Relay#70PanelF |The first actual case of bug being found.

Talk at the workshop On the political significance of the refusal of new technologies. I was very sick so it was written up to be read. The slides are only there for didactic reasons, and I only used a few where it was really necessary, but in any case they are available here. IRC The affordances of media may change over time even if their technical architecture remain intact.

posted by on Dec 19, 2016

I spoke on the Emergent features of old new media: The case of IRC backlogs at the Politics of Disconnection and Disruptive Media (Disconnect!) workshop organised by Anne Kaun at Södertörn University, December 12, 2016. Workshop: The Politics of Disconnection and Disruptive Media The workshop explores the possibilities of disconnection in digital culture and is the second event in a series dedicated to questions of disconnection. Current discourses on digital culture often link media technologies to immediate delivery and constant availability that result in the experience of hurried lives and a culture of speed (Davis, 2013; Rosa, 2013; Sharma, 2014; Tomlinson, 2007).

posted by on Dec 19, 2016

Video unearthed of my presentation at the Fifth Birthday of Hackerspace Budapest. An epic chiptune party ensued, police evicted us from the building, but the afterparty continued in the hackerspace. Met an anthropologist from my (first) old department who just started to research hackers, too, and did some live coding with the Ibniz package I maintain in Debian. The talk was a rehash of my FSCONS talk.

posted by on Nov 13, 2016

Text of keynote lecture at the Hackademia Summer School on Computational Cultures (2nd Leuphana Summer School in Digital Cultures), August-September 2016, Lüneburg. Slides are here. “extended case method applies reflexive science to ethnography in order to extract the general from the unique, to move from the ‘micro’; to the ‘macro’, and to connect the present to the past in anticipation of the future, all by building on preexisting theory.

posted by on Nov 07, 2016

Video and abstract of presentation at Camp++ hacker camp, Fort Monostor, organised by the Hungarian Autonomous Center for Knowledge (H.A.C.K.), Budapest. The Hungarian Autonomous Center for Knowledge (H.A.C.K.) hackerspace in Budapest organised its annual hacker camp called Camp++ at Fort Monostor, on the Hungarian-Slovakian border on the banks of the Danube. I presented on “What is critical technology appropriation?“, introducing and combining concepts from Science and Technology Studies, pragmatic sociology and the history of technology, taking the case of Internet Relay Chat as a starting point.

posted by on Aug 22, 2016

Uncut English version of the interview with me by Roger Cassany on behalf of UOC & IN3. — You come from Hungary. How did you know about UOC Doctorate grants and IN3? Haha that was a long time ago! I must have read it on the mailing list of some academic association such as 4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science), AOIR (Association of Internet Researchers), ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association), or IAMCR (International Association of Media and Communication Researchers).

posted by on Apr 26, 2016

I presented the IRC not dead research at the Central European University as part of my [postdoc stay] at the CMDS. The response was great and several meetings ensued, so I am leaving some documentation here. As it says below, “All content under the public domain unless stated otherwise.” Blog entry Slides Audio in Ogg and Audio in MP3

posted by on Apr 04, 2016

Dear reader! I am Maxigas, a recent doctoral graduate of UOC, and I am here to tell you about my dissertation – or at least make sense of half the subtitle— explaining a pair of concepts developed over the course of three years. It all started with a corridor conversation with my brilliant colleague Debora Lanzeni,1 who mentioned that makers she studied indignantly opposed the hacker moniker, because “hackers never finish anything.

posted by on Feb 01, 2016

We invite abstracts for a track we are organising on the theme of digital fabrications amongst hackers, makers and manufacturers, and which will take place in Barcelona over August 31 to September 3 as part of the international conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Abstracts can be submitted at this link: More details below.

posted by on Jan 26, 2016

The case for deep hacker studies Hacker artefacts, knowledges, practices and scenes constitute an alternative engineering culture that can be characterised as anti-modern techno-science. Constructed in the wake of the 1960s cultural shock (Wallerstein 2004, 16), hackers’ relationship to technology rests on an approach related to the cybernetic ontology identified by Pickering (2010) and articulated in the sciences by cyberneticians. The parallel is not surprising given the similar conditions of emergence of cybernetics and hacking in the US and Europe.

posted by on Jan 25, 2016

First part of a series where I summarise possible lines of investigation interesting for the next years. “IRC is not dead” is a research programme inspired by the work of Johan Söderberg and developed together with Guillaume Latzko-Toth. On a personal level it came out from my studies of the technological repertoire of hackers in North European hackerspaces. The text here is a concise version of the article we are working on for the Journal of Peer Production special issue on Alternative Internets.

posted by on Jan 25, 2016

The text is from FSCONS, documented with slides and video. The Luddite Aspects of Hackerdom is about hackers against technology. Some hackers resist technological change when the latest developments are harmful to users and society. In the early days of capitalism when factory technologies were introduced to further exploit and control workers, Luddites broke machines and went rioting. However, they were not against all technologies, only against the technologies which they identified as socially detrimental.

posted by on Jan 24, 2016