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Hackers Can't Solve Surveillance - Dmytri Kleiner

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Instead, hackerspaces often focus on technological empowerment, which is certainly beneficial and important, but like community health centers that teach health maintenance practices are beneficial, they can’t solve larger social issues, such each-one-teach-one projects can not, on their own, solve social issues like privacy or health.

Hackers need to understand that there is no business model for secure mass communications. In order to achieve a society where we can expect privacy we need more hackers and hackerspaces to embrace the broader political challenges of building a more equal society.

- Dmytri Kleiner (source) 

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How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us to Greater Harm

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If those million-eyed, fast-moving, deep-seated computers are designed to obey their owners; if the policy regulating those computers encourages disclosure of flaws, even if they can be exploited by spies, criminals, and cops; if we're allowed to know how they're configured and permitted to reconfigure them without being overridden by a distant party—then we may enter a science fictional world of unparalleled leisure and excitement.

But if the world's governments continue to insist that wiretapping capacity must be built into every computer; if the state of California continues to insist that cell phones have kill switches allowing remote instructions to be executed on your phone that you can't countermand or even know about; if the entertainment industry continues to insist that the general-purpose computer must be neutered so you can't use it to watch TV the wrong way; if the World Wide Web Consortium continues to infect the core standards of the web itself to allow remote control over your computer against your wishes—then we are in deep, deep trouble.

The Internet isn't just the world's most perfect video-on-demand service. It's not simply a better way to get pornography. It's not merely a tool for planning terrorist attacks. Those are only use cases for the net; what the net is, is the nervous system of the 21st century. It's time we started acting like it.

- Cory Doctorow (source)

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Social Software

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Software is a way to rehearse forms, relationships, and the senses. It’s a form of ritual that shifts how we perceive and act in the world. It creates an interface for human exchange. Whether you’re on the steps of a museum or sharing a public table, this shared expanse is a rehearsal of how we connect, how we read each other, how we share possibility.

- Binta Ayofemi (source)

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The Brain Dump

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Too late we Ukraine hackers regret our growing fame and high public profile online. During Euromaidan, we broke into the secret services of the former president of the guardhouse and stole all their Chinese and Korean wiretapping equipment. After that, many western hippies hacker come to visit us and share the cool knowledge. Chaos Computer Club, Icelandic Pirate Party, Lebanese cypher scene. These fun guys really help us in our creative art projects.

Richard Stallman, too. He is our hero. Stallman does not visit our Brain Dump hackerspace, because he refuses to use Google Maps on principle. But Richard Stallman sends much helpful email clarifying important ideological differences between the "GNU" and the "Linux".

In our paramilitary emergency, even the great Richard Stallman can not help us. He is a prophet of a better world, Richard Stallman. This is his job. If only we could roam the whole world as him, to preach intellectual freedom for creative coders as us. We have hair as long as Richard Stallman but we have no passports. No money. No guns. No lawyers either. We are stuck inside "NovoRossiya" of angry separatist region of east Ukraine with new roadblocks onto every bridge. It's like sad emoticon.

- Bruce Sterling (source)

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On the Creative Question

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We suggest two principles here: shadow and time. Shadow is an unintended consequence, an event vacuum, which remains invisible for passers-by. It does not register on the development maps of the managerial class. Time is needed in order for the substantially different to grow. Maturation, which is creative growth, requires time. Don’t be afraid of the cycle. Who’s afraid of the longue durée? The time of creativity is that of idleness and procrastination, indeed otium. This turns out to be the opposite of frantic entrepreneurship and instant valorization. This is why creative industries policy can only propose fixed formats and known concepts: template capitalism. Maker labs, with their standard 3D printers and software, can only produce more of the same. Open source is not the solution to this problem. Neither is it sufficient to place the wild, weird bohème at the helm.

- Geert Lovink, Sebastian Olma and Ned Rossiter (source)

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The Cyber Security Syndrome

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"For example, securing cyberspace is part of a SIGINT agency’s mission, but at times so is destroying it. The same agencies one might expect and hope to be at the forefront of patching software bugs, are simultaneously coveting, stockpiling, and even purchasing them…as weapons."

- Ron Deibert (source)

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Making Internet Local

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The NSA dips into any data stream it can at its leisure, and the major ISPs tighten their grip around the pipes and make network neutrality a distant dream. Overall, our networks don't function as a rhizome or a mesh, but a neatly ordered pyramid. But if we are to take Deleuze and Guattari at their word, the rhizome is not so much a steady state of being as it is a way of moving, thinking, and acting. The branching, ad hoc, horizontal ruptures are not the primary pattern of this century, but a way of reacting to the primary patterns of this century. Power exists vertically, and artists and activists respond horizontally. If this century is Deleuzian, and our networks are becoming like rhizomes, it not because they were already decentralized. Rather, it it is because they now must be, in order to survive. 

- Adam Rothstein (source)

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V. Vale on Ballard

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J.G. Ballard was once described as a “science-fiction” writer (i.e., one who predicts the technological/social future of the external world) and now is more universally called a “visionary” (writing “myths of the near future”). Long ago he predicted the death of affect. When one is immersed in an unreal celebrity culture where one cares more about the lives of celebri-demigods than one’s own circle of personal friends, then the next logical step is to not care about anything at all. Because you’ve foolishly invested too much time and effort in caring about “unreality” — truly, these celebrities live in a parallel dimension that’s quite inaccessible and for most people may as well be beamed from another planet. “It’s the death of feeling … One’s more and more alienated from any kind of DIRECT response to experience.”


- V. Vale (source)

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When I first named here "Something In Progress" I didn't know what to do with here. But name itself gave me an idea.

I'm going to use here to collect quotes from the things I've read; like books, articles, magazines etc. It might help me to collect my toughts and don't lost my way in my never ending progress.

From now on, this blog is Ahmet's quotes book. If it sounds interesting to anyone, feel free to follow. I'm not sure how, but I'm sure you can find RSS feed of this blog at somewhere.

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Recently noticed this via Warren Ellis' new domain. After wandering in there for a while, I thought this looks more useful than Tumblr. I hope this isn't a trap.