Geert Lovink | 15 Apr 16:16 2014

report of the 1st MoneyLab event (Amsterdam,

Dear nettimers,

on March 21-22 2014 the first MoneyLab event was held, here in Amsterdam, organized by the Institute of
Network Cultures. It took place in the bankrupted Smart Project Space facilities near Leidseplein (now
called Lab111). The conference covered, besides the general topic of money theory, monetization and the
impact of the 2008 global financial crisis issues such as bitcoin and other crypto-currencies,
crowdfunding research and mobile money. There was also a lot of emphasis on artistic responses to money
politics. If you want to you more please visit the MoneyLab blog on the INC website and subscribe to the
mailinglist ( There you
can also find out more information about possible next workshops and events such as the plann
 ed second MoneyLab conference in London (early 2015).

Videos, photos and blog reports of all contributions can be found here: 



Patrice Riemens | 15 Apr 11:26 2014

Ippolita Collective, In the Facebook Aquarium Part Two, section #2

(section 2)
Libertarians - or a short history of capitalism on steroids

Libertarianism is a rather heterogeneous set of political currents which
came to the fore in the sixties promoting a radical strengthening of
individual liberties, this strictly within a 'free market' context. These
political positions have nothing in common with and are totally adverse to
any kind of socialist tradition or practice. Some of its representative
may admit to keeping a bare minimum of shared society, and may head under
the banner of /minarchism/ - proposing a minimalist state by deliberately
jumbling together social relationships with social institutions. But truly
radical individualism, posing as "anarchist", as it is set out in the
works of the better known libertarian authors as Murray N Rothbard, Robert
Nozick or Ayn Rand, can only come to fruition if all oppressing social
institutions are dismantled, first and foremost the State; hence the
somewhat paradoxical definition 'anarcho-liberals' [anarcho-libertarians?
-transl]  or 'anarcho-capitalists' [1].

A good start to understand the theoretical context in which
anarcho-capitalism came into being, is the work of Murray Rothbard, the
first author to use the 'libertarian' monicker in his writings. Rothbard,
an economist who was also a student of Ludwig von Mises in New York in the
40s, manages a quirky synthesis between the ferocious anti-socialism of
the Austrian (economic) School and American individualist thinkers,
especially Lysander Spooner and Benjamin Tucker. According to the Austrian
School, free market capitalism is the only economic system that will
vouchsafe individual freedom: it is good 'by nature'. Equally, property
rights are 'natural rights', and expanding property forms the only bulwark
to protect 'true liberty'.  Any system interfering between the individual
and the enjoyment of her/his private property is oppressive by definition,
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Patrice Riemens | 15 Apr 10:07 2014

Fwd: Recognition of third gender (in India)

Bwo Sarai Reader List/ Nagraj A

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From: chayanika shah <chayanikashah@...>
Date: 15 April 2014 12:02
Subject: Some good news

And here is one Supreme Court judgement given by Justice K S Radhakrishnan
and A K Sikri, that came this morning, that can warm our hearts and be
soothing balm for the troubled minds. It is in the context of transgender
rights. The main features as shared by Lawyers Collective who were fighting
this case:

Appears to be a fantastic victory!!

Here are the main points:

1. Recognition of third gender.
2. Recognition of people who identify in the opposite sex based on
self-identification. Includes female identifying as male and male
identifying as female.
3. Non-recognition of gender identity amounts to discrimination under Arts
 14, 15 and 16.
4. Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity
amounts to discrimination on the ground of sex under Art  15.
5. No SRS required for recogntition of gender identity.
6. Persons gender identity based on their choice is protected under the
7. A series of directions have been given to the Centre and States based on
the above.
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nettime's_spam_kr!k!t | 14 Apr 23:01 2014

Yahoo: An Update on our DMARC Policy to Protect Our Users


An Update on our DMARC Policy to Protect Our Users

   By Jeff Bonforte, SVP of Communications Products

   Today I did a search on "we never locked our doors" and here are some
   of the top results:

     * "...until the 1980's."
     * "...when I was growing up."
     * "...because everybody knew everybody, and there was no crime..."
     * "...until about five years ago."
     * "...but now you have to make sure everything is locked up."

   Similarly, when email was designed over 30 years ago, everyone knew
   everyone, there was no crime and no need to "lock the doors".

