oli | 21 Oct 09:22 2014

Interim report: documenting racist controls with mapping software

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Interim report: documenting racist controls with mapping software.

On Monday, 6th of October, we started off with a media-activist action
to counter the EU-wide police actions known as "mos maiorum" [1]. We
published a web-based map on which people can report "racial profiling"
/ racist police controls in their cities. After one week of reporting
police checkpoints, we now want to sum up the project so far. The police
hunt of refugees throughout Schengen-Europe will continue until 26th of
October, and reporting will continue.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we received quite a lot of media attention [2],
especially on Twitter http://map.nadir.org made the news. Reports of
controls came floating in to the website, particularly from central and
southern Europe. Until now we have received over 200 reports from 9 of
the 25 countries participating. Interestingly, the "iron curtain"
remains a reality to some degree, since we got only few reports from
former Warsaw-Pact and now Schengen countries.

In some countries, other activist projects are taking place against "mos
maiorum". Thus,  we did not receive reports from there. This includes
Sweden, because people there operate a twitter-account ([3]) to make
public the racist controls. In Italy, there is a group collecting
reports via facebook ([4] ).

The diversity of languages poses well know problems of exclusion for
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seb olma | 20 Oct 12:50 2014

a note on the British origins of CI

Creative Industries from Gold to Lead: A Review of Robert Hewison?s ?Cultural Capital?

1. Where have all the Critics gone?
Since their inception in the late 1990s by Tony Blair?s New Labour government, creative industries
policies have spread throughout the continent. The creative industries approach is increasingly
becoming a mainstream tool for policy makers at all levels, from the funding schemes of the European Union
and the various national agendas, down to the administrative capillaries of regional and local policy.
One might think that the process of establishing the creative industries as a policy field would have been
accompanied by a critical and constructive discussion about the approaches, instruments, and indeed,
the general direction creative industries were taking over the course of the past fifteen years. If it is
true, as the pundits don?t tire to tell us, that creative industries policies are
  a reflection of massive social, economic and cultural transformations, then surely no one expects policy
makers, pioneers and first-movers to get everything right the first time around. New policie
 s, after all, need rigorous critique in order to improve. Success or failure of the creative
transformation of our economies and societies depend for a large part on learning from one?s mistakes. So
far, however, this is hardly happening.

True, over the past few years, we have seen are a number of publications that critically engage with the rise
of ?creativity? to the centre stage of policy making. Books such as Gerald Raunig?s Critique of
Creativity, Andreas Reckwitz?s Erfindung der Kreativit?t, or the INC?s own MyCreativity Reader made
valuable contributions challenging the cynical vacuity the discourse on creativity and its industry
increasingly acquired. However, while these and similar publications often put forward important
arguments against political and economic functionalizations of art and culture, they tended to remain
at a level of theoretical abstraction that was incompatible with the discourses happening around the
realpolitik of the creative industries. The Brits themselves proved to be active commentators 
 on their own policy invention as well. James Heartfield?s early Creative Gap, Guardian economists Larry
Elliot and Dan Atkinson?s entertaining polemic Fantasy Island and Owen Hatherley?s Guide to th
 e New Ruins of Great Britain are examples for a very critical engagement with different aspects of creative
industries policy. And one should not, of course, forget geographer renegade Jamie Peck?s tireless
attacks on Richard Florida and the urban policies his theses instigated.
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seb olma | 20 Oct 12:47 2014

to share or not to share...

Never Mind the Sharing Economy: Here?s Platform Capitalism

1. A Backlash Against Sharing?
Lately, the so-called ?sharing economy? has been all over the news. Under flashy headlines such as
?Sharing is the New Owning? it is heralded as the solution to the current financial crisis, the path toward
a more sustainable economy or even the harbinger of a post-capitalist society. And while the "sharing
economy" is supposed to be all these wonderful things at once, it also generates such disruptive and
fantastically profitable businesses  like AirBnB, Uber or TaskRabbit. No wonder then, that policy
makers are getting increasingly excited about this ?force for good'. Just a few weeks ago, the British
government announced its intention to ?make the UK the global centre for the sharing economy.? As
Business and Enterprise minister Matthew Hancock rejoiced: ?By backing the sharing economy?
  we?re making sure that Britain is at the forefront of progress and by future proofing our economy we?re
helping to protect the next generation."

Yet, while policy makers and their advisers can hardly contain their enthusiasm, over the course of the
last few months there has been a veritable surge of critical comments on the "sharing economy."
Mainstream media as well as the blogosphere are brimming with furious articles, warning us to not buy into
the ?sharing hype" or even attacking the supposed ?sharing lie.? The American business magazine Forbes
even talks about a "backlash against the sharing economy."

