sophie toupin | 29 Aug 14:13 2014

CFP Feminism and (Un)Hacking

Dear all,

It would be great to have some of you contribute to this special issue
of the Journal of Peer Production.  All sorts of articles are sought
after (not only academic papers): short essays, conference reports,
portraits, interviews or any other type of contributions you can think
of. The deadline to send an abstract is September 8.



Journal of Peer Production (JoPP)
Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking

Editors:  Shaowen Bardzell, Lilly Nguyen, Sophie Toupin

There has been a recent growth in interest in feminist approaches to
practices like hacking, tinkering, geeking and making. What started off
as an interest in furthering representations of women in the technical
fields of computer science and engineering, often along the lines of
liberal feminism, has now grown into social, cultural, and political
analyses of gendered modes of social reproduction, expertise, and work,
among others. Practices of hacking, tinkering, geeking, and making have
been criticized for their overtly masculinist approaches, often anchored
in the Euro-American techno-centers of Silicon Valley and Cambridge that
have created a culture of entrepreneurial heroism and a certain
understanding of technopolitical liberation, or around the German Chaos
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michael gurstein | 28 Aug 12:15 2014

Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It's All About the Platform Monopolies-Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Version with formatting, links and comments:

Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It's All About the
Platform Monopolies-Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc. 

Michael Gurstein 
 <at> michaelgurstein

Amidst all the storm and thunder surrounding the ever-elusive Net
Neutrality (NN) (the FCC call for comments on NN elicited some 1.1
million interventions), the actual point of the exercise at least from
the perspective of those looking for an Internet supportive of an
open, free, just and democratic Internet seems to have gotten rather
lost. Whether "Net Neutrality" is or is not possible from a technical
perspective - pragmatists argue yes, purists argue no; whether NN
is or is not a fundamental necessity for innovation and economic
progress; or whether NN is something that should even be addressed at
all given that it represents for some the creeping hand of control
over the Internet that so many find repugnant-all these issues and
arguments are still raging in the OpEds and online forums from Silicon
Valley to New York to Tokyo and beyond.

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Geert Lovink | 28 Aug 11:25 2014

new email list on the history of webcultures

WebCultures aims to bring together a growing number of researchers in the fields of web and internet
history as well as the many archivists, artists, theorists, ethnographers, social scientists, critics
and practitioners whose work intersects with the history of the web and new media culture. 

Ideally, the list will provide relevant announcements as well as a space for rich discussion and
collaboration, for example around the following topics and questions:

Mapping the field 
What are established and emerging themes in web and internet history? Is it already possible to map a web
historiography, in the sense of an overview of canonical questions, approaches and knowledge? How does
existing work address the range of possible histories of web cultures, producers and users, media and
communication forms, websites and platforms, web aesthetics, standards and protocols, software and
programming languages, groups and institutions?

Where do web and internet history fit in existing media studies and communications programs? What kinds of
digital media history courses are being developed? Should students born in the 1990s learn about Gopher
or the development of RSS - and if so, what are the best ways to interest and motivate them?

Resources and methods
What on- and offline archives related to web and internet history are available, and how else is this
history being preserved? What methods and tools are available for web archiving and for mining existing
web archives? How can knowledge of the specific problems involved in doing web history be pooled?

Relationship to other domains 
How can web history build on existing work in media and communications history? What does it have to offer
research focused on newer objects of study such as social media platforms and the Whatsapp generation of
communication apps? Conversely, how does the appearance of these new objects affect how we view and
research web history? 

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Patrice Riemens | 26 Aug 12:27 2014

Goanet 20 yrs!


Goanet is as old as nettime - and still going strong (if querulous at
times ;-)

Cheers, p+2D!