   The world has changed. So while email is an essential tool for business
   and personal life, it is also the focus for some of those who endeavor
   to do us harm. The new normal across the web can include massive
   attempts at account hacking, email spoofing (forging sender identity)
   and phishing attacks (tricking a user to give up account credentials).

   The doors to your inbox need another lock.

   Because of the rise of spoofing and phishing attacks, the industry saw
   a need over two years ago to require emails to be sent more securely
   and formed an organization, including Yahoo, Google, Aol, Microsoft,
   LinkedIn, and Facebook, to work out a solution. The organization
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Florian Cramer | 14 Apr 20:50 2014

Re: Will your insurance company subsidize your quantified self?

This is likely the beginning of a social class and status symbol
reversal for electronic technology and digital devices. It's
foreseeable that affordable healthcare, transport, insurance policies,
pension plans, will only be available to those who subscribe to
behavioral tracking and control via mobile sensor devices, and have
themselves monitored for compliant lifestyles. And whatever will be
left of welfare cheques and unemployment severance pay, will only be
paid on the condition of behavioral tracking as well.

As Enzensberger's "Rules for the Digital World" suggest - somewhat
unintentionally -, freedom of electronic devices will be a privilege
of the wealthy. In the near future, to be upper class will no longer
mean that you carry the latest electronic gadget, but that you can
afford the luxury surcharge for a life without tracking devices.


On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 6:04 PM, Keith Sanborn <mrzero@...> wrote:

> It wd be interesting to make public how that figures into actuarial tables.

Brian Holmes | 14 Apr 21:13 2014

Re: Douglas Belkin, Caroline Porter: Corporate Cash Alters

On 04/13/2014 03:41 PM, © Robbins wrote:

> Actually these "trends" have been recognized as in existence for
> far longer . Relative to my own experience on the academy ( in
> California, ) their both overt and covert "influence" relative to
> the directives of curricula has been exercised since the mid-'90's

Yeah, it would be interesting to hear more about it, how you saw it
happening. I guess there are a lot of avenues.

In the US, corporate influence over curriculum and facilities (labs,
research centers) undoubtedly goes somehow back to the origins of the
giant corporation in the early twentieth century. But it ramped up a
serious notch during WWII. Here's David Noble in his book Forces of

“By 1944, the government was spending $700 million per year on
research, ten times the 1938 amount. In 1940, 70 percent of government
research took place in government facilities; by 1944 70 percent of
it was being performed in non-government facilities – 50 percent by
private firms and 20 percent by university personnel. Of the two
thousand industrial firms awarded a total of $1 billion in contracts,
eighty-six received two-thirds of that and ten almost 40 percent.
During the war, the Bell Labs received $42 million and General Motors
$39 million in contracts, along with patent rights. Among the academic
institutions, the largest contractors were the elite universities
such as MIT ($56 million), California Institute of Technology ($40
million), Columbia ($15 million) and Harvard ($10 million). For
the people who would come to dominate postwar science, a military
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Felix Stalder | 14 Apr 09:58 2014

Will your insurance company subsidize your quantified self?

[Is there a difference between subsidizing those who do and penalizing
whose who don't? Felix]

Apple may seek health insurer subsidies for iWatch fitness bands

Posted 04/11/2014 07:27 PM ET

Apple (AAPL) could be looking to health insurance companies to help
subsidize its rumored iWatch fitness bands in the same way that wireless
carriers subsidize the cost of smartphones.

That speculation comes from Timothy Arcuri, an analyst with Cowen & Co.
He raised the possibility on Friday in a research note that discussed
possible product launches, including the iWatch, later this year from Apple.

"We continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is
backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization model similar to the
carrier subsidization model for iPhone," he wrote.

Its pitch apparently would be that an Apple a day keeps the doctor away.
In other words, if people wearing an Apple iWatch are more cognizant of
steps taken, calories burned, blood pressure, heart rate and other
biometric data, they will lead healthier lives and have less need for
medical care.

