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ow is a research project focused on the transformation of the internet user in relation to labour. It draws from Benjamin Bratton's The Stack definition of user—anything able to interface with another user; whether human, animal, plant, mineral, machinic, algorithmic, etc.—to understand the idea of work in a different way.

To do so, the project sets a scenario where a Universal Basic Income is a prerequisite for a post-work society, undermining the classic idea of work and worker—a process began in the 70s with the rising of the post-fordist figure.

The internet user is, indeed, the latest iteration of a process of full identification between the post-fordist worker and his her job, where intellectual and affective labour are the main means of production and of subject-formation.

Reading

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Output

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  • Deleting your free github.com's account

    A user in reply to a blog-post on deleting one's github account because of all the downsides of it being a centralise system, unlike git itself which is a decentralised-by-design one. Canta 2016-01-17 AT 16:55 I agree with both you Bob and Mikael. Specially Bob. However, on a side note, this “OPEN YOuR EYeS!!!1” kinda rant also annoys me. There’s something about the point stated here i feel like a half truth. TL;DR: github is not a necessary evil, our peers are a necessary evil, and dealing with them is dealing with the likes of github. What i believ... more
  • github.com's machine user

    github.com explains how to add a machine user to a github repository. Machine users If your server needs to access multiple repositories, you can choose to create a new GitHub account and attach an SSH key that will be used exclusively for automation. Since this GitHub account won't be used by a human, it's called a machine user. You can then add the machine user as collaborator or add the machine user to a team with access to the repositories it needs to manipulate. NOTE: Adding a machine user as a collaborator always grants read/write access. Adding a ... more
  • The IPFS Project

    The reason why this sounds interesting is because I want to learn more about peer2peer sharing technologies (and reverse-enginereed them). This is a shiny new experiment and and and The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a new hypermedia distribution protocol, addressed by content and identities. IPFS enables the creation of completely distributed applications. It aims to make the web faster, safer, and more open. IPFS is a peer-to-peer distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. In some ways, IPFS is similar to the Web, but IPFS could be seen as ... more
  • J.G. Biberkopf—Ecologies

    He says of the project’s inception, that he was intrigued by an oddly “naive idea of nature that seemed strikingly prevalent in my social environment.. I was curious to know how these simulations of Nature work in digital media, how do we do experience these simulated materials”.J.G. Biberkopf about its album Ecologies Similarly, my interest with this video (probably “these videos”) (cfr. Embodying git1) lies in the explorative dimension of how much git influences a certain way of working, thinking, acting, moving, and so forth. Hence, which kind of imaginaries does it provoke in one’s mind? Which kind o... more
  • _ghost-index

    indexing
    I want to git everything that I touch and is part of the on-going research project, meaning, I want to keep track of every file and folder which is inside the main project folder (see → ow). Though the idea of pushing 1,2 GB of pdfs and mp3s to the github repo was quite appealing—putting back on the internet what I gathered through repositories like aaaaarg.fail, different podcast series, and blogs, but all in one place—it was also a bit of a question mark on the sustainability of the process itself. How much stuff can you upload on your g... more
  • ow_draft--1

    ow_draft--1 is an entry point and a first attempt to visualise the research about labour and the internet that I’m doing. It is a text part manifesto and part self-help tips, which gives an overview both of a specific tool that helps developers to keep track of their code-based work (namely git), but also to illustrate and connect together several themes I found important while reading different materials on the topics. I’m starting to prefer the word work instead of labour, since it doesn’t just refer to a physical act but in general to any kind of act... more