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Free Culture Forum Declaration

sustainable creativity

The Free Culture Forum has launched its declaration on "Sustainable Models for Creativity in the Digital Age". After last year's "Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge", the declaration is an important next step in the self-definition of the free culture movement. It moves beyond licensing issues, focusing instead on long-term sustainability, which needs to combine income streams for professional producers with the right to access and re-use material for the general public. I think this is crucial, but admit to being somewhat biased, since I played a part in drafting these documents. See for yourself.

We can no longer put off re-thinking the economic structures that have been producing, financing and funding culture up until now. Many of the old models have become anachronistic and detrimental to civil society. The aim of this document is to promote innovative strategies to defend and extend the sphere in which human creativity and knowledge can prosper freely and sustainably.

This document is addressed to policy reformers, citizens and free/libre culture activists to provide them practical tools to actively operate this change.

  • How To for Sustainable Creativity [30 pages]
  • Autonomía y control en la era de la post-privacidad

    Una forma de definir la modernidad occidental, el periodo que estamos justo dejando, es por su particular estructura de control y autonomía. Ésta emergió como resultado de dos desarrollos históricos –uno que llevó a que burocracias grandes y jerarquizadas se establecieran como forma dominante de organización, otro que llevó a que el ciudadano (burgués, masculino) se convirtiera en el principal sujeto político. La privacidad jugó un papel clave en el mantenimiento del equilibrio entre ambos. Hoy en día, este acuerdo se está diluyendo. En el proceso, la privacidad pierde (algo de) sus funciones sociales. La post-privacidad, entonces, apunta a la transformación de cómo la gente crea su autonomía y de cómo el control impregna sus vidas.

    This is the Spanish translation, by Christel Penella de Silva, of "Autonomy and Control in the Era of Post-Privacy". Read the whole translation at Christel's blog tintank.es.

    Warum WikiLeaks noch lange interessant sein wird

    Ein Kommentar im Falter, Wien (08/2011).

    Die Berichterstattung zu WikiLeaks folgt einem bekannten Muster massenmedialer Aufmerksamkeit. Erst ist alles wunderbar und heldenhaft, dann plötzlich skandalös und irgendwie nervig, um schliesslich als eh-nichts-neues wieder ad acta gelegt zu werden. Auch wenn es scheint, dass wir bereits in der dritten Phase angekommen sind, wäre es falsch, jetzt einfach zur Tagesordnung zurück zu kehren.

    Personal Web searching in the age of semantic capitalism: Diagnosing the mechanisms of personalisation

    I'm very happy, our new paper on the personalization of search results is out now. To our knowledge, it's the first to do empirical research in a systematic way on how personalized results actually differ from non-personalized results and interpret the results within a critical framework.

    First Monday > Volume 16, Number 2 - 7 February 2011
    Personal Web searching in the age of semantic capitalism: Diagnosing the mechanisms of personalisation.
    Martin Feuz, Matthew Fuller, Felix Stalder


    TV Diskussion zu Wikileaks und Leaks im allgemeinen


    Thema: Top Secret a.D. - Wie gefährlich ist die Wahrheit? Eine Diskussionsrunde zu Wikileaks und den Rolle staatlicher Geheimnisse in der Demokratie, Sendung vom 20.01.2011 | Dauer 90 Minuten. Die Sendung ist in der Mediathek als Stream abrufbar.

    Wikileaks und die Folgen: Suhrkamp Sammelband

    Wikileaks und die FolgenDer Sammelband, von Heinrich Geiselberger herausgeben, ist erschienen:

    So unübersichtlich und verwirrend wie die Lawine aus Dokumenten sind die Hintergründe und Folgen von WikiLeaks: Was sind die Motive von Julian Assange? Geht es ihm um demokratische Transparenz? Oder um die »krypto-anarchistische« Weltrevolution? Wer soll all die Akten und Depeschen auswerten? Und: Welche Folgen hat die Affäre für die Politik? Erleben wir das Ende der Geheimdiplomatie oder den Anfang einer viel geheimeren Diplomatie? Die Autoren versuchen in ausführlichen Hintergrundanalysen und Kommentaren, aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln Schneisen ins diskursive Durcheinander zu schlagen, noch während hier möglicherweise Geschichte gemacht wird

    Eine sehr schöne Sammlung an Texten, beileibe nicht nur wegen meines Beitrags "Wikileaks und die neue Ökologie der Nachrichtenmedien"

    Pourquoi les institutions peinent à conserver leurs secrets

    Pourquoi les institutions peinent à conserver leurs secrets

    Un site Internet fait trembler l’administration Obama. Armé d’une copie pirate de centaines de milliers de communications diplomatiques, ce média d’un nouveau genre a commencé à les publier, le 28 novembre 2010, en lien avec plusieurs titres de presse. Les Etats-Unis ont réagi avec véhémence. Mais, quoi qu’il advienne de WikiLeaks, rien ne peut désormais empêcher ces « fuites » de continuer à se produire.

    This article, published in the French, Spanish and Portuguese editions of Le Monde Diplomatique (01/2011) is a revised version of my article on Contain This! Leaks, Whistle-Blowers and the Networked News Ecology which originally appeared in mute magazine (04.11.2010).

    Call for Papers: Ethics Of Sharing

    The Ethics of Sharing

    Call for Papers for Vol. 15 - July 2011

    • Deadline for extended abstracts: January 31, 2011
    • Notification of acceptance to authors: February 8, 2011
    • Deadline for full articles: April 30, 2011
    • Publication: July, 2011

    Sharing has emerged as one of the core cultural and ethical values native to the networked environment. It is built both into the technical protocols that make up the Internet, and holds together distributed, mediated communities and
    organizations (even if they try to limit sharing to members inside the organizations).

    In information ethics, sharing has implicitly been discussed in terms of privacy, intellectual property, secrecy, security and freedom of speech, which together define the social character of the information environment. But recent developments such as WikiLeaks have shown that there is a need to go beyond discussing the legitimacy of access or restrictions. We need to address the motivations and ethical positions that compel people to share information, even at considerable risk to themselves. Has sharing of information a special virtue of the information society? How are choices of sharing or withholding information justified? Is sharing subversive of the new global information regime, or an integral aspect of it?

    This issue of IRIE brings together contributions towards an ethics of sharing that embeds the technological potentialities in lived social experience. In our understanding, information ethics "deals with ethical questions in the field of digital production and reproduction of phenomena and processes such as the exchange, combination and use of information."

    p2p activism

    p2p activism

    Recently in my Bittorrent client! I'm all for decentralized infrastructures. It's more obvious than ever why we need them.

    Dictionary of the Human Economy, out now!

    The Dictionary of the Human Economy is out now. It's an amazing collection of some 30 concepts of social alternatives (see table of contents). I'm very happy that my entry on "Digital Commons" is included here. You can get it in any good book store and, of course, online.

    About the Book

    The global financial crisis has renewed concern about whether capitalist markets are the best way of organizing economic life. Would it not be better if we were to treat the economy as something made and remade by people themselves, rather than as an impersonal machine?

    The object of a human economy is the reproduction of human beings and of whatever sustains life in general. Such an economy would express human variety in its local particulars as well as the interests of all humanity.

    The editors have assembled here a citizen’s guide to building a human economy. This project is not a dream but is part of a collective effort that began a decade ago at the first World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and has gathered pace ever since.

    Over thirty original essays address topics that range from globalization, community participation and microcredit to corporate social responsibility and alternative energy. Each offers a critical guide to further reading.

    The Human Economy builds on decades of engaged research to bring a new economic vision to general readers and a comprehensive guide for all students of the contemporary world.

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