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Re: Spanish woman fined €800 for po

Nettime - 19 August, 2015 - 23:12
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20.09. Postmonetäre Ökonomie: Welt ohne Geld (Wien)

Talks & Events - 19 August, 2015 - 16:38

Im Rahmen der Reihe Die ProjektmacherInnen: Szenen des Entwerfens werden am Sonntag, 20.09. ab 20.30 Uhr die Brüder Ralph und Stefan Heidenreich vor Publikum im MuseumsQuartier ihr Projekt Postmonetäre Ökonomie: Welt ohne Geld diskutieren.

Außerdem werden die Experten Gerald Nestler, Ramón Reichert und Felix Stalder aus Wien am Abend zu Wort kommen. Ist eine Welt ohne Geld überhaupt denkbar? Im Interview sprechen die Brüder Heidenreich über geldlose Formen des Austausches und die Chancen, die das digitale Zeitalter für eine gerechtere Ökonomie bietet.

Interview mit R&S Heidenreich: Algorithmen für eine gerechtere Ökonomie


Spanish woman fined €800 for posting picture of police car parked illegally

Nettime - 19 August, 2015 - 15:25
Stephen Burgen in Barcelona Sunday 16 August 2015 12.09 BST Last modified on Monday 17 August 2015 00.00 BST A Spanish woman has been fined €800 (£570) under the country’s controversial new gagging law for posting a photograph of a police car parked illegally in a disabled bay. The unnamed woman, a resident of Petrer in Alicante, south-east Spain, posted the photo on her Facebook page with the comment “Park where you bloody well please and you won’t even be fined”. The police tracked her down within 48 hours and fined her. The Citizens Security Law, popularly known as the gagging law and which came into force on 1 July, prohibits “the unauthorised use of images of police officers that might jeopardise their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations”. Amnesty International condemned the law, saying that photographing police was vital in cases when excess

***SPAM*** Re: gentrification of hacking

Nettime - 17 August, 2015 - 01:05
There is one attribute of the 'hacking' meme that is being systematically ignored. Technology is complex. High tech is extremely complex. Prodigies notwithstanding, it takes many years of expensive education and training (say, 10-15) to get meaningful insights into the technology, which can then translate into meaningful and efficient interventions. During this process one usually gets co-opted to the point where meaningful interventions are the last thing they will engage in. Folksy 'hacking' doesn't get anywhere near to this. It's more a warm/fuzzy social activity with efficiency of a cargo cult. The simple truth is that if you don't have money for the mentioned education/training, your output is usually irrelevant. And no, most hackers are not prodigies. Unfortunately, the 'community' propagates the idea that it only takes will to intervene, reducing interventions to the popular stereotype activities ('look ma, no hands'), which effectively seals off the real infrastructure and makes it im

Re: gentrification of hacking

Nettime - 17 August, 2015 - 00:40
Gentrification of hacking is by those studying, reporting, historicizing, philosophizing, theorizing, aestheticing, curating (spit) it. As with gentrification in general, it reifies the reification, a deft academic opportunism, one might be so vulgar as to say the very product of nettime and every growing crowd of cohorts. Amazon-ian in intent. Gentrifiers dare not hack, but do inveigle their way into hacker havens, publish about hackers, testify against hackers, consult with governments about hackers, speechify hackerdom at security fora, advise film and media about hackers, produce hacker-derived aesthetic objects, even advise crude and obnoxious hackers about advancing careers as hacker, ex-hacker, hacker informer, undercover cop, covert agent academic with hacker cred, and if all goes well sign on to distinguished institutions, cybersecurity corporations, and duplicitous NGOs like In-tel-Q where PhDs are taxidermied for showboating at DefCons and CCCs, then on to global appearances via speaker bureaus a

Re: gentrification of hacking

Nettime - 16 August, 2015 - 23:58
Thanks Biella, You're much more of an expert on this than I am, so it's good to see this. My main objective was to stir up debate a bit to keep people on their toes, rather than necessarily believing in the 'death of the hacker'. A lot of my writing has an ambiguous relationship to factual reality, or I often deliberately mix together descriptive accounts of things with normative accounts of things I'd like to see, and sometimes they blend into one... well, perhaps this is a way of saying that I am less an academic than I am a shit-stirrer, and sometimes I will make things cruder than they actually are in order to push a political agenda. I want the politicization to continue, and pointing out the forces against politicization is one way I do that. Hope this makes sense Looking forward to seeing Weapons of the Geek when it comes out! Hope CCC camp is fun Cheers! Brett < at >suitpossum On 15/08/2015 12:16, biella wrote: Hi, I want to chime in but can only do so briefly as I am at CCC camp and not online m

