Friday, 11 March 2011

Digital Utopias, 2011. Generously provided by Tom Glaisyer

Image from Smartblog
Questions
BEFORE class please consider the following:

What features of the internet and our use of it might be said to have been created as a result of utopian values?


  • In relation to education and science?

  • In relation to property?

  • In relation to the family and government?

DURING class please be prepared to discuss:
  1. Does a digital environment support the creation of new utopian communities?
  2. How does the virtual revolution inform our understanding of the relationship between utopia and dystopia?


If you click on the label 'digital utopias' in the right hand column of this blog you will find many fascinating resources. 

Once again Tom Glaisyer has worked his magic with more links and an updated list, many of contemporary relevance:

Manifestos


A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace:  https://projects.eff.org/~barlow/Declaration-Final.html


The Dot-Communist Manifesto: http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/my_pubs/dcm.html


The Right to Read, Richard Stallman: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.html


Articles

Malcolm Gladwell, Why the revolution will not be tweeted: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/04/101004fa_fact_gladwell


Patrick Meier responding to Gladwell

part one: http://irevolution.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/gladwell-newyorker/

part two: http://irevolution.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/gladwell-part2/

Rasmus Nielsen responding to Gladwell, http://bit.ly/hWwVkP

Tom Glaisyer and Shawn Powers, For Middle East democracy, send in the geeks



Books

The Net Delusion, Evgeny Morozov: http://www.amazon.com/Net-Delusion-Dark-Internet-Freedom/dp/1586488740

Jaron Lanier, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307269647


Videos

Michael Wesch, The Machine is using us,

http://www.youtube.com/user/mwesch#p/u/12/NLlGopyXT_g

& an Anthropological Introduction to Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPAO-lZ4_hU

Eben Moglen's, Freedom in the Cloud talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOEMv0S8AcA
and transcript http://bit.ly/dU3Mkp
(This talk inspired the Freedom box, http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox
 and Diaspora https://joindiaspora.com/)

Tools (websites of)

Open WRT, http://openwrt.org/

Open BTS, http://openbts.sourceforge.net/

TOR Server, http://www.torproject.org/

Mesh Potato, http://www.villagetelco.org/about/mesh-potato/

DIY GSM, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/18/gsm_hacking/

Ushahidi, http://www.ushahidi.com/

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