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Pukhraj Singh: Hacking Indian journalism for fun andprofit

Nettime - 27 December, 2013 - 11:43
ExecSum (by author): A critical inquiry into the ever-present media metanarrative and the esotericism of conversations in a brave, new and inordinately connected world. A comparative assessment of the dynamics which may affect Indian journalism, post-Tehelka. A unique take on the inherent subjectivity in all of that. This is cyber-anthropology 101, pointing towards the effect of the hacker counterculture of the 80's in shaping the radical ethos of social media. It also ruminates on the shapeshifting within the global media industry, like the acquisitions of WashPo, NSFW; the Omidyar-Greenwald venture; Guardian's convergence journalism in the NSA story and NYT's Snowfall, etc. Original to: Hacking Indian journalism for fun and profit By Pukhraj Singh An average Indian journalist is like a teat pipette which spills more than it can suck to wreak havoc on the contemporary narrative. That is how Hunter S Thomps

Turing machinations [digest: barbrook, phydias]

Nettime - 25 December, 2013 - 05:35
Re: Full Text of the QUEEN's Pardon of Alan Touring Richard Barbrook <richard-I5kDqsOpojS0CaltKEGfpuTW4wlIGRCZ< at >> Phydias <phidyas-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w< at >> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:05:21 +0000 Subject: Re: <nettime> Full Text of the QUEEN's Pardon of Alan Touring From: Richard Barbrook <richard-I5kDqsOpojS0CaltKEGfpuTW4wlIGRCZ< at >> Alan Turing: Was he murdered by the security services? Call for full inquiry into the scientist???s death Pardon urged for 50,000+ men convicted of the same offence London - 24 December 2013 Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has written to the Prime Minister urging a new inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan Turing, who has just been granted a royal pardon for his 1952 conviction for homosexual relations. "The government should open a new inquiry into the death of gay war-

Full Text of the QUEEN's Pardon of Alan Touring

Nettime - 24 December, 2013 - 20:55
ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, To all to whom it these Presents shall come, Greeting. WHEREAS Alan Mathison Turing at Knutsford Quarter Sessions on the 31st day of March 1952 pleaded guilty to and was convicted of divers counts of Gross Indecency contrary to Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 and on that date sentence was postponed for a period of twelve months but the said Alan Mathison Turing was placed on Probation for a period of twelve months to submit for treatment by a duly qualified medical practitioner at Manchester Royal Infirmary; AND WHEREAS the said Alan Mathison Turing died on the 7th day of June 1954; NOW KNOW YE that We, in consideration of circumstances humbly represented to Us, are Graciously pleased to grant our Grace and Mercy unto the said Alan Mathison Turing and grant him Our Free P

L. Gordon Crovitz: Jimmy Carter's Costly Patent Mistake(WSJ)

Nettime - 19 December, 2013 - 21:02
Original to: Jimmy Carter's Costly Patent Mistake By L. Gordon Crovitz His 1979 proposal has led to ill-conceived protection for software ideas and a tidal wave of litigation. Washington doesn't agree on much, but all three branches of government now have plans to reform the country's patent system. What's not widely understood is that this marks the failure of one of Washington's most ambitious experiments in industrial policy. Today's patent mess can be traced to a miscalculation by Jimmy Carter, who thought granting more patents would help overcome economic stagnation. In 1979, his Domestic Policy Review on Industrial Innovation proposed a new Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which Congress created in 1982. Its first judge explained: "The court was formed for one need, to recover the value of the patent system as an incentive to industry." The country got more patents -- at what has turned out to be a huge cost. The nu

