P2PCollab Campaign for the 2nd International Networked Labour Seminar | Networked Labour


This is an appeal for an institutional p2pfunding and p2p collaboration campaign, for realising the 2nd International Networked Labour Seminar, in Amsterdam, at around May 2015. Draft proposal for the 2nd event can be seen here:

https://titanpad.com/networkedlabour2ndencounterproposal

Project will be designed, managed and executed, based on open-participatory budgeting and p2p collaboration principles. We welcome all kinds of technical, logistical, financial, artistic / design, physical labour, and knowledge based contributions, especially from interested creative communites and cooperatives from Netherlands and Europe that would like to join efforts.

Design of the event, its content, form, and list of invitees will be open to supporters and collaborators’ suggestions. Sponsors and the registered collaborators will be able to suggest topics and alternative methodologies. Estimated budget, participatory tools and mechanisms will be published at: http://www.networkedlabour.net/ during the second week of October 2014.

If you are interested in collaborating please contact me directly at networg at networg [at] networg [dot] nl

In solidarity and collaboration,

Örsan Şenalp

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GNUnionize! Global Networked Labour Union


“…The time is past due for new forms of association to be created that can steer the world away from its destruction through commodified exploitation. The greatest hacks of our time may turn out to be forms of organising free collective expression, so that from this time on, abstraction serves the people …” M. Wark

Link at Interference wiki: https://interference.io/wiki/doku.php?id=sessions:gnunion_global_networked_labour_union_beta_1.0

Call:
GNUnion invites you to design a networked, self-organized, and stitched One Big Meshwork by linking your like-minded peers and their network bases to each other strategically. We call everyone striving to build dynamic, free, libre, and open source spaces bottom up, to bring their collective agendas and strategies in touch modularly and act upon them in an harmonized way.

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Says-Us.net Seeks FLOSS Collaboration


Dear friends,

SaysUs just has become affiliated to May First / People Link (https://mayfirst.org), which has been providing useful IT services to the activists and movements around the world.  We did just send the below text to the comrades involved in and collaborate each other at May First / People Link networked cooperative. Yet our call is open to all floss developers, commoners, activists and anyone who shares the vision that we tried to formulate in the text as simple as possible. We invite all comrades around the world who share similar values and virtues to join us and engage with our comrades at May First / People Link network.

Here is our call:

“Says-Us (see http://www.saysus.net) is a new member of May First / People Link.  We propose the creation of a web facility, a portal, to facilitate the ability of millions of people to tell their own stories, to write anonymous complaints, about work, housing, health care, schools, unemployment, prison, government, almost anything, as it affects them.

Many job related web sites have already shown that, given the chance to safely complain, people will do so. Unfortunately, existing corporate sites are oriented towards helping employers find cheap labor, and to sell advertising, not to helping change workplace practices. Non-corporate sites are particular to one union or reform organization and are not sufficiently generalized or allowing of self-organization.

Jobvent.com collected as many as 100K complaints about 10K companies. The complaints were then destroyed when jobvent was acquired by Glassdoor.com. Sites like glassdoor are spaces where hard-to-organize flex-jobs seekers may read about and learn from each other’s experiences. But site users are not offered any course of action except the obvious – to avoid employment at the worst offender companies.
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Rethinking Labour as Social-Network-Movement


Very recently valuable and concrete reflections are being published, filling in the public understanding of the nature and dynamics of the most-recent social and emancipatory uprisings, known also as Global Revolution. The recent articles written by Bernardo Gutiérrez and Rodrigo Nunes, both involved in the 15M, Occupy, Gezi, and Brazilian uprisings and were systematically putting their self-reflections together in wider framework of a collaborative action-research network also named as Global Revolution, are highly informative and pedagogic. They explain masterfully why transnational ‘organization’ of the global ‘revolution’ is qualitatively different then what we have understood from traditional use of the concepts of ‘organization’ and ‘revolution’. Another important resource was produced by Adrià Rodriguez who have also been very active in 15M, as well as other ‘network movements’ since 201-11, and linked to the Global Revolution Research Network.

