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Re: Fwd: Re: Shoshana Zuboff > The Secrets of Surveillance

Nettime - 15 March, 2016 - 23:16
The question is, does it matter at all? The degree of mind-engagement is irrelevant if not properly coupled with feet-engagement. In other words, whatever you do with your fingers touching plastic surfaces and your eyes scanning electronic screens, your brain constructing fantastic models of could-be worlds, regurgitating those worlds with other plastic-touchers, may be a totally irrelevant honey-trap, if it does not result in your feet taking you somewhere and eventually confronting men with guns. And it does not appear to result in that at all. While it may be hard to accept, no one in position of control gives a flying fuck about these ideas - that's why you can do these idea exercises ad nauseam and publish all you want. The feet coupling is lost. The only way to regain such coupling may be a forced abstaining from plastic-touching.

Re: Fwd: Re: Shoshana Zuboff > The Secrets of Surveillance

Nettime - 15 March, 2016 - 21:58
You know, Felix, as one anecdotal example, here on the ground, doing curriculum dev and renewal at The Ecosa Institute ( -- a Paolo Soleri-inspired spin-off founded by a British architect, Tony Brown -- I run into quite some naivete and lack of a sense of urgency. Even in the face of the absurd socio-political developments that are happening all around (all the more noticeable here in a bright RED state, Arizona, the source of Barry Goldwater). People supposedly trying to do interesting sustainable-oriented things seem to be slacking around all the time -- listless "trustafarian" students at the local 'alternative' college ( just wanting their identity to be cushioned from any shocks. I get little sense of urgency or intensity directed at the problems. There is the passle of grey-headed ecosophs who enjoy their back-country walks (I certainly fall partly under that rubric), but many are too romantically involved with this to, for example, even ponder what's

Re: Fwd: Re: Shoshana Zuboff > The Secrets of

Nettime - 15 March, 2016 - 21:46
Swarms of little fish being eaten by larger, then those by larger, is happening in many industries as well as among countries. It is hard indeed to find anyone from the swarm who know how contest the largers so they take buyouts, managerial positions, deanships, public intellectualism and tough-love criticism, in order to prepare the swarm, to terrify it into a fishball, for inescapable consumption. Student loans, home loans, country loans, fish farms the swarm, places nets around the fishfood manufacturies, dispenses perfectly design fish food to turn exactly the fish designed for delicious precarity on a gourmet's groaning board of transcontinental luxury. Beware the little fish spies soliciting for the engorging leviathan, often coutured by toothless "surveillance" and further cloaked by rewarding disdain of "capitalism." At 12:07 PM 3/15/2016, you wrote: <...>

Fwd: Re: Shoshana Zuboff > The Secrets of Surveillance

Nettime - 15 March, 2016 - 21:07
On 2016-03-15 07:42, Brian Holmes wrote: At the same time, there is a whole generation of people experimenting with new social values and forms of being together, centering arounf networked collaboration and complex systems thinking, all-based on digital technology but extending from experimentation with currencies, to self-made cars to urban food production, community-based financing, neighbourhood power stations etc etc. I think this offers a real chance to break with consumerist/precarized notions of individuality and open the doors towards some different configuration of subjectivity. The fact that nobody knows how to put all of these things together into a coherent whole, a new techno-economic paradigm, means that these technologies and their associated potential are still open to interpretation and configurations based on particular social experiences . The cynical impulse here is to say: Ah, all of this will simply drive the next wave of innovation in capitalism! But I'm not so sure this is a do