gentrification of hacking

Nettime - 15 August, 2015 - 15:16
Hi, I want to chime in but can only do so briefly as I am at CCC camp and not online much. I found the essay provocative and it is undeniable that these processes are under way but two things come to mind: this cycle has long existed and in many quarters of the hacker community from the security industry to hardware (the Homebrew club went from an informal association of hackers building association to a capitalist gold mine). These processes are deeply cyclical and on going and I don't really expect them to go away given how central computing is to capitalism. What was ommitted was the rather expanisive politicization of hacking we have witnessed in the last five years thanks to the likes of Wikileaks and Anonymous (or as Julian Assange put it " The political education of apolitical technical people is extraordinary.") This is not to say we should not worry about cooptation/gentrification/recuperation. But it is as important to understand what has helped secure this flowering of political activisity today

Re: The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the

Nettime - 14 August, 2015 - 14:52
Well, we are most certainly not sympathetic with processes of co-option that transform oppositional cultures and integrate them into capitalism's evolution The word "Recuperation" has been used to describe such processes--we may decide we want to use a better term but I believe the core issue is there to be discussed Ciao! a <...>

Re: The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the

Nettime - 12 August, 2015 - 20:56
Did hacking -- as a re-action to both its pedigree and the edifice of 'acceptable' social behavior -- ever escape the gravitational field of its genesis in The Machine itself? Can hacking exist without The Machine? The ultimate socialization of hackers follows the typical trajectory of the human life-span: 'radical' anti-parental (reactionary) youth; fist-shaking, caffeine-drinking, reproductive middle age; passive old age. There are few exceptions that transcend, at the same time as being embraced by, the normative. jh

The Fight For Common Wealth

Nettime - 12 August, 2015 - 13:24
Hi nettimers! help us spreading the word, we are lauching now UN|COMMONS The Fight For Common Wealth | October 22-24 Workshops, Talks, Performances + Cooking Volksb??hne at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz | Berlin Water and food, data and networks, medicine and cultural assets: Who owns these resources? Who ought to? Who has access and whose access is denied? What is the value of these resources and how might they help or hinder us in overcoming the various crises of our times? Do we need rules, guidelines and agreements to govern use and access, and if so, what sort? The Berliner Gazette and the Volksb??hne at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz invite you to discuss these urgent issues at the UN|COMMONS conference. The three-day event will focus on those resources that are being privatised or made inaccessible, but which could become common property in the future ??? commons that are as yet uncommon. In short: UN|COMMONS that challenge us, the people, to make a collective effort towards democratic and sustainable forms of huma

Re: The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the

Nettime - 12 August, 2015 - 13:20
one of the many possible points of view: together with the imagination for a new type of garden, we need a new conception of gardner:

Re: The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the

Nettime - 12 August, 2015 - 11:58
Well, I don't think Alessandro and Jonas are defining our problem when switching from gentrification to recuperation. The former is already an edulcorated term, the latter is shedding a good light on capitalism's influence, almost suggesting that people out of its reach need to be treated. I admit not having read the draft however. Speaking of terms, I must specify that my use of Yiddish in the last sentence was my own exclamation, I absolutely do not identify the "gentrifying machine of hyped finance" with people using such exclamations. My thanks to a nettimer asking me offlist, I understand the doubt: a linguistic connotation that may be hinting the creation of another enemy, since that seems to be a trend now. In the middle of this already extremely violent crisis people resort to identify scape-goats and enemies within language and cultural groups, like Bifo did for Germany, which sincerely disgusted me. I really want to say it straight: the problem is not "the Germans" or "the Jews" or "the Russian

Re: The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the

Nettime - 12 August, 2015 - 01:53
The philosopher Moishe Postone says that with every fresh growth cycle of capitalism new use values are created, offering common working people a sense of possibility, a feeling of experimentation and social transformation, that is the mainspring of the expansion itself. This happened in the early 20th century, then again in the 50s-early 60s, then again in the late 80s-90s. However, the logic of exchange soon comes to bear, foreclosing those possibilities in favor of reconstituted mechanisms of profit and control, thus creating a kind of treadmill effect. Just when you think you are buiilding a new society, then you are not anymore. Certainly this happened to the kinds of people now called hackers, but not only them. The expansion of the 90s was cultural as well as informational. On the cultural side, it was all about opening up and then monetizing the fresh relational possibilities created by minority struggles in the 60s and 70s. Gentrification is basically the monetizing phase of this cult