Command and Control

Nettime - 18 December, 2013 - 21:28
ISBN-13 9781594202278 Schlosser, E., 2013. Command and control: nuclear weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the illusion of safety, New York, NY: The Penguin Press. I found this 2013 book a well-researched and readable insight into the techno-social system that is intimately intertwined with the rise of computing, simulation, and the internet. Although there is not much specific history in that regard, among other subjects, it explores the development and tactical/strategic deployment of nuclear weapons and the management of the communications systems that were/are so crucial to their potential use via first-hand accounts of events during the entire Cold War. In the light of recent C&C failures in the US nuclear weapons systems, reflecting on Charles Perrow's NAT (Normal Accident Theory) this account is a disturbing reminder of the reliable fallibility (!) of complex techno-social systems... JH

"I would rather be without a state than without a voice."Snowden's open letter to the people of Brazil

Nettime - 18 December, 2013 - 05:13 Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government's National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist's camera. I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and what we say. I went in front of that camera with open eyes, knowing that the decision would cost me family and my home, and would risk my life. I was motivated by a belief that the citizens of the world deserve to understand the system in which they live. My greatest fear was that no one would listen to my warning. Never have I been so glad to have been so wrong. The reaction in certain countries has been particularly inspiring to me, and Brazil is certainly one of those. At the NSA, I witnessed with growing alarm the surveillance of whole populations without any suspicion of wrongdoing, and

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Nettime - 17 December, 2013 - 05:05
Out of the Mouths of Babes He clenched the delicate feather quill and inkwell as Tuesday, his trusted steed, galloped on through the forest at night. "Dear Town" he began in elegant calligraphy, "I have written you once and will write you again tomorrow". Twice now the town received these letters - they know the author well - they share a general amazement at his skill. The whole scene having to happen on a boat traveling from 50º 179º to 50º -179º across the international date line. Such that both his horse's name and the day in which both letters were sent matched gregorianly. So you can imagine a floating island in which time and names coincide, and this courier delivering. Cluefully yours, Everyman

Bruce Schneier Leaves BT, GCHQ/NSA Spy Partner

Nettime - 16 December, 2013 - 22:43

Interactive Community Map

Nettime - 16 December, 2013 - 06:11
Hey Nettime, I haven't shown this off here yet and I figured you folks might have some interesting responses to this. I'm in a community-engaged arts group called Something Collective, and over the last few years we have gathered dance, video, puppet shows and audio for an interactive community map of two neighbourhoods - Renfrew-Collingwood and Sunset, both in Vancouver. The product is essentially a database documentary about this moment in the community, in the spirit of Harry Smith. The purpose, however, was to encourage community-building through art: new connections and tendencies emerge when people come together creatively. The process itself is a part of the piece. Here's the first one we made: And the second one which is a little bigger and richer... I used ThingLink which allows you to make interactive, clickable images and embed video, sound, images and text. This was after some exten

Re: Who remembers CD-ROMs ?...

Nettime - 16 December, 2013 - 02:51
i agree Joe! here is a text i wrote end of 2009 in preparation for a symposium about Media Libraries and Archives for the 21st century which happened at LAboral in May 2010. [...] I mean mainly the works made by artists on cd-rom, designed for personal computer, published by small or major companies, or in limited edition or self-produced. These works explore the beginning of multimedia and interactivity, of non linear narration and hypermedia,.. and for many of us this was the beginning of new expressions well before the standardised and normative web interfaces that we experience today. This production was for many artists and designers their first contact with computer technologies which started to become affordable, and also with software tools - the so called authoring tools - which required a palette of multidisciplinary talents, from concept and media creation, to graphical design, interaction design, and software development. This production was also part of this utopian movement of a r

Open Letter to Commoners from the FLOK Society, Ecuador

Nettime - 15 December, 2013 - 22:24
by way of David Bollier <david-aM821LzqUkNAfugRpC6u6w< at >> An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World to participate in the Ecuadorian transition towards an Open Commons-based Knowledge Society. Dear Global Co-operators and Commoners, In a speech on Sept. 19, 2012 [1], President Correa of Ecuador appealed to the young people of his country to fight for and realize a vision of “good living” based on a commons-based and open knowledge society. The FLOK Society project (Free/Libre Open Knowledge) has been created to propose a transition plan and a policy framework to achieve this unique vision. In accordance with Ecuador’s National Plan [2], there can be no 'good living' policy that is not inspired by, and rooted in, free and open knowledge and a thriving commons. The FLOK Society project is a joint research effort sponsored by the Co-ordinating Ministry of Knowledge and Human Talent, the Senescyt, (Secretaria National de Educacion Superior, Ciencia, Tecnologia e Innovac

