Mayo Fuster Morell | 26 May 01:48 2015

Commons conquer Barcelona! A victory for David over Goliath

   Commons conquer Barcelona! A victory for David over Goliath

   Yesterday (May 24th) the candidature "Barcelona in common" won the
   municipal elections (the option of 1 of each 4 people voting). "Now
   Madrid"- a candidature also connected to commons ethos - became a key
   force for the governance of Madrid city. Those are only two of the many
   surprises from yesterday municipal and regional elections in Spain.
   Cities might be the departing point of a larger political change.
   Electoral results opened up an optimist scenario for the attempt to win
   also the national elections at the end of this year, or even in a
   larger run, a South European coalition against austerity.

   Popular Party and Socialist Party remain the main parties, as since the
   country transition to democracy in late 70s, but usual politics power
   suffered an important blow. Bipartidism drooping from 65% at the last
   elections 4 years ago to 52% of the nationwide vote. The renewal of
   power forces, instead of its change, are also promoted by status quo
   interests as by the creation of new parties: the case of "Citizens",
   which also emerged with force as a new political protagonist. Still the
   irruption of citizens candidature is impressive for its dimension and
   its speed. It also favored the increase of at least 5 points electoral

   Only four years after Indignados / 15M rise up for "real democracy now"
   in opposition to politicians "who don't represent us" and the
   "dictatorship of the markets", its impact has become so evident that
   cannot be any more denied. The composition of the new candidatures are
   populated by the social movement fabric. To give a taste of it, Ada
   Colau direct action anti-eviction activist and squatter is going to be
   the next major of Barcelona. A joke from history: an activist against
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Molly Hankwitz | 25 May 20:26 2015

Call for articles::Bad Subjects, Issue 88, "The University"

   Bad Subjects #88: The University

   Twenty-three years ago, Bad Subjects began with a group of grad
   students who felt that UC Berkeley was letting its proud
   post-colonialism obscure any discussion of class issues in America. A
   lot of those folks, and Bad participants who joined later, moved into
   academic positions, and some remained unaffiliated intellectuals
   writing for a variety of media.  We now turn our attention to the
   university in 2015.

   In the UK, the US and elsewhere the public university (like other
   social services and common good) is under siege by cost-cutters and
   privatizers, while the life and career choices of its graduates are
   constricted by student debt.

   Who's got radical and innovative curricula? What can be learned from
   free universities, or from teaching children, prison inmates,
   retirees, the physically or mentally challenged? What about
   alternatives to college like trade schools and apprenticeships? Is
   the Ivory Tower at cross-purposes with Education in Everyday Life?
   And, this being a university, broad in purpose and pursuit, quality
   non-theme articles will be considered too.

   Please submit articles by Aug. 15, 2015.

   molly hankwitz

morlockelloi | 25 May 20:04 2015

***SPAM*** Re: What should GCHQ do?

I think that there are two distinct issues here conflated together, both 
of them already mentioned in the comments:

1. Technology

Like literacy, or ship's voice pipes, Internet and crypto are 
technologies. They are presented in end-user contraptions called 
computers (as literacy is presented on the contraption called paper.) 
These technologies can carry and replicate communication, in ways 
invisible to the speaker (couriers, postal service, photocopiers, voice 
pipes, fiber, switches) to some end recipients one may not see or eve 
know about.

2. Public/private

There was a huge difference between public in private before these 
technologies existed. Private was something you communicated to one or 
few individuals that could hear you, public was something you shouted at 
the gathering to all. Today you whisper and shout into the same 
contraption, and this is totally non-intuitive. Is that voice pipe 
ending in the machine room, ship's mess, or captain's bedroom?

The only way to re-establish the intuitive concept of public/private is, 
again, to use technology, in this case cryptography. Like literacy, not 
everyone will be able to effectively do that, but many will (though 
likely fewer than in the case of literacy.)

There is really no choice - technologies are here to stay. If you don't 
want to learn to read and write, and must rely and trust scribes, you 
shall be f*cked. Same thing with crypto. Stop wasting time begging 
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William Waites | 24 May 13:09 2015

What should GCHQ do?

Patrice Riemens | 23 May 15:27 2015

Peter Sutherland: Europe has turned a tragedy into a needless

>From the Opinion page, Financial Times, Friday May 22, 2015

FT's web policies are now too convoluted to give a url. Go search
yourself! ;-)

May 21, 2015
Europe has made tragedy a political crisis
By Peter Sutherland

Europeans should help; not so long ago, they were the ones desperately
asking, says Peter Sutherland

Faced with a tragedy in the Mediterranean, the EU risks transforming it
into a self-inflicted political crisis that could divide the union.

