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Book Review: Alternative and Activist New Media by Leah Lievrouw

Drawing on the works of David Bolter and Richard Grusin and their seminal work – “Remediation: Understanding New Media”, Leah Lievrouw analyses in ‘Alternative and Activist New Media’ (Polity Press, 2011) a series of new media activism practices. Offering...

Lulzsec – Cyber terrorists, hacktivists or artists?

Phone hacking dominated British headlines during the summer months this year and the revelations were so detrimental to Murdoch’s empire that he thought it was best to shut down The News of the World – believing it had let...
Uprising in India: Facebook Resistance workshop at CIS, Bangalore

Uprising in India: Facebook Resistance workshop at CIS, Bangalore

Earlier this month multiple Facebook users gathered at the Centre for Internet and Society, in Bangalore, to participate in a workshop dedicated to Facebook Resistance. They were given an on-site opportunity to go beyond the laws and constraints of...

26 Days of Peace – a collection of tactical media projects

Since the end of the Second World War, the world has only known twenty-six cumulated days of peace. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Gulf War gave rise to a hope that we could...
TwitterActivism

TwitterActivism

Activism has been around for centuries: Revolts, revolutions, coups, etc. have taken place through the entire course of human history. These countercultural movements have always been in need of some sort of platform to get organised on, be...

Hacktivists and trolls on Wikipedia

In the past few years, a lot of research efforts have been directed towards topics that gravitate around Wikipedia, be it trying to determine the motivations of users to contribute with their own content, the proper use of Wikipedia...

Book Review: “Abstract Hacktivism” by Otto von Busch and Karl Palmås

Every social or cultural change in which we view the world is debatable. Everyone has his or her own opinions on how the world is perceived and which parts are important in that. That is fine, that is interesting,...

Tatiana Bazzichelli, Networking Art – The Net as Artwork

Tatiana Bazzichelli wrote the book Networking, The Net as Artwork in Italian in 2006. The book has also been translated in English, and that’s how I got in touch with it. During classes at the University of Amsterdam our...