I have been involved more directly in Take The Square, Occupy,  and Gezi movement/networks as Bernardo, Rodrigo and Adria, met them online, may be many times under various nick-names and worked together, and still do so. On the other hand I was busy with developing an understanding of the emergent new labour class practices and experiences. My work at Social Network Unionism and  Networked Labour blog/networks have heavily owed to the previous work done by people like Peter Waterman, Hilary Wainwright, Marco Berlinguer, Mayo Fuster as much as others they have been collaborating around the Networked Politics initiative. I was modifying and reshaping this work based on my direct experience. Below papers and reports are those that I published on various digital spaces since the beginning of the 2011 uprisings. Now it seems very worthy to put them together in a chronological order and reproduce once more: Continue reading

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Welcome to LabourLeaks | LabourLeaks.org


 

OK. You know about press leaks: they are as old as the press. You know about the famous/notorious online Wikileaks, this is only seven years old and is one part of the subversive/emancipatory capacity of the web. There are increasing numbers of such leaks, produced by particular groups for particular purposes, for different kinds of public.

Well, we are labour activists, long active both on the shopfloor and online. And we have ourselves had bad experience with company secrecy and ‘managerial prerogatives’: some of us have been disciplined or sacked for exposing information that is essential for ourselves or our fellow workers. This is why we have created

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Transnational networks of radical labour research and (h)activism: A global working class in the making


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Open Source and Libre Worker-to-Worker Activist-to-Activist Self Traning Material on New Social Media


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Worker to worker transnational exchange at the shop-floor level : Social media and online networking guide for shop stewards and union activists

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Essays on Principles of Energetic Materialism 3: Re-claiming Back the Holistic Emancipatory Thinking


After what happened in Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Bahrein, Syria, Ukraine; to the lives of peoples in these countries; to Saddam, Osama Ben Laden, Gaddafi, Assad…  the overall reaction of the mainstream media and academia to these, and most people’s confused reception of the twisted reality provided for them to live in, as well as the lack of willingness shown to go after, search for and believe some kind of truth -while emancipatory knowledge may be resting just a click away; one cannot help thinking twice about the conspiracy-esoteric stories about UFOs, aliens, Atlantis, Osiris, hambala & shambala, NWO assemblage… There lies a traditional contradiction between the popularity and  unpopularity of such stories, between the appeal these have (on people who close to right wing thinking) addressed and the relative ease they offers to the reader / believers. One might find worthy to recognise the work done by ‘ordinary’, meaning non-academically trained people for searching, digging, and trying to produce stories hid by the powerful, yet one needs to question the weakness notions generated in these circles. It
cannot be a coincidence that the producers and consumers of such stories are not that interested in formulating remarkably strong arguments, self-reflection on the thinking way and methodology as well as the scepticism about the subject of the theory (like Atlantis). So obvious ‘gap’ is being often left behind unquestioned in a similar
fashion to generally promoted mainstream stories. The systematic or historic nature of the ways and why’s of rulers or conspirators collective actions on manipulation or hiding of such knowledge that bears the truth becomes untouched. There is not much effort to
establish, scientificish, systematically built research to build up rigorous theories grounded on hard evidences for really important stuff, waiting for publically recognised answers for the crucial questions  about the other civilisations existed before ours on earth
or beyond our-planet. Thus, most of the stuff remains in the same wane of religious, mythical kind of metaphysical story-telling.

