the future

“How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism”

Cory Doctorow’s answer to Shoshana Zuboff’s thesis. A long read, but well worth it. What if the trauma of living through real conspiracies all around us — conspiracies among wealthy people, their lobbyists, and lawmakers to bury inconvenient facts and evidence of wrongdoing (these conspiracies are commonly known as “corruption”) — is making people vulnerable to conspiracy […]

Using CCTV to bring down fascists

The Forensic Architecture team has release another masterful media investigation: THE MURDER OF PAVLOS FYSSAS Here’s the quick summary. Full video linked below   In 2013, members of the Greek Nazi movement “Golden Dawn” murdered the antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas on the streets of Athens, a murder that was covered up by members of the Greek […]

the vulnerable, saved

the most moving of videos. an emotional truth in a concrete act. the vulnerable, saved. but the massive response also shows the numbness to political, legal and ethical abstractions. a medieval yearning for the viscerally and passionately real, quantified by media https://t.co/swVgUoas0n — Metahaven (@mthvn) December 8, 2017 I’m just going to let this sit […]

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: […]