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How to make “Internet TV”

Posted by on Aug 1, 2008 in Blog, Emerging Science and Technology, TechnoActivism, Technology and Art | Comments Off on How to make “Internet TV”

Simple online guide,  sponsored by Participatory Culture Foundation,  on how to create and publish video to the net.

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Scold Cams and Surveillance

Posted by on Apr 28, 2007 in Blog, TechnoActivism, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on Scold Cams and Surveillance

Great Britain is already estimated to have installed CCTV cams at a ratio of about 1 camera for every 5 citizens.? Now some of the cameras are designed to detect certain conditions and direct the surveilled person to do an action.? Call them “scold cams.”

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Tracking the Congressional attention span

Posted by on Feb 20, 2007 in Blog, Data Visualization, Datamining, Emerging Science and Technology, TechnoActivism | Comments Off on Tracking the Congressional attention span

Arstechnica reports:  "While text mining 330,000 New York Times articles poses an interesting challenge, it’s not as interesting as sifting through 70 million words (from over 70,000 unique documents) found in the Congressional Record. A team of political science researchers  found that their software was able to answer questions too difficult for humans to handle on their own.

What’s exciting about this project and others like it is that computers are at last capable of unsupervised, dynamic analysis, and they can produce meaningful results with little or no intervention (humans will still be required to interpret the results, of course). The researchers in this project turned their software loose on 70 million words of Congressional debate without doing any initial topic coding. Researchers wanted to know several things: how do elected leaders distribute their attention? Under what circumstances do leaders push or follow public attention to an issue? Is debate on most issues incremental or explosive? Now that they could accurately track topics over time, the researchers found, for instance, that "judicial nominations" have consumed steadily more Congressional attention between 1997 and 2004. In fact, the topic produced the most number of words published in a single "day" of the Congressional Record: 230,000 on November 12, 2003.

Another hot issue, abortion, has moved in the other direction. Abortion has steadily received less Congressional attention over the last decade, and floor speeches on abortion now remain stable at one percent of the total (down from six percent in the 105th Congress)."

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The “Amazon Noir Caper”

Posted by on Feb 20, 2007 in Blog, Emerging Science and Technology, Media and Markets, TechnoActivism | Comments Off on The “Amazon Noir Caper”

Paolo Cirio, Alessandro Ludovico, Lizvlx and Hans Bernhard stole copyrighted books from by using sophisticated robot-technology as programmed by Cirio. Amazon sued the group and a settlement was just announced. The "Amazon Noir" Robots manipulated Amazon’s "Search Inside this Book" feature, forcing the feature to provide the complete volumes of copyright protected books, by sending up to 10,000 requests per book. The resulting data was then logically reassembled into pdf-format by the team’s "SIB-Book-Generator."

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Posted by on Feb 20, 2007 in Blog, TechnoActivism, Technology and Art, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on Sousveillance

Commenting on a decade of silent performances in front of surveillance cameras,? The Surveillance Camera Players have just published a new book.? The major themes are:? right to privacy, the militarization of the police, the ideology of transparency, the mass psychology of fascism, the society of the spectacle, the PATRIOT Act, Rudy Giuliani, September 11th, face recognition software, reality TV, webcams and wireless systems, among other topics.

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If it bleeds, it leads

Posted by on Dec 20, 2006 in Blog, Data Visualization, TechnoActivism, Technology and Art | Comments Off on If it bleeds, it leads

An installation by Caleb Larsen, is a compelling commentary on the public love affair with tragic stories and dramatic deaths.? In the piece, software continuously scans news headlines of 4,500 news sources, looking for mentions of human deaths. Each time it finds an article, an algorithm determines the number of deaths, and relays an instruction to a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos.? The mechanism then drops one yellow “BB” to represent each person reported dead. During the course of the installation, BBs will accumulate on the floor, contributing to an ever-growing constellation, ultimately forming a sort of shrine to murder. “Conflicts and wars dramatically affect the activity seen in the piece. At times hundreds of pellets fire off in rapid succession, while other times a lone BB falls to the ground.”

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