Where the real gap lies may be the worse. The lack of courage shown from politically emancipatory thinking in addressing the most strange, unanswered, and consciously manipulated fields addressed.  It is of course then it would get very hard to understand the mainstream reactions to preaches of people like David Icke, or this kinds of speculations and conspiring about the real-truth. While they may not be more ridiculous then respectable visions of delivered by say by Dr. Michio Kaku, Mr. Bush or Mr. Obama when they launch the Gnome or Brain projects. Or the theme and visions represented by CS (Vatican), or the IS? We are living in a world similar to dark ages of Europe, where telling and sharing of a crucial knowledge of the truth publicly put you in jail next to Julian Assange, Private Manning, and Edward Snowden. Think of the fact that probably majority of people, somehow educated, would name Einstein as the most intelligence man ever lived. Yet the same ‘general culture’ knowledge holders would name Einstein again this time as the inventor of the atomic bomb. Very little would know that this has been a result of a ruling elite campaign, and Einstein had nothing to do with military research. In fact, the reason why Kaku appears as an appealing cuddly genius while Einstein remains as the inventor of the most destructive weapons is the fact that Kaku promotes a ‘perfect capitalism’ that serves for the emerging new powerful, while Einstein has been publicly known as socialist and dreamed of free energy and knowledge for all.

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Solidarity Statement from HK, China with Black Communities in USA


Hong Kong…. Ferguson and New York City!
Solidarity Statement with Black Communities in Ferguson, Missouri and NYC

From Hong Kong to Ferguson and NYC, we send you our warmest solidarity!

No to injustice! No to white supremacy!

It was outrageous that the grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson, who had shot unarmed 18-year old Mike Brown. We agree with you that: “The whole damn system is guilty as hell.”

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The Camera Panopticon | Aral Balkan


4 Dec, 2014, Multi-billion-dollar Silicon Valley companies and their long tail of startups are gathering huge amounts of data about the world and about us. It’s time we began to understand why they’re doing it and what exactly is at stake.

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Spyware 2.0: Is it just about selling ads or is there a greater ambition?
Illustration by joelle L.

A brief history of the present

We live in a world where our new everyday things—our phones, computers, social networks—are owned and controlled by a handful of corporations that make their money by selling people not products.

This is a predatory model where you are the prey and consumer products are the bait.

Once a Spyware 2.0 company like Google has convinced you to use their products, they proceed to watch everything you do. Their goal is to learn as much about you as they can.

You are the lab rat.

They study you because the insight they gain about you is the value they sell to their customers.

You are the product being sold

Selling people is not an entirely new business model. There was once a very financially-rewarding global business built on selling people’s bodies.

We called it slavery.

Today, we frown upon that particular practice in polite company. It’s about time to ask ourselves, however, what are we to call the business of selling everything about a person that makes them who they are apart from their body?

If the question makes you feel uncomfortable, good.

If just thinking about it makes you feel uncomfortable, imagine how living within a system where this business model is a monopoly will make you feel. Then imagine what a society shaped by its ramifications will look like. Imagine its effects on equality, human rights, and democracy.

You don’t have to try too hard to imagine any of this because we are already living in the early days of just such a world today.

And yet it’s still early enough that I’m hopeful we can challenge the unfettered progress of this Silicon Valley model that is toxic to our human rights and threatens the very pillars of democracy itself.

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The First FairCoop Bulletin – December 2014


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Hello friends! This is the first FairCoop Bulletin; we plan on sending these out on a semi-regular, (non-spammy) basis to let you know what’s going on in the global Fair.coop movement. The wealth of any movement is its members so please if you have any doubts, questions, suggestions or downright inspirations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and get involved.

1. Participate in defining how FairCoop is going to make decisions!

Ok first of all, as you probably know, the decision-making structure of Fair.coop is based around councils, like the branches of a tree, and the ‘trunk’ of this tree is the provisional Ecosystemic Council, which is now beginning to do its work, and as one of its main tasks has developed a draft of the methodological process for making decisions at FairCoop ecosystem level.

Right now the draft has been published here.

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Commons Internet | Summit IS4IS | International Society for Information Studies (IS4IS)


2_v2The ICTs-and-Society Network has published its 2015 call: ICTS 2015. The Summit is also the ICTS 2015 (besides FIS 2015, ICPI 2015 and DTMD 2015).

