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Spread the word and Join the #P2PDataJam Wed 12ths March

Spread the word and Join the #P2PDataJam Wed 12ths March | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

To celebrate the launch of the Directory of Commons Based Peer Production,P2PValue will be hosting a #P2PDataJam on Wed 12th March 2014, a collective effort to populate the directory and document as many examples of CBPP as possible.

Additionally, on the day there will be a live streamed program with introduction to the P2Pvalue project, and with instruction on how to use the directory and discussion around CBPP issues.

Starting at 11:30 am (+1 GMT), Mayo Fuster Morell (IGOPnet.cc) will talk about the P2Pvalue research on delimitation criteria of CBPP and the conditions that favor CBPP.

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Cyberunions Podcast Episode 82 We are REALLY back this time!

Cyberunions Podcast Episode 82 We are REALLY back this time! | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
Download, Torrent, Ogg, low quality Ogg, MP3UpdateWe explain where we have been
USi and Glocal consume our timeWalton is learning new tools CiviCON to CiviCRM while stephen is installing themElgg/LoreaMay First’s owncloudJoin us on the Organising NetworkStephen is now a member May First Leadership CommitteeLaborVW Chattanoogastephen details the organizingHere are many articles UAW drive at VWStephen suggests forget UAW forget majority union lets go minority union

We have returned!

 

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 41:09 — 28.3MB)

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Globalization and the Possibility of Transnational Actors

Globalization and the Possibility of Transnational Actors | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Globalization is a comprehensive process taking place on several societal levels, yet with an increasingly interwoven economy as prime mover. The process is driven by conscious actors, states and transnational corporations. Among the 100 largest economic units, 51 are corporations, 49 are states. The result is huge differentials of power and distribution of goods. The problems cannot be handled within national state frames alone. This raises the question whether there are actors that may be a counteractive force, a ‘historical subject’. The purpose of this project is to investigate the international trade union movement as a potential counteractive force, as labour is most directly facing corporations and has the relatively strongest organization among present social movements.

 
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incredible-machines-2014

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In conjunction with Access Gallery, the independent curator Mohammad Salemypresents Incredible Machines, a conference addressing different aspects of the expanding role of networked computers and digital processes in the production of knowledge.

March 7-8, 2014

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WHAT BRAZIL PROTESTS MEAN IN THE DIALOGUE OF GLOBAL REVOLT

WHAT BRAZIL PROTESTS MEAN IN THE DIALOGUE OF GLOBAL REVOLT | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

rom the Internet to the streets. Indignation and occupation. Police violence and calls to action without the typical go-betweens. Choral assemblies and revolts difficult to classify. A wish for participatory democracy and empowerment. Brazil’s so-called “June Journeys” —a 2013 period that witnessed a protest breakout— placed the South American giant on the global revolt map. They shared the call-to-action format, protest architecture and other imaginaries of Occupy Wall Street, 15M, #YoSoy132 and DirenGezi.

However, Brazil’s protests embodying the #VemPraRua cry had their own personality, as well as their clear singularities. The first difference strives in that the revolts initiated by the Movimento Passe Livre did not crystallize into a new network movement with its own name.

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Karl Marx on Facebook. What is the ideology of your social network?

Karl Marx on Facebook. What is the ideology of your social network? | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

A social network isn’t a neutral space. It is designed for a purpose, and that purpose is ideological.

Is your social network designed by techies, out of a pure love for seeing what is technologically possible? Is it designed to bring people together, to help them organise? Or is it designed to sell them things, and to collect data? Or, more insidiously, is it designed to give the illusion of bringing people together, so that it can sell things and collect data?

If it’s collecting data, what is the date being used for? Sociological research? Control and surveillance? Marketing? Or is it to help people organise politically?

 
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Report from the “Workers' Economy” international meeting, January 31 and February 1, occupied factory of Fralib, Marseille.

Report from the “Workers' Economy” international meeting, January 31 and February 1, occupied factory of Fralib, Marseille. | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Fralib is a herb processing and packaging factory located 20-odd kilometres away from the southern French port city of Marseille. The previous owner of the factory, chemical and agri-food giant Unilever, decided 3 years ago to move production of Lipton tea abroad to save on labour costs. The 80 workers, through protest and boycott campaigns, have demanded that the factory stays open and, after this proved impossible, they decided to take production into their own hands. They have recently restarted the machines of the big factory to produce a test batch of linden tea based on local produce, and they are currently looking for ways to restart production in full capacity. It is one of a handful of European factories that, with or without a radical or transformational discourse, have moved towards workers' self-management of production.

