David Garica | 1 May 18:46 2015

Tactical Media Connections update: May 1, 2015

   Dear Nettimers, the 1st of May seems like a good date on which to give
   you a detailed update on -Tactical Media Connections- a program of
   public research which we launched in Amsterdam, last July. It was a
   response to the fact that many of the concerns and practices identified
   as Tactical Media in the 1990s have re-emerged with renewed urgency in
   recent years. Whilst at the same time we have been aware of kind of
   historical amnesia in which important projects, people and practices
   seemed in danger of slipping out of mind. This is worrying as important
   forms of renewal depend on collective memory and dialogue accross the
   generations and geographies.

   If you are interested to become involved in these meetings or the
   project described below please contact the projectors initiators Eric
   Kluitenberg and David Garcia.

   David Garcia
   Eric Kluitenberg

   Tactical Media Connections update: May 1, 2015

   A public research trajectory tracing the legacies of Tactical Media and
   its connections to the present.

   Tactical Media Connections is an extended trajectory of collaborative
   research tracing the legacies of Tactical Media and mapping the
   relationships between its precursors and its progeny. The program is
   realised through a series of meetings and exhibitions, culminating in
   the publication of a Tactical Media Anthology with contributions and
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Örsan Şenalp | 1 May 16:22 2015

A co-operations research unit on networked labour university, in progress

Dear Net-timers,

This is about an open co-operations research unit kicked-off on
Networked Labour University (http://networkedlabour.networg.nl/moodle)
where peers can co-operate by setting-up online regular meetings,
drawing maps, sharing files and
other materials, and organise public webinars, etc. to coordinate
communication and organise regular work-action groups. Anyone can join
in and build such group within a broader space for peer knowledge and
culture production. The group that is up now to build a Co-Operations
Research Agenda and Curriculum that would feed in other courses and
activities that are provided over NLU and other similar free education
platforms. The work group is initially titled as:

'P2P and Commons Critique of Great Transformation: From Industrial
Disciplinary Global Capitalism to Trans-Human Zombie Informationalism'

There is a wiki dedicated to build on:

The wiki will be regularly harmonised with a page previously
configured on the P2P-Foundation's website:

Any comment, critics, suggestion, and modification is more then
welcome and do feel free to share the word.


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nettime's_karbon_klub | 30 Apr 19:11 2015

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> It is not known what mechanism precipitates a spontaneous negentropic
> 'situation' in an open system (the most fundamental example being
> the'rise' of Life from ???).

Can it be the ability of carbon to form more and 'p2p' connections
allowing the formation of molecules out of variety of combination of
different elemente, paving way to emergence of richer and higher forms
of energy and information flows from sub-quanta to macro levels? 

> But any such situation requires an energy input from the environs of
> that situation... A negentropic situation is one where energy is being
> consumed at a faster rate than is the case in simple entropic
> decline...

exactly... p2p allows more of that, while enclosure means second law of
thermodynamics and disorganization! 

may be not!?

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nettime's_ex-journo | 29 Apr 21:50 2015

Marshall Project: Bill Keller interviews David Simon


David Simon in Baltimore in 2010. JOSHUA ROBERTS/GETTY IMAGES FOR THE

FILED 7:32 a.m. 04.29.2015 Q&A David Simon on Baltimore's Anguish
Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of "real policing." By BILL

David Simon is Baltimore's best-known chronicler of life on the hard
streets. He worked for The Baltimore Sun city desk for a dozen years,
wrote "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" (1991) and with former
homicide detective Ed Burns co-wrote "THE CORNER: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF
AN INNER-CITY NEIGHBORHOOD"1 (1997), which Simon adapted into an HBO
miniseries. He is the creator, executive producer and head writer of the
HBO television series "The Wire" (2002-2008). Simon is a member of The
Marshall Project's advisory board. He spoke with Bill Keller on Tuesday.

		"The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood"
		by David Simon and former Boston homicide detective Ed Burns,

BK: What do people outside the city need to understand about what's
going on there -- the death of Freddie Gray and the response to it?