(source http://icts-and-society.net/events/5th-icts-and-society-conference/)

It’s all about the commons – the Internet as a commons. The call for papers lists more than 20 sub-topics. The main questions are: “What are the main challenges that the Internet and social media are facing in capitalism today? What potentials for an alternative, commonist Internet are there? What are existing hindrances for such an Internet? What is the relationship of power structures, protest movements, societal developments, struggles, radical reforms, etc. to the Internet? How can critical political economy and critical theory best study the Internet and social media today?”

(source http://icts-and-society.net/events/5th-icts-and-society-conference/)

via Commons Internet | Summit IS4IS | International Society for Information Studies (IS4IS).

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FairCoin and a fair economic system: #FairCoop


FairCoin and a fair economic system from Radi.ms on Vimeo.

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The D19-20 Alliance Call to Action Against TTIP and Austerity #D19_20


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The Belgian D19-20 Alliance, in which CEO is a coordinating committee member, has put out a call with French trade union Solidaire asking all Europeans to take to the streets on December 19th, 2014, as the second day of the European Council Summit takes place. It will be at the end of two months of escalation of civil disobedience and pressure in the streets from trade unions, farmers, NGOs, activists and all concerned citizens as the new right-wing Belgium government, with the encouragement and support of the their European counterparts and the Brussels institutions, imposes deeper and more painful cuts to welfare and public services, at the same time as pursuing the destructive transatlantic trade deal to create the world’s biggest single market.

THE TRANSATLANTIC TREATY: more austerity, less democracy
Stop TTIP, CETA, TISA…

FOR A SOCIAL, ECOLOGICAL AND DEMOCRATIC EUROPE
Against austerity at every level

Everyone in the streets of Brussels during the European Council Summit, Friday 19 December 2014!
Our national and European leaders continue to subject the people to the will of shareholders and multinationals while austerity becomes increasingly brutal. Most national austerity programmes are implementing EU recommendations according to the Stability and Growth Pact that our states have already signed-off. The measures are sending us into a recessionary spiral, imposing social regression at magnitude. The secret free trade negotiations also reflect their desire to uphold the interests of multinationals and their profit logic at the expense of a social, ecological and democratic Europe.

We call on all organisations and individuals to make December 19, 2014 a day of action and convergence of struggles. Take to the streets to remind our leaders that the public interest is not that of multinationals and lobbyists, and that democracy does not work without us. Only a truly social and democratic Europe will meet the basic social needs of the population and ensure a prosperous future for everyone within the limits of nature. It is high time to stop these butchers’ summits!

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December 18, 2014: Fourth Global Day of Action for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People!



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Let’s give identity and dignity to the thousands of migrants deceased and missing along the migratory routes around the world!

PERSONS NOT NUMBERS!

40 thousands are the migrants dead on the terrestrial and maritime migratory routes since 2000. It is stated on the last published OIM report. Almost 22 thousand have died in the Mediterranean Sea. And thousands are still missing. They are the new “desaparecidos”.

The anniversary of the shipwreckdisaster in front of the Lampedusa Island on October 3rd, 2013 in which 368 people lost their lives has brought to the political world scene the tragedy of the migrants deceased and lost along the migratory routes.

However, politics and media are transforming the victims in numbers, digits, statistics. And this can give us sometimes the dimension of what is happening in front of our eyes.

But numbers, digits, statistics take people’s identity away. It transforms them in “objects”.

If alive migrants are deprived from their right to exist, the right to have their own voice, the right to be individuals and not objects, dead or lost is worse!

The right to have identity is a human being inalienable right.
It is what gives us dignity to our existence.

For this reason this December 18th we want to give back identity and dignity to the thousands people dead and lost along the world’s migratory routes.

We want to do it because we don’t forget and we will continue to demand truth and justice until liability for what caused their decease and disappearance is determined.

We want to do it to denounce the ongoing war againstthe migrants conducted by the countries from the North of the world with the complicity of the governmentsof the South of the world.

We want to do it in order to make the civil society of the world understand the dimensions of the tragedy in progress.

But we want to do it to recover the dreams and hopes of who was looking for a better future.
Because to migrate is a brave act of those who love life.