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International Gathering of “The Workers’ Economy” | workerscontrol.net

International Gathering of “The Workers’ Economy” | workerscontrol.net | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
First Regional Gathering of Europe and the Mediterranean

Friday, January 31 and Saturday February 1, 2014
International Gathering of “The Workers’ Economy”
First Regional Gathering of Europe and the Mediterranean
Held in the worker-occupied Factory Fralib
Gemenos, Bocas del Ródano, France

Organizers: Organizing committee of the “International Gathering of the Workers’ Economy”; Programa Facultad Abierta, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). With the collaboration of ASPAS (Association of Solidarity with South America of Provence).

The First Regional European Meeting “The Economy of the Workers” will take place between January 31 and Februrary 1, 2014 in Fralib, a factory that has been occupied by its workers in defense of their employment.

Infos and registrations: economyworkersmarseille2013@gmail.com

"This English translation has many errors. We apologize for the errors. We could not do better..."

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All the fists of the world are GNUniting! First Brainstorm - Online Meeting This Sunday at 13.00 PM GMT

All the fists of the world are GNUniting! First Brainstorm - Online Meeting This Sunday at 13.00 PM GMT | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

All the fists of the world are GNUniting!
First Brainstorm – Online Meeting This Sunday at 13.00 PM GMT

https://www.facebook.com/GlobalNetworkedLabourUnion

We are the workers whose free labour and privacy has been stolen, and sold for greed! We have been abused, spied on and betrayed constantly. Before this massive exploitation and surveillance machine turns into a global apparatus in the hands of fascism, being operationalized for direct oppression, we have to unite our fists and strike back!

 

This May Day is the time… How and what is not decided yet, there are
initial ideas but much is needed to put the global collective intelligence
at work to defend our and our children’s rights and dignity! Join us this
Sunday and bring your most free, creative, powerful and peaceful ideas and dreams along… We did beat Freon, Caesars, Barons, Kings, Emperors, Merchants, Industrial Capitalists and Nazis in the past, we can beat the TNCs, CEOs and 1% as well!

 

We call all the workers, hackers, makers, farmers, artists, indignant and
outraged to GNUnite all their constructive capacity around the most
spectacular free libre and open sourced swarm to fight back and win!

Hasta la Siempre Victoria!

https://www.facebook.com/events/583310555077672/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

https://www.facebook.com/events/252508808246947/?ref=22&source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular

 
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Making Change at Walmart

Making Change at Walmart | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Who are we?
Making Change at Walmart is a campaign challenging Walmart to help rebuild our economy and strengthen working families. Anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), we are a coalition of Walmart associates, union members, small business owners, religious leaders, community organizations, women’s advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials and ordinary citizens who believe that changing Walmart is vital for the future of our country.

How can you get involved?
Sign up to receive our news and action alerts. We’ll keep you informed about news and activities in your community and nationally. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re a Walmart employee, join the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart).

Why should you get involved?
As the largest private employer in the United States and the world, Walmart is setting the standard for jobs. That standard is so low that hundreds of thousands of its employees are living in poverty—even many that work full time. The problems extend to workers who toil in unsafe working conditions in subcontracted warehouses. And also to workers in developing countries such as China and Bangladesh who make incredibly low wages while manufacturing the goods on Walmart’s shelves. That pulls down standards for workers in the United States and around the globe.

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For the Regeneration of a social-labour movement from the base for emancipation

For the Regeneration of a social-labour movement from the base for emancipation | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

This was written by the collective of the labour newspaper Drasi (Action) in relation to discussions around unions and labour collectives in Greece trying to deal with the following question: “How do we organise and connect our struggles against employers and state terrorism today?”


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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Calls on Computer Hackers to GNUnite Against NSA Surveillance

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Calls on Computer Hackers to GNUnite Against NSA Surveillance | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed a major gathering of computer experts Monday at the Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany, calling on them to join forces in resisting government intrusions on Internet freedom and privacy.
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Global strategic goals for the next 18 months - Alter Summit

Global strategic goals for the next 18 months - Alter Summit | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
Continuing the consolidation and expansion of the Alter Summit network at European and national level. Not as an end in itself, but to increase our capacity to intensify the dialogue among each other, jointly in accordance with our manifesto and to act with the will to change the balance of power in order to establish a new Europe. To set these goals and initiatives in order to gain visibility. The Greek EU Presidency in the first semester of 2014 represents a new challenge in this context in case the Greek organizations consider new initiatives. Consolidation of the Alter Summit also means involving additional organizations and forces, establishing new national collectives and strengthening of the existing ones, active using of the homepage and eventually publishing a newsletter. In particular we want to enhance the dialogue with movements (e.g. the Blockupy) and movements of the youth, environmentalists and peasants…
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Unite the Union's USI mediates the established union world entering into the networked organising (networganizing) era

Unite the Union's USI mediates the established union world entering into the networked organising (networganizing) era | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

The below are google hangout videos from USI website:

i. Hack the Union from US interviews with Andrew of Union Solidarity International: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4U4FNAkZtSc

ii.  A small step for unions, but a giant step for global labour
emancipation?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k6BmWC5lr8Y

