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Anonymous Comrade writes"


------ Information Liberation / Distributed Disobedience -------

........................knowdump@hushmail.com..... .................


The KN0W_DUMP is a list of usernames and passwords for proprietary
knowledge databases, currently inclduding Lexis-Nexis, ProQuest and
Arden Shakespeare. It is an anonymous, secure resource residing on the
Freenet . The KN0W_DUMP provides proxied,
anonymised access to otherwise 'enclosed' sources of information.

The KN0W_DUMP is: information liberation; distributed disobedience.


hydrarchist writes "This article was published in the Make World Magazine.

The resurgent question of the intellectuals hides the contemporary
problem of "what is to be done?", the problem of the auto-organisation
of cognitive labour. Space has re-emerged for the question
of the intellectuals, in the discussion of the Italian left. But the
question is badly posed, and the word itself (intellectual) elaborates
extremely badly the contemporary socio-mental geography.

Social entropy and

Franco Bifo Berardi

Lenin related to the figure of the intellectual
the problem of what to do, in the political
direction of the collective action. The intellectuals
are not a social class, they do not have
specific social interests to sustain. They are generally
the expression of parasitical income, they
can make "purely intellectual" choices, making
themselves out to be the means of revolutionary
consciousness. In this sense they are what is
most similar to the pure becoming of the spirit, in
the Hegelian development of self-consciousness.
On the other hand, the workers whilst being the
bearers of a homogenous social interest, can not
pass from the purely economic state (the Hegelian
in itself) to the politically conscious state
(the for itself of self consciousness) only through
the political form of the party which embodies
and hands down the philosophical heritage (the
proletariat as heirs of classical German philosophy)

hydrarchist writes, this review as published in the second edition of the Make World Magazine. "For many years, Geert Lovink has carried out his work as net-critic
wandering across the territories where the net meets the economy,
politics, social action and art. Years of fast writing on mailing lists,
analysis, polemics, replies and reports have been collected and
elaborated in a way that maintains the rap-style of e-mail debates:
short sentences, ironic slogans, cuts and returns, allusions, cita-tions...
but what emerges from this mosaic is a coherent overall
view on the first decade of digital society.

Dark Fiber

Franco Bifo Berardi

This book is the first complete investigation of
global netculture, an analysis of the evolution
and involution of the web during the first decade
of its mass expansion. But Lovink goes beyond a
sociological, economic and anthropological survey.
Many of the essays in the book outline the
theoretical positions of various agents in the cyber-
cultural scene: Wired's libertarian ideology,
its economistic and neoliberal involution, and the
radical pessimism of European philosophers.
Outside of such confrontation, Geert's position is
that of a radical and pragmatic Northern-Europe-an
intellectual close to autonomist and cyber-punk
movements, who has animated the cyber-cultural
scene for a decade with his polymorphous activity as writer and moderator of
connective environments such as nettime.org,
and as organiser of international meetings.

themanwithnoname writes:

The Mechanics of Social Control

By themanwithnoname

Most of us have heard the rumours circulated by conspiracy theorists concerning a secret world order, and their "big brother" plans to monitor every man women and child by means of a tiny microchip, (supposedly “smaller than a grain of rice”), injected under the skin.

Personally, it would come as no big surprise to me if ultimately, such rumours proved to have some foundation after all; but I find it strange why these researchers, (many of whom are of the armchair variety, I might add), mostly neglect to underscore another, more obvious and immediate parallel as they go about their fear-mongering.

The Death Of The Internet

How Industry Intends To Kill The 'Net As We Know It

By Jeff Chester

(Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy)

The Internet's promise as a new medium -- where text,
audio, video and data can be freely exchanged -- is under
attack by the corporations that control the public's access
to the 'Net, as they see opportunities to monitor and
charge for the content people seek and send. The
industry's vision is the online equivalent of seizing the
taxpayer-owned airways, as radio and television
conglomerates did over the course of the 20th century.

Can You Trust Your Computer?

By Richard Stallman

Who should your computer take its orders from? Most people think their
computers should obey them, not obey someone else. With a plan they call
"trusted computing," large media corporations (including the movie companies
and record companies), together with computer companies such as Microsoft
and Intel, are planning to make your computer obey them instead of you.
Proprietary programs have included malicious features before, but this plan
would make it universal.

Classics from the Archives:

"Revolt of the Scientists"

By Anton Pannekoek

(From Retort, Vol. 4, # 2, Spring 1948)

Panic pervades the intellectual layers of American society. Whereas the peoples of Europe were used to war and damage, to destruction and insecurity in life, Americans felt safe in being separated by oceans from dangerous foes, until the atom bomb fell upon Hiroshima; the first scientists, realizing what it meant, called themselves "frightened men."

"Where Do We Go From Here?"*

Jenny Marketou interviews Ricardo Dominguez thing

The events of the recent history which followed 9/11 have changed the term of the debate about hacking, hacktivism and electronic disobedience leading often uncritically to a term of threat,criminality,cyberterrorism and bad things in the name of the public security. As we all know there are many kinds of " hacking" as it is the nature of hacking to be destructive and constructive as well as "to discover freely, to invent freely, to create and to produce freely", to quote McKenzie Wark.

"Giving is Receiving"

Richard Barbrook

One of the most striking features of the Net is the ubiquity of its hi-tech
version of the gift economy. When you go on-line, most information is
available for free. Other users are happy to share music, movies and
software with you. People spend hours building websites which they don't
charge you for visiting. You are invited to join listservers which will
fill your in-box with e-mails every day. Compared to the media developed
during the past 200 years, what makes the new media into something new is
the vitality of these non-commercial activities. Information is for sharing
not for selling. Knowledge is a gift not a commodity. The Net is a strange
and novel form of mass communications.

nolympics writes

Julian Stallabrass reviews Sam Williams, Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software. From New Left Review. Stallamn is Mister Copyleft, a programmer and activist prominent in the free software and digital commons world.



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