<nettime> nottime: the end of nettime

On 1 April Ted Byfield and I announced the end of @nettime_l as a kind of backhanded joke, see below. Really amazing, however, were the responses that came in over the last few days which you can find on the nettime archive, including Ted's and mine. I also explained our reasoning in a short interview by Dirk Gehlen (in German), which centers around a line by Hannah Arendt “Power arises only where people act together, not where people grow stronger as individuals.”

Dear Nettimers, present and past --

The first nettime message was sent on 31 May 1995,[1] almost twenty
years ago. A lot has happened since then, and we're proud of how well
this list, and the larger nettime 'neighborhood,' has traced many of
these epochal changes. The list's alumni/ae is a who's who of critical
culture across an incredible range of fields. They -- really, *you*
-- have helped to redefine activism, shape national and international
legal and economic reforms, lead international cultural festivals and
some of the world's most famous musems, produce astonishing works of
art, write fiction and nonfiction that's won awards and redefined
entire disciplines, and build crucial free and open-source software,
to name just a few things. And those are just the 'heroic' stories.
There are many more obscure ones that, if anything, are even more
impressive, as even a quick glance at nettime's Wikipedia entry will
show.[2] A few nettimers have passed away, and we miss them dearly,
still. Moreover, most like-minded projects of a similar age have

Hackers as Producers. Authorship and Freedom

This essay was published in "Hacking" (Edition Digital Culture 2). Edited by Dominik Landwehr, Migros Kulturprozent & Christoph Merian Verlag Basel.

Artists and hackers both represent contemporary types of unconventional authorship. In their own respective ways, they both appear as autonomous producers and not as contractors. Their autonomy is based on an aspiration towards individual freedom, but they each justify this in completely different ways. In an emphatic sense, freedom is the foundation of an artist’s work. This freedom legitimates or even demands a demiurgic act of positioning from which the work then unfolds – and it justifies the close relationship between “author” and “work”. In contrast, a hacker begins by experiencing an absolute dearth of freedom. His work unfolds while dealing with an omnipotent system1 in which all options for action are predetermined. The hacker’s goal is to seize hold of moments of freedom anyway.

Die kontrollierte "Freiheit" (Interview SWR2)

Hier noch ein kurzes Interview zur Thema Freiheit im Internet und ob wir was tun können, um die Macht der grossen Konzerne (und der Geheimdienste) wieder einzudämmen.

(download, mp3, 8MB)

9:08 min | 16.3. | 8.10 Uhr | SWR2 Journal am Morgen | SWR2

All Watched Over by Algorithms, Panel at Transmediale 2015

This is the introduction to the panel I moderated at transmediale 2015, Capture all. It is followed by presentations of Matteo Pasquinelli, Antoinette Rouvroy, and Evgeny Mozorow, followed by a general discussion. Well worth watching the whole thing!

Digitale Verschlüsselung "Essenziell für das Funktionieren einer Gesellschaft" (Interview)

Nach den Snowden-Enthüllungen schien die Sache klar: Die Digitale Agenda der Bundesregierung propagierte die noch bessere Verschlüsselung unserer Daten. Doch jetzt will der Innenminister größeren Zugriff. Diese Forderung nach dem Eintritt durchs Hintertürchen wird sich nicht umsetzen lassen, meint der Medienwissenschaftler Felix Stalder.

Springerin: Kritische Netzpraxis (01/2015)

Update 30.01.2015: Summary of the panel discussion for the presentation of this issue, wiht Zoran Pantelic, Marina Grzinic, Konrad Becker, MAK 20.01.2013

Die neue Ausgabe der Zeitschrift springerin, hefte für gegenwartskunst, zum Schwerpunktthema "Kritische Netzpraxis" wurde als Zusammenarbeit von springerin und uns vom World-Information Institute realisiert.

Der Diskurs über kritische Netzpraktiken wird seit Langem von einer Vielzahl von Instanzen und – anfangs oft „illegitimen“, ja außerinstitutionellen – Akteuren geführt. Eine der wichtigsten Vermittlungsplattformen, etwa zeitgleich mit der springerin entstanden, ist das Institut für neue Kulturtechnologien (Public Netbase – t0), später umbenannt in World-Information Institute. Nachdem sich dessen Gründung kürzlich zum 20. Mal jährte, wollen wir in dieser gemeinsam konzipierten Ausgabe die wichtigsten Stationen und Entwicklungslinien des anhaltenden Netzdiskurses aufrollen.

Everything is Connected, Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion, Elevate Festival, 2014
In this panel conversation the various topical threads of Elevate's discourse programme will be brought together. Starting with an analysis of the current situation, tangible paths into a solidary future will be discussed. Representatives of different perspectives will talk about the required socio-ecological change, the possible makeup of future societies, and the necessary steps to create them.

Amy Goodman is concerned with the role of the media in social transformation, Nafeez Ahmed has a comprehensive understanding of the various crises, Felix Stalder focuses on the implications and ambivalence of new technologies, Friederike Habermann speaks from the perspective of social movements and Silke Helfrich will represent the idea of the commons as an alternative model for the organization of society. The panel will address questions such as: Where can we start? What are the challenges and how can we meet them? Which forward-looking projects and movements can we become a part of?

Moderation: Josef Obermoser (Crossroads, FORUM STADTPARK)

Reality is the Next Big Thing, Panel Discussion

Update 27.01.2015. David Charles has published, great extensive summaries Who Will Cook Capitalism?; Can Capitalism and Democracy Co-Exist?; Power and “Social Gravity”; Data Distasters

It is generally known that, while we engage with social media platforms, all data is stored and meticulously analyzed to eventually bring corporations, intelligence agencies and governments enormous profits and to increase their power. In the future, Internet giants like Google will earn money simply from knowing every detail about their users and their daily-lives. The venue of this business model is no longer the virtual world, but the real world. Fiber optic lines, drones, Google Glass, intelligent clothing, robots and automated vehicles serve only one clear goal: to gain direct access to our lives.

Solidarity In The Euro-Crisis (Slow Politics Conference, Berlin 11.2014)

SLOW POLITICS investigated perspectives for a precarious generation that is deeply concerned about its rights, liberties and privileges: How can a communal feeling arise in Europe if national self-interests prevail? How can we practice transparency if secret services are booming beyond public control? How can our mobile societies restore inner peace if migrants are always "the others"? How can we save the environment if consumerism and economics remain rampant? 

What happens to free access to culture and knowledge if public institutions continue crumbling? On its third day of Public Talks SLOW POLITICS dealt with these future concerns in five panels and explored the common denominator linking all these issues.

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