Helen Nissenbaum, Kazys Varnelis: Situated Technologies Pamphlet 9: Modulated Cities: Networked Spaces, Reconstituted Subjects (2012)

31 May 2012, dusan

The Situated Technologies Pamphlets series explores the implications of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urbanism. How is our experience of the city and the choices we make in it affected by mobile communications, pervasive media, and other “situated” technologies?

In Situated Technologies Pamphlets 9, Helen Nissenbaum and Kazys Varnelis initiate a redefinition of privacy in the age of big data and networked, geo-spatial environments. Digital technologies permeate our lives and make the walls of the built environment increasingly porous, no longer the hard boundary they once were when it comes to decisions about privacy. Data profiling, aggregation, analysis, and sharing are broad and hidden, making it harder than ever to constrain the flow of data about us. Cautioning that suffocating surveillance could lead to paralyzed dullness, Nissenbaum and Varnelis do not ask us to retreat from digital media but advance interventions like protest, policy changes, and re-design as possible counter-strategies.

Publisher Architectural League of New York, Spring 2012
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license
ISBN 978-0-9800994-8-5
56 pages

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Stefan Krappitz: Troll Culture: A Comprehensive Guide (2012)

30 May 2012, dusan

Trolling is a art!

Sadly, most authors don‘t recognize the beautiful side of trolling and describe trolls as bored teenagers or fat unemployed basement dwellers. While this may be true in some cases, other trolls are just normal people that see the Internet as a playground or a canvas.

Troll Culture shows the history of trolling and aims to draw a new differenciated picture of trolling as a constant part of internet culture that has ugly, but also lots of beautiful sides to it. It gives instructions on both how to defend from trolls and on how to become a good troll yourself. In the end it also explains trolling as a memetic concept, that has spread virally all over the Internet.

Diplomarbeit (not Master thesis as stated earlier, fixed on 2012-6-4 after ???)
Neue Medien, Merz Akademie, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien, Stuttgart, 2011/2012
Supervisor: Prof. Olia Lialina
134 pages
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Future of Copyright Anthology. A collection of texts from a crowd-funded contest (2012)

28 May 2012, dusan

“How should a good copyright system look like? Obviously, the one our civilization uses now doesn’t fit the reality of today. Outdated, over-extended and unenforceable it leads to ridiculous court cases against random people and clearly fails to meet the needs of the digital world. Without good alternatives, the only solution some can imagine is to take what doesn’t work and get more of it, hoping that this will do the trick. It won’t.

In order to form the future of copyright system we need to step up and craft a model that will fit the digital reality, shaped by technology of today and tomorrow. There are some initial proposals, most notably Barcelona Charter or Washington Declaration, but we believe there’s room for improvement and we want to give it a try.

It is our great pleasure to present the results of the first edition of the Future of Copyright contest held by the Modern Poland Foundation. Our jury – Prof. Michael Geist, Piotr Czerski and Jarosław Lipszyc – awarded the main prize to Aymeric Mansoux, author of ‘Morphology of copyright tale’. Moreover, the jury decided to grant an honorable mention to Togi, author of the work “Give’. Congratulations!

We would like to thank you for your crowdfunding support and a high standard of the submitted works. We were pleasantly surprised by the interest shown in the competition, and we have decided to hold its second edition next year. We hope that with your help it will be even more successful and the collected works will provide a strong voice in the debate on the future of copyright law and system.” (contest organisers)

Publisher Modern Poland Foundation, Warsaw, 25 May 2012
Creative Commons BY-SA license
49 pages
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Daniel Goldberg, Linus Larsson: Svenska hackare: En berättelse från nätets skuggsida (2011) [Swedish]

26 May 2012, dusan

Vad driver unga killar att hacka sig in i datasystem och dra fram hemligstämplad information utan att de själva tjänar något på det? Vad får dem att sitta som fastklistrade vid sina datorer nätterna igenom för att ta sig in i nästa lösenordsskyddade server i nätverket? I Svenska hackare får läsaren en unik inblick i en av vår tids mest mytomspunna subkulturer.

För många är hackaren en skurk, en spion som ägnar sig åt stöld och sabotage. För andra är han, för det är oftast en han, en ensam och osäker tonåring med datorn och nätet som enda vänner. Men hackaren är också en hjältefigur och en fanbärare. Hackarens tro på teknikens möjligheter – och den självklara rätten att använda den som han vill – har satt sin prägel på allt från 90-talets spirande hemdatorkultur, via 00-talets häftiga debatt kring fildelningssajten The Pirate Bay till dagens diskussioner om övervakning och digital politisk aktivism.

Svenska hackare är en bok om människor, inte om maskiner. Här möter du bland andra 16-åriga Philip, som under flera år gäckade både FBI och den amerikanska universitetsvärldens tyngsta experter; Vuxna Förbannade Hackare, som under vintern 2008 hackade sig in i Aftonbladets servrar och drog igång en våg av attacker mot företag och myndigheter; it-konsulten som säljer stulna företagshemligheter till högstbjudande, samt hackaren som låtsas vara man för att hon annars inte skulle tas på allvar.

År 2009 polisanmäldes 1493 fall av dataintrång i Sverige, fler än någonsin förut och mer än dubbelt så många som fem år tidigare. Men för varje dataintrång som offentliggörs sker tio gånger fler i det fördolda. I en allt mer uppkopplad värld så borde det vara en varningsklocka. För den som har makten över nätet har, i allt väsentligt, makten över våra liv.

Publisher Norstedt, 2011
ISBN 9113030442, 9789113030449
315 pages

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Christian Engström MEP, Rick Falkvinge: The Case for Copyright Reform (2012)

25 May 2012, dusan

Legalized file sharing, shorter protection times for the commercial copyright monopoly, free sampling and a ban on DRM.

These are the main points of the proposal for copyright reform that the Pirate Party is advocating and which the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament adopted as its group position in September 2011.
This is a constructive alternative to the controversial ACTA agreement and to the criminalization of the entire generation of youths. This booklet explains why such a reform is both necessary and sustainable and will benefit both citizens and artists.

Published by Pirate MEP Christian Engström with support from the Greens/EFA-group in the European Parliament, 17 April 2012
Creative Commons CC0 license
ISBN 9781471671784
108 pages

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