President Trump... its gonna happen

Nettime - 15 March, 2016 - 19:40
President Trump… Its gonna happen A bit of a meme has sprung up recently having some ineffectual fun with the uncanny resemblance of Trump to Biff Tannen the bully from the 80’s hit movie, Back to the Future, its more than the physical resemblance, in the second movie of the series Biff is depicted as a Trump like success who has built a dystopian empire around a building that looks amazingly like Trump Towers.. So in keeping with the occasional predictive bad fortune of the Sci-fi genre (and a nod to JG Ballard’s fiction based on the ascendancy of Ronald Reagan to the presidency a decade before he event) its probably time for us to pre-mediate the likelihood of a Trump presidency. Continuing the inversion of all the normal rules that his candidacy represents; the more absurd a Trump presidency appears, the more likely it is to happen. Trump requires no coherent arguments as he conforms precisely to Quentin Crisp’s definition of charisma as having -the ability to influence without logic- He is

Re: Shoshana Zuboff > The Secrets of Surveillance

Nettime - 15 March, 2016 - 11:42
To answer your questions, Patrice, for sure, both North America and the EU are sunk in governmental gridlock, and that is the essence of the crisis: an inability to collectively respond. In the US, the classic sequence of a long downswing is unfolding: inventions pile up while the economy stagnates, so the inventions are not brought to market. They pile up: electric cars, vastly more efficient batteries, driverless cars, digital manufacturing, smart grids, solar power, Internet of things, to list just a few. Some of this research is crucially sponsored by the federal governments (batteries and digital manufacturing are the US ones I happen to know about). So all the entrepreneurs know full well that if the governmental blockage could be overcome, then investors would provide capital for all these new inventions, and they would go into production. This leads to a very palpable mood that you feel in the US: the entrepreneurs are chafing at the bit. They want to get on with changing the world. B

Re: Shoshana Zuboff > The Secrets of Surveillance

Nettime - 13 March, 2016 - 11:39
"here's to that future" indeed, Brian, but I wonder how deeper we must sink before things get better. And as far as the 'reprise' (crisis is over) is concerned, the EU commision thinks the same of Europe, and wants to de-re-regulate (!) banking again, securitize private dept (a move framed as all for the benefit 'SME sector', as usual) and generally make believe the end of the tunnel is not only in sight, it has been passed. According to Saskia Sassen ('Expulsions') that actually might be believable and even work for real, provided you've cut out 30% orso of the people & their activities beforehand (cf Greece). But isn't it bogus? It surely is in EU, what about the USA? (OK no refugee crisis and bickering among the States there ...) Little to cheer about, I'm afraid. p+5D! On 2016-03-11 22:46, Brian Holmes wrote: <...>

Re: Shoshana Zuboff > The Secrets of Surveillance

Nettime - 12 March, 2016 - 03:46
This is a great article because it identifies a new variety of capitalism and demands a response. But Shoshana Zuboff should take three more steps to give her argument the scope it needs. First, it's false to claim that surveillance capitalism "corrupts the unity of supply and demand that has for centuries, however imperfectly, tethered capitalism to the genuine needs of its populations and societies." The essence of the commodity has always been to shape both the desire and the behavior of the user in its image, and that process was rendered scientific and raised to national and even global scales by Keynesian Fordism. A vast regime of consumer surveillance and statistical modeling was ready for the real-time loops of the networked society. That's why I sometimes talk about "Neilsenism" (after the TV ratings system) as the crucial adjunct of Fordist industrial production. It's not the same as Google, not at all - but it laid the foundations for what we are experiencing today. Second, consumer monitoring a

Shoshana Zuboff > The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism

Nettime - 11 March, 2016 - 19:04
< > 05.03.2016, 13:23 Uhr The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing we can do?surveillance capitalism 05.03.2016, von SHOSHANA ZUBOFF Google surpassed Apple as the world's most highly valued company in January for the first time since 2010. (Back then each company was worth less than 200 billion. Now each is valued at well over 500 billion.) While Google's new lead lasted only a few days, the company's success has implications for everyone who lives within the reach of the Internet. Why? Because Google is ground zero for a wholly new subspecies of capitalism in which profits derive from the unilateral surveillance and modification of human behavior.

