Problem: Information assymetry
→ Goes against systemic requirements of capital accumulation (exploitation) and social peace (control).
Limitations of liberal framing:
→ RTCs respond tactically from anarchist perspective.
Social movement studies is a useless discipline:
→ The point is to keep people out of jail.
Older than a decade:
→ Survived the alter-globalisation movement.
By activists for activists:
→ Based on solidarity, not business model!
Infrastructure as politics:
→ Replicating media monopolies.
Social conflicts at the intersection of:
→ Privileged site of investigation.
Cycle of struggles ~ 1999 → 2006:
→ Only infrastructural movements remain.
Commercial privacy providers:
→ Closed due to pressure from authorities in 2013.
ps: Apple is broken too…
Peer-to-peer decentralised software:
→ Cacophony of untested solutions which are hard to socialise.
How to provide resilient privacy?
→ Ideology counts in technology (Söderberg 2011).
The first part of the title was taken from the slogan of the Noblogs platform, which is a blog farm maintained by the Autistici/Inventati collective.
Barocas, Solon, Seda Gürses, Arvind Narayanan, and Vincent Toubiana. 2013. “Unlikely Outcomes? A Distributed Discussion on the Prospects and Promise of Decentralized Personal Data Architectures.” In Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives, ed. Geert Lovink and Miriam Rasch. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.
Milan, Stefania. 2009. “Stealing the Fire: A Study of Emancipatory Practices in the Field of Communication.” PhD thesis, Florence: European University Institute; Phd dissertation.
Söderberg, Johan. 2011. “Free Software to Open Hardware: Critical Theory on the Frontiers of Hacking.” PhD thesis, Göteborg: Science; Technology Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg.