How are digital and data technologies transforming the archives of contemporary warfare, and how are artists responding to these changes? Join Heba Y. Amin, Anthony Downey, Sophie Dyer and Oraib Toukan for the book launch of (W)archives. Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art (ed. Daniela Agostinho, Solveig Gade, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Kristin Veel, Sternberg Press, 2021). (W)archives brings together artists’ and scholars’ perspectives to investigate digital archiving as integral to the technology of warfare, and the response of art and visual culture to this material. (W)archive is used as a term to look at how digital archiving intersects with images, bodies, senses, infrastructures, environments, memories, and emotions. The book examines how this new digital archival material of war is addressed and reconfigures artists’ archival practices over the last decades. It suggests how archives can be mobilised to articulate political demands, shape new forms of evidence, and make palpable the experience of living with war. The discussion is chaired by the book’s co-editors Daniela Agostinho and Solveig Gade. Respondents invited to the discussion: Nanna Bonde Thylstrup and Kristin Veel This event is part of the public programme for Heba Y. Amin’s exhibition When I see the future, I close my eyes. More details an…
Urban commons, such as community gardens and shared neighbourhood spaces, have become more and more popular in recent years, perhaps as a response to the ongoing privatization of public space that many cities are experiencing. But do commons stand a chance against the power of the market? What is known as the ‘tragedy of the commons’, the inevitability of ‘freeloaders’ that take more than their share and disrupt the ecosystem, seems to be lurking around the corner all too often. Could blockchain and its capacity to keep minute records of who used or contributed what be a useful tool to make systems of commoning stronger?
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The duty of artists is to reflect and create content that is synonymous with the current world, exposing the downfalls and triumphs of the human spirit. Lineage Percussion is joining forces with renowned composer, Carlos Simon, to present the world premiere of Shadows of Lakeland. Lakeland, located in College Park, Maryland, is a historical black community that has proven resilient when distracted by trials and tribulations. We invite you to experience the voices of Lakeland as we explore their vibrant history and resolve in times of uncertainty.
This event is part of NextLOOK. In partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. These artists are mentored by seasoned arts administrators from The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers of cost and space and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.
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As data are increasingly mobilized in the service of governments and corporations, their unequal conditions of production, their asymmetrical methods of application, and their unequal effects on both individuals and groups have become increasingly difficult for data scientists–and others who rely on data in their work–to ignore. But it is precisely this power that makes it worth asking: “Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind? These are some of the questions that emerge from what we call data feminism, a way of thinking about data science and its communication that is informed by the past several decades of intersectional feminist activism and critical thought. Illustrating data feminism in action, this talk will show how challenges to the male/female binary can help to challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems; it will explain how an understanding of emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization; how the concept of invisible labor can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems; and why the data never, ever “speak for themselves.” The goal of this talk, as with the project of data feminism, is to model how scholarship can be transformed into action: how …
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Traditionally Matrix decentralises communication by replicating conversation history over a mesh of servers, so that no single server has ownership of a given conversation.
Meanwhile, users connect to their given homeserver from clients via plain HTTPS + DNS.
This has the significant disadvantage that for a user to have full control and ownership over their communication, they need to run their own server - which comes with a cost, and requires you to be a proficient sysadmin.
In order to fully democratise communication and eliminate a compulsory dependency on a homeserver, we’ve started seriously working on making Matrix run as a P2P protocol by compiling homeservers to run clientside and using P2P transports such as libp2p - while seamlessly supporting all existing Matrix clients (e.g. Riot.im), bots and bridges with negligible changes.
This work includes:
Compiling Matrix homeservers (e.g. Dendrite) to efficiently run clientside
Layering HTTPS over P2P transports such as libp2p (e.g. https://github.com/matrix-org/libp2p-proxy)
Switching Matrix identifiers from @user:domain tuples to be Curve25519 public keys (MSC1228)
Decentralising accounts so they can be hosted concurrently on multiple nodes (e.g. a mix of server-side and client-side homeservers)
Experimenting with node discovery from DNS to DHTs and other mechanisms (e.g. gossip mechanisms)
Experimenting with smarter bandwidth-efficient routing algorithms than full-mesh (e.g. combinations of spanning trees, overlapping spanning trees, gossip mechanisms)
Making Matrix’s low-bandwidth CoAP transport production grade
Experimenting with metadata-protecting relay mechanisms rather than using full homeservers for server-side relaying.
In this talk we’ll show off our progress so far, and lay out the path forwards over the coming year as we go from proof-of-concept to the live Matrix network.
Interviewed by Hansen Hsu on 2018-03-29 in Mountain View, CA X8483.2018 © Computer History Museum
Guido van Rossum first moved to the US in 1994 as a temporary guest of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland, but moved to the US permanently in 1995 to work at Robert Kahn’s Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) in Reston, Virginia, which had begun using Python, to work on the KNOWBOT project, while also leading a group (which he called “PythonLabs”) developing Python and its community on the side. For this project Van Rossum wrote a DARPA grant proposal entitled “Computer Programming for Everybody.” It was at CNRI that Van Rossum became concerned for Python’s continued future as open source, as CNRI leadership indicated unhappiness with Python’s open source MIT license, as it was paying Van Rossum’s group to develop Python but had no ownership of it. The situation was ultimately resolved, but to head off any possible future threat, Van Rossum would create the Python Software Foundation (PSF) to be the owner of the Python intellectual property. PSF would ultimately become the organizer of the PyCon conference. Van Rossum and the PythonLabs group left CNRI to join the startup BeOpen in 2000, which unfortunately folded. Van Rossum with PythonLabs then moved…
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The smart city imagined the city as a patchwork of platforms and services to be used by it’s inhabitants and visitors as customers. When blockchain is added to the mix, should we instead imagine the city as a licence, continuously updated and different for each individual? If algorithmic ‘smart’ contracts become the arbiters of rights and distributors of fees and degrees of access, blockchains need to be investigated for the values they support. Will a blockchain city be a fair city? Could urban blockchains be used to create common resources, like housing?
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This is the zoom recording of the book event ‘Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms’ with Angèle Christin, co-run by The LSE Digital Ethnography Collective (LDEC) and Rutgers Digital Ethnography Working Group (DEWG) on the 12th February 2021. Enjoy!
Professor Christin is interviewed by Jeffrey Lane (DEWG Co-Chair) and Zoë Glatt (LDEC Co-Founder) and the event is chaired by Melissa Aronczyk (DEWG Co-Chair). They discuss the book’s findings and how Christin adapted her fieldwork to study algorithms inside the newsroom, in addition to the new methods Christin has developed to study algorithmic labor ethnographically during social distancing. This is followed by a Q&A with event attendees.
When the news moved online, journalists suddenly learned what their audiences actually liked through algorithmic technologies that scrutinise web traffic and activity. How have audience metrics changed journalists’ work practices and professional identities? In Metrics at Work, Angèle Christin analyses the ways that journalists grapple with audience data in the form of clicks, and how new forms of clickbait journalism travel across national borders. Drawing on four years of fieldwork in web newsrooms in the United States and France, inc…
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