Re: typology of leaking (was The Nefertiti 3D Scan HeistIs A Hoax)

Nettime - 11 March, 2016 - 18:59
Maybe there is an overarching category that links the hack, the hoax and leak that -trickster-. The artist/activist/trickster an increasingly familiar figure whose method is frequently (if not invariably) fiction. From Wenmen?s article it seems likely that the Nefertiti 3D Scan heist is both a hoax (the artists quite probably did not capture the artifact in the way described) and a leak (in that the data is sound but in all probability was sourced elsewhere). But that said we don?t have to buy into the lament of the final paragraph in Wenmen?s article in which he opines that it is -unfortunate that this story is based on a falsehood.- On the contrary in this kind of -media act- the tactical use of fiction is one of the most powerful tools in the trickster?s arsenal, as the Yes Men demonstrated on many occassions. However not any old hoax will do. For fiction to be deployed most effectively it?s moral co

Apple > Bruce Sewell > 'see as oursupporting evidence'

Nettime - 11 March, 2016 - 18:29
Remarks by Brice Sewell, Apple's chief counsel, in a call with reporters hours after US Justice Dept prosecutors filed a third motion (Feb 16, Feb 19, Mar 10) asking the judge to compel Apple to take extraordinary measures to compromise an iPhone used by of the San Bernardino attackers: The tone of the brief reads like an indictment. We've all heard director Comey and Attorney General Lynch thank Apple for its consistent help in working with law enforcement. Director Comey's own statement...that there are no demons here? We certainly wouldn't conclude it from this brief. In 30 years of practice, I don't think I've ever seen a legal brief that was more intended to smear the other side with false accusations and innuendo, and less intended to focus on the real merits of the case. For the first time ever, we see an allegation that Apple has deliberately made changes to block law enforcement requests for access. This should be deeply offensive to everyone that reads it. An unsupported, unsubstantiate

typology of leaking (was The Nefertiti 3D Scan Heist Is AHoax)

Nettime - 11 March, 2016 - 15:51
I'm not sure I would call it a hoax. I think -- though I have no inside knowledge -- the most likely case is that of a leak, that is, someone with access to the official scan gave it to the artists and the story of the guerilla scanning was created as cover to protect the source. In the same way that it's likely that some of the hacks of anonymous where actually leaks by the sysadmins who used story of the anonymous hack as device to cover their tracks. Perhaps time that we think of a typology of leaking. For example, the most basic distinction could be: leaking as a strategy of power or leaking as a strategy of counter power. To the latter, belongs: - Politically motivated whistle-blowing (Wikileaks, Snowden, footballleaks etc) - Economically & politically motivated data brokering (most of the banking leaks, where an insider copies information and then sells it to the tax authorities) - Disguised leaks (anonymous hacks, Nefertiti scan etc) I think underlying motivation is in all cases the same, the

Alex Hern: Is the FBI v Apple PR war even aboutencryption?

Nettime - 10 March, 2016 - 12:57
Interesting background article after Edwards Snowden has declared FBI's professed inability to break thru an iPhone "Bullshit". ( Original to: Is the FBI v Apple PR war even about encryption? By Alex Hern The Guardian, Feb 23, 2016. The war between Apple and the FBI is a PR war. And it’s one that the FBI has fought well, from its initial selection of the battleground (a fight over access to a dead murderer’s government-owned iPhone) to the choreographed intervention of the relatives of the victims of the San Bernadino shootings – who were contacted by the FBI for support before the dispute even became public, according to Reuters. But Apple has also been carefully controlling the debate through its own interventions, and nowhere is that more obvious than Tim Cook’s open letter published last wee

