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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.

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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