Civic hacking postscript

Here’s a link to the audio from the Civic Hacking panel at the Digital Labor conference last weekend. Thanks to everyone who attended and followed the discussion online. We ran this as a series of position statements on key terms that interest us in the study of civic hacking. This is the result of ongoing […]

Civic hacking at #DL14

Next month I’ll be at the Digital Labor: Sweatshops, Picket lines, and Barricades conference at The New School in New York. This is a description of the panel I’m organizing with Carl DiSalvo, continuing some of our previous thinking on civic hacking. Please join us if you are coming to the conference – and check […]

Forms of labour in Europe and China

Forms of Labour in Europe and in China: The Case of Foxconn University of Padua 26-27 June 2014 THURSDAY 26TH JUNE ROOM B1 – Via del Santo, 22 – Padova 10-11.00 Welcome and introductions Vincenzo Milanesi, Director of Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology Antonio Varsori, Director of Department of Political, Legal and […]

Obfuscation: Exploiting data entropy

Thanks to Seda Gürses for her efforts in organizing such a wonderful day. I am still wearing my camo souvenir! Saturday’s ISTC for Social Computing Obfuscation Symposium at NYU brought together experts in law, policy, arts, activism, engineering, computer science, design and anthropology to discuss case studies and demos exploring obfuscation – strategies whereby ‘individuals, […]

Metahack

This week I’m heading to Georgia Tech to host a ‘metahack’ – an event where we learn about hackathons by adopting many of their features and practices. Over the past year a number of ISTC-Social researchers have been studying hackathons as unique socio-technical encounters. Fieldwork across different US cities and internationally is showing that these […]

Hacking for good

JW and I debrief after last weekend’s Hack for LA. The presumption is that people will “hack for good,” since to do otherwise is to question the implicit gift economy underwriting the event. But since when is hacking necessarily or in any way obviously done “for good”? This is a curious development. Jason said as […]

Notes from Michael Warner, ‘On Normativity’, May 15 2013

[All errors entirely mine. One of the smartest people I have ever heard talk. I could not keep up] Queer theory without normativity: part of a wider project with Robyn Wiegman and Elizabeth Wilson. Trying to provide a genealogy for grad students to show how normativity became the (limited) focus for queer theory. Quite a […]

On the fallacy of the zoom

Notes from Bruno Latour’s closing keynote at Paris CHI. I Latour’s opening provocation set the agenda: ‘There are no collective phenomena’. Rather, collectives contain the work of collecting (as we will see, contain can have several senses here: to hold, to include, to limit). There are many collecting devices which generate collected data. There is […]

Transmissions and entanglements

This month the ISTC-Social hosted Nina Wakeford and Kat Jungickel from Goldsmiths College, London for a discussion called Transmissions and Entanglements: Uses of inventive methods. Both Nina and Kat are interested in presenting research in non-textual forms, and creating methods that are crafted to the problem under consideration. Kat’s phrase to capture this epistemology – […]

Working for Nothing

Notes from Andrew Ross’ keynote at the International Labour Process conference last week. These are just the sections on virtual labour. One of the founding principles of the labor movement was that the bosses needed the workers. Now we may be reaching a point where bosses have worked out how to get by without workers. […]

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