Monthly Archives: January 2010

Neoliberalism, Info-determinism, Expressive Absolutism

One of the central and most symptomatic of computational slogans is “information wants to be free.” Like most computational ideologies, it’s willfully techno-determinist, almost vitalist, with regard to “what information does,” even if many who recite the slogan may find ways to construe it otherwise. Like many pieces of “wisdom” that circulate in the digital […]

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Searching Every Text Message (We Are Building Big Brother #1)

It’s long been rumored that US intelligence agencies are capable of monitoring every form of electronic communication. In recent stories about Chinese internet and wireless surveillance, it’s become clear that this technology exists and is widely used. Is it used just to prevent “terrorist attacks,” however we define that? thanks to the national security state, […]

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Augmented Reality

Microcode by Pall Thayer, via rhizome-l: #!/usr/bin/perl guaranteed cash advance lenders $reality = “real textn”; $augmented_reality = “e[31;40m augmented “.$reality.”e[0m”; print $reality; print $augmented_reality;

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Facebook Intelligence Agency

Via John Haltiwanger, posting on nettime-l Twitterati and other netizens should already know that their Internet musings are public and could potentially become fodder for intelligence analysts. But now U.S. spy agencies have officially invested in a software firm that monitors social media and half a million web 2.0 sites daily. Wired has the breakdown […]

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