After 900 people died on a single day, Europe was shocked into expanding
its maritime presence. The carnage slowed: more than 1,500 died in April;
just a few dozen in May. The European Commission then offered proposals to
impose greater order on the chaos of human flows into Europe. It broke the
crisis into three challenges: saving lives; protecting refugees; and
thwarting smugglers.

The first was addressed by permanently expanding the seaborne
search-and-rescue campaign. Member states did not want the moral taint of
having desperate refugees die on their watch.

The commission?s proposal for protecting asylum seekers after rescue was
equally commonsensical. Brussels said responsibility for processing asylum
applications and hosting refugees should be shared across all EU states.
Yet this set off a firestorm. At present, a handful of countries bear most
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Hamada Tadahisa | 22 May 18:15 2015

Global survey on privacy concerns

Dear List members and Friends,
(please feel free to copy and redistribute)

I would like to announce the Global survey on privacy concerns and ask
you to participate.

We are very curious why awareness of privacy and surveillance vary
across countries. We are going to inquire into the cause of the
differences of consciousness among countries.

We hope that the result of the survey can be utilized when drawing the
policy of the information society. Moreover, we hope to figure out how
people feel about privacy or surveillance, and that it will lead to the
proposal for keeping the freedom of communication and expression.

The survey page is below. We drew up the questionnaire in English and
Japanese. We would be greatly appreciated if you could translate it into
other languages. (English) (Japanese)

Almost all questions are closed-ended so that it will take less than 10
minutes. There is a comment field for each question. Please write
supplementary comments for future surveys if you do not mind.

We don't collect names or contact information of respondents. Those who
would like to receive the result of the survey and information about the
future survey can provide their e-mail addresses to another website, so
the e-mail addresses will not be connected with their answers.
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Zero Hedge: US Govt's Message For Heavily Indebted Students: Don't Pay Us Back

The Government's Message For Heavily Indebted Students: Don't Pay Us Back
Tyler Durden
05/21/2015 21:35 -0400

Over the course of several years, we've chronicled virtually all aspects
of America's $1.3 trillion student loan bubble.

We've discussed, for instance, the Treasury's projections of a $3.3
trillion student debt nightmare by 2025. We've also outlined why the
official data on delinquencies almost assuredly understates the case.
The numbers you see, have been adjusted twice. Instead of taking the
number of delinquent borrowers over the number of borrowers in
repayment, the official figures instead report the number of delinquent
borrowers over total borrowers, even those in deferment and forbearance,
which ensures the delinquency ratio will be far lower than it would
otherwise be. But that's not all. Borrowers making no monthly payments
due to their enrollment in the  government's Income Based Repayment
program are not counted as delinquent because in a society built on
debt, a "payment" of $0 counts as a "qualified payment" towards the 300
monthly installments needed for the government to "forgive" the balance
of the loan. The delinquency data has effectively been "Liesman'd".

Moody's (when they aren't busy sparking bank runs) has warned that the
proliferation of $0 Income Based Repayment plans threatens to plunge
billions in student loan-backed ABS into default and based on the
following official Department of Education letter that's sent to
students coming off of the 6-month post-graduation grace period, we can
see why the ratings agency is concerned because as you can see, the
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nettime's avid reader | 20 May 15:16 2015

EFF: Is Not Neutral, Not Secure, and Not the Internet

Facebook's project, which offers people from developing
countries free mobile access to selected websites, has been pitched as
a philanthropic initiative to connect two thirds of the world who
don’t yet have Internet access. We completely agree that the global
digital divide should be closed. However, we question whether this is
the right way to do it. As we and others have noted, there's a real
risk that the few websites that Facebook and its partners select for (including, of course, Facebook itself) could end up
becoming a ghetto for poor users instead of a stepping stone to the
larger Internet.

Mark Zuckerberg's announcement of the expansion of the
platform earlier this month was aimed to address some of these
criticisms. In a nutshell, the changes would allow any website
operator to submit their site for inclusion in, provided
that it meets the program's guidelines. Those guidelines are neutral
as to the subject matter of the site, but do impose certain technical
limitations intended to ensure that sites do not overly burden the
carrier's network, and that they will work on both inexpensive feature
phones and modern smartphones.

