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Information cannot be free

Finally, the purpose of this essay is to dispell the popular "information should be free" rubric, to show that our reality is merely the interplay of these two forces: noise, and information (or as termed in previous essays communication and information). We cannot base social policies on this platform, and it is utterly futile to try to realize it (Freenet, ect. ). Often times, social inequality is blamed on the percieved obstruction to the access to information. Social inequality, I hypothesiz...

Ripercorrendo l’epopea Napster. Storia di un mito o ricordo per una meteora?

Tenteremo di comprendere come siano bastati poco più di due anni di iperattività a far tremare il regime oligarchico delle Big Five, le cinque grandi case discografiche mondiali (Vivendi Universal, Bmg, Emi, Aol Time Warner, Sony) e a far impazzire i giudici americani, dimostrando come il recentissimo Digital Millennium Copyright Act sia in realtà una legge tutt'altro che precisa e aggiornata. Un terremoto giudiziario e commerciale che continua a far discutere artisti, discografici, giuristi, ma...

Extensions, Boundaries & Double Crossings

For many years now it has been common to refer to technology as an "extension of man". [...] Although Marshall McLuhan is the most popular name connected with that theoretical concept, the concept is quite a lot older. It is dating from before the 19th century anthropology all the way to the ancient Greeks and Aristoteles. He already outlined technology as a substitute for biological defects and technical development and understood it as a cultural progression. And with or without Hollywood we s...

Formats. What Napster Really Needs

This article has taken me a combined 20 years of broadcast and computer experience to compile and I couldn't be more excited about the possibilities the Internet can bring now that we have witnessed the cultural change from the traditional broadcast models to the Peer to Peer networking model technologies such as Napster and Gnutella have shown us.

On the Links Between Open Source and Culture

Implicit in all this is that there are profound links between developments in culture and the rise of open source, that both are stimulating a new kind of sharing. Some would go further and claim that hackers in the virtuous sense are a new kind of lay monk. The lecture will explore these parallels between the sharing of culture and the sharing of open source and claim that there needs to be an open source approach to culture; that there are philosophical reasons why culture has traditionally be...

Society of the Instance

The entire virtual life of societies in which postcapitalist conditions of seduction prevail presents itself as an immense accumulation of software instances. Everything that was previously either venerated or rejected in the fixated mirror stage by the ideologically constituted ego as fetish system of commodities, structurally sustaining panoply of consumer objects, or imposing spectacle of images has dissolved away into an uncharted virtual reality of the real time instantiation of modeled and...

Seeing Cyberspace

Through architectural language, one can see the otherwise intangible Cyberspace materialized in the power, media, and technological systems of the Electrical Infrastructure. In so doing, pressing issues such as war, energy inefficiency, global warming, pollution, and economic instability can be structurally related to the seemingly separate experience online the Internet. Identifying this relationship can help to educate and organize citizens whom want to address common yet otherwise ignored nee...

Science Must Push Copyright Aside

Many journal publishers appear to believe that the purpose of scientific literature is to enable them to publish journals so as to collect subscriptions from scientists and students. Such thinking is known as 'confusion of the means with the ends'. Their approach has been to restrict access even to read the scientific literature to those who can and will pay for it. They use copyright law, which is still in force despite its inappropriateness for computer networks, as an excuse to stop scientist...

Eravamo pronti

Le sfide portate dai Governi alla libera circolazione di idee in Internet si giocano su tre tavoli. Il primo riguarda la difesa della libertà d'espressione in Internet. [...] Una seconda sfida riguarda la libertà di pubblicazione. Per anni è stato un gioco da ragazzi aprire il proprio sito personale, avviare con entusiasmo la newsletter della nostra associazione culturale o un newsgroup dove condividere barzellette, o discussioni tematiche sul signor Rothbard, o per protestare contro la globaliz...

Aesthetics of Programming. Interview with Mark Napier

The symbolic structure of language allows us to navigate in a map of the world rather than the world itself. [...] Language is a very powerful tool that allows us to create a map of our physical experiences and then navigate in that map, and by so doing we can communicate complex experiences and actions to others, even long after we die, if we write them down. Most of the time we can't separate the map from reality. It *is* reality as far as we can tell. [...] Software is very similar to this. I...

DOT Force e la lotta al divario digitale

Solo pochi anni fa, nel pieno dell'entusiasmo per l'enorme sviluppo e diffusione delle reti informatiche, dagli Usa era giunto un monito importante: difficilmente, anche nella migliore tra le ipotesi, le reti sarebbero state utilizzate da una percentuale maggiore del 65 per cento della popolazione. [...] Questa disparità di accessi è andata via via trasformandosi in una realtà che oggi appare ancora più netta del previsto, allontanando gli auspici che guardavano alle reti come a un'opportunità p...

Harvesting the Net: Memory Flesh

About three years ago I started investigating what the human genome was attempting to make. I found it almost impossible to sift through the emerging public discussion around it; it was and still continues to be a subject that stages a certain type of information warfare. But it kept making the papers and getting a lot of media attention with inflated projections of its potential. [...] Harvesting the Net: Memory Flesh [...] contains the original source material discovered through my time-based ...

Live ASCII Streaming of Video

One of the experiments in using Internet technology in representing video material is ASCII streaming, in which illusion of the motion is brought to experience by moving ASCII text based images, within the fixed raster matrix on the screen. ASCII streaming does not try to bring Internet multimedia streaming close to "broadcast quality", but goes into totally different direction: representing video as the sequence of moving images composed of ASCII letters.

Transidiomen

Dopo due secoli di sovranità delle nazioni, ora la supremazia politica, sociale e culturale passa nelle mani degli organismi internazionali [...], delle corporazioni multinazionali, delle holdings di aiuti umanitari, delle varie forze di pronto intervento militare. In questo contesto cambia il regime di appartenenza, non più - o non solo - legato ad una terra, una lingua, un popolo, bensì ad un'area cosmopolita [...], ad un linguaggio globale, ad una comunità diasporica, corporation o organismo ...

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