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AoiR in Berlin, October 5-8

In October 5-8 I will be in Berlin to take part in the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. The conference is hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, and will revolve aorund the idea that 'Internet Rules!' I have four presentations in my agenda. I will present the paper on human rights in internet infrastructure...

in uppsala re: open knowledge & activism, september 29

On September 29 I will give a talk at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in the context of a workshop exploring 'Critical and Historical Perspectives on the Contemporary Field of Open Knowledge'. Hosted by the Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria, the workshop will explore 'open knowledge, understood as open data, big data, open science, open access, and free- and open source software.

new & open access: voice & matter

I am happy to announce the publication of 'Voice & Matter: Communication, Development and the Cultural Return', edited by Oscar Hemer & Thomas Tufte and published by Nordicom. I authored a chapter entitled 'Stealing the Fire. Communication for Development from the Margins of Cyberspace', which connects the research on radical techies with the realm of communication for development and social change. My contribution stems out of a keynote of the same title I gave at the Nordicom annual conference in September 2014, whose video recording you can check out in the 'video' section of this website. The book is released in open access and available in print and digital format from the Nordicom website.

'civic media' (MIT press) is out!

The book 'Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice', edited by Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis for the MIT Press is finally out! I have contributed a chapter in the theory session, entitled 'Liberated Technology: Inside Emancipatory Communication Activism'. The book collectively addresses the following questions: How are digital technologies being used to foster connections between citizens and formal and informal public institutions? What does citizenship look like in a networked age? Can technologies alter public processes, change the way people interact with government, and deepen engagement with public life? ...

my work featured in het financieele dagblad

On Sunday my work was featured in Het Financieele Dagbald, the Financial Times of the Netherlands. I was interviewed by Jaap Meijers for an article entitled 'Het theaterpubliek ontmoet elkaar
digitaal in de zaal', on occasion of a theatre piece on social media by Edit Kaldor, in Theater Frascati in Amsterdam. The article included also free advertising of my book ...

Contentious Data, Amsterdam, September 15-16

On September 15-16, we hosted in Amsterdam the DATACTIVE kick-off workshop. The event brought together scholars and practitioners to explore the politics of big data from the perspective of activism and civil society. The program included a public day, hosted at the University Theatre of the University of Amsterdam, featuring keynotes from Sandra Braman (Texas A&M) and Alison Powell (LSE); a roundtable on the promises and perils of data activism, featuring Linnet Taylor (TILT), Miren Gutierrez (Universidad de Deusto), Hisham Al-Miraat (Digital Rights Morocco) and Lonneke van der Velden (UvA), and moderated by Bodo Balazs (IVIR); and a dialogue between Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures) and Jaromil/Denis Rojo (

and over the summer..

.. when I have hardly paid attention to this website, I have kept busy with a number of fun stuff. I have lectured at the 1st Interdisciplinary Summerschool on Privacy, organised by the PI.lab on 10-15 July in Nijmegen, the Netherlands; I gave a (video)talk entitled '‘We wanted to do it ourselves’: Infrastrutture antagoniste e auto-organizzazione mediatica' in occasion of the annual symposium of the association 'Stories in Movement', in the panel on Hacking ‘n’ Phreaking. Storie di mediattivisti e contestatori digitali (July 15); I have hosted an amazing workshop on data activism at Hirikilabs in San Sebastian, Spain, together with Miren Gutierrez, and hosted a track entitled Materializing governance by information technology at the 4S/EASST congress in Barcelona (August 31-September 3), jointly with Francesca Musiani (CNRS) and Annalisa Pelizza (University of Twente).

Digital Methods Initiative Summer School on data activism

Every year at the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam we organize the Digital Methods summer school, coordinated by the Digital Methods Initiative. The second week of the school is co-organized by the DATACTIVE team, which I have set-up in October 2015 here in Amsterdam. The topic we selected is (of course) 'data activism'. Invited speakers included David Beer (University of York), Linnet Taylor (Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society), Ingrid Burrington (, Sebastian Benthall (UC Berkeley), and myself. Our team also pitched three projects, namely "Digital methods for ICANN mailing lists", "Exploring the fabrics of civic tech on digital media", "Evolution and sustainability of digital security tools". Stay tuned!

ICANN56 in Helsinki, June 27-30

On June 27-30 I participated to meeting #56 of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It is an interesting time for ICANN, as we proceed with making the IANA transition proposal a reality. As a member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), I (try to) contribute to manage the policymaking for the general top level domain names (e.g. .com, .hotel, ...). This was the first 'Policy Forum', a new format introduced recently by ICANN: shorter meetings (hooray!) focused on policymaking.

@TILT (June 21) and CEU (June 24)

.. for two completely distinct talks. At the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society I presented my (ongoing) work on participation in cybersecurity politicymaking, in a talk entitled 'The Long Walk of Human Rights in Cybersecurity Policymaking'. At the Central European University I contributed to a panel on democratic innovation in the conference 'Making Democracy Work', organized to mark the 25th anniversary of CEU. Of course, I spoke about data activism, this time casting it as 'redefinition of citizenship'.


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