DS: I guess there's an awful lot to understand and I'm not sure I
understand all of it. The part that seems systemic and connected is that
the drug war -- which Baltimore waged as aggressively as any American
city -- was transforming in terms of police/community relations, in
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nettime's_co-coo | 28 Apr 20:57 2015

NBC: Baltimore Protests: Orioles Exec on 'Lives and Dreams Cut Short'


     NEWS /U.S. NEWS 

Baltimore Protests: Orioles Executive Offers Perspective on 'Lives and
Dreams Cut Short' When a sports broadcaster said that protesters hurt
their own cause by disrupting other people's lives, a Baltimore Orioles
executive responded in a lengthy defense Saturday that "people are
suffering and dying around the U.S."

The exchange happened on Saturday, during protests in Baltimore over the
death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a spinal cord injury in police
custody. Those protests were far less violent than the riots that
convulsed the city on Tuesday.

That night, fans at the Orioles game were kept inside the ballpark for
their own safety. Brett Hollander, a radio personality from WBAL-AM,
posted on Twitter:

     It's written in our Constitution In the first Amendment "right of the
     people peaceably to assemble" I think a key word is 'peaceably." 
     -- Brett Hollander ( <at> BrettHollander) April 26, 2015

     Everyone should feel fortunate for our freedoms in this country, as
     written in our Constitution.... (1/4) 
     -- Brett Hollander ( <at> BrettHollander) April 26, 2015

     I'm by no means a legal scholar, so please understand that, but protests
     should not violate the basic freedoms of non-protestors. (2/4) 
     -- Brett Hollander ( <at> BrettHollander) April 26, 2015
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Brian Holmes | 28 Apr 05:52 2015

Go Baltimore

Hey, I heard something in the USA! People are, like, talkin' in 
Baltimore! They're makin' smoke signals and everything! They're 
signifying! Go Baltimore!

We live here in a country of great democratic ideals, murderous class 
violence, and until about a year ago, effective repression of any 
serious public speech. America needs an operation on its collective 
larynx. We're crippled, my friends. We gotta learn to talk again.

Go Baltimore!

???Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to 
be destroyed by thugs,??? said the mayor (or maybe just a zombie with an 
honorific?). Hmm, what about the sadistic power-crazed thugs that kill 
people when it pleases them?

As I recall, the finest hour of the American collectivity was the civil 
rights movement back in the '60s. As I recall, we got a president today 
who was elected in honor of that movement. As I recall, the finest hour 
of the American collectivity involved huge riots, cities in flames, 
national guard on the streets. As I recall, everyone in America is duty 
bound by law to recall how fine was that hour. As I recall, some 
bastards who behave exactly like the military on foreign soil just broke 
an innocent man's neck because they didn't like the way he looked. As I 
recall, that does not exactly fit with our finest ideals.

Who knows where this thing is gonna go? Please remember that the 
rebellions of Detroit and Newark in '67, and just about everywhere in 
'68, were followed by the most extreme right-wing repression we have 
ever known in this country. And that was the foundation of neoliberalism 
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Örsan Şenalp | 27 Apr 16:08 2015

To Save the World… Preface by Bernard Stiegler for

Originally Posted ???

Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer activist and founder of the Peer-to-Peer
Foundation, has a new book out, in French, entitled Saving the World:
Towards a post-capitialist society with peer-to-peer. In the book
Michel, with his collaborator Jean Lievens, argues that a new
distributed and de-centralised economic model is necessary to shake up
the world and  drive us towards a post-capitalist society. In a
wide-ranging, impassioned and ambitious, perhaps idealistic,
diagramming of a new mode of living and working Bauwens reaches for a
different way of performing economics and the political.

The book has a preface by Bernard Stiegler that has been shared on the
Peer-to-Peer Foundation website and so I have translated it. I have
offered this to the foundation and I would be pleased if it is of use
to them or to anyone else. The copyright of the text remains under the
license attributed to the original book.

Preface by Bernard Stiegler

To Bauwens, M. and Lievens, J. 2015. Sauver le monde. Vers une soci??t??
post-capitaliste avec le peer-to-peer, Editions Les Liens Qui
Lib??rent. [Saving the World: Towards a post-capitalist society with

Over the course of the next twenty years, automation will instigate
the decline of a society founded on salaried jobs: 49% of jobs will
disappear in the United States, 43% in Great Britain, 50% in Belgium,
56% in Italy and Poland[1]. This huge transformation, resulting from
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Örsan Şenalp | 27 Apr 13:57 2015

some reflections on the history-hack by Holmes: new brief history of

This is Brian's Volatile Smile - Information's Metropolis online:

Full of hacks..

