Franco is back from the dead and bigger than ever.
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
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
There is one attribute of the 'hacking' meme that is being
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
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
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
Looking forward to seeing Weapons of the Geek when it comes out!
Hope CCC camp is fun
< at >suitpossum
On 15/08/2015 12:16, biella wrote:
I want to chime in but can only do so briefly as I am at CCC camp and
not online m
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
Well, we are most certainly not sympathetic with processes of co-option
that transform oppositional cultures and integrate them into
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
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.
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together with the imagination for a new type of garden, we need a new
conception of gardner:
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
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
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!
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
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
http://efeefe.no-ip.org/livro/repair-culture/gambiarra 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
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
cheers and much fun!
On Mon, August 10, 2015 2:55 pm, Brett Scott wrote:
My new essay in Aeon Magazine on 'The Gentrification of Hacking: How
yuppies hacked the hacker ethos' can be found here
You can find a long excerpt below. Comments welcome
< 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
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