Philosophy of the Web

Geert LovinkIn todays blogpost for the interview series with our tandem partners we speak with Geert Lovink, founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, HvA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is also the founder of Internet projects such as nettime and fibreculture.

Julia Rehfeldt: Can you tell us something about your field of research and what you are currently working on at the Hybrid Publishing Lab? Continue Reading…

networkWhen I start thinking about DML (digital media and learning) and other such “networks” that I am plugged into, I often get a little confused about what to call them. Are we an ensemble of actors? A cluster of friends? A conference of scholars? A committee of decision makers? An array of perspectives? A group of associates? A play-list of voices? I do not pose these questions rhetorically, though I do enjoy rhetoric. I want to look at this inability to name collectives and the confusions and ambiguity it produces as central to our conversations around digital thinking. In particular, I want to look at the notion of the network. Because, I am sure, that if we were to go for the most neutralised digital term to characterise this collection that we all weave in and out of, it would have to be the network. We are a network. Continue Reading…

As part of our ongoing Philosophy of the Web workshop series we had the honour of welcoming Greg Elmer (Ryerson University) to the Centre for Digital Cultures. During his talk, Greg outlined an approach to theorising social media that attempts to move beyond the privacy paradigm and takes into account the intertwined meanings of ‘going public’ apparent both in the self-disclosure practices of users and the business models of social media corporations.

Watch a recording of the lecture after the jump:

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The Hybrid Publishing Lab is organizing a series of workshop under the theme Philosophy of the Web, on 17th Feb 2014 Dr. Harry Halpin gave a talk titled “Collective Intelligence and the Web”. The audio recording can now be accessed: Harry Halpin: Collective Intelligence and the Web.

Abstract: The Internet and Web, as originally conceived by Licklider and Engelbart, was supposed to be co-evolutionary platform for collective intelligence in order to enable humanity to tackle problems that they could not otherwise tackle with their limited biological cognitive resources. To a large extent, their nearly Hegelian vision for a universal information space has been realized as a global technological system. Yet the outcome of this is not a scientifically enlightened collective intelligence, but the creation of a global secret state apparatus based on mass surveillance, as the NSA/GCHQ revelations have shown. The future of this apparatus of control will be discussed in both in its theological and strategic aspects, as well the alternative posed by the project of Wikileaks.

Bio: Dr. Halpin has been a member of the World Wide Web Consortium where he worked with the inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee. He is currently a Marie Curie visiting researcher at the Institute of Research and Innovation of Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as postdoctoral researcher at MIT.

We are also happy to announce the coming workshop with Greg Elmer on 10th March, 2014: GOING PUBLIC – ACCOUNTING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA