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Hi all

More interesting stuff from AOIR -  I really like the reference to "artisanal" work (people controlling their means of production).

In any case I think one of the lessons for future CSPP communication is that these terms are indeed contested and understood differently so a good thing to do would be to specify exactly what is meant by them, for example: "blah blah hacking (understood as the creative use of computers, not as computer intrusions)" for example. Or some other formulation..

----- Original Message -----
From: dan mcquillan <dan>
Date: Sunday, June 19, 2011 11:02 am
Subject: Re: [Air-L] CFP: Expanding the frontiers of hacking
To: "air-l" <air-l>

nice link to alchemy!

i got a lot out of reading 'abstract hacktivism' by von busch and
palmas. it brings out the artisanal pattern, with the added (vital)
element of subversion / acting without permission.

they also have a nice angle ontologically (trying to get beyond the
post-structuralist limitation of hacktivism to culture jamming, and
thereby connecting to the 'maker' movement).

i think the connection between hacking / open source and radical
political transformation has yet to unfold, and is better 
followed via
the term hacktivism.

right now, there's a fascinating interplay between offline social
movements and hacking (c.f. the arab spring, and now the financial
'crisis). the deterritorial support group make some interesting point
about this in 'Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off in cyberspace'


On 18 June 2011 00:07, Marchese, Prof. Francis T. 
<fmarchese> wrote:
Perhaps it would be better to label the topic as "Artisanal" 
invention or development. It would then remove the negative 
connotation that the term hacker engenders. It would also play 
into the concept that such developments come from non-corporate 
or non-industrial settings, where individuals (outsiders?) or 
loosely structured groups exploit contemporary technologies to 
create new and (perhaps) useful applications. For example, the 
Apple iPod/iPad SDK makes it easy for non-computer scientists to 
create apps. And web technologies can be easily enabled to 
create rich Internet experiences by non-technologists. Such a 
label links into the history of invention - Edison, Hewlett-
Packard, Wozniak-Jobs, the latter two pairs worked in garages. 
Perhaps we should not forget ancient alchemists, who developed 
"algorithms" for creating new substances by "hacking" matter. 
Finally, such a label links into a vast literature (e.g. Mary 
Shelley's Frankestein) and the SciFi genre where lone (evi
 l?) scientists develop remarkable technologies. From this 
perspective, it might not only be easier to look at the good, 
bad, and ugly of "hacking" but also map out its meaning.

Dr. Francis T. Marchese
Dept. of Computer Science
Pace University
163 William Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038<>
email: fmarchese<fmarchese>
phone: 212 346-1803

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