Beyond Privacy: Siva Vaidhyanathan on the Hubris of Google

Introduction by Geert Lovink Google Research What is the current state of Google research? The first phase of Google research mainly dealt with the mystery of the algorithm and Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Google has since grown into a multi-faceted corporation which requires a move beyond the first phase. The second phase… Read more Beyond Privacy: Siva Vaidhyanathan on the Hubris of Google

Constant Dullaart’s Romantic Software Dialect opening

Last weekend was the opening of Constant Dullaart’s solo exhibition titled Romantic Software Dialect. With a previous exhibition “on the changes that the digital age has brought about in the medium of photography”1 in FOAM, Photography Museum Amsterdam, this is not his first expo where software aesthetics are caught on print. As such, on their… Read more Constant Dullaart’s Romantic Software Dialect opening

Skyrock image analysis: Color as a main signifier of national/cultural belonging

In June the Digital Methods Initiative was invited to attend a workshop devoted to numerical methods in research on migration in Paris, organized by The ICT-Migration program, in collaboration with the University of California (Santa Cruz). Together with Matthieu Renault and other colleagues we did a small project on image representation used on one of… Read more Skyrock image analysis: Color as a main signifier of national/cultural belonging

The Like, the Share and the (Re)Tweet as pre-configured links

Within my research I am currently focussing on the notion of links as the currency of the Web (Walker 2002) and to what extend that still holds up in Web 2.0. Together with Carolin Gerlitz from Goldsmith, University of London we are investigation to what extent the Like, the Share and the (re)Tweet are new… Read more The Like, the Share and the (Re)Tweet as pre-configured links

Cory Doctorow: “Making is a networked practice”

Bits of Freedom, the Dutch digital rights organization, invited Cory Doctorow to talk about his new book Makers. The book, licensed under a Creative Commons license, can be downloaded for free from his website in various formats. Doctorow started with reading a passage from Makers that described the scene of repurposing toys filled with useful… Read more Cory Doctorow: “Making is a networked practice”

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