That’s why this December 18th we want to tell this in all languages:

WE DON’T FORGET!

We demand TRUTH AND JUSTICE for the migrants dead and lost along the migratory routes of the planet.

We want a world where human beings can circulate freely and choose the place to live.

December 18, 2014
Fourth Global Day of Action
for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People

Info : info@globalmigrantsaction.org

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Charter for Europe, 1.2 – articles – L’internationale


(BY WAY OF) INTRODUCING THE PROJECT OF A CHARTER FOR EUROPE

by Francesco Salvini & Raúl Sánchez Cedillo (Fundación de los Comunes)

To think Europe as a space to be invented, to be drawn up, to be constructed. This is the collective exercise that brought us to Madrid some months ago, to rethink Europe as a territory whose political, institutional and productive definition rests in our hands, or in other words, in the protagonism of social struggles and political creation from below, passing through our everyday ways of doing things.

It is in this sense that the space we created in the New Abduction of Europe, an encounter that took place in the Museo Reina Sofia in February and March 2014, was a place for working on these problems with new methods and tools for discussion and reflection. A place where we could collectively imagine – in the midst of an urgent and complex situation – a world within which many worlds fit, as the Zapatistas used to say. In other words, we gathered to rethink practices of the political imagination within the European situation, starting from the territory of making (making society, making the common of human beings) rather than from ideological organization or the diffuse elaboration of slogans. For this we used a series of tools that allow for the construction of a transeuropean political techné, common to many, different and a priori discordant subjects.

via Charter for Europe, 1.2 – articles – L’internationale.

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MyCreativity | On the Creative Question | Manifest by Geert Lovink, Sebastian Olma & Ned Rossiter


MyCreativityOn the Creative Question – Nine Theses

By Geert Lovink, Sebastian Olma and Ned Rossiter

‘Culture attracts the worst impulses of the moneyed, it has no honor, it begs to be suburbanized and corrupted’. ― Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge

‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’. ― Oscar Wilde

1. Goodbye to Creative Industries

A creepy discourse on creativity has captured cultural and economic policy. Creativity invokes a certain pharmacological numbness among its spruikers – a special sub-species entirely unaware of how far removed their version of creativity is from radical invention and social transformation. Their claims around the science of economy are little more than a shoddy con. While ‘creativity’ is increasingly seen as a main driver of economic development, the permanent reference to creative classes, creative cities, creative industries, creative innovations and so on has rendered the notion all but meaningless. Degraded to a commercial and political marketing tool, the semantic content of creativity has been reduced to an insipid spread of happy homogeneity – including the right amount of TED-styled fringe misfits and subcultures – that can be bureaucratically regulated and ‘valorized’. To this rhetoric corresponds a catalogue of ‘sectors’ and ‘clusters’ labelled as creative industries: a radically disciplined and ordered subdomain of the economy, a domesticated creative commons where ‘innovators’ and ‘creatives’ harmoniously co-mingle and develop their auto-predictive ‘disruptions’ of self-quantification, sharing and gamification. Conflict is anathema to the delicate sensibilities of personas trading in creative consultancy.

2. Welcome to the Creative Question

The creative question has replaced the social question. In the 20th century the consequences and problems of industrial capitalism found a temporary solution in the class compromise of the welfare state. In digital capitalism we have to address the social question in terms of the creative question: what is today’s source of value and who owns it? We need to turn the pompous, meaningless chatter on creativity into a debate on how to come out on the positive side of the digital pharmakon (the nuanced combination of all things good and evil). To those who tell you ‘how we are going to live twenty years from now’, shout them down with ideas of how you want to live in twenty years!

via MyCreativity | On the Creative Question | Manifest by Geert Lovink, Sebastian Olma & Ned Rossiter.

