The presentation at the conference Data Traces was in German, hence also the slides. Below is unedited live written english translation created by Felix Gerloff. It's a impressive on-the-spot summary, but don't parse words.
Felix Stalder: "Politics of Data – Between Post-Democracy and Commons"
– culture as "trade floor" of meaning / interpretation
– topic: how the structure of theses processes of debating meaning in culture changed
– significant change today: big data sets instead of small data
– the quantitative change quickly becomes a qualitative change, because it needs different approaches to deal with big data
NDR Kultur - 12.04.2015 20:00 Uhr Autor/in: Kühn, Ulrich
Um den allgegenwärtigen Einfluss des Internets geht es beim Herrenhäuser Gespräch: Wie verändert sich unser Dasein? Zappeln wir längst wie Fliegen im Netz der Konzerne?
Der Einfluss des Internets ist so mächtig geworden, dass wir ihn häufig nicht mehr bemerken. Aber wie verändert sich unser Dasein in Abhängigkeit von einer Struktur, die als Verlängerung und Ergänzung des menschlichen Hirns ins Leben ragt? Manche meinen, wir zappelten längst wie hilflose Fliegen im Netz der Konzerne und Superhirne, angelockt durch große Versprechen von Freiheit und Transparenz. Oder sind diese warnenden Rufe, die jüngst immer lauter wurden, nichts als dumpfer Kulturpessimismus?
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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, 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. 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
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.
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.