Just tried to point 2 of the sharpest points that created a cerebral
drift in my mind (though I need to look further for facts and figures
to establish the idea) in Brian Holmes' de-tour of Chicago, the
Information's Metropolis. Potentially I believe that the story Holmes
lies down here might change the brief history of neoliberalism into
the longer history of emergence of global Informationalism as the
sub-structure, mode of production kicking off sort of Renaissance 2.0.
Which might be starting somewhere in the mid-late 19th century, and
evolving into Modernism 2.0, with ups and downs, turbulence and vortex
created by crises, wars, revolutions, and counter- passive revolutions
spreading capitalism globally in in the late 20 and early 21th
century; bringing about potentially further 'Enlightenment' for some
of us, while growing the shadow of darkness for more with global
religious wars, surveillance, fascism and Nazisms..

The first point is the role of philoscienticst immigrated from Eastern
European to UK and USA played in the recent world history; ex-citizens
of fallen Austo-Hungarian Empire either emigrated US during the 1. or
2. World War and their children, like the case of Melamed in Holmes'
piece. The fact that almost all names bear direct and indirect
influence of Ernst Mach; who was buried by Lenin in his criticism of
Mach and Avernarious' Emprio-Criticism, most and foremost to eliminate
his political rival Bogdanov and his attempt to advance dialectical
materialism by putting Mach's idealist energetism upside down and
syhtesise it by Marx' abstraction methodology that tuned inside out by
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agent humble | 22 Apr 21:04 2015

The Bot Bubble: How Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency


Every morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a
watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building
decorated with ornate stonework in Lapu-Lapu City. The building towers
above the slums surrounding it—houses made of scrap wood with muddy goat
pens in place of yards. She is a pretty, milk-skinned, 17-year-old girl
who loves the movie Frozen and whose favorite pastime is singing
karaoke. She is on her way to do her part in bringing down Facebook.

Casipong huffs to the third floor of the apartment building, opens a
door decorated with a crucifix, and greets her co-workers. The curtains
are drawn, and the artificial moonlight of computer screens illuminates
the room. Eight workers sit in two rows, their tools arranged on their
desks: a computer, a minaret of cell phone SIM cards, and an old cell
phone. Tens of thousands of additional SIM cards are taped into bricks
and stored under chairs, on top of computers, and in old instant noodle
boxes around the room.

Richard Braggs, Casipong’s boss, sits at a desk positioned behind his
employees, occasionally glancing up from his double monitor to survey
their screens. Even in the gloom, he wears Ray-Ban sunglasses to shield
his eyes from the glare of his computer. (“Richard Braggs” is the alias
he uses for business purposes; he uses a number of pseudonyms for
various online activities.)

Casipong inserts earbuds, queues up dance music—Paramore and Avicii—and
checks her client’s instructions. Their specifications are often quite
pointed. A São Paulo gym might request 75 female Brazilian fitness
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Michael Gurstein | 22 Apr 19:13 2015

Another Example of "Multistakeholder Governance" in

   With links (which are probably necessary to make useful sense of the
   argument below) see:



   Michael Gurstein
    <at> michaelgurstein

   Another Example of "Multistakeholder Governance" in Action:

   The Global CyberSpace 15 Unicorn

   The Global Conference on Cyber Space 15 (GCCS) has just concluded in
   the Hague, Holland.

   Of course, there are a dozen conferences a week on the Internet, the
   Digital World, Cyberspace and so on. But this one was meant to be
   slightly different. Not just a run-of-the-mill trade show, or a
   trotting out of show-boating pilot projects or demo's, or folks
   developing positions for pursuing their interests in Cyber Space...

   No, this one was meant, well, to have gravitas... to be a collection of
   sympathetic governments and the full panoply of "stakeholders" and thus
   to have some sort of broader impact on Global Governance of the
   Internet (and thus dear readers, or at least those who haven't spent
   the last five years in a cave, an impact on the on-going global
   governance of all and everything.)

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nettime's_spam_kr!k!t | 22 Apr 05:45 2015


     [Orig From: "Abu Bakr Adel Thanaa" <abkr <at> ______.com>]

Assalamu alaikum,

How are you and family? I am Abu Bakr Adel Thanaa, a rebel leader here
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If you are interested and can be of a help kindly get back to us through
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