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6pm this Friday – #OccupyDemocracy to re-occupy Parliament Square


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6pm this Friday – #OccupyDemocracy to re-occupy Parliament Square

#occupydemocracy protesters have called on supporters of democracy to join them as they re-occupy Parliament Square from 6pm this Friday at 6pm (21 November) for a long weekend. [1] In advance of the re-occupation, many #occupydemocracy supporters will be in attendance at the 24-hour Big NHS Sleepout / Vigil in the Square, which starts on Thursday at 7pm. [2]

Anticipation is high about what will happen as the protesters return to Parliament Square – currently cordoned off by fencing. Supporters cite that there is a real opportunity between now and the general election to put the spotlight on our ailing democracy. 

They said: 

“Our democracy is in crisis. Our elected ‘representatives’ are paralysed in the face of yet another banking crisis. Under the banner of the ‘austerity’ scam, our public funds were stolen to bail out immoral gambling banks. Much needed…

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On the recent return of ‘acceleration’ ideas in relation to transition/rapture ‘strategies’ from above


I recently did a post on the networked-labour list [http://lists.contrast.org/mailman/listinfo/networkedlabour], and re posted here [http://snuproject.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/coding-the-algorithyms-of-emancipatory-modes-of-production/], of the Algorithms of Capital, an edited volume, by Matteo Pasquinelli. In my post, joining McKenzie Wark’s friendly critique of the ‘accelerationist’ revolutionary politics, I provided an alternative proposal for a slow, zen, calm, mindful bottom up hacking of the ‘accelerationism’ of the capital. Here on P2P foundation’s blog it was the book of the day (yesterday): http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/book-of-the-day-algorithms-of-capital/2014/11/15

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Call for Urgent Action and Solidarity for Karabulut Family and all Asylum Seekers [EN, NL, TR]


Date: Friday, 14 November 2014

Time: 14:00
Place: Tweede Kamer (Dutch Parliement) Main Entrance
Adress: Plein 2

On 10 November 2014, Leyla and Ali Karabulut together with their 6 years old daughter Defne Naz and 1,5 years old son Ernesto Serdar, were taken to a jail in Soesterberg, where they will be held until 16 November 2014 to be deported to Turkey.

Leyla and Ali had been jailed, tortured, and taken under custody many times because of their political identity, opposing goverments and the state in Turkey. However, after 4 years of investigation, the Dutch authorities decided to deport them together with their children. The decision is based on the absence of any current warrant issued by the Turkish authorities.

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Blockupy-Festival – „#talk #dance #act – Blockupy


The Festival highlights

Nov. 20th to Nov. 23rd 2014

Thursday, Nov. 20th | 20:00 CET | Gewerkschaftshaus (trade union house, Wilhelm-Leuschner Str. 69-77, close to the central station in Frankfurt):

“Start Offs and Counter-Power” – Lecture by Costas Douzinas (Philosopher and Professor of Law at Birkbeck-University of London), followed by panel discussion

Friday, Nov. 21st | 20:00 CET | House of Youth (Deutschherrnufer 12, 60594 Frankfurt; http://www.jugendherberge-frankfurt.de/en/how-to-find-us/):

“Seven Years of Crisis in Europe” – Controversial Explanations and Perspectives with Ulrike Herrmann (Writer and Journalist of the taz) and Jannis Milios (MP for SYRIZA and Professor of Political Economy at the Technical University of Athens)

[before the panel discussion, at 17:00 CET, we will have at the same place an assembly for all of us]

Friday, Nov. 21st | 10:00 CET | to Sunday, Nov. 23rd (16:00 CET) – at House of Youth and University of Frankfurt, Campus Bockenheim:

Multi-session working groups, thematic and activist workshops, Asambleas and city tour; before and during the Festival at various places in the city: cultural events, exhibitions, readings, film screenings and more

Saturday, Nov. 22nd | 14:00 CET | at Paulsplatz, inner city of Frankfurt

Demo/Inspection/Walk: Moving to the new ECB – We will lend our hands!

While our colleagues, friends and comrades in Southern Europe continue to rebel against the depletion and impoverishment policies of the Troika, the ECB moves into its new palace. Blockupy moves on to the road. We will make our own move to the new building and give back to the EBC the garbage – in and with many moving boxes – that should have been thrown into the dustbin of history: racist and sexist division, impoverishment, privatization of public funds and goods and wars to secure resources.

