A reception hosted by Open Net Initiative (ONI) was rattled by the United Nations-sponsored Internet Governance Forum (IGF) security, who objected to a poster advertising Access Controlled, which is based on ONI research and due out in March. "The poster was thrown on the
floor and we were told to remove it because of the reference to China
and Tibet. We refused, and security guards came and removed it. The
incident was witnessed by many," Pakistani delegate, Shahzad Ahmed reported.
The poster promoting Access Controlled was
removed by the IGF's organizers because a sentence in the poster
apparently violated UN policy. The sentence in question reads, "The
first generation of Internet controls consisted largely of building
firewalls at key Internet gateways; China's famous "Great Firewall of
China" is one of the first national Internet filtering systems."
Co-author Ronald Deibert spoke with the BBC about the incident this morning, saying "If we are not allowed to discuss topics such as internet censorship,
surveillance and privacy at a forum on internet governance, then what
is the point of the IGF?
Professor Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski also posted their comments on YouTube.
How should artists be educated? And is it worth attending a $35,000-a-year art school so that one graduates in debt into an uncertain market?
The last major change in art education came nearly a century ago, when the German Bauhaus was formed. Today, dramatic changes in the art world, combined with a revolution in information technology, raise fundamental questions about the education of today's artists. Nevertheless, an estimated 30,000 Master of Fine Arts degrees are granted each year.
Those in New York can join a discussion about the future of art schools with the editor and contributors of Art School, a book that looks at these issues. All are invited to join the conversation this Sunday, November 15, in the Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union's incredible new 41 Cooper Square building.
Three conversations will take place, discussing the most
pressing issues facing the transmission of cultural knowledge today and for the
future. Speakers and moderators include Dennis Adams, Thierry de Duve, Shirin Neshat,
Hans Haacke, Boris Groys, Liam Gillick, Saskia Bos, Steven Henry Madoff, Ernesto
Pujol, Ute Meta Bauer, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Jeffrey Schnapp, Anton Vidokle,
Matthew Higgs, Charles Renfro, Dana Schutz, and Brian Sholis.
1:00 p.m. Flows of Knowledge, Infections, Temporary States Steven
Henry Madoff, moderator Ute Meta Bauer Thierry de Duve Boris
Groys Jeffrey Schnapp Anton Vidokle
2:15 p.m. The Usefulness
of the Academy, Learning and Doing—or Nobody Asked You to Do
Nothing Brian Sholis, moderator Paul Ramirez Jonas Matthew
Higgs Shirin Neshat Dana Schutz
3:30 p.m. Social Context and
the Role of the Academy in the 21st Century Saskia Bos,
moderator Dennis Adams Liam Gillick Hans Haacke Ernesto
Pujol Charles Renfro
Free and open to the public.
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium The Cooper Union
for the Advancement of Science and Art 41 Cooper Square New York, NY 10003
The 26th annual Miami Book Fair International kicked off this week, and tomorrow its Street Fair begins. The Street Fair includes the Festival of Authors, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work, along with about 250 publishers, booksellers, and exhibitors. A good time should be had by all.
Society for Neuroscience is one of my favorite meetings to attend as an exhibitor. The folks at this meeting - all 30,000+ of them - spend plenty of time on the exhibits floor and especially along publisher's row. Our reputation seems to proceed us - our strong history in this field garners us a lot of attention. I love getting to interact with our customers who seem as equally passionate about buying our books as I am about selling them. It was a thrill to attend this conference for the fourth time and be greeted by familiar faces returning to our booth to purchase new titles and beloved favorites for their friends or students.
This is the largest conference we attend and one of the longest; my co-workers and I spent a week in Chicago where this year's Society for Neuroscience meeting was held. Two days of travel, one day to set-up, four days of selling, and one day off in-between. The days in the convention center start for us at 8:30 am when we arrive early to set-up our computers and end at 5:30 when we finally close up shop and usher the last straggling customers out of the booth. This year things were so busy that we even brought packed lunches to eat between sales. And we celebrated successful work days with hot pastrami, deep-dish pizza, or one of the famous Illinois "Horseshoe" sandwiches.
MIT Press author and Princeton neuroscientist Charles Gross reads from his latest book, A Hole in the Head tonight at The Book Works in Southern California. If you're in the neighborhood, stop in and listen to this great storyteller.
This coming Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and much hoopla has been planned: a grand public party at the Brandenburg Gate, and a new symbolic falling of the Wall to take place in the form of 1000 giant dominoes that will be toppled along the strip that had once divided East Germany from West. U2’s free on-site concert in Berlin to commemorate the occasion has given rise to some interesting outrage,though: a 2-meter high metal barrier has been installed around where the concert is to take place, in order to block viewing by those who missed out on obtaining any of the 10,000 free tickets. The unpleasant irony of the new barrier points to the contradictions and conflict always to be faced and addressed in any country and political climate when walls are addressed, be they mental or physical. It is in recognition of these contradictions that Semiotext(e) has just rereleased its infamous “German issue,” the 1982 installment of the journal that explored all the invisible walls of suspicion, rebellion, hatred, and hope within the cities of Berlin and New York, with the issue itself serving as a conflict-ridden communicative wall between the two. The German Issue evoked the wall through a horizontal division by means of a visual wall of photographs of the Berlin Wall intermingled with Wall Street. In the journal’s memorable and substantive dialogue between Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer and the now deceased German dramatist and author Heiner Müller, Lotringer commented: “The wall of history is totally visible here. I’d rather see it that way than in people’s minds.” As the dominoes tumble this Monday, it is good, then, to reflect on the “Mauer im kopf” [the wall in the head] every political and social nation and body must still contend with. The Wall is down, but a new look at The German Issue raises the question as to whether the “German Issue” may today just be everyone’s issue.