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FBI Harrassment of Artist and Scientist Continues

CAE Defense Fund

Kurtz and Ferrell face 20-year charges of mail and wire fraud in
federal court arraignment

Dr. Steven Kurtz, Associate Professor of Art at the University of
Buffalo, was arraigned and charged in Federal District Court in
Buffalo today on four counts of mail and wire fraud (United States
Criminal Code, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341 and 1343),
which each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Surveillance Camera Players writes:

Staggering Increase of Surveillance Cameras in Chinatown
Surveillance Camera Players

In New York City, "Chinatown" is a legendary, small, and very densely populated neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. Originally centered around Mott Street below Canal Street, Chinatown has expanded a great deal since the 19th century, and now reaches as far west as Centre Street and as far east as Essex Street, and may be the last great ("real") neighborhood in New York. For a New Yorker, any subway with a "Canal Street" stop means Chinatown. The area is a popular attraction for both tourists and locals because of its "atmosphere" and inexpensive restaurants, food markets, and shops of all kinds.

hydrarchist writes..... this from The Register.
German Fined €8000 for Kazaa Uploads

A 23-year-old man has become the first music sharer to be successfully convicted in Germany for uploading songs to Kazaa. And expect more such cases across Europe, the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) warned today.

Anonymous Comrade writes: The FBI is presently investigating Steve Kurtz and other members of the Critical Arts Ensemble, for their possession of a laboratory which can determine whether foods have been genetically modified. This is a classic FBI move to stifle discussion and protect industry profits, by creating gigantic legal bills which the group must pay. From all reports, it is likely there will be a grand jury trial.(www.counterpunch.com)

Kurtz is an internationally recognized lecturer in the areas of genetic manipulation and information technology. Critical Arts Ensemble has published several books encouraging popular response to the specialized field of scientific investigation. (See autonomedia.net).

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hydrarchist writes:

"It's been a bad week on the repression front for the p2p community. Last weekend Isamu Kaneko was arrested (10 million yen — more than $100,000 — has already been raised by his supporters to assist in his defense). Shortly afterwards, the RIAA began proceedings against another 493 defendants in the United States. Lastly a private law firm has announced suits against 20 p2p users in Korea, mostly for downloading movies."

Isamu Kaneko, Winny, P2P Repression

Isamu Kaneko, author of Winny, the Japanese P2P software with
encrypted networking capability, similar to Freenet, has been
officially arrested on copyright-related charges. The charge of
violating copyright laws carries up to three years in prison or a fine
of up to 3 million yen ($27,000).

hydrarchist writes... here's an oddish interview with Siva Vaidhyanathan about his new book. Elsewhere he is the author of the first general cultural history of the origins and development of coopyright law, "Copyrights and Copywrongs".

The Anarchist in the Library (Basic Books, 2004)

Q: This is a very provocative title. Who is the anarchist and where is the

The anarchist is a specter. It’s a symbol of an imagined threat. There
are powerful forces trying to close up our information worlds so they can
control its flows and charge admission. To accomplish their goals, they
raise fears about “anarchists in libraries,” uncontrollable,
dangerous forces threatening us from within. The library is a metaphor for
our information ecosystems. I argue we should be as careful with our
information ecosystems as we should be with our real ecosystems. Small
changes can have huge effects.

System-77 Civil Counter-Reconnaissance


S-77CCR is a tactical urban counter-surveillance systems for ground controlled UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and airborne drones to monitor public space.

The violence of classical theatres of battle is overshadowed by the rise of low intensity conflicts in highly developed societies of capitalist democracies. The increasing privatization of security in this all-pervading omni directional new style of confrontation asks for solutions towards transparency and a balance of power.

To allow for equilibrium of skills in surveillance and a broad education of the public in control technologies, access to a technology for the people seems necessary.

"Changing Copyright"


In an attempt to suggest a culturally sane solution to the continuing legal confrontations between owners of copyrighted cultural material and others who collage such material into new creations, we advocate a broadening of the copyright concept of Fair Use. We want the Fair Use statutes within copyright law to allow for a much broader variety of free, creative reuses of existing work whenever they are used in the creation of new work.

"The New Surveillance"

Sonia K. Katyal

A few years ago, it was fanciful to imagine a world where intellectual
property owners — such as record companies, software owners, and
publishers — were capable of invading the most sacred areas of the home
in order to track, deter, and control uses of their products. Yet,
today, strategies of copyright enforcement have rapidly multiplied, each
strategy more invasive than the last. This new surveillance exposes the
paradoxical nature of the Internet: It offers both the consumer and
creator a seemingly endless capacity for human expression — a virtual
marketplace of ideas — alongside an insurmountable array of capacities
for panoptic surveillance. As a result, the Internet both enables and
silences speech, often simultaneously.

"Organized Networks"

Ned Rossiter, Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster

[Presented at The Life of Mobile Data: Technology, Mobility and Data Subjectivity conference, April 15-16, 2004, University of Surrey, England


This paper is interested in how networks using ICTs as their primary
mode of organisation can be considered as new institutional forms.
The paper suggests that organised networks are emergent
socio-technical forms that arise from the limits of both tactical
media and more traditional institutional structures and architectonic
forms. Organised networks are peculiar for the ways in which they
address problems situated within the media form itself. The
organised network is thus one whose socio-technical relations are
immanent to, rather than supplements of, communications media. The
paper argues that the problematics of scale and sustainability are
the two key challenges faced by various forms of networks. The
organised network is distinct for the ways in which it has managed to
address such problematics in order to imbue informational relations
with a strategic potential.


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