It’s Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cybers

Andy Greenberg, 02.08.16.

It’s Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence

When digital dystopians and critics of Internet libertarians need a
rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John
Perry Barlow, co-founder of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier
Foundation, a former cattle rancher and Grateful Dead lyricist. On
this day in 1996, Barlow sat down in front of a clunky Apple laptop
and typed out one very controversial email, now known as the
“Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace,” a manifesto with a simple
message: Governments don’t—and can’t—govern the Internet.

“Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and
steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind,” read the
document’s first words. “On behalf of the future, I ask you of the
past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no
sovereignty where we gather.”

In the modern era of global NSA surveillance, China’s Great Firewall,
and FBI agents trawling the dark Web, it’s easy to write off Barlow’s
declaration as early dotcom-era hubris. But on his document’s 20th
anniversary, Barlow himself wants to be clear: He stands by his words
just as much today as he did when he clicked “send” in 1996. “The main
thing I was declaring was that cyberspace is naturally immune to
sovereignty and always would be,” Barlow, now 68, said in an interview
over the weekend with WIRED. “I believed that was true then, and I
believe it’s true now.”

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Felix Stalder | 5 Feb 15:07 2016

Julian Assange arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the UK, UN expert panel finds

   [Usually, countries like Myanmar or Egypt are subjects to these kinds
   of rulings. Just another example how Western countries are actively
   destroying the very cultural and institutional foundations on which
   their hegemony has been based. I'm not sure this is a good thing.

   Julian Assange arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the UK, UN expert
   panel finds

   GENEVA (5 February 2016)  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been
   arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest
   in London on 7 December 2010, as a result of the legal action against
   him by both Governments, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary
   Detention said today.

   In a public statement, the expert panel called on the Swedish and
   British authorities to end Mr. Assanges deprivation of liberty,
   respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him
   the right to compensation (Check the
   statement:  [1]http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.a

   Mr. Assange, detained first in prison then under house arrest, took
   refuge in Ecuadors London embassy in 2012 after losing his appeal to
   the UKs Supreme Court against extradition to Sweden, where a judicial
   investigation was initiated against him in connection with allegations
   of sexual misconduct. However, he was not formally charged.

   The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considers that the various
   forms of deprivation of liberty to which Julian Assange has been
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nettime's avid reader | 5 Feb 14:42 2016

How the security complex drives social media research (Nafeez Ahmed)

[An update to Moreno's classic "DARPA on your mind" (2004)]

The Pentagon’s secret pre-crime program to know your thoughts, predict
your future

US military contractors are mining social media to influence your
‘cognitive behavior’ when you get angry at the state

By Nafeez Ahmed, 1.2.2016


This exclusive is published by INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new
crowd-funded investigative journalism project.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) wants contractors to mine your
social media posts to develop new ways for the US government to infer
what you’re really thinking and feeling — and to predict what you’ll
do next.

Pentagon documents released over the last few months identify ongoing
classified research in this area that the federal government plans to
expand, by investing millions more dollars.

The unclassified documents, which call on external scientists,
institutions and companies to submit proposals for research projects,
not only catalogue how far US military capabilities have come, but
also reveal the Pentagon’s goals: building the US intelligence
community’s capacity to forecast population behavior at home and
abroad, especially groups involved in political activism.
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nettime's_big_thumb | 4 Feb 05:56 2016

Valleywag > Traven > Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists

< http://valleywag.gawker.com/facebook-is-throttling-nonprofits-and-activists-1569877170 >    
Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists

   B. Traven
   4/30/14 1:35pm

   Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists

   So far coverage of Facebook's plan to squeeze the organic reach of
   Pages has focused on its impact on "brands" that spam us with ads and
   promotions. But nonprofits, activists, and advocacy groups with much
   fewer resources (and no ad budgets) are also being hugely affected.
   It's starting to look like Facebook is willing to strangle public
   discourse on the platform in an attempt to wring out a few extra
   dollars for its new shareholders.

   Put simply, "organic reach" is the number of people who potentially
   could see any given Facebook post in their newsfeed. Long gone are the
   days when Facebook would simply show you everything that happened in
   your network in strict chronological order. Instead, algorithms filter
   the flood of updates, posts, photos, and stories down to the few that
   they calculate you would be most interested in. (Many people would
   agree that these algorithms are not very good, which is why Facebook is
   putting so much effort into refining them.) This means that even if I
   have, say, 400 friends, only a dozen or so might actually see any given
   thing I post.