Re: VIDEO: Snowden, the NSA, and Fre e Software – Bruce Schneier and Eben Moglen

Nettime - 15 December, 2013 - 20:20
A perdurable characteristic of cryptography and cryptographers is duplicity often discussed and debated in the field, cheated and lied about, preened and ridiculed. Crypto's essential role in projecting and protecting power requires duplicity to serve officials and counter-officials, know thy enemy, as Machiavelli and others have observed. Reputation building of cryptosystems and cryptographers proceeds duplicitously. Crypto technology, broadly communications security, is defined as a dual-use munition for that reason. Schneier is well-known as the chief of security for BT, a prime cooperator with GCHQ and thereby NSA. He has not publicly answered questions about what he knew beforehand of the operations revealed by Snowden. Nor have other of the world's leading cryptographers, inside and outside of governments -- which remain by far the source of funds for cryptography, next closest is the financial industry. Duplicity is a delicate topic in the field, for livelihoods depend upon complicity to limit cr

VIDEO: Snowden, the NSA, and Free Software – Bruce Schneier and Eben Moglen

Nettime - 15 December, 2013 - 14:02
I briefly talked with Bruce after this event, and suggested that it was much better than the recent DC one. He heartily agreed. His essential theme is that while ultimately there is no real defense to targeted surveillance, but plenty that can be done to make bulk surveillance both impractical and uneconomic. As well as crypto protocols, software etc he emphasized the need to develop open hardware standards so that one can trust one's kit. I am still waiting for the Internet Archive to derive the ogv version, but it will come. The YouTube video has "enhanced privacy" toggled on, thus no cookie. I do expect the SFLC to come up with a transcript, later in the week. joly joly posted: "After Glenn Greenwald first received his stash of secret documents from Edward Snowden, one of the first people he consulted was security expert, cryptographer, and writer Bruce Schneier, to help him review and digest the documents. A few weeks back we sa" After Glenn Greenwald first received his stash of secret documen

Re: a petition by Writers Against Mass Surveillance

Nettime - 15 December, 2013 - 01:08
I respect the petition , But I have a policy to to not sign any petition hosted in after their reversal of values and hosting petitions from both sides to ensure more winning campaigns. Is there any other way to sign it ? On Sat, Dec 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM, Geert Lovink <geert-qWit8jRvyhVmR6Xm/wNWPw< at >> wrote: <...>

Re: a petition by Writers Against Mass Surveillance

Nettime - 14 December, 2013 - 23:23
This petition made lots of waves in Germany but seems to have remained unnoticed elsewhere despite the many international writers who signed it. In Germany and France, such public interventions are a post-WWII tradition. They go back to Sartre's concept of "litterature engag??" which the 'Gruppe 47' circle of West-German novelists and poets picked up soon after it had been coined. Historical precursors are the public inventions of writers like Zola. The notion of writers as public figures and moral authorities seems to be rather typical for countries under authoritarian rule, as well as post-fascist and post-Stalinist societies. The petition echoes this because it is mostly written as an appeal to authorities ("STATES AND CORPORATIONS", "UNITED NATIONS", "GOVERNMENTS") and even addresses "CITIZENS" in the third person, thus implying some separate space for the writers (who thus speak, as neither authorities nor citizens, from a bird's eye view). Likewise, the wording of the petition remains stuck in old-fa

Re: Snowden and the Future talks by Eben Moglen

Nettime - 14 December, 2013 - 22:26
Also, Moglen had Bruce Schneier in this last week for a follow up. That was pretty good too. The webcast archive is here. On Sat, Dec 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM, Nick <nettime-P4Bj95+j4PVaa/9Udqfwiw< at >> wrote: <...>

