Critique and recuperation in technological cycles is a theoretical framework for investigating change in technology use between subsequent iterations. Therefore, like all good STS theories, it combines the sociology of technology with the history of technology. I use it to investigate the Luddite aspects of hackerdom in general, and argue the relevance of IRC in particular. We borrow a theory from pragmatic sociology and adopt it to our own devices in Science and Technology Studies.
Background SSH client software is used to log in to remote hosts running SSH servers. OpenSSH is the most popular implementation. When contacting a host for the first time, the SSH client prints the fingerprint of the SSH server in the session prompts and asks the user to confirm the fingerprint. At this point the user should check the authenticity of the fingerprint. The most common way to obtain the fingerprint is through contacting the server administrator out-of-band, e.
The political economy of hackerspaces is closely tied to the political economy of their membership. Therefore I describe the membership of a typical hackerspace in terms of employment background and financial situations, resulting in stochastic opening times, and concluding with hints about the self-organisation of flexible labour. The entry is an outtake from a working paper which should be published soon, and an extended version will also go into the hackerspaces chapter of the Phd.
Text of presentation at Interference, Amsterdam, 2014-08-16 This presentation offers a synthetic (summarising) look at the technologies developed in control societies by the state and capital and the ones developed in the hackerspaces, considered in the context of their political consequences. Cybernetics as an ideology with two forks (assymetric and symmetric) is used as an interpretative key to understand the visions of the world (ontologies) wired into such technologies. The underlying claim is that cybernetics had a decisive influence on the intellectual history of the second part of the twentieth century and consequently became an unreflected foundation of both cultural and countercultural currents.
Motivation For the uninitiated, Internet Governance (IG) as a bureacratic process was basically established by the United Nations to discuss all issues relevant to global policy implications of the internetworking. This process was kicked off by the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) which was groundbreaking at the time for bringing together state, capital and civil society in much hyped multistakeholder discussions. Then it transformed into a series of other meetings and processes called Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which were more of a talk shop than anything else.
We agreed with Guillaume Latzko-Toth that there is a social history of IRC to be written. I really hope we can prepare it one day. As a prelude to that, here is a history of real time chat protocols, told in a series of flashbacks, which situates IRC in its family of technologies. It was deemed too much for the “average reader” of Science, Technology and Human Values, but maybe somebody on the Internet finds it useful / interesting / funny.
In the Year of the Open Source Mobile, partly driven by the 2013 Year of Snowden Surveillance Relevations, I guess it is worthwile to take a look at the Nokia N900 and its mobile operating system, the pioneering Maemo platform. As the first attempt of an major actor in this market segment to introduce open source mobiles, it surely holds some lessons to the challenges that projects at the current horizon of open source mobiles meet.
The foo move My bib database reports that Latour (2013) was translated by Catherine Porter and has been published by Harvard University Press in year current under the title “An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns”. Latour is in a peculiar position of having to actually think in the limelight, being both an antiquated figure of 1980s sociology and somebody who is still moving threads as far as the art world sitting in the middle of his web on a little platform called Science and Technology Studies.
This post is mostly to test the new Pyton Pelican blog engine running here. My main point is that I like to use software which comes with community support. I noticed that during the years my preferences are less technical and more social, which means that for example while I can appreciate the features of CentOS I would only use Debian because my friends are using Debian. It is the same from the choice of computer down to the little command line tools.
This is the first of a series of blog posts where I gather notes for a case study of door systems in hackerspaces. I am reading Latour’s ARAMIS book (Latour 1993), which is about the rise and fall of the ARAMIS personal rapid transit system. As the plot thickens the sociologists in the book are making a list of what ARAMIS is/was for the different parties involved. So I thought I can start to write up such a list for my door systems too.