"A struggle is ensuing to produce and protect what is being called the Knowledge Commons in defiance of the latter day regime of enclosures around knowledge and informational goods. As with the pre-capitalist common lands on which the majority of people subsisted, the idea is that we can build a resource, a life source, of intellectual wealth to sustain people within informatic capitalism.
But this endeavour is not without political, tactical and philosophical problems. In this first issue of the new format Mute, we foreground the antagonisms which the Knowledge Commons throw up.
Texts by: Gregor Claude, Yves Degoyon, Martin Hardie, Benjamin Mako Hill, Jaromil, Yuwei Lin, Peter Linebaugh, Aymeric Mansoux, Agnese Trocchi, RampArt Hacklab, Palle Torsson, James Wallbank, Steve Wright, Simon Yuill and Soenke Zehle"
"Newsfilm Online is one of the most exciting resources to be offered to Higher and Further Education in the UK. 3,000 hours of television news and cinema newsreels, taken from the huge collection of the ITN/Reuters archive, is being made available online in high quality format for teaching, learning and research. Newsfilm Online will be a gateway of unmatched richness to nearly one hundred years of news, from the 1910s to the present day.
Newsfilm Online has now launched a demonstrator website at: http://www.bufvc.ac.uk/newsfilmonline
This 'demonstrator' web site is making some fifty news clips (approximately one hour of material) freely available for downloading to all users. These clips are arranged by theme and decade, and we welcome your comments on any of these. We hope to add more clips to the site in due course.
The main delivery of 3,000 hours will be in February 2007."
cita: "La tecnología de una época es la mitología de otra" Dj Spooky en Introducción. Film Form/Film Formlessness, p. 13"
en el número de este mes..."In Google we trust: Information integrity in the digital age" -Lee Shaker
abstract: "This paper considers information safety and accuracy in the digital age using Google as an entry point. In doing so, it explores the role media play in shaping the relationship of information, privacy, and trust between Google and the public. This inquiry is undertaken using framing theory to guide a content analysis of the way Google is presented in New York Times articles from a two–year period ending in November, 2005. Analysis of the extensive coverage of Google’s share price and earnings reports leads to the conclusion that trust in Google is fostered in part simply by reports of its fiscal success. To the extent that this is true, meaningful public debate about information policies is inhibited."
este artículo me hace recordar una interesante "reflexión" que leí hace unas semanas en una fascinante y totalmente recomendable bitácora "docente"... InfoTech & Public Policy (asignatura: Information Technology and Public Policy; profesor responsable: Edward W. Felten -efectivamente!!! autor de otra no menos importante e imprescindible bitácora, Freedom to Tinker …is your freedom to understand, discuss, repair, and modify the technological devices you own). Pues bien, el "post" en concreto se titula Google v. Dept. of Justice: Why is Google being quite so secretive?... y el argumento es tan simple como inquietante... conoce google más de lo que debería...? bien, pues todo parece indicar que así es...!!!
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"Horowitz considers nearly all of contemporary social theory to be “some version of Marxism,” including “feminism, post-structuralism, post-modernism.” Presumably there was a pre-Marxist golden age of cultural anthropology before it was “destroyed” by such theories. Since he hates post-structuralism I suppose that the structuralists were OK. But many of the early Marxist anthropologists structuralists, so presumably even structuralism is tainted and we need to go back even earlier … I wish Horowitz would write another book telling us which social theories are acceptable so that we all know what to teach!" "You can go to Guatemala and hang out with terrorists…"
-el proyecto- “Communities in the Making: Identity and Belonging in Postcolonial London and Paris” is following up my thesis “Beyond Ethnic Boundaries? British Asian Cosmopolitans”, which is based on one year of fieldwork among second generation British Asians in London. One of the main goals is to investigate into the dialectics between the life of individuals – belonging, identity formation, way of life and worldview – on the one hand, and (imagined) community, social integration and cosmologies on the other. Put differently: How are the boundaries of “Britishness”/”Frenchness”/”Norwegianness” widened as a result of “new” groups demanding the right to belong in their own ways? How do individuals participate in this widening of criteria for belonging through production of cultural expressions like music, film and literature as well as through their ways of life? And finally, how does this widening affect the lives of individuals? These relations – between macro and micro level of society – can only be explored satisfactorily through an empirically based study of particular individuals’ lives, which I will carry out in a multiethnic environment in Paris from summer 2005 and onwards".
"In 2004, the AoIR Conference was themed ‘Ubiquity?’, pondering the degree to which network access might be everywhere, all the time and the consequences thereof. I think that 2005, Internet research was marked by increased acknowledgment that the reality of ‘Internet everywhere’ is different to what some corporations might have us believe. Ubiquity is not a case of wireless technologies (even though, in many parts of the world wireless access is now much more significant, either directly or through mobile telephony networks), nor of the multiplication of devices that hook up to the Internet (even though manufacturers continue to develop such products). Rather, as is emerging in many scholars’ work, the Internet is everywhere because of the interaction between the social connectivity of the world offline and the world online. In other words, the Internet is everywhere precisely because it is not artificially distinct from the everyday places in which people live. Put bluntly, there is no ‘cyberspace’. No doubt, over the next year, research will continue that, rather than locating people in or not in cyberspace, imagines the Internet as simply a visible sign of, and perhaps a key motive force behind, the increasing networking of society. Cyberspace might then again become a term, rather like Haraway’s long-established notion of the cyborg (A Cyborg Manifesto, 1991), which focuses our attention on the instability of essential human identities in a world of network informatics"