We will lend our hands and carry our criticism right in front of the door of the ECB, go to the entrance gates and the fence they are entrenching behind. We will be there, along with activists from organizations and networks from all over Europe. We are thinking and acting in creative forms of civil disobedience – across all those fences limiting us. No smooth move and no smooth crisis politics with us!

via Blockupy-Festival – „#talk #dance #act – Blockupy.

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Program: Digital Labor Conference


Digital Labor: Nov 14-16

PROGRAM

Download the full program (PDF) Flip through the program here.

November 13, 2014

06:00 PM Workingman’s Death

November 14, 2014

08:00 AM Speaker Check-in

10:00 AM Opening Plenary

10:45 AM (Not) Getting Paid to Work & Play

10:45 AM Research & Practice on Feminist / Feminized Digital Labor

10:45 AM The Death of Employment; Long Live Worker Rights

10:45 AM Perspectives on Digital Labor & the Video Game Industry

10:45 AM Culture Workers of the World Unite!

02:15 PM Resource Sharing & Digitization in the Arts

02:15 PM Digital Labor, Sex Work, & Maria’s GentleWhispering

02:15 PM CUNY Digital Labor Working Group Roundtable:

The Place, Politics, and Function of Measure

02:15 PM Fairness in Crowd Work

02:15 PM The Labor of Love & the New Soviet Man in Silicon Valley

02:15 PM Value Capture & the Affect Machine: Non-Money Capital in the Digital Age

02:15 PM Search, Data Flows, & Vertical Extraction

05:15 PM SaysUs/GNUnion

05:15 PM Art, Art Workers, and Cloud Platforms

05:15 PM Teamsters, UPS, & the Gig Economy (Student Panel)

05:15 PM Temp Land: Working in the New Economy

05:15 PM Crowd Work: The Future of Design

05:15 PM How Interfaces Demand Obedience

05:15 PM Movement Materials & What We Can Do

07:00 PM Disability & the Digital Divide

via Program: Digital Labor Conference.

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Unionizing solidarity with Palestine: Support grows for BDS among grassroots labor movement


Block the Boat march in Oakland. (Photo: Bob Ristelhueber)“We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel.” This call for solidarity was issued in July 2005 by hundreds of Palestinian organizations, including all major trade unions. Systematic land confiscation, mass incarceration, house demolition, and routine attacks that leave hundreds of civilians dead have become part and parcel of daily life in Israel-occupied Palestine. The US-sponsored “peace talks” merely readjusted Israel’s occupation strategy: instead of deploying its army inside Palestinian cities and towns, Israel now surrounds them with checkpoints and walls; hinders Palestinians’ ability to work, study, and travel; and ensures that Palestine remains economically dependent on Israel. Recognizing that Israel has used negotiations to normalize and sustain the occupation, Palestinian civil society adopted the non-violent strategy of Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) against its oppressor.

Compared to its international counterparts, the U.S. labor movement has been slow to embrace BDS. Michael Letwin, co-founder of the solidarity group Labor for Palestine, suggests this is the product of the American labor movement’s historical and continuing institutional support for Israel. The major US trade unions, Letwin says, have hundreds of millions of dollars in pension funds that are invested in Israel. Senior union leaders, in fear of alienating the Democratic Party and other political allies, frequently denounce BDS and criticize their counterparts around the world who support it.

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Geert Lovink on Bifo, Dark Media, and Resistance


Originally posted on Deterritorial Investigations Unit:

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Geert Lovink recently gave a speech on Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s phd thesis, which is being published by Semiotex(e) sometime next year. In the meantime, Lovink muses on Bifo’s relationship to Deleuze (particularly the “Dark Deleuze” formulated over at AnarchistWithoutContent), the collapse of the counterculture in the face of neoliberalism, the dawning of neuro-capitalism, and the persistence of resistance under a regime of depression and apparent futility. Brought here via Nettime!

