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cataloging the price of privacy

Nettime - 14 February, 2014 - 04:46
I rather suspect that someone, somewhere keeps lists of what it takes in dollar terms to avoid data sharing of the sort that I, at least, consider privacy invasions, and by that I do not mean actions that raise immediate suspicion such as buying a one-way airline ticket with cash. Rather I mean where there are choices that come with implicit prices. As an example, when a gas station advertises "cash or credit, same low price!" what they of course mean is that cash customers are giving the gas station attendant more money than the credit customer and with cash neither the customer nor the attendant is giving data to anyone else. And so forth. If someone on nettime is, or knows of, a keeper of such a list, I would like to share with them my own list. Today this was added to mine: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-06/business/chi-comed-smart-meter-fee-20140206_1_comed-meters-energy-infrastructure-modernization-act The meat of the above is that Illinoisans must now pay $21.53 per month to not h

Mass Social Network Strike

Nettime - 14 February, 2014 - 04:07
All the fists of the world is GNUniting! First Brainstorm - Online Meeting This Sunday at 13.00 PM GMT https://www.facebook.com/GlobalNetworkedLabourUnion We are the workers whose free labour and privacy has been stolen, and sold for greed! We have been abused, spied on and betrayed constantly. Before this massive exploitation and survelliance machine turns into a global apparatus in the hands of fascism, being operationalized for direct oppression, we have to unite our fists and strike back! This May Day is the time... How and what is not decided yet, there are initial ideas but much is needed to put the global collective intelligence at work to defend our and our cahilden's rights and dignity! Join us this Sunday and bring your most free, creative, powerful and peaceful ideas and dreams along... We did beat Freons, Caesars, Barons, Kings, Emperors, Merchants, Industrial Capitalists and Nazis in the past, we can beat the TNCs, CEOs and 1% as well! We call all the workers, hackers, makers, farmers, artis

Ippolita Collective: in the Face Book Aquarium,Part One section 3

Nettime - 13 February, 2014 - 16:26
In the Facebook Aquarium, Part One, section 3. Social Dynamics: voyeurism and homophilia. Facebook promotes 'homophilia' [6], the reciprocal fascination experienced by those who feel they share a common identity - which is not the same thing as a common affinity. Facebook 'Friends' are, at least formally, people who come together because they 'like' the same things: "this is what we like" is what they express. In the future they may even add: "this is what we don't like". But the latter is unlikely, since divergence is a source of conflict. So we take part in the same events, we are equals, and that is why we feel happy together and we exchange notes, messages, 'presents', games, and /pokes/. Social exchanges self-organize on the basis of what is identical. Dialectics are a non-goer, conlicts are banned by design, and evolution (through cross-overs, exchanges and the selection of differences) is put to a halt by the same token. We stick together because we recognize ourselves to belong to the same identity

Stuart Hall: Stalinist in theory and Blairite in politics

Nettime - 13 February, 2014 - 09:38
I suppose those who make their living out of teaching Cultural Studies have to mourn the demise of Stuart Hall. However, the airbrushing of Hall's unpleasant politics in his obituaries cannot be allowed to pass without some attempt at correcting the historical record. Here are my thoughts which come from someone who - in more than one period of his life - was on the opposite side of the barricades to this high priest of philosophical confusion. Stuart Hall joined the CPGB (British Stalinist party) after the Russian army crushed the 1956 Hungarian revolution and remained a member through the 1968 suppression of the Prague Spring, the breaking of the 1970 Gdansk strikes, the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, the 1981 Polish military coup and was still there when this shameful outfit finally dissolved itself in 1991 because the Soviet Union had imploded. During these three decades, he never took any public stand against the Russian occupation of Eastern Europe or the vicious repression of workers' strug

