technology

A Cultural History of Surveillance – updated

A historical overview of landmark events and developments in systematised watching, throughout art and architecture, society and technology. ~60 AD (Roman Period). Early manifestations of panoptic labor camps in the Negev desert. An even older but similar site nearby dates from Early Bronze Age II–III periods (3000–2400 BC). 1546 The Fields Have Eyes, The Woods […]

Networkings Workshop

two days of intense command-line hackery. I really liked that moment when everybody realized at the same time that you can commandeer other people’s computers with ssh, and started changing passwords, hostnames or rebooted each other’s machines. workshop worksheets are here: https://www.khm.de/~sievers/net/index.html

Simon Denny: Tech and Distributed Governance?

the 2nd  Medienkatastrophe-lecture of the summer term Simon Denny: Tech and Distributed Governance? lecture in English From the rise of blockchain (the distributed ledger behind Bitcoin) to the development of management methodology ‘Holacracy’ at Zappos in Las Vegas and the intelligence agencies of the UK, the lecture will map some of the technology industry’s disruptive […]

"How One Man Watches an Entire City"

technology is progressing – now one plane is enough for a constant CCTV stream of every street from above: “Watch This Surveillance Master Dissect a Murder From the Sky”  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-23/watch-this-surveillance-master-dissect-a-murder-from-the-sky “surveillance master” – !?!!!?!!!! great video effects I’d say. Strong analysis tools looking good. The background story about the technology and where it’s being used: […]

Seminar notes from today: Data Double Love

for those that missed today’s seminar, here are my notes and some links 1. dating sites as an example of a corporation that needs to intimately get to know you. They ask questions to get a (good enough) image of who you are, so they can recommend the right match. Try it, just sign up […]

Big Other: The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff on how we became Google’s slaves. A must-read. Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization Update: Joscha sent in a better link: The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism German translation: Überwachungskapitalismus Nearly 70 years ago historian Karl Polanyi observed that the market economies of the 19th and 20th centuries depended […]