This following link is to a nice article by Walton Patland introducing the ON:
http://www.scoop.it/t/networked-labour/p/4017080234/2014/03/05/karl-marx-on-facebook-what-is-the-ideology-of-your-social-network?hash=fd4c16ef-09d3-468d-a043-3b8de2a28135

the ON, is built by a USi as a free node on Lorea network. In this
framework they also, in collaboration with MayFirst/People Link
provide server space for floss distance education software
BigBlueButton (BBB) for the use of their members as well as grassroots activist. BBB allows -if there is a date space enough to handle the traffic- teleconferencing for infinite number of participants with video and audio connection. This means, if well organised, mass self-organising and education platform for workers and activists would work efficiently. BBB also allows users to record their meetings, use screen sharing, power point presentation, file sharing, multi lingual chat so on during the conferences. If the new technology being developed now for online simultaneous interpretation system also incorporated to this platform, can’ t see any reason for this project not becoming a mesh network pulling many transnational labour an justice activists into it take part and use it to organise globally.

There are already several active work groups created on USi’s ON, can be seen here: https://on.usilive.org/groups/all

 
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Trade unions and global restructuring: Labour and transnational action in times of crisis!

Trade unions and global restructuring: Labour and transnational action in times of crisis! | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
With the repercussions of the economic crisis still reverberating through the global system, what are the possibilities of labour movements to form relationships of transnational solidarity in resistance to the exploitative and destructive dynamics of global capitalism? This question was at the heart of the two-day international workshop Labour and transnational action in times of crisis: from case studies to theory, organised by theTransnational Labour project in Oslo on 27 and 28 February 2014. In this post, I will discuss some of the key themes, which emerged from the various presentations and debates. 
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Essay of the Day: The Peer Production of Large-Scale Networked Protests

Essay of the Day: The Peer Production of Large-Scale Networked Protests | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
* Special Journal Issue: Organization in the crowd: peer production in large-scale networked protests. By W. Lance Bennett, Alexandra Segerberg & Shawn Walker. Information, Communication & ...
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Castells talks on: "The Space of Autonomy: Cyberspace and Urban Space in Networked Social Movements"

Castells talks on: "The Space of Autonomy: Cyberspace and Urban Space in Networked Social Movements" | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Manuel Castells “The Space of Autonomy: Cyberspace and Urban Space in Networked Social Movements”

Live notes from Manuel Castells’ February 18, 2014 talk at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Event link: http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/lecture-manuel-castells.html

By Sasha Costanza-Chock ( http://schock.cc ) and Mine Gencel Bek

This talk was billed as follows: “Manuel Castells, University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will speak on a theme related to his recent book Networks of Outrage and Hope; Social Movements in the Internet Age (Polity Press), with further elaboration in relation to the recent movements in Brazil and Turkey.”

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From Greece to Ukraine: welcome to the new age of resistance

From Greece to Ukraine: welcome to the new age of resistance | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
The 2011 protests in Greece’s Syntagma Square. Photograph: News Pictures/Rex Features

On 17 June 2011, I was invited to address the Syntagma Square occupation in Athens. After the talks, following the usual procedure, members of the occupation who had their number drawn came to the front to speak to the 10,000 people present. One man in particular was shaking and trembling with evident symptoms of stagefright before his address. He then proceeded to give a beautiful talk in perfectly formed sentences and paragraphs, presenting a complete and persuasive plan for the future of the movement.

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Disrupting the Disruptors

Disrupting the Disruptors | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Yesterday, 30 technicians at an Amazon.com warehouse in Middletown, Delaware voted in the e-retail titan’s first-ever union election in the United States. The vote marks the arrival on U.S. shores of a rising tide of Amazon worker organizing. Half a world away, more than 1,000 workers at three Amazon warehouse locations in Germany staged a string of one-day strikes from May toDecember of 2013, part of a campaign by the German service-industry union Ver.di to bring the company in line with the standards of the country’s offline retail industry.

 
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On Founders and Keepers of Occupy Wall Street

On Founders and Keepers of Occupy Wall Street | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

“Occupy Wall Street is making the power elite crazy. They can’t control them, there’s no one in charge.” — Diane Ravitch, education historian, on her first visit to Zuccotti Park, fall 2011

“Our movement is leaderless and leaderful.” —Dr. Cornel West, American philosopher, academic, activist, author

Last week, a power struggle within an Occupy collective emerged into the public realm when one member took sole ownership of the @OccupyWallSt twitter handle and began to issue calls to action and reflections on the history of the movement.

The act generated quite a bit of controversy among Occupy activists who feel, as I do, a strong visceral connection to a movement which has at every juncture defied formal leadership or hierarchy. Media outlets like Buzzfeed proclaimed last week’s outburst of public infighting to be the “final implosion” of Occupy, while bloggers debated its causes and implications: lack of consensus, over-reliance on consensus, consolidation of Occupy media properties, and more.

