olivier auber | 30 Oct 19:00 2014

Another (failed) plagiarism

Another (failed) plagiarism of the Poietic Generator by Tate Museum & Bloomberg


Poietic Generator : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poietic_Generator

Olivier Auber

sebastian | 30 Oct 10:27 2014

textz.com: Complete Historical-Critical Edition (2014)

The textz.com Complete Historical-Critical Edition ARG
starts on October 30, 2014, 6 PM UTC at 48.7797,9.1813

o__o  http://t
/##\_ extz.com

Janos Sugar | 29 Oct 00:42 2014

internet tax .hu

Around 100,000 Hungarians rally for democracy as internet tax hits nerve



Patrice Riemens | 27 Oct 14:48 2014

Zoe Williams on the London Police's infiltration methods (Guardian)

Okay, it's a bit stating of the obvious, since Fouche, Napoleon's police
minister considered all potential, if not actual, enemies of the state
already. But it's fairly well written and the message cannot be (re)stated
often enough.
(If I was Cato, I would add 'Blame Blair')


Original to (for background & links):

These Stasi-style outrages show just how low Britain’s spies will stoop

Revelations of never-ending surveillance suggest that police and MI5
consider radical views criminal in themselves

By Zoe Williams
The Guardian, Monday 27 October 2014

‘Did he report every contraction back to the police? What use was that for
information purposes? That is a moment so intimate, and I shared it with a
ghost.” The first compensation award, of £425,000, has been made to
Jacqui, one of the women impregnated in the mid-90s by a police officer
pretending to be an activist. She said last year that it felt as though
she had been raped by the state: there was discussion at the time about
whether or not those two things could ever be comparable, non-consensual
sex and consensual sex under false pretences.

The language doesn’t exist to describe this crime, and that consigns us to
imperfect analogies: it is an invasion beyond privacy and beyond sex, into
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nettime's avid reader | 27 Oct 10:24 2014

Speech at Franco Berardi's PhD Defence in Helsinki

Speech at Franco Berardi’s PhD Defence in Helsinki

October 24, 2014

(It has been a special honour and a pleasure for me to act as opponent
for Franco Berardi’s PhD defence at Aalto University, School of
Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki on October 23, 2014. You can
read more about the event on the Future Art Base website [1]. A video
of the two hour ceremony, which included an introduction to the thesis
by Franco Berardi, me reading the text below and a debate between the
two of us will become available in a little while. Semiotext(e) will
publish a version of the thesis by the end of 2015. /geert)

[1] http://www.futureartbase.org/2014/10/16/the-bifo-effect/

By Geert Lovink

Being a decade younger, I heard for the first time from him and
his activities around 1980, when stories about Radio Alice were
spreading throughout Europe. True, the Amsterdam free radio scene,
operating out of the squatters movement of the time, had a multitude
of (local) roots but Radio Alice was certainly one of them. The
Bologna uprising of 1977, in which Bifo played a crucial role,
predated our most tumultuous year, 1980, and was thus a an important
source of inspiration for the revolts in Amsterdam, Zurich and Berlin.
What we shared was our common desire to find out what ‘autonomy’
could look like in different parts of Western Europe which lacked any
trace of its own ‘operaist’ workers movement.
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nettime's avid reader | 24 Oct 12:02 2014

MI5 spied on leading British historians for decades

MI5 spied on leading British historians for decades, secret files
reveal Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill had phones tapped,
correspondence intercepted and friends and wives monitored

    Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian, Friday 24 October 2014        


MI5 amassed hundreds of records on Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill,
two of Britain’s leading historians who were both once members of
the Communist party, secret files have revealed.

The scholars were subjected to persistent surveillance for decades
as MI5 and police special branch officers tapped and recorded their
telephone calls, intercepted their private correspondence and
monitored their contacts, the files show. Some of the surveillance
gave MI5 more details about their targets’ personal lives than any
threat to national security.

The files, released at the National Archives on Friday, reveal the
extent to which MI5, including its most senior officers, secretly
kept tabs on the personal and professional activities of communists
and suspected communists, a task it began before the cold war. The
papers also show that MI5 opened personal files on the popular
Oxford historian AJP Taylor, the writer Iris Murdoch, and the
moral philosopher Mary Warnock after they and Hill signed a letter
supporting a march against the nuclear bomb in 1959.

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oli | 21 Oct 09:22 2014

Interim report: documenting racist controls with mapping software

fyi, original to:


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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