> August 25th, 2014
> Dear Goanetters,
> Today Goanet passes a remarkable milestone -- it's 20th anniversary!
> Today, we take the internet for granted. We spend so much time on the
> internet hashtagging memorieson Twitter and Instagram, following our
> friends on Facebook, searching Google for everything buying stuff, trading
> emails, and so on. The internet keeps us connected to the rest of the
> world at all times.
> But 20 years ago, the internet as we know it was just getting started, and
> people didn?t really know what to make of it. In those days the internet
> was not as user friendly. But, a small group of managed to fine each other
> on Internet Relay Chat and started a mailing list. The first mailing list
> was really just people sending emails to my inbox prefaced with a *, and
> I'd forward them on to users who signed up.  After a year or so we had our
> first mailing list program do the work for us.  And, here we are today.
> Goanet has remained a volunteer-driven operation. We've had many
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Patrice Riemens | 25 Aug 17:32 2014

Ippolita Collective, In the Facebook Aquarium, part III, section 6 (concluded)

Dear Nettimers,

With this issue of Nettime's Facebook Aquarium 'feuilleton', we have
reached the end of part III, and of the book as well. This - I repeat',
Q&D, 'Quick & Dirty' - translation will now undergo a tedious process of
revision and editing, including a without doubt scathing censure by the
Ippolita collective ;-)

And I am going on holiday!

patrizio & Diiiinooos!
Groningen, August 25, 2014


Ippolita Collective, In the Facebook Aquarium Part III

The Freedoms of the Net

Beyond technophobia: let's build convivial technologies together! (section
6, concluded)

Collaboration can progressively evolve into convivial technology, but only
in so far as it stops being part of the ongoing chatter, addresses a real
audience, and starts creating a shared space, a space that can be
developed both in an individual and in a collective sense [47]. If a space
succeeds in giving individuals a sense of fulfillment, then it might get
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Alex Foti | 26 Aug 17:25 2014

World at War? Counter-revolution and Unbalanced Multipolarism

dear 'timers,

we are living in a William Gibson novel and it ain't pretty:
hypermediatization, random cruelty, aberrant irrationality, political
and ecological disintegration seem to rule the world.

yet there is a simple hobbesian logic to this all - i propose a simple
model to interpret the horrific events of 2014 based on two hypotheses
- one that the counter-revolution is trying to gain the upper hand in
the Middle East and elsewhere after the revolutionary wave of 2011
(let's call it the thermidorian hypothesis, incarnated by say Sisi and
Netanyahu) and two that we have entered a geopolitical era based on
a multipolar system which is unbalanced, i.e. where regional powers
vie for influence and dominance in the various areas of the world and
sectors of the global economy, augmenting the risk of war.

Since the G20 was first convened in April 2009 to address the
macroeconomic imbalances created by the financial crisis, it's clear
that the West is no longer in control of the world, and emergent
powers and sovereign funds increasingly call the shots. The reckless
bid to global hegemony launched by bushism in Iraq and Afghanistan has
failed miserably and marked an end to the post-cold-war world order of
unipolar (and often unilateral) American power, the "hyperpuissance"
as the French called it, of the 90s and 00s.

The Arab Spring and its aftermath has further exposed the political
and military weakness of the US and its EU allies. The intervention of
the west was crucial only in Libya, and it was initiated by the French
and only reluctantly Obama joined. Unfortunately, the overthrow and
execution of Qaddafi (justified in my eyes) has not led to some rough
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Patrice Riemens | 23 Aug 15:37 2014

Evgeny Morozov: How much for your data? (LMD)

>From Le Monde Diplomatique English Edition, August 2014.

What you whistle in the shower
How much for your data?

Rapacious financialisation risks turning everything we are and have into
a productive asset. And the foremost asset is our personal data, mined
by digitalised technology.

by Evgeny Morozov

Oral-B, a Procter & Gamble company, this year launched its SmartSeries
Bluetooth toothbrush — an essential appliance for what the firm calls
“the well-connected bathroom”. It connects to your smartphone, where its
app tracks brushing tasks (have you flossed? cleaned the tongue?
rinsed?) and highlights areas of the mouth (visualised on the phone
screen) that deserve more attention. More importantly, as the
toothbrush’s website proudly announces, it also “records brushing
activity as data that you can chart on your own and share with dental
professionals.” What happens to that data — whether it goes to these
dental professionals, or your insurance company, stays with you or is
appended to your data already owned by Facebook and Google — is a
controversial question.