   One way to measure your reach, then, is as the percentage of your total
   followers who (potentially) see each of your posts. This is the ratio
   that Facebook has more-or-less publicly admitted it is ramping down
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nettime's-prison-moleskine | 4 Feb 02:29 2016

Intercept > Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison > The Rule of Law Enforcement

< https://theintercept.com/2016/02/02/barrett-brown-the-rule-of-law-enforcement/ >

The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison

The Rule of Law Enforcement

   Barrett Brown

   AFTER HAVING SPENT the prior six months in a fruitless cycle of
   retaliation and counter-retaliation and counter-counter-retaliation
   with the administration of the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort
   Worth, where I managed to do about half of my time in the hole before
   finally getting kicked out altogether, I was delighted to arrive here
   at FCI Three Rivers, a medium security prison subject to occasional
   outbreaks of gang warfare that also happens to be quite a lot of fun.
   And though one's first few days at a new prison are always given over
   largely to errands and social obligations, I did manage to get in some
   much-needed reading time when someone lent me a copy of Five Families,
   a history of the American mafia by the veteran New York Times crime
   reporter Selwyn Raab. I've never had much interest in organized
   crime of the non-governmental sort, but ever since 2009 when I read
   through the bulk of Thomas Friedman's past columns in the course of
   researching a book on the subject of incompetence, I've been fascinated
   by the extent to which a fellow can be a bit of a dummy, with
   questionable writing abilities and a penchant for making demonstrably
   erroneous attacks on others, and still find regular employment with the
   nation's most prestigious newspaper (though in fairness to the Times,
   they did eventually get rid of William Kristol).

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Orsan | 3 Feb 23:41 2016

Lets build networks of refuges for all who need to get away and hide form capitalism, imperialism, fascism, and wars



   Global governments, and especially the European Union, have shown their
   worst side with the events of recent times. Economic Rescue is being
   exchanged for popular sovereignty. Neoliberal control, wage and pension
   cuts, tax increases, layoffs and all kinds of privatization.

   And governments, rather than give in to demands for democracy from
   citizens, use brutality to end their resistance. These are policies
   that sacrifice the interests of the majority to benefit the interests
   of a tiny minority.

   Together with the sovereign and austerity crisis, we cannot forget the
   refugee crisis.

   [1]photo_2016-02-01_16-26-54 Almost 3,000 people have lost their lives
   so far this year trying to reach safety in Europe. EU leaders cannot
   ignore this or turn their backs on its tragic consequences. After
   months of prevarication they still have not established a coordinated
   emergency response and have failed to fundamentally overhaul the
   failing asylum system. Now is the time for self-organized civil society
   to use direct action, and to directly support those in need. There is
   an urgent need for the provision of adequate and humane conditions for
   those arriving and to really help them to organize their lives for the
   long term in the new host countries.

A new Faircoin fund for refugees.

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Ana Peraica | 3 Feb 10:59 2016


   Dear Nettimers,
   Contribute to our debate on differences between classic
   self-portraiture and selfie starting February 1, 2016 on various
   network platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google*+* and Youtube,
   by adding the hashtag #whataboutyourselfie or by sending an e-mail
   contribution to *whataboutyourselfie@...
   < whataboutyourselfie@...>*
   Self-portraits, since ancient times, have broadcasted a variety of
   private issues of artists' lives. They reported on, for example,
   processes of aging in the classic, drawn and painted self-portrait
   serials of Vermeer or Rembrandt, illness in the photo-works of Jo
   Spence, and identity crisis and mediated identities in photographs by
   Cindy Sherman. In each of them the relationship of subject/artist to
   audience is dynamic, based on psychological mirroring, empathy and
   Two types of self-portraits may be distinguished, with regard to
   (1) tautological, addressing no public at all, and (2) relational,
   asking for a relationship with the public. Contemporary social media
   phenomena prefers a monologue, diarist type of self-portrait that
   performs an exposure rather than truly uncovering.
   This project invites relational self-portraits and links to
   self-portraits or their collections that:
      force us to research our own selfhood
      are made as homages and references to others identities
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Jaromil | 2 Feb 16:07 2016

1st AnonSec e-zine on hacker geopolitical trend to actively support

dear nettimers,

here below a new zine by an AnonSec group with some interesting
information (besides pwning NASA and leaking a bunch of chemtrail docs)

Now its sort of obvious what was half anticipated before, something I
tried to hint between the looming pesimism and bourgeois sociologist
comments in response to Brett's article on the gentrification of
hacking. Beware academic-farts! The new generations are way less
decadent than we think!

