Andrew Barry: Political Machines: Governing a Technological Society (2001)

6 November 2012, dusan

Technology assumes a remarkable importance in contemporary political life. Today, politicians and intellectuals extol the virtues of networking, interactivity and feedback, and stress the importance of new media and biotechnologies for economic development and political innovation. Measures of intellectual productivity and property play an increasingly critical part in assessments of the competitiveness of firms, universities and nation-states. At the same time, contemporary radical politics has come to raise questions about the political preoccupation with technical progress, while also developing a certain degree of technical sophistication itself.

In a series of in-depth analyses of topics ranging from environmental protest to intellectual property law, and from interactive science centres to the European Union, this book interrogates the politics of the technological society. Critical of the form and intensity of the contemporary preoccupation with new technology, Political Machines opens up a space for thinking the relation between technical innovation and political inventiveness.

Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group, 2001
ISBN 0485006340, 9780485006346
320 pages

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European Digital Rights: EU Surveillance (2012)

24 January 2012, dusan

“The purpose of this booklet is to briefly outline current EU surveillance and security measures in order to give an insight into their scale and cumulative effect. In order to be legal under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, each security measure that limits fundamental rights is understood to be effective and a “necessary” and “proportionate” breach of the rights which our society considers to be fundamental.”

Written by Joe McNamee, Kirsten Fiedler, Marie Humeau, Daniel Dimov
Publisher European Digital Rights (EDRi), Brussels, 23 January 2012
The EDRi Papers, Edition 02
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20 pages

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European Digital Rights: Activist Guide to the Brussels Maze (2012)

24 January 2012, dusan

“The purpose of this booklet is to provide activists with an insight into where EU legislative and non-legislative Proposals come from, what can be achieved at each stage of the administrative process. As the lifetime of any EU Proposal of any description is very long, it is important to know where to target any activity at any given moment. Every institution is very powerful and influential at certain moments and very much a spectator at other moments. We hope that this guide will help serve as a map of the Brussels maze.”

Written by Joe McNamee, Kirsten Fiedler, Marie Humeau
Publisher European Digital Rights (EDRi), Brussels, 23 January 2012
The EDRi Papers, Edition 01
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26 pages

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