[digest x 2] Re: Ippolita Collective: In the FacebookAquarium

Nettime - 13 February, 2014 - 06:48
[digested < at > nettime -- mid(tb)] Rob Myers <rob-MHOfhu0kjIxg9hUCZPvPmw< at >public.gmane.org> Re: <nettime> Ippolita Collective: In the Facebook Aquarium (Part Re: <nettime> Ippolita Collective: in the Face Book Aquarium, Part - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:20:26 -0800 From: Rob Myers <rob-MHOfhu0kjIxg9hUCZPvPmw< at >public.gmane.org> Subject: Re: <nettime> Ippolita Collective: In the Facebook Aquarium (Part On 06/02/14 03:03 AM, Mikael Brockman wrote: But not with Free Software... - Rob. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:43:37 -0800 From: Rob Myers <rob-MHOfhu0kjIxg9hUCZPvPmw< at >public.gmane.org> Subject: Re: <nettime> Ippolita Collective: in the Face Book Aquarium, Part On 11/02/14 11:43 AM, Patrice Riemens wrote: No it isn't. - Rob. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Re: A tribute to Stuart Hall

Nettime - 12 February, 2014 - 20:12
Jeremy Gilbert has written a beautiful tribute to Stuart Hall. Nothing could tell us more about the qualities of the man who has just passed than this living echo of those qualities, remade and transformed by another human being. One learns that the greatest thing you can possibly create is not your own authorial monument, but instead, the powerfully resonant space in which others can become conduits of awakened perception, engaged interpretation and vital resistant force. Stuart Hall unleashed a generation - in fact, several generations. We all have the opportunity to greet him in those who go on living up to their times. I was struck by this: Conjunctural analysis: What is it? Conjunctural analysis is when you interpret what's happening right now, by sifting the facts through the most adequate theory you can devise, then taking a position as a consequence. So the question is: What's a position? A position is a stance, your own body's stance within and against the social order, a stance you

Arts Festival Boycott & the Australian Border

Nettime - 12 February, 2014 - 19:48
Dear friends, You might be interested in these links. best, Angela Beyond Borders, Boycott the Biennale video callout http://vimeo.com/86482655 Collated links on the Boycott of the 19th Biennale of Sydney http://xborderoperationalmatters.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/biennale-boycott-links/ Crossborder Operational Matters http://xborderoperationalmatters.wordpress.com/

A tribute to Stuart Hall

Nettime - 12 February, 2014 - 16:28
A tribute to Stuart Hall Jeremy Gilbert 10 February 2014 http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/jeremy-gilbert/tribute-to-stuart-hall Stuart Hall has died. The enormity of the loss cannot be exaggerated. There is little point trying to measure Hall’s importance against other significant figures: he himself would have abhorred the macho individualism of such a gesture. But it has been a long time since the intellectual Left in the UK has experienced such a loss, or one more keenly feared by those who may have anticipated it. I am not going to repeat here much of the information contained in the superb obituary penned by my colleagues, Bill Schwarz and David Morley [1], and I encourage readers to refer there first if they are unfamiliar with the basic narrative of Hall’s life and career. [1] http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/feb/10/stuart-hall I don’t want this piece to be about me. But it is hard for me to explain the importance of Hall and the scope and range of his significance without e

Ippolita Collective: in the Face Book Aquarium,Part One section 2,

Nettime - 12 February, 2014 - 01:43
NB, I am now in Casa Nostra! With view of the Sempione/Simplon! Part One, section 2 The era of democratic attention-distraction, last part. Evgeny Morozov is among those rare authors to have warned against the (dirty) tricks of the Net, as well as against technology-worship and Internet-centrism. The Byelorussian author reminds us that the essence of technology is not technological, but can (only) be analyzed in terms of sociology, economics, political science, psychology or anthropology. It is therefore absurd to think the Internet as an independent, solely technological object, that would absorb and (re)transmit all other discourses. More an Aristotelian propriety than a Kantian category, technology has morphed into a conceptual and discursive omnibus of sorts, as the technological object appears to be gifted with a virtuous propriety, 'technologicity', which is the concrete manifestation of a technological ideal. And this ideal finds it natural environment in the hi-tech object. It is a propriety enti

WSF Process 2014- 2016: Towards World Social Forum 2.0?