- See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/founders-and-keepers-occupy-wall-street#sthash.n01n2xob.dpuf

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Organized Networks / Locative Media as Logistical Media: Situating Infrastructure and the Governance of Labor in Supply-Chain Capitalism

Organized Networks / Locative Media as Logistical Media: Situating Infrastructure and the Governance of Labor in Supply-Chain Capitalism | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

The German based company SAP is one of the largest developers of software that drives global economies, offering leading enterprise software solutions – specifically logistics software – that makes possible movements of people, finance and things that coalesce as global trade. In its 2012 Annual Report with the not especially modest title, Helping the World Run Better, SAP declares that “63% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system.”1 SAP specializes in software development and web-based services associated with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in the logistics industries among many others, including mining, health, finance, medical, insurance, oil and gas, retail and higher education. This means companies can integrate and automate the majority of their business practices in real-time environments that share common data. So goes the sales pitch.

But how come so little is known about SAP in the fields of media studies, software studies and network cultures? In part the answer to this question can be explained with reference to the objects of study that tend to define these fields, especially those of software studies and network cultures which more often valorize open source initiatives, tactical media interventions and experimental media culture in general. Less clear is the case of media studies. Broad as the field is, one might expect research into the political economy of media industries to pay some attention to the technology and infrastructure that underpins the global exchange of finance and commodities.2 Yet this is not the case. Why such an omission looms so large in critical studies of media culture and industries may also have something to do with the fact that logistical software is an aesthetically unattractive and closed proprietary system, even if the logistical infrastructures special to transport and communication hold a particular aesthetic allure, which occasionally tips over to the sublime.3

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diwo coop - worker owned 'do it with others' cooperative - support NOW!

diwo coop - worker owned 'do it with others' cooperative - support NOW! | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

diwo coop is a worker owned co-op specializing in custom button/badge production and other kinds of merchandise for distribution. The co-op is made up of people with various professional backgrounds. We formed our project to help promote communications by and for groups, organizations and companies working for the common good and aimed at building more ethical and sustainable societies. We created diwo coop in 2012, building on and including our previous project, platypusLab, because we’re convinced that collaboration is the best way forward from the current situation of widespread precariousness.

 
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Hackers Leak Walmart’s Guide on How to Silence Workers • Making Change at Walmart

Hackers Leak Walmart’s Guide on How to Silence Workers • Making Change at Walmart | Networked Labour | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published a number of Walmart’s internal training materials on how to discourage workers from coming together for action. The documents, demanding loyalty and that all signs of worker dissatisfaction be reported immediately, “would sound right at home in a training manual for prison guards, or as text from Brave New World,” in the words of Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan.

The eerily Big Brother-esque documents have drawn comparisons to the TSA and Homeland security. As MSNBCwrote:

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Organized Networks: From Weak Ties to Strong Links (with Ned Rossiter) :: net critique by Geert Lovink

Organized Networks: From Weak Ties to Strong Links (with Ned Rossiter) :: net critique by Geert Lovink | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
GNUnion - One Big Meshwork's insight:
(Ned Rossiter and I wrote a piece on ‘organized networks’ for the technology special of Occupied Times (#23). Here it is. The URL: http://theoccupiedtimes.org/?p=12547) Organized Networks: From Weak Ties to Strong Links by Geert Lovink and Ned Rossiter Sloganism for late 2013: “I feel protected by unpublished Suite A algorithms.” (J. Sjerpstra) – “I am on an angry squirrel’s shitlist.” – Join the Object Oriented People – “When philosophy sucks—but you don’t.” ­– “See you in the Sinkhole of Stupid, at 5 pm.” – “I got my dating site profile rewritten by a ghost writer.” – “Meet the co-editor of the Idiocracy Constitution” – The Military-Entrepreneurial Complex: “They are bad enough to do it, but are they mad enough?” – “There really should be something like Anti-Kickstarter for the things you’d be willing to pay to have not happen.” (Gerry Canavan) – Waning of the Social Media: Ruin Aesthetics in Peer-to-Peer Enterprises (dissertation) – “Forget the Data Scientist, I need a Data Janitor.” (Big Data Borat)
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Next steps, actions and campaigns ! - Alter Summit

Next steps, actions and campaigns ! - Alter Summit | Networked Labour | Scoop.it
At their Assembly in Brussels on 18-19 October 2013 , the member organisations of the Alter Summit decided, according to the principles affirmed in the Peoples’ Manifesto [http://www.altersummit.eu/manifeste/article/le-manifeste-66] launched in Athens [last Juny] , to organise actions as well as to support and strengthen actions initiated by network members in order to focus on three main targets :
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