EDIT: Here’s the link to the original, which I missed somehow when I posted this this morning. My apologies!

Being a decade younger, I heard for the first time from him and
his activities around 1980, when stories about Radio Alice were
spreading throughout Europe. True, the Amsterdam free radio scene,
operating out of the squatters movement of the time, had a multitude
of (local) roots but Radio Alice was certainly one of them. The
Bologna uprising of…

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Against Social Determinism by McKenzie Wark


Vladimir Lenin and Alexander Bogdanov playing chess during a visit to Maxim Gorky (April 1908)Getting anything done generally requires the collaboration of people who do different kinds of work, and whose various kinds of work has shaped various kinds of thinking. It calls for some kind of translation or code switching. It can be hard enough getting people who do different kinds of intellectual labor aligned towards a common task. Collaborations between mental and manual labor, not to mention affective labor, rather complicates the whole endeavor.

So perhaps it would be a start for those of us who do some kind of intellectual labor to practice some code switching. How, for example, are those of us training in the use of language, to collaborate with those who work with code? Both kinds of work involve staring at computers and imbibing too much coffee. How hard can it be? Plenty hard, as it turns out. The division of labor divides also our thinking. We make a fetish of the part of what we organize as if it was the key to the whole.

This was a key insight of a now little-known thinker who has preoccupied me a lot lately: Alexander Bogdanov. He was Lenin’s rival for the leadership of the Bolsheviks, before Lenin forced him out. He spent a chunk of the rest of his life working on the problem of how different kinds of labor might collaborate. He wrote a utopian novel about it, and also something like a philosophy.

via Against Social Determinism.

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Issue #5: Shared Machine Shops » Journal of Peer Production


Journal of Peer Production - New perspectives on the implications of peer production for social change

Despite the marketing clangour of the “maker movement”, shared machine shops are currently “fringe phenomena” since they play a minor role in the production of wealth, knowledge, political consensus and the social organisation of life. Interestingly, however, they also prominently share the core transformations experienced in contemporary capitalism. The convergence of work, labour and other aspects of life — the rapid development of algorithmically driven technical systems and their intensifying role in social organisation — the practical and legitimation crisis of institutions, echoed by renewed attempts at self-organisation.

Each article in this special issue addresses a received truth which circulates unreflected amongst both academics analysing these phenomena and practitioners engaged in the respective scenes. Questioning such myths based on empirical research founded on a rigorous theoretical framework is what a journal such as the Journal of Peer Production can contribute to both academic and activist discourses. Shared machine shops have been around for at least a decade or so, which makes for a good time to evaluate how they live up to their self-professed social missions.

Here is an executive summary:

Shared Machine Shops are not new.

Fab Labs are not about technology.

Sharing is not happening.

Hackerspaces are not open.

Technology is not neutral.

Hackerspaces are not solving problems.

Fab Labs are not the seeds of a revolution.

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Speech at Franco Berardi’s PhD Defence by Geert Lovink


It has been a special honour and a pleasure for me to act as opponent for Franco Berardi’s PhD defence at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki on October 23, 2014. You can read more about the event on the Future Art Base website. A video of the two hour ceremony, which included an introduction to the thesis by Franco Berardi, me reading the text below and a debate between the two of us will become available in a little while. Semiotexte will publish a version of the thesis by the end of 2015. /geert

Being a decade younger, I heard for the first time from him and his activities around 1980, when stories about Radio Alice were spreading throughout Europe. True, the Amsterdam free radio scene, operating out of the squatters movement of the time, had a multitude of local roots but Radio Alice was certainly one of them. The Bologna uprising of 1977, in which Bifo played a crucial role,  predated our most tumultuous year, 1980, and was thus a an important source of inspiration for the revolts in Amsterdam, Zurich and Berlin. What we shared was our common desire to find out what ‘autonomy’ could look like in different parts of Western Europe which lacked any trace of an ‘operaist’ workers movement.

via Geert | Speech at Franco Berardi’s PhD Defence in Helsinki.

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