Nettime - 9 February, 2014 - 02:08
In French, English and Spanish, apologies is case of duplication. Wondering would 2 years be enough to create a space for mesh networking the grounded and online rural and urban struggles against fascism, capitalism, and neoliberalism and for moving beyond the capitalist mode of production? Orsan Begin forwarded message:

Re: Torygraph: The Snowden privacy panic has spread to

Nettime - 9 February, 2014 - 00:46
This is not the problem, but it would be interesting to see who is behind declaring this to be a problem (or perhaps journalistic incompetence is indistinguishable from malice). A cursory search on "de-identifying" will provide insights about technologies that have been around and have been used for a while (more than a decade) to deal exactly with these issues: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De-identification http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/De-identification/guidance.html http://www.bumc.bu.edu/hipaa/de-identified/ On 2/8/14 8:26 , nettime's_institutional_review_board wrote: <...>

Torygraph: The Snowden privacy panic has spread tomedical research

Nettime - 8 February, 2014 - 22:26
<http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/marthagilltech/100012335/the-snowden-privacy-panic-has-spread-to-medical-research-this-is-a-problem/> The Snowden privacy panic has spread to medical research. This is a problem Martha Gill Martha Gill is a former staff writer for the New Statesman who specialises in neuroscience and society. By Martha Gill Science Last updated: February 7th, 2014 Since the Snowden revelations everyone has been panicking about privacy. Google, Twitter, Facebook and Yahoo are racing to show users how well they can protect their data. Government contractors are double-scrutinising new hires and encrypting everything in sight. But there's about to be one cautious move too many, and it's a serious threat to medical research. The European Parliament is proposing a new law which will effectively illegalise a NHS database of patient records, along with many large research projects. The idea had been kicking around for a while, but progres

Re: Ippolita Collective: In the Facebook Aquarium (part

Nettime - 8 February, 2014 - 12:07
Thanks, Florian. The synthesis of the liberal and anti-liberal strands of modern thinking offered by Horkheimer and Adorno is something we should aspire to renew in our own way. The non-dialectical fashion to dump the Enlightenment as a Western capitalist conspiracy is lazy. Reconciling Kant, Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche would be a start. Next we might build on the intellectuals of the anti-colonial revolution... Keith On Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM, Florian Cramer <flrncrmr-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w< at >public.gmane.org> wrote: <...>

Pussy Riot: We wish Nadia and Masha well, but...

Nettime - 8 February, 2014 - 09:08
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/06/nadia-masha-pussy-riot-collective-no-longer> We wish Nadia and Masha well - but they're no longer part of Pussy Riot It is harmful to the collective to confuse a campaign for prisoners' rights with our all-female separatist art performances Anonymous members of Pussy Riot: Garadja, Fara, Shaiba, Cat, Seraphima and Schumacher We, the anonymous members of Pussy Riot, would like to say many thanks to all the people who have supported us, those who demanded the release of our members, those who sympathised with us and sympathised with our ideology. We are very grateful to all of you; we deeply appreciate and respect everyone who has contributed to the Pussy Riot campaign. Our joint efforts were not in vain: Vladimir Putin had to bend under the pressure of the international community and let Nadia and Masha free. Thus, 23 December was a real celebration for us - the liberation day of prisoners of consc

Re: Ippolita Collective: In the Facebook Aquarium (partOne, #2.2)

Nettime - 8 February, 2014 - 06:56
I dare to disagree. Technological determinism, as far as represented in late 20th century media theory and media philosophy, has been clearly grounded in anti-enlightenment and anti-humanist traditions of thinking. In the prominent case of Friedrich Kittler (drawing on Heidegger, whose philosophy of technology drew on C.F. J?nger), it even could be argued that his strand of media theory and technological determinism was first of all a polemical construct created to voice radical opposition against enlightenment schools of thought, Frankfurt School critical theory (whose dialectics of enlightenment at least recognized one positive 50% in enlightenment philosophy) and post-marxist cultural studies. What is really at the core of the issue: whether technology is a cultural construct for which there can be political intervention (a view that would unite enlightenment thinkers and even those critical cultural studies people who see the enlightenment tradition as a tool of capitalist and Western hegemony), or wh

Ippolita Collective: In the Facebook Aquarium (part One,#2.2)

