Date archives "January 2019"

Book of the Day: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

A powerful investigative look at data-based discrimination—and how technology affects civil and human rights and economic equity The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years—because a new computer system interprets any mistake as “failure to cooperate.” In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative vulnerability of… Continue reading

Antonio Negri on the aesthetic style and strategy of the commons

With Assembly (2017), Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri have continued their trilogyEmpire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth (2009) into the new decade, expanding it into a tetralogy. The fourth episode sees these advocates of commonism once again provide a critical analysis of the most topical developments in society. Their central issue this time concerns why the social movements that express the demands… Continue reading

Algorithms, Capital, and the Automation of the Common

“autonomous ones not subsumed by or subjected to the capitalist drive to accumulation and exploitation.” This essay was written by Tiziana Terranova and originally published in Tiziana Terranova: This essay is the outcome of a research process which involves a series of Italian institutions of autoformazione of post-autonomist inspiration (‘free’ universities engaged in grassroots organization of public seminars,… Continue reading

Book Launch: Peer to Peer: The Commons Manifesto

WHEN: 21st March 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pmWHERE: University of Westminster (Room UG05); 309 Regent St; Marylebone, London W1B 2HT; UKCOST: Free Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis & Alex Pazaitis (P2P Foundation) –Book Launch ‘Peer to Peer. The Commons Manifesto’ (University of Westminster Press) Not since Marx identified the manufacturing plants of Manchester as… Continue reading

Nesta’s ‘ShareTown’ interactive shows what a cooperative, tech-enabled economy might look like

Aaron Fernando: It is common to see questionable policies enacted by state and local governments under the guise of economic development — policies which appear to serve the interests of private entities rather than the interests of society at large.

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7 Lessons & 3 Big Questions for the Next 10 Years of Governance

Reposted from Medium Milica Begovic, Joost Beunderman, Indy Johar: The intent of putting the Next Generation Governance (#NextGenGov) agenda at the centre of the Istanbul Innovation Days 2018 was to start to explore the future of the world’s governance challenges, and to debate how a new set of models are needed to address a growing… Continue reading

Michel Bauwens: Introduction to commons-based peer production

Michel Bauwens: This video from IASC COMMONS is covers the evolution of the commons through history, and the role of the commons in the current shift from labor-based capitalism to contribution-based capitalism and the potential for post-capitalist developments in this particular context Photo by † David Gunter

On the blind spots of the Blockchain

In modeling systems dynamics, Self-Reinforcing Feedback, also known as a Positive Feedback Loop, happens when the output of a process amplifies the input to that process in continuing cycles of that process. That may have made it sound complicated, but it’s fairly simple. In a large group of cattle, if something startles a few of… Continue reading

Daniel Pinchbeck on why we need Extinction Rebellion

The following is reposted from Daniel Pinchbeck’s newsletter. Daniel Pinchbeck: I want to let you know about a new activist movement I am supporting, Extinction Rebellion. Our movement is using large-scale direct actions to pressure governments to move faster on climate change. We have three immediate demands. One is that governments tell the truth about the ecological… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Team Human

Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity. In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how… Continue reading

Virginia Eubanks on Automating Inequality

SUNY professor and author Virginia Eubanks on how our government and corporations are erasing social services through unequal digital practices. About Virginia Eubanks Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting… Continue reading

The Blockchain Is a Reminder of the Internet’s Failure

Andrew Leonard, writing in Medium, compares current Blockchain hype to the cybertarian utopianism of the the early Internet: Andrew Leonard: I remember the day I fell in love with the Internet as well as I remember the birth of my children. The summer of 1993; I was a reporter at the alt-weekly San Francisco Bay Guardian and my editor… Continue reading

2018 and Onward: Where we are at with Platform Cooperativism

By Trebor Scholz. Originally published in Platform.Coop Friends, This has been a difficult but also consequential year for many of us. Beyond the political chaos, we bore witness to the “Death of Tumblr,” the pushback against Upwork’s time-tracking software, and compelling scholarly analysis of Uber’s role in the labor market. Facebook gave Netflix and Spotify access to the private messages of… Continue reading

13 Ways We Can Fix The “Free Market” So It Works For Regular People, Not Just The Rich

Jeffrey Hollender: In his book Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich provides an outstanding guide to many of the factors that prevent the possibility of a truly free market. He writes: Few ideas have more profoundly poisoned the minds of more people than the notion of a… Continue reading

Book of the Day: Knowledge, Spirit, Law // Book 1: Radical Scholarship

Knowledge, Spirit, Law // Book 1: Radical Scholarship by Gavin Keeney, published by Punctum Books. Knowledge, Spirit, Law is a de facto phenomenology of scholarship in the age of neoliberal capitalism. The eleven essays (plus Appendices) in Book 1: Radical Scholarship cover topics and circle themes related to the problems and crises specific to neoliberal academia,… Continue reading