Cosmo Wenman > The Nefertiti 3D Scan Heist Is A Hoax

Nettime - 9 March, 2016 - 07:29
< > The Nefertiti 3D Scan Heist Is A Hoax Posted on March 8, 2016 by cosmowenman The New York Times' March 1, 2016 story "Swiping a Priceless Antiquity...With a Scanner and a 3-D Printer" by Charly Wilder tells how two German artists made a surreptitious, unauthorized 3D scan of the iconic bust of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum in Berlin. The artists, Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles, make a case for repatriating artifacts to their native countries and use Nefertiti as their focal point. They also point out that the Neues Museum has made its own high-quality 3D scan of the bust, and that the museum should share that data with the public. As a protest, they released their own scan to the public, and the quality of their scan is extraordinary. The story has received a great deal of attention and Al-badri and Nelles have earned much praise for their efforts to digitally repatriate important cultural artifacts. Unfortunat

Re: Tech Execs Plot Against Trump

Nettime - 9 March, 2016 - 05:49
It reminded me of the Bilderburg (?) Summit. ??Funny thing is, none of the technology executives noted in the article are conservatives, or even Republicans. ??They are all Democrats. ??All three leading Republican candidates are a personal and professional threat to Silicon Valley. ??They will repeal gay rights and mandate software backdoors, make encryption illegal, and play straight into the hands of the telecom bitlords, who are the mortal enemies of the Valley. ??Strange bedfellows, indeed. ??OTOH, I don't want to see Elon 'Ironman' Musk angry. These are guys who get even. Many business executives see a two party US as beneficial to thier interests, because they can play one party off against the other, although their personal interests may lie more with one than the other. As for what is said in the room, my guess is that it is more along the lines of Rs " hey, we have a big problem, and wonder if you smart guys have any ideas?" and smart guys," well, we're glad you asked, but before we go there, we

Tech Execs Plot Against Trump

Nettime - 9 March, 2016 - 01:17
Dear nettimers, this report could relevant for the `nettime' take on Trump. Something like this was already announced here and there. It is widely known that Google supports Hilary Clinton. But why would that imply that Silicon Valley moguls have to conspire against Trump? It probably indicates that the Valley is now part of the old industry elite of the USA. Time to update John Perry Barlow's Independence manifesto? Best, Geert - - - GOP Leaders, Tech Execs Plot Against Trump At Secret NeoCon Island Meeting Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/08/2016 12:11 -0500 [1] Last Thursday, in a speech delivered at the University of Utah, Mitt Romney blindsided Donald Trump in what amounted to a scathing indictment of the billionaire's ability to lead the country. "If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and pros

Re: Duke U > Kevin Smith > Some radical thoughts about

Nettime - 7 March, 2016 - 03:32
One of the truly amazing aspects of this case is the breadth of support for the position that what Sci-Hub is doing amounts to justified civil disobedience. However get to the root of this, you need to be a bit more "radical" than this article. Sure, ignoring foreign copyright has been a strategy of developing countries for as long as copyright existed. Not just the US ignored foreign copyright throughout much of the 19th century, also most catholic countries in Europe were slow enforce foreign copyrights, that is, that of protestant countries and their much thought after secular literature. And before that, protestant countries built up their printing industries by ignoring privileges through which catholic countries tried to control the spread of enlightenment ideas. Robert Darnton writes eloquently about "fertile crescent" of pirate publishers around 18th century France. The US joined the global copyright framework only in 1976 (with by way of a major reform of its Copyright Act), at the time when Jap

Open letter to the government in Vienna from Austrianexpatriates in Greece

Nettime - 6 March, 2016 - 16:29
Original to: This is the full text of a letter written by prominent émigrés to ministers in protest over the country's role in border closures against refugees Open letter to the Austrian government Austrians living and working in Greece, who feel deeply connected with this country, appeal to the Austrian government to take a more responsible position in dealing with the refugee crisis. Instead of putting on blinkers, pretending that by closing the borders the problem will go away, the situation has to be tackled head-on at a European level. The Austrian government needs to understand that individual, national approaches fail to produce results, also because solitary advances contradict the basic tenets of the European programme, which is meant to serve as the foundation for a new generation. Despite the temporary ceasefire, the war in Syria continues unabated, forcing the frightened civilian
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