Nettime - 7 February, 2014 - 21:53
Despite the fact that the (physical) body and language define the limits of human experience, an important part of the adult population still refuses to learn how to use of digital technologies in a responsible way. Scared to death by the prospect of not being able to keep up in a society that has fallen victim to a rampant 'cult of the youth' while continuing to be ruled by face-lifted gerontocrats, many adults simply don't want to burn their fingers on digital technologies. This is very often the case with people who are active socially [in 'real life' - transl.]: they hide behind a kind of demotivation and take a 'whatever I do, I don't seem to get it' attitude, which comes close to a new form of Luddism. "We don't want any truck with that whole Internet thing!" appears to be the new motto. This perception to have to do with something totally new is further aggravated by the uncanny enthusiasm of technophiles, whom we can blame for the (re)current Internet-centrism, a belief that everybody and everything

Re: Ippolita Collective: In the Facebook Aquarium (PartOne, #2, 1)

Nettime - 6 February, 2014 - 17:03
Yet here we are, a party of ghosts, undead, recluses, artists, researchers, whatever we are. And there are a million strange communities that we don't know about (churches, parties, streets, clubs, etc). The very people who construct and maintain Facebook are quite seriously involved with open source software. Those communities are mediated through an assemblage of technologies and practices -- mailing lists, Git repositories, IRC, papers, blogs, hackathons, conferences, etc. Young people seem to be pretty enthusiastic, in fact, about leaving Facebook behind, maybe keeping a little-used account to see grandma's status updates or chat with old acquaintances. Rasmus Fleischer wrote about Facebook as a kind of festival, fun while it lasted. I often sense a kind of utopianism in writings about social media, whether it's "for" or "against" them. The utopian element seems to be in the "social" idea itself. Maybe we were never all that social? The social life of cities seems to revolve almost entirely ar

Raw interview text - with Kees van der Pijl on the statusof the

Nettime - 6 February, 2014 - 02:56
The below interview is conducted with Kees van der Pijl. The text, especially the questions still needs a good edit. Since I think Kees' answers are very worthy to share widely I am posting the text here without waiting for the edit. Please do not put it on a blog or page since it is not yet ready for publication. I would circulate the link, when it is put online. Orsan Global Rivalries Today - Interview with Kees van der Pijl Intro: Since almost the beginning of the neoliberal offensive in 1970s you have been leading an important research and theory work on the Atlantic ruling class, international capitalist class formation, transnational capitalist classes and global rivalries amongst capitalist classes, which finally led the world into a massive economic crisis in 2007. In the last decade you have been extremely productive in terms of publishing on these topics. Besides many articles, in 2006 Global Rivalries came out, in 2007 and 2010, Nomads, States and Empires and Foreign Encounter in Myth and Relig

Ippolita Collective: In the Facebook Aquarium (Part One,#2, 1)

Nettime - 5 February, 2014 - 18:50
NB I the previous (first) installment of this feuilleton it was erroneously mentionned that the commercial rights for this book were resting with Feltrinelli editore (as for the Google book). In fact, the (commercial) rights rest exclusively with the Ippolita Collective. So the correct mention is: "This book and translation are published under Creative Commons license 2.0 (Attribution, Non Commercial, Share Alike). Commercial distribution requires the authorisation of the copyright holders: Ippolita Collective < info-0rOEQO+AcdLk1uMJSBkQmQ< at >public.gmane.org> " (Part One, #2,1) The era of democratic /attention-distraction/ The 'Web 2.0' does not stand for a set of new technologies [3], but rather refers to a (new) mode of behaviour: to stay on-line all the time in order to chat with friends, post pictures, texts and videos, to share all these with one's /community/, to remain connected, to be part of the 'Zeitgeist', of the on-line world. 'Share!' is probably the slogan best suited to describe this phen

The first Documented Flight of the DIY Drone Brigadeagainst the KXL Pipeline.

Nettime - 5 February, 2014 - 10:27
As part of the massive outcry against the Keystone XL Pipeline, the DIY Drone Brigade took flight last night in Milwaukee to support its friends in the Overpass Light Brigade! http://occupyriverwest.com/us/no-kxl-vigils http://vimeo.com/85790921 The DIY Drone Brigade puts the ominous tools of state power into the hands of the people. We are the operators. We are the eyes in the skies. Join us to explore ubiquitous surveillance culture in our global back yard! https://www.facebook.com/DIYDB
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