Re: The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the

Nettime - 11 August, 2015 - 20:48
Hi all, Johan Soderberg and I are writing this paper titled "Repurposing the hacker. Three temporalities of recuperation". We do adopt a deeper historical framework while trying to understand how hacking has been hacked, and try to answer a more general question on how to analyze/avoid what Brett calls "gentrification" -- more traditionally, we call it "recuperation" -- and believe this is part of a series of processes of co-option that go much further than hacking. Indeed we describe recuperation of hacking in terms of social movement development and evolution of capitalism. You can download it here, please note it is just a draft! A summary: The spread of hacker practices to new fields, such as open hardware development and do-it-yourself biology, brings with it a renewed necessity to analyse the significance of hacking in relation to industrial and institutional innovation. We sketch out a framework drawing on the idea of recuperation and us

Re: The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the

Nettime - 11 August, 2015 - 20:01
dear Brett, your essay is brilliant and obvious at the same time. I did enjoy reading it, but still feels like scratching the surface as it does not dig into other historical examples of cultural gentrification. It may go well along the read of Gambiarra by Felipe Fonseca commenting on how we started back in the '90s with an idea of DIY recycling and we ended up with a "makers movement" which is producing even more waste than the industry was doing back then. What a Regretsy. However. All the way while InI were realizing we were hackers (and that there was a definition for us) it was always clear that we share a lot with journalists and investigators, something that Julian Assange made extremely evident at last. Hackers, journalists and investigators are all liminal figures, as Yuri Lotman puts it, and with liminal I don't mean to say we are necessarily marginal. My question is then: how a liminal cultural role can survive the gentrification? I belie

Re: The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the

Nettime - 11 August, 2015 - 12:31
Thanks for sharing! There's a sometime interesting discussion re essay in: By the very yuppies of tech that seem to be mentioned.. Noticed that in terms of language, where as in the essay the pre-gentrified's signifier is itself as a sign - eg the somali foodie as well as the coffee lover dropout - the ycombinator based reactions tend to use representationalism. ie it seems to me that the signifier point is About something other than itself. Hence being a hacker/entrepuner/etc. is talked of as being About other elements than what it is. ie the entrepreneur's gentrified hacker is indeed to represent palatable ideas and beliefs. They might as well called themselves "tech-punks", "geeks", "nerds", "angel surfers", "algo-explorers", or indeed "toilette cleaners".. cheers and much fun! aha0 xx On Mon, August 10, 2015 2:55 pm, Brett Scott wrote: <...>

The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked thehacker ethos

Nettime - 10 August, 2015 - 18:55
Dear Nettimers, My new essay in Aeon Magazine on 'The Gentrification of Hacking: How yuppies hacked the hacker ethos' can be found here [1] You can find a long excerpt below. Comments welcome Cheers, Brett Scott < at >suitpossum EXCERPT (starts about half way through the article): The word `hacker' came into its own in the age of information technology (IT) and the personal computer. The subtitle of Levy's seminal book - Heroes of the Computer Revolution - immediately situated hackers as the crusaders of computer geek culture. While some hacker principles he described were broad - such as `mistrust authority' and `promote decentralisation' - others were distinctly IT-centric. `You can create art and beauty on a computer,' read one. `All information should be free,' declared another. Ever since, most popular representations of the hacker way have followed Levy's lead. Neal

the date is august 9

Nettime - 9 August, 2015 - 21:25
Political Ecology Begins When We Say "Black Lives Matter" "They say it's a joke they say it's a game." The slogan was launched on the Chicago streets by the group We Charge Genocide, in the middle of a demo demanding reparations for victims of police torture. The folks on the street chanted those words, we hurled them out of our mouths in staccato bursts, while looking round at the passers-by who pretended not to notice. What the chant means is either enigmatic, or it's painfully obvious. There is a kind of disdain that minimizes a death or a beating or a torture or a life sentence for black people in the name of lawfulness, efficiency, morality and humanist ideals. That kind of disdain has made democracy impossible in the US - and other places too. Our group, the Compass, allowed two main tracks to run parallel for years. Bioregionalism on the one hand, minority rights and prison solidarity on the other. We were ecologists and social justice people
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