This issue of Cybersociology Magazine was co-edited with Micz Flor from Crash Media
The High Tech Gift Economy, by Richard Barbrook, PhD. Richard is the co-ordinator and a founding member of the Hypermedia Research Centre at the University of Westminster. He is co-author with Andy Cameron of "The California Ideology", an important critique of West Coast Neo-Liberalism, and has written a number of books including "Media Freedom" (Pluto, 1995). In this piece, excerpted from his forthcoming book "The Holy Fools" (Verso, 1999) Barbrook looks at DIY culture on the internet and other topics.
Labour@Cyberspace:Problems in Creating a Global Solidarity Culture, by Peter Waterman. Peter is the author of "Globalisation, Social Movements and the New Internationalisms" (1998) and "Labour Worldwide in the Era of Globalisation" (1999). In this article, he expertly discusses the need for, and problems of, creating a global model for labour activism online.
Internet Against Censorship: by Drazen Pantic, Head of OpenNet, Radio B92's Internet department in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia. Drazen discusses the use of the Internet in the work of independent Serbian radio station, B-92. Includes editor notes on the current situation at B-92 following NATO bombardment and the media crackdown.
Cyberpower and the Meaning of Online Activism, by Tim Jordan a member of the New Politics Research Group, Department of Sociology, at the University of East London. Tim is the author of "Cyberpower: the culture and politics of cybersp ace and the Internet" co-editor [with A. Lent] of "Storming the Millennium: the new politics of change". In this article, Jordan creates an analysis of three levels of cyberpower: that of the 'individual" the "social' and the 'imaginary'. You'll have to read the article to find out his conclusion...
A Few Points about Online Activism, by Jon Lebkowsky. Jon was a founding member of the Austin branch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). He has written a book (not yet published) titled Virtual Bonfire under contract to MIT Press. Jon is currently Interactive Community Director, for WholeFoods.com. In this piece, Jon goes through six points important to online activism, based on his own experiences and observations.
Punk Science, by Dr. Rachel Armstrong MA BMBCh. Rachel is the author of Sci Fi Aesthetics, television presenter for 'The Frame' on BBC's UK Arena channel, Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, a multimedia producer and medical doctor specialising in the evolution of humankind through 'unnatural interventions'. She is the author of 'A Gray's Anatomy', a forthcoming fiction book for Serpents Tail. In this article, Dr. Armstrong critically discusses the uncomfortable relationship between science/medicine and art/humanities.
Cyborg Film Making, by Dr. Rachel Armstrong MA BMBCh (See further details above). In this wide ranging article, Dr. Armstrong discusses the complex boundaries between art, the body, and the crossing of these boundaries by the cyborg.
The Borg: A critique, by David Gordon, Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In this article, David blends his own field research on sex misrepresentation online with critiques of existing theoretical and methodological research on the cyborg.
¿Roam-Antics on the Cyber-Horizon or Home-Wrecking for a New Millennium?, by Judy Hempel (aka Judygod). Judy is a student at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. In this article, Judy writes candidly about the experiences her family has had with falling in love online. First her daughter fell in love online and left home to marry her new partner, despite the reservations of Judy and others. Then, Judy did the same thing herself...
Admirable Utopian World, by Eduardo Duarte. Eduardo is a PhD student in the program of Social Science in São Paulo (PUC-SP), Brazil. He holds an MA in Anthropology and is an assistant teacher at UFPE. In this contribution, he writes about the consequence of the implantation of telematic systems for Brazilian society.
LESSONS LEARNED: SOME THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF ON-LINE COMMUNITY NETWORKS, by George Hunka. Among other things, George is Communications Coordinator for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. This article provides an excellent overview of the current state of the community networking movement. We can learn a lot from the successes and failures described here.
Study of Men and Women's Gender Display in Text-based Communication, By: Sema Nicole Seyedi. Sema is a sociology student at the University of California Monterey Bay.This papers is a well researched study of the participation of male and female students using computer mediated communication (CMC) at CSUMB.
Brave Fight to Save Radio B92, By Robin Hamman. An edited version of this article was originally published in The Independent and later by Mute Magazine.
Field Reports/Project Reports
INDONESIA: The Net as a Weapon, By Tedjabayu. Despite over three decades of success at intimidating and censoring the media, the Indonesian government has not yet found a way to stop people using the Internet to express their views.
Introducing Radio Free Monterey, by Barbara Steinberg . Barbara is the founder of The Web Sociology List, Western Hang Gliders Online, and co-founder of Radio Free Monterey. She also hosts the Writers and Society conference at the trAce Online Writers Community and is a student in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. In this field report, Steinberg discusses the origins and ideals of a community based web radio station, Radio Free Monterey.
Online Community Builders Toolkit for Activists, by Robin Hamman. Grassroots political activists can now use the internet to help organise their gro ups. This can be done by adding interactive community building features to a website using free email lists, chat rooms, instant opinion polling, and message boards. This toolkit was pre sented at the Next Five Minutes (n5m) Tactical Media Conference in Amsterdam, 12-14 March 1999.
Download 5_APCnetworks.html">The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is the world's most extensive network of Internet providers dedicated to serving non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and citizen activists. Since 1987, APC members have been providing fast, reliable, easy to use communication tools.
Introducing the Panel Discussion of the Counter-Strategies Corporations Employ Against Campaigns by Eveline Lubbers. This panel discussion took place at the Next Five Minutes Tactical Media Conference in Amsterdam, 12 - 14 March, 1999.
Computer Aid International: sends second hand PCs to the Third World. Find out how you can help.
Cyberdemocracy: Technology, cities and civic networks Edited by Roza Tsagarousianou, Damian Tambini and Cathy Bryan. Routledge, London 1998. Review by Wessel Janse van Rensburg, Post-Graduate student at the Hypermedia Research Centre, University of Westminster, London.
Processed Lives. Gender and Technology in Everyday Life. Edited by Jennifer Terry and Melodie Calvert (1997). London- New York: Routledge. Review by Heidi J. Figueroa Sarriera, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico and co-editor of the Cyborg Handbook.
The Technology of Orgasm: Hysteria, the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction, by Rachel P. Maines. Johns Hopkins UP: Baltimore, 1999. Review by Nathalie Muller, a writer based in Belgium.
Communities in Cyberspace, Edited by Peter Kollock and Marc Smith. 1999. Review by Matthew Allen (PhD), Internet Studies Coordinator at Curtin University of Technology, Australia.
Virtual Futures. Cyberotics, Technology and Post-Human Pragmatism. Edited by J. B. Dixon and E. J. Cassidy. Routledge, London and New York, 1998. Review by Adrian Mihalache (MSc,PhD) Professor at the University of Bucharest, Romania.
Station Rose 1st Decade: 1988-98. 10 years of native multimedia art. Edited by Gary Danner. Includes texts by: Elisa Rose, Gary Danner, F.E.Rakuschan, Timothy Leary,Geert Lovink, Petra Klaus, Bea Stammer/Gabriele Horn, Howard Rheingold, and others. Review by Janko Vook, Public Netbase t0, Vienna.
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