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(I love the name of this software)
The story of setting up a hackerspace in China is not about the linear transfer of knowledge and tools from the West to the East. On the contrary, the story of China’s hackerspace community critiques such a view and highlights how technologies and values are sites of negotiation, remaking, and constant appropriation as they are translated into particular local settings.
fantastic fiction-architecture by Demilit, about the Green Advanced Research Projects Agency—the Pentagon’s magical hair-brained think tank.
“When GARPA first issued a call and invited the general public to submit designs for a ‘revolutionary zoological terrain,’ the blogs and social media sphere went crazy. Seductive was the prospect of establishing a more scrutinising relationship between the highly privatised sector of defence systems design, and the public, whose opinion of government has grown wearily unfavorable for years. Ever since the phenomenon of anonymous underground hacker networks and whistleblowers cemented themselves as a chronic digital thorn in the sides of corrupt democracies worldwide, there’s been a renewed effort on the part of these institutions to “green politics” again—by weeding out entrenchments of government secrecy. As you might imagine, “transparency” became the measure; it became the new green.”
Hacknight 4 at Fabriken in Stpln-Malmö; was really great! Fabrikken is a very special place, where there is not really a definition of “hackerspace” or “makerspace” but just a bunch people doing stuff with many different tools, from lasercutters and sewing machines to soldering irons and cnc routers. A fablab.
Fabriken is an initiave of Medea en 1scale1.
Demilit has been following the developments on the funding of hackerspaces in the United States by the military agency DARPA.
This article of the NYT is from early october but it worth a read since is good that mainstream press caught on this complex and questionable issue.
Here is also a panel related to this topic with members of hackerspaces at HOPE 9.
Aside from the funding to hackerspaces, DARPA is also funding “makerspaces” via a program with the Make Magazine, published by O’reily media: DARPA is funding the creation of 1,000 Makerspaces in high schools across the country to get American kids interested in making things again.
Finally, @librarycult wrote two excellent postst about the issue back in february.
(ooppps we haven’t update for a while..)
Living Lab Fabriken is a physical lab space that will be launched in February 2011, and located at Stapelbädden in Västra Hamnen, Malmö. Actors (e.g. citizens, researchers, companies, public institutions, NGO’s) that enter the lab get access to technical equipment, knowledge, and skills in order to experiment, prototype, and test new ideas, products and services. In return the actors provide input to the lab by sharing their knowledge, experiences and skills. All projects and activities happening at Fabriken will follow a sustainable, and an open source approach. Beside this, Fabriken also provides a platform for networking and matchmaking between the actors, and other stakeholders. An internal currency system is used to assign value to the users’ input, output, as well as the other resources afforded in the lab space.
internal currency!…. 48hr hack! …..
There is so much exciting stuff going on in the swedish mejkr scene for next year.. so see you there!
Happy New Year from mejk :)