After years of almost unequivocal enthusiasm for the innovative wonders of the "sharing economy," a real
debate finally seems to be emerging. In this short essay, I am going to follow this debate while trying to
find an answer to the question of what the "sharing economy" in fact is.

2. To Share or Not to Share
Not unlike other contemporary policy fashions such as the creative industries or social innovation, the
"sharing economy" throws together a variety of diverse and often unrelated phenomena; from massively
funded technology start-ups like Uber and AirBnB to fair trade cooperatives, borrowing shops and hippie
communes. It would be wrong, however, to understand this confusion as a result of the intellectual
incompetence on the side of trend watchers and innovation consultants. While it is true that the growing
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Jaromil | 19 Oct 21:04 2014

Design patterns, imposed developments and a fracture in Debian

For those interested in technopolitics: the concern around a necessary fork of
Debian is growing. This declaration generated some interesting threads on HN
http://debianfork.org . Pasting it here.

Needless to say I feel very much like the Veteran Unix Admins. Not debating if
this systemd is amazing good code or not - simply smells not to me, knowing
pulseaudio: really made by desktop minded people in comparison, for instance,
to jack

But srsly wearing the admin hat: I would never run anything so big as systemd
on my production servers before it has been at least 10 years around...

     Shall we fork Debian™? :^|


    Who are you?!

   We are Veteran Unix Admins and we are concerned about what is happening to
   Debian GNU/Linux to the point of considering a fork of the project.

    And why would you do that?

   Some of us are upstream developers, some professional sysadmins: we are
   all concerned peers interacting with Debian and derivatives on a daily

   We don't want to be forced to use systemd in substitution to the
   traditional UNIX sysvinit init, because systemd betrays the UNIX
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brian carroll | 17 Oct 09:14 2014

Apple Watch Observations (AWO)

Hello Nettime. I'm in the process of editing an extensive essay
on the Apple Watch in terms of the technological, cultural, and
aesthetic issues it involves within a context of human society.
20% of the edited second draft is finished and I hoped to share
some of the viewpoint in advance of the finalized PDF version,
likely arriving in late December. A logsite (blog) was created to
share the latest edited sections and latest PDF draft versions.
It is too involved to request comments or feedback during this
editing process, though after the paper is finished it would be
fun to discuss and debate the issues and ideas with others.
Copyright is retained on draft versions, file mirroring/storage
is ok. The final version will be copyright free. Merci, btc

> AWO logsite --- sections 0.1 to 2.2

> latest PDF draft version --- sections 0.1 to 2.2 (~18pp)

// select reference urls //

Your Inner Drone: The Politics of the Automated Future (Nicholas Carr)

Nobel Prize in Medicine to Three Who Discovered Brain???s ???Inner GPS???

Metronomes synchronize themselves // video
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Sandra Braman | 17 Oct 10:14 2014

brilliant parody re Morosov

>From historian of technology Thomas Haigh, the ultimate analysis, making
clear how we have all "misunderestimated" Morosov.  Very funny.


oli | 16 Oct 13:32 2014

map about "mos maiorum" operation


a nice media activism project just started:


if you encounter or observe an action part of the european joint police
operation "mos maiorum", in effect from 13th to 26th october with the
target to identify, imprison and finally deport illegalized migrants,
you are asked to mark it on the map.


Brian Holmes | 16 Oct 05:41 2014

Communiqué from occupied Saint Louis University

[ A friend of mine, Nick Smaglio, says this: "They (the occupiers) are 
are group of people who met in the heat of Ferguson, and are committed 
to preventing the non-profits from swallowing the movement they have 
been living in for the last two months. The other night, they led a 
thousands-strong march to SLU and decided to remain there, in that 
bastion of wealth and whiteness. This is a statement that came out of 
the last few days." ]

We’ve Discovered White People!

a communiqué from the occupation of Saint Louis University

Five hundred twenty two years ago, the great Christopher Columbus 
discovered a New World. Monday, on the day we all celebrated the daring 
achievements of that fearless explorer, we too discovered a new world: 
the world of white people.