The realisation that data produced by everyday appliances, smart
toothbrushes or smart toilets, can be monetised has produced an
interesting resistance against the data-hoarding attitudes of Silicon
Valley giants, who mint billions while we only get free services. A
populist critique has emerged: let’s challenge these data monopolies and
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Patrice Riemens | 23 Aug 15:35 2014

Ippolita Collective, In the Facebook Aquarium, part III, section 6 (continued)

Ippolita Collective, In the Facebook Aquarium Part III

The Freedoms of the Net

Beyond technophobia: let's build convivial technologies together!
(section 6, continued)

Our social dimension is not necessarily defined by current technologies.
Mobile phones have become almost compulsory, and the same is slowly
happening with mass social media. But it is not unavoidable. We /could/
decide that we do not want to become Facebook's offshoots, nor Google+ 's
children, or of any other sociality platforms managed 'for our own good';
we could try to find out together something better to nurture our social
life, just as some people do with respect to what they eat. Our
communication life could then become a deeply satisfying feast instead of
a void that gets steadily more difficult to fill.

A convivial information (regime) is possible, one which favours the
realisation of individual freedom and empowerment within a society
adequately equipped with efficient tools. The logical outcome of this
critique of  domination-oriented information is inevitably /"small is
beautiful"/. Because size matters. Beyond certain numbers, a fixed
hierarchy becomes a requirement to manage the relationships between human
beings, and actually between all beings in general, and even with and
between things. This because everything is 'relative': everything is 'in
relationship with'. If, instead of (having to do with) ten people, in a
circumscribed space, maintaining truly unique relationships between each
other, we have to do with thousands, nay, millions  of people, relativity
gives way to homology. To have one thousand friends does not make any
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mp | 22 Aug 21:41 2014

a political, commons-based evaluation of Bitcoin

* In Conclusion

Despite all the drawbacks mentioned, Bitcoin remains a landmark and
pivotal development, showing that globally scaleable currencies are
technically feasible. It sets the stage for potential commons-based
p2p-driven currency systems and the Bitcoin ledger can become a tool for
self-organizing communities.

-------- Original Message --------

Could be of interest to this community:

seb olma | 20 Aug 10:32 2014

Erich Honecker & the Internet of Things

Hi there,

some weeks ago, Brian made a number of very lucid points on Rifkin's latest work on zero marginal cost, IoT
etc. I have been looking at this in the context of the MyCreativity project I am organizing with Geert at the
INC (conference in November etc,, we posted this some time ago, I think). This is the piece, might be of
interest to some Nettimers:



Patrice Riemens | 19 Aug 16:16 2014

Ippolita Collective, In the Facebook Aquarium, part III,

Ippolita Collective, In the Facebook Aquarium Part III

The Freedoms of the Net

Beyond technophobia: let's build convivial technologies together
(section 6)

Worldwide congenital blather, the 'global tribe' imagined by McLuhan, is
now with us. Our world is now balkanized, fragmented into individual circles
managed by corporate mega-machines. Technical apparatuses are like anatomical
extensions making human organs more powerful. This because "technology is now
part of our body" and it is impossible to do without or even to get rid
of it. McLuhan's analysis should then work as a canary in the coal mine when
faced with such a threatening form of domination:

"Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private
manipulation of those who would try to benefit from taking a lease on our
eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left." [36]

One loses one's civic rights there, but first and foremost, one loses
one's personal autonomy, in terms of forfeited competences which never
will be developed again. Forty years after such a clear-sighted by the
Canadian sociologist, while the costs of this maimed ubiquity should be
definitely unmistakable, the technological drift has folded itself around
us in its ever more stifling coils, to the effect that we delegate more
and more. We are all willing termini of a global network and this
integration process does not look like as it could be stopped. Even when
one is aware of the enormous problems the use of these technologies
causes, there are very few
possibilities to opt out of them: several tracks pursued by various people
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