Snowden and the Future talks by Eben Moglen

Nettime - 14 December, 2013 - 22:05
Hi Nettimers, I just listened to Eben Moglen's recent talks, "Snowden and the Future". They're fantastic; I can't recommend them highly enough. Recordings are available in several good audio and video formats. ==== From the About page ==== Please join the Software Freedom Law Center and Columbia Law School for a series of talks by Eben Moglen that will address the following questions: - What has Edward Snowden done to change the course of human history? - How does the evolution of surveillance since World War II threaten democracy? - What does it mean that information can be both so powerful and so easily spread? In a network embracing all of humanity, how does democracy survive our desire for security?

a petition by Writers Against Mass Surveillance

Nettime - 14 December, 2013 - 18:08
(dear nettimers, not sure everyone has seen this. ciao, geert) A STAND FOR DEMOCRACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE Petition by Writers Against Mass Surveillance On International Human Rights Day, 562 authors, including 5 Nobel Prize laureates, from over 80 countries have joined together to launch an appeal in defense of civil liberties against surveillance by corporations and governments. 5 Nobel Prize Winners have signed: Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, Elfriede Jelinek, Günter Grass and Tomas Tranströmer. Also among the signatories are Umberto Eco, Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Daniel Kehlmann, Nawal El Saadawi, Arundhati Roy, Henning Mankell, Richard Ford, Javier Marias, Björk, David Grossman, Arnon Grünberg, Angeles Mastretta, Juan Goytisolo, Nuruddin Farah, João Ribeiro, Victor Erofeyev, Liao Yiwu and David Malouf. This global pledge was organized by an independent international group of authors - Juli Zeh, Ilija Trojanow, Eva Menass

Re: History of Computer Art, chap. V

Nettime - 14 December, 2013 - 02:20
Dear John Hopkins, Concerning Armin?s remark on Darko Fritz?s research on the "New Tendencies": Darko Fritz was a (Co-)Curator of the exhibitions in Graz (2007) and Karlsruhe (2011): /Weibel, Peter (ed.): bit international. [Nove] tendencije. Computer und visuelle Forschung. Zagreb 1961-1973. Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum. Graz 2007. Rosen, Margit/ (ed.): A Little-Known Story about a Movement, a Magazine, and the Computer?s Arrival in Art. New Tendencies and Bit International, 1961-1973. Cat. of exhib. Zentrum f?r Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM)/Center for Arts and Media. Karlsruhe 2008 and Cambridge/Massachusetts 2011. Darko Fritz ( wrote: On Valdimir Bonacic: The Work of Vladimir Bonacic. A Temporary Realization of the New Tendencies Program. In: Rosen, Margit (ed.): A Little-Known Story about a Movement, a Magazine, and the Computer?s Arrival in Art. New Tendencies and Bit International, 1961-1973. Cat. of exhib. ZKM/Center for Arts and Media. Karlsru

Re: History of Computer Art, chap. V

Nettime - 12 December, 2013 - 23:05
Hallo Armin! Nah, it was a more general reaction on my part, there were a bunch of folks who started to drill down looking for weaknesses in it... This should be a part of the discourse, but seems lop-sided, without much positive spin. I totally hear your original suggestions -- accuracy in linguistically framing a reductive re-framing of 'reality' is a good thing. And there are more obvious 'mistakes' and less obvious ones. And accuracy, surely is subjective. I was just remarking on a general nettime response which seems to be (imho) more times skewed to critique or to yawning silence than to praise or support. Seldom praise for folk's efforts. Maybe that occurs back-channel, I don't know. I haven't done a statistical analysis of this situation, so, yes, it's a feeling, I admit. As a learning facilitator, I recall when I first moved to Reykjavik where I established a photo/electronic media program at the Icelandic Academy (B.W. 'Before the Web'). I was quite troubled that there were no writt