Having spent the last 65 days protesting the police murder of Michael Brown;

having been beaten, shot at, tear gassed, ridiculed, and smeared since 
the death of our brother;

having been treated as criminals and problems and sub-human beings under 
police occupation our whole lives;

having been told – explicitly and implicitly, with fearful faces on the 
street and with police guns pointed at us – that our lives are worthless 
in the eyes of this society that claims to have achieved justice for all;

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Geert Lovink | 14 Oct 12:17 2014

Evgeny Morozov and the Perils of "Highbrow Journalism"

Dear nettimers,

did anyone of you follow this story? What's behind all this? I suppose Morozov is human and makes mistakes.
He is part of the mainstream media landscape and has to deliver his journalistic pieces in order to stay
into these circles. That's when one starts to make mistakes after a while, I suppose. As a journalist it
would be easier to forgive him copying without attribution (even though he mentioned the author in this
case). The problem is: Morozov is a very visible public intellectual, a critic, and maybe soon even an
academic (after he has gone through the longish American PhD ritual). Morozov is the most wellknown and
visible net critic, let's face it. He is a self-kicker and a loner, and that's his choice. It is part of his
post-soviet image of isolated East-European dissident that liv
 es in a totalitarian regime (in this case Silicon Valley), unable to connect to other likeminded people.
Like many critics he loves to make enemies, in particular amongst his (potential/former) alli
 es, who he loves to alienate. That's his nihilist impuls: finally the entire world conspires against
Morozov. A moment he's been waiting for. Time to turn paranoid. Will this scandal be the beginning of his
downfall? In whose interest? I do not believe it is about plagiarism. It could be about organized envy. Is
it part of the inevitable self-destruction logic that the global infotainment industries imposes on all
its celebs? The higher you fly, the deeper you fall? Can young net or tech critics see through this old media
trick and become immune to the short-lifespam logic that lures them to be burned up before turning 30?

Best, Geert

ps. the name of the blog is interesting in this respect: Taming the Idol.


An Unresolved Issue: Evgeny Morozov, The New Yorker, and the Perils of "Highbrow Journalism"

Last week, The New Yorker published its October 13 issue. It contained an "A Critic at Large" piece by Evgeny
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d.garcia | 14 Oct 16:13 2014

The Language of Politics

Spaces for the Language of Politics

It will be well known in these parts that European Commission is involved in 
an anti-trust struggle/investigation with Google. The threat of a $6 billion 
fine may hurt, just a bit, but in the end it will be little more than a 
pinprick given the mountain of cash and power that Google is sitting on.

The larger question is how to move to a more generative place than the 
pleasurable but futile pastime of ritualised google bashing? The more 
interesting question is whether there is the political will to build new 
spaces for the social media era, capable of conjuring something like a 
genuine public sphere. Meaning what? Meaning a place, with critical mass, 
where we participate as citizens not customers.

Its not always an easy distinction to draw- Habermass made a good job of 
explaining why the distinction can be so tricky -Because private enterprise 
evoke in their customers the idea that in their consumption decisions they 
act in their capacity as citizens the state has to address its citizens as 

If even the most ardent advocates of a free market would draw the line at 
the buying and selling of votes then a reasonable corollary would be that 
public discourse - to be truly public - can not plausibly operate in spaces 
that are founded on profit optimising filters and algorithms.

Even though it feels like history, just a few weeks ago in the Scottish 
Referendum, British politicians suddenly awoke -briefly- from their 
neo-liberal slumber, to discover that financial arguments within which they 
had sought to exclusively couch the debate were not enough. They realised, with a 
collective jolt, that large numbers of people had re-discovered the language 
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Patrice Riemens | 13 Oct 18:48 2014

Jaron Lanier's acceptance speech of the German Booksellers' Peace Prize

Original to: http://www.friedenspreis-des-deutschen-buchhandels.de/819335/
bwo Barbara Strebel

Jaron Lanier

“High tech peace will need a new kind of humanism”

This storied award cannot be given just to me. I can only accept it on
behalf of the global community of digital activists and idealists, even
though many of us disagree profoundly with each other. I also accept this
award in honor of the life of the late Frank Schirrmacher, who was a
fountain of light in our times. He will be terribly missed.

Even though I’d like to give a talk that is mostly positive and inspiring,
in order to be a realist I must sometimes be a little dark. When one
trusts in realism enough, one can burn through the indulgences of
darkness. It often turns out that there is light waiting on the other

Ours is a confusing time. In the developed world we have enjoyed affluence
for long enough to have a hard time appreciating it. We especially love
our gadgets, where we can still find novelty - but we also have strong
evidence that we would be peering over the edge of a precipice if we
opened our eyes more often.

It pains me to intone the familiar list of contemporary perils: Climate
change first of all; population and depopulation spirals utterly out of
sync with our societies; our inability to plan for the decline of cheap
fossil fuels; seemingly inescapable waves of austerity; untenable trends
of wealth concentration; the rise of violent extremisms in so many ways in
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