Compliance with the guidelines will be reviewed by the
team, which may then make the site available for users to
access for free, by routing the communication through the
proxy server. That proxy server allows the sites to be “zero rated” by
participating mobile phone operators; allows the automatic stripping
out of content that violates the guidelines—such as images greater
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nettime's_digestive_system | 16 May 19:45 2015

Orsanogram x3: co-operations research unit, Neo-Con-tribute, Networked Labour U info-bulletin

                    [digested  <at>  nettime -- mod (tb)]

Orsan <orsan1234@...>

     A co-operations research unit on networked labour university, in progress
     Neo-Con-tribute to passing away Turkish Pinochet Evren
     Networked Labour University ??? Information Bulletin No. 2

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Date: Fri, 1 May 2015 16:22:28 +0200
Subject: A co-operations research unit on networked labour university, in progress
From: ??rsan ??enalp <orsan1234@...>

Dear Net-timers,

This is about an open co-operations research unit kicked-off on
Networked Labour University (
where peers can co-operate by setting-up online regular meetings,
drawing maps, sharing files and
other materials, and organise public webinars, etc. to coordinate
communication and organise regular work-action groups. Anyone can join
in and build such group within a broader space for peer knowledge and
culture production. The group that is up now to build a Co-Operations
Research Agenda and Curriculum that would feed in other courses and
activities that are provided over NLU and other similar free education
platforms. The work group is initially titled as:

'P2P and Commons Critique of Great Transformation: From Industrial
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nettime's_autodidact | 16 May 02:55 2015

Entire USC MFA 1st Year Class is Dropping Out


Entire USC MFA 1st Year Class is Dropping Out

Julie Beaufils, Sid Duenas, George Egerton-Warburton, Edie Fake, Lauren
Davis Fisher, Lee Relvas, and Ellen Schafer

     LOS ANGELES -- The University of Southern California's Roski School of
     Art and Design's internationally-renowned MFA program is, sorrowfully,
     over as we have come to know and love it. For most of the past decade,
     this graduate program has excelled as an exemplary institutional model
     and major epicenter of pedagogical mentorship, cultural critique, and
     artistic rigor with outstanding faculty and celebrated alumni
     registering far-reaching ripple effects across the landscape. And so, it
     is nothing short of scandalous (and utterly baffling) that the
     university administration, led by recently appointed and conspicuously
     unqualified Dean Erica Muhl, has elected to squander,
     self-destructively, the school's significant reputation, unique
     standing, and immense so-called "cultural capital" by antagonizing
     faculty and students alike in a misguided structural overhaul that
     valorizes neo-liberal corporate cliches of "disruption" over critical
     discourse, intellection, and deep studio practice. Caught in the middle
     of such tumult, the first-year MFA students collectively reevaluate
     their course of study.

          - Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

We are a group of seven artists who made the decision to attend USC
Roski School of Art and Design's MFA program based on the faculty,
curriculum, program structure, and funding packages. We are a group of
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Sam Nemeth | 15 May 18:11 2015

Fwd: refugee entering EU reports via Whatsapp on journey

   Syrian refugee reports via Whatsapp on his journey through the Balkans

   Ideas' Odyssey

   'We saw them coming up the beach on the morning after our arrival: 40
   or 50 people with hardly any possessions. Wet and exhausted. We were
   devastated and decided the only thing we could do was help,' says Becky
   Thompson, university researcher from Boston, on Lesbos for a yoga
   course. Her travel companion Irene Harriford: 'Were involved, we have
   to. This morning Becky was waving at the beach to signal where the
   boats could land safely, after we heard the UN helicopters and knew
   they were coming.'

   This summer an exodus from the instable countries -to use an euphemism-
   around the Mediterranean and much further is really taking place: on
   the Greek island of Lesbos the numbers of refugees who sail the 7 miles
   from Turkey in cheap Chinese dinghies have increased from 50 to > 500 a
   day. A humanitarian disaster is taking place on one of the EU's most
   popular holiday destinations.

   Everywhere on the island we see refugees, individuals or groups. At
   night we hear helicopters flying up and down the coastline. Sometimes
   the coastguard calls to the dinghies through their megaphones. We talk
   to a local coastguard officer who is clearly impressed by what is going

   We have this problem for a while, says the president (mayor)
   Athanasios Andriotis of the village of Molyvos 'but in these numbers
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