all full of empathy and compassion for those who want to pray for Paris. 
Great - but for one thing. Please, Please don't do it: you're playing 
into the hands of religion and its wars. I wouldn't go as far as to say 
play in the hands of islamists, but well ...

I'll probably pass for gullible and arrogant, with a very spiteful mind 
to boot, when declining to acknowledge such honest-to-goodness 
intentions, such tearful attention, such distressed shows of sympathy - 
and probably nobody in the Anglo-saxon world is going to get the point 
of my reaction.

So some explanation is in order. You see, France is a _secular_ country 
where all religions have a right to exist but must remain concealed 
within the private sphere.  The public domain belongs to all citizens, 
(Continue reading)

Eric Kluitenberg | 21 Nov 14:31 2015

The Zombie of the author - In memoriam Remko Scha (September 15, 1945 - November 9, 2015)

dear nettimers,

Something non network centric. Geert Lovink asked me to write something about the passing of our dear
friend, colleague, machine artist and researcher Remko Scha for the Institute of Network Cultures blog.
Instead of personal memories I was remembered of a period in the early 1990s when Remko and I were working on
an unrealisable idea (though not pataphysic in nature), which captures his spirit and aesthetic ideals
quite perfectly and I wanted to share this curious story here.



The Zombie of the author
In memoriam Remko Scha (September 15, 1945 - November 9, 2015)

Amsterdam, November 20, 2015

Yesterday afternoon a large group of family, friends, colleagues and co-travellers in free spirit said
goodbye to Remko Scha, distinguished professor in computer linguistics, machine artist, composer and
co-founder of the Institute of Artificial Art Amsterdam (IAAA). A dreary day at the ‘Nieuwe Ooster’
cemetery befitting for this sad occasion.

It was only recently that I had found out that this old friend and admired co-spirit in intellectual freedom
had contracted a lethal disease that would inevitably curtail his existence here on Earth, always too
early. We had not been in close contact for many years, as these things happen so often, so when Geert Lovink
asked me to write something for the blog of the Institute of Network Cultures, I hesitated, as I could not
write something personal, legitimately - others spoke at his memorial service more befittingly,
yesterday. I can however write something about his artistic and aesthetic ideals, which in their
aspiration to ‘universality’ are highly idiosyncratic, singular, and specific.
(Continue reading)

javier arbona | 19 Nov 20:41 2015

Google Street View erases images of labor insurrection in Gijón, Spain

   According to an article going around from El Diario, a subsidiary of
   Tenneco went to Google to formally request erasing protest signs and
   graffiti at the Monroe (Spark-plugs) plant in Gijón, Spain. The
   article says that the subsidiary claimed there was personal information
   in the signs, but from the looks of it, seems more like parodies of the

   Also, one of the comments under the article says that the company
   has been called-out lying about its finances several times, which
   is to say that the plant is not as broke as one might understand
   from the news. The commenter "McNulty" says that one of the erased
   signs says: "Criminales disfrazados, seres sin razón ni piedad
   " (Disguised criminals, you don't have no reason nor compassion")
   Article also links to this document from a Spanish data agency (not
   sure what that is; I'm not from Spain) that details the arguments
   given by Tenneco:

   2015 _Art-ii-culo-16-LOPD.pdf

   And you can visit on Street View right here:
   rica+S+A/ <at> 43.5208599,-5.6845809,3a,75y,337h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1
(Continue reading)

Guardian > Pilkington: 4 ex-drone ops: drones are a recruitment tool

< >

Obama's drone war a 'recruitment tool' for Isis, say US air force

   Four former service members - including three sensor operators - issue
   plea to rethink current airstrike strategy that has `fueled feelings of
   hatred' toward US

        Ed Pilkington in New York and Ewen MacAskill in London

        Wednesday 18 November 2015 17.48 GMT Last modified on Wednesday 18
        November 2015 22.02 GMT

   Four former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of
   experience between them operating military drones, have written an open
   letter to Barack Obama warning that the program of targeted killings by
   unmanned aircraft has become a major driving force for Isis and other
   terrorist groups.

   The group of servicemen have issued an impassioned plea to the
   Obama administration, calling for a rethink of a military tactic
   that they say has "fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism
   and groups like Isis, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment
   tool similar to Guantnamo Bay".

   In particular, they argue, the killing of innocent civilians in drone
   airstrikes has acted as one of the most "devastating driving forces for
   terrorism and destabilization around the world".
(Continue reading)

olia lialina | 19 Nov 11:01 2015

John Hopkins | 18 Nov 18:58 2015

Engineered Electronics analog computing

Say nettimers -- is there anyone out there (or could anyone suggest an expert or 
hobbyist or forum) who might be able to input into the process of restoring (and 
eventually selling) a vintage vacume-tube-based (analog) computing device that I 
have -- it's probably a primitive industrial loop-control unit with two racks of 
15 tube flip-flops along with a rack of pulse (signal) controllers and such. It 
was produced by a military-industrial company Engineered Electronics, Inc. in 
Southern California (and related to the (George) Philbrick company, an MIT WWII 
Rt. 128 spin-off)

The technology approximates the IBM SAGE device -- with modular plug-in 
circuit-boards -- popular from the mid-1950s until they were phased out in the 
early 1960s, replaced by smaller and more energy efficient transistorized devices.

Any input would be welcome! I can supply photos for anyone interested.


Dr. John Hopkins, BSc, MFA, PhD
grounded on a granite batholith
twitter:  <at> neoscenes