The hacker communities (the 99% - not their .COM astro-billionaire
brogrammer clones) are engaging geo-politics and semi-utopian struggles
in first person. In this e-zine is first aired openly the fact a member
of AnonSec has joined the armed struggle to defend Kobane, with the

I paste some here below, for the full one there are mirrors, since the
e-zine contains actual leaked data and passwords this list may not be
interested in mirroring.

For more information on the Rojava Plan see: http://rojavaplan.com

Please consider me available as potential spokesperson of the Rojava
Plan, I can also put in touch journalists that are sincerely interested
in this story and liason with more participants.


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nettime's_surfin_bird | 2 Feb 01:36 2016

Surfraw - Shell Users' Revolutionary Front Rage Against the Web

< https://surfraw.alioth.debian.org/ >

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         Surfraw - Shell Users' Revolutionary Front Rage Against the Web

       [1]About Surfraw | [2]News | [3]List of Elvi | [4]Downloading |
     [5]Installation | [6]Usage | [7]Configuration | [8]Development and

                                  Oh Baybee
                                 I need some
                                Deep Linking
                                  Let us go
                             Surfin' in the raw!

About Surfraw

   Surfraw provides a fast unix command line interface to a variety of
   popular WWW search engines and other artifacts of power. It reclaims
   google, altavista, babelfish, dejanews, freshmeat, research index,
   slashdot and [9]many others from the false-prophet, pox-infested
   heathen lands of html-forms, placing these wonders where they belong,
   deep in unix heartland, as god loving extensions to the shell.

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nettime mod squad | 28 Jan 05:45 2016

Guardian > Big Pharma's worst nightmare: Jamie Love

< http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/26/big-pharmas-worst-nightmare >

Big Pharma's worst nightmare

  Sarah Boseley
  Tuesday 26 January 2016 00.59 EST

On a hot August afternoon in 2000, four Americans arrived for a secret
meeting at the central London penthouse flat of an Indian billionaire
drug manufacturer named Yusuf Hamied. A sixth person would join them
there, a French employee of the World Health Organisation, who was
flying in from Geneva, having told his colleagues he was taking leave.

Hamied took his guests into the dining room on the seventh floor. The
room featured a view of the private gardens of Gloucester Square,
Bayswater, for which only the residents possess a key. The six men sat
round a glass dining table overlooked by a painting of galloping
horses by a Mumbai artist (Hamied has racehorses stabled in three
cities). The discussion, which went on all afternoon and through
dinner that evening at the Bombay Palace restaurant nearby, would help
change the course of medical history.

The number of people living with HIV/Aids worldwide had topped 34
million, many of them in the developing world. Hamied and his guests
were looking for a way to break the monopoly held by pharmaceutical
companies on Aids drugs, in order to make the costly life-saving
medicines available to those who could not pay.

Hamied was the boss of Cipla, a Mumbai-based company founded by his
father to make cheap generic copies of out-of-patent drugs. He had met
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Felix Stalder | 26 Jan 22:44 2016

Re: Algorithmic Regimes / call for clips

On 2015-12-07 13:52, Konrad Becker wrote:
> Dear all,
> as part of the series on "Algorithmic Regimes" we ask for your
> contributions in a call for clips:
> "Screening the Algorithmic Imagination"  January 22nd 2016

In the mean time, we did our screening, which was really fun and quite
a ride, thanks to our panelists, Katja Mayer and Jana Herwig who
provided life commentary.

We are now happy to share our playlist and say thanks to everyone who

Wir Sind die Roboter, 2015, 2:30 https://youtu.be/WH-ycguHLBU

Adam Curtis. The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom, 2007,
3:45 – 10:38

IBM On Guard! The Semi-Automatic Ground Environment, 1956, 00:29 –
03:00  -https://youtu.be/IzfxVd5nJUg

SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment), 2011, 02:30 -04:30

Robocop, Only a Glitch, 1987, 1:35  https://youtu.be/mrXfh4hENKs
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