Arcuri thinks Apple will introduce the wearable device in September to
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Frederick FN Noronha | 14 Apr 05:57 2014

Noronhagram x3: Alaa Abdel Fattah / a teacher / Braille +

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

Frederick FN Noronha wrote:

     Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah (DemocracyNow)
     Raspberry Pi + young Indian tech skills + Python = a teacher to let
     Braille, Project Mudra, screen readers, digital texts, Daisy, NVDA,

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Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 04:32:01 +0530
Subject: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah (DemocracyNow)

Exclusive: Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah
on Prison, Regime's "War on a Whole Generation"
FN Phone +91-832-2409490 Mobile +91-9822122436

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Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:56:35 +0530
Subject: Raspberry Pi + young Indian tech skills + Python = a teacher to let

Sanskriti Dhawle (culture.dawle at and Aman Srivastav are going
places. Literally. These 20-year-old second-year techology students at the
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d.garcia | 13 Apr 11:40 2014

Just Like Us

Just Like Us: From Cyber-Separatism to the Politics of Anyone

Can the occupation of the cyber mainstream of the big social media
platforms by post 2011 political protesters be seen as the repudiation of
the "cyber separatism" of the Indymedia of the 90s and early Noughties?
Could this development be symptomatic a wider -majoritarian turn- of a new
generation of activists', encapsulated in the slogan we are the 99%?

If true, does this suggest that it may be time to take another look at
the new political economies of scale pioneered by the much maligned
clicktivists, the massive web based initiatives such as MoveOn and
Avaaz as offering important tools in harnessing that most dangerous of
all political phantoms; the public?

New Sense of the Commons - New Common Sense

Last week’s conference Digital Activism, at Kings College London
drew a large audience. High expectations of the event were generated
(I think) principally because it was convened by Paolo Gerbaudo,
whose book Tweets and the Streets, is an insightful account of
the assumptions and contradictions surrounding the new practices
of protest and politics that he found visiting the three primary
locations of protest in the 2011 yearof protest. Based on extensive
ethnographic research with extracts frommore than 80 interviews,
he structures his account through his encounters with, what he
describes as -the tortuous interaction between online communication
and on-the-ground organising which characterized the emergence of
this movement.- From this research he has made important progress
on influential contemporary narratives around horizontalism and
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Patrice Riemens | 13 Apr 08:54 2014

Douglas Belkin, Caroline Porter: Corporate Cash Alters University Curricula (WSJ)

Here an 'objectivist' description of the phenomenon that regularly stirs
up the discussion on this list. Kind of reality check on mainstream
cheers 9or not), p+5D!

original to:

Corporate Cash Alters University Curricula
By Douglas Belkin and Caroline Porter
April 7, 2014

More companies are entering partnerships with colleges to help design
curricula, as state universities seek new revenue and industry tries
to close a yawning skills gap.

The University of Maryland has had to tighten its belt, cutting seven
varsity sports teams and forcing faculty and staff to take furlough
days. But in a corner of the campus, construction workers are building
a dormitory specifically designed for a new academic program.

Many of the students who live there will be enrolled in a
cybersecurity concentration funded in part by Northrop Grumman Corp.
NOC -0.42% The defense contractor is helping to design the curriculum,
providing the computers and paying part of the cost of the new dorm.

Such partnerships are springing up from the dust of the recession,
as state universities seek new revenue and companies try to close a
yawning skills gap in fast-changing industries.
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Patrice Riemens | 11 Apr 21:50 2014

Ippolita Collective, In the Facebook Aquarium Part Two, section #1

Part II

The Libertarian World Domination Project: Hacking, Social Network(s),
Activism and Institutional Politics.

(section 1)
Online Ideologies: Google as Heir to the Enlightenment, and Facebook the
Libertarian one.

We are now coming to the issue which is concerning us directly and is also
the closest to our heart: politics. Even though politics appears to have
very little connexion with social network, it is precisely the political
ideology behind their respective business model that makes out the major
difference between online sociality's two giants and long time
competitors: Facebook and Google.

Our Ippolita Collective spared no effort to attack wholeheartedly the
totalitarism of Google [*], the platform where the world's information
transits through. Yet one may also somehow position Google within the
tradition of the Age of Enlightenment. Google pursues the old dream of
global knowledge accessible to all who benefit from its benign and
enlightened tyranny. To liberate the human being from her/his 'minority
position' and making her/him more autonomous was the aim of Enlightenment,
and one will surely gladly adhere to that ideal. But then, the dark side
of Google is also the Enlightenment's dark side: its unrestrained display
of scientific rationality, of technological advances, and of all myths 
that go with them. Ratio's regressive moment comes with the advent of the
barbary of total control, of human alienation - and of the life-world as a
whole - all in the name of a machinic religion. There is no doubt that
Google represents the icon of the mega-machine in all its positive and
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