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Impressions of the Creative Resistance Workshop July 14th @ Café Aufsturz

thx to Marcin Gajewski for the pics

DiEM25 Creative Resistance Meeting July 14th @ 12:30 pm

News from the pillars: Questionnaire »Technological Sovereignty«

The development of the 1st Green Paper for the seventh pillar of DiEM25s Policy: »Technological Sovereignty« is in progress.

In this phase, which runs until July 5th, members of the DSC »Democratic Technologies« are gathering input on this questionnaire. In July we will work on the first draft of the Green Paper until August 5th. In order to work, we’ll need your ideas!

Your ideas do not have to be fully elaborated. Think about what might be wrong or be better in our (computer-)managed world. Can you name practices in any technology that you would consider »undemocratic«? How can we foster the privacy of European citizens and protect their data from misuse by private corporations? How can we regulate the Internet monopolists (GAFAM)? How can we think about technological development – our future – in a creative way and beyond economic imperatives? How should copyright laws be reformed? The full list of questions can be found in the questionnaire.

Send your suggestions, ideas and policy proposals to techpillar@diem25.org.
(Needless to say: Input that arrives after the 5th of July will also be considered.)

For your inspiration here are two brief proposals made by the author of this piece:

1. The European Union is in need of a multilingual content platform that stores and delivers content produced by the distinct national public stations. This so called European Media Platform would deliver subtitled and/or voiced-over content produced or licensed by EU public entities to enrich an european public debate. A european democratic Netflix!

2. A decentralized, autonomous, encrypted peer-to-peer-network as opposed to the commercial and centralized server farms of the internet giants. The EU should set up a European Save Networking Fund that encourages research on an open-source and easy-to-use solution implementing an Autonomous Data Network. With this fund the EU e.g. provides bootstrap servers and minimum amount of storage capacity (storing encrypted data chunks) to get the network up and running.

This idea and your ideas will be developed during the paper development process. Again: Send your suggestions, ideas and policy proposals to techpillar@diem25.org.

We have a lot of plans and we still need fellow combatants. If you want to join us now or in future meetings, please find more infos in the Mattermost-Team »TechPillar«, write an e-mail to bogdan.gradinaru82@gmail.com or spiritsparrow@riseup.net or hit me up on twitter.

Find more infos on our communication platform Mattermost here.

Picture Credits:

Message from artificial intelligence.. by Michael Cordedda – CC-BY (flickr.com/photos/mikeycordedda/5382624995)

The databending of phantom pink + green flowers in surveilled gardens where paranoia grows by torley – CC-BY-SA (flickr.com/photos/torley/9349869180)

Creative Resistance Session on June 3rd 2018 – A Report

Last weekend was a busy one for DiEM25 Germany – and especially for the DSC Berlin. In Frankfurt the german electoral wing of DiEM25 has been founded and four members of the DSC Berlin have been elected to its executive collective. Only one day later the DSC Berlin organised a six-hour session on Creative Resistance.

First of all, Lorenz Nolting from the Peng! Collective showed us how to catapult political activism into the wider public using intelligent and precisely planned actions. Here is an example how Peng! hacked a greenwashing campaign by the oil-corporation Shell.

Lorenz also explained the so-called Streisand effect . This is a phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. You simply use the PR machine of your political opponent to spread your message.

Before we proceeded with the lecture by Viki Alexander (DiEM25), subliminal_guy showed us a short clip about how video games can be used for progressive and critical interventions. The programming collective Molleindustria has developed a whole bunch of games under the slogan »Political Videogames against the Dictatorship of Entertainment«.

Viki’s main aim was to illustrate the resonance theory by Hartmut Rosa using some film clips. He started with a shocking snippet from Shaun Monson’s film Earthlings, which convinced a lot of people to become vegan. Furthermore he spoke about Plastic Paradise and showed us a campaign video by Bernie Sanders that has been hugely successful and effective as a viral video with approx. 50 million views.

According to Viki the question is how to present abstract political issues in a way that they are able to trigger strong physical reactions. This could be the crucial catalyst for many people to become politically active.

The final lecture was conducted by Johannes Hummler (DiEM25), who introduced the Theater of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal. Johannes was accompanied by our special guest the egyptian choreographer, dancer and writer Nora Amin who studied with Augusto Boal.

Johannes began by explaining the theoretical foundations and presented various forms of the »Theater of the Oppressed« (newspaper theater, invisible theater, forum theater and legislative theater).

After that Nora Amin told us about her work in Egypt. There she used the forum theater to confront members of the audience (SpectActors) with their oppressor in a playful way. As an example she gave us a situation in which a child has to face his violent father. Unfortunately the tremendous impact which the “Theater of the Oppressed” can have on conflict management and legislative processes can not be adequately adressed in this short report. If you like to learn more, please ask for the protocol through the channels mentioned below.

After so much input the participants were exhausted and so we continued with the second part – the search for a common working method / basis – after an extended lunch break.

We continued with an discussion about whether or not it limits the creative scope, if one puts artistic actions in the service of a political movement. I personally also see the danger of making superficial or flawed art, if one thinks too one-dimensionally about artistic activism. Nevertheless I believe that Creative Resistance – if you look at it as an extended media strategy – can be used as a clever tool for communicating beyond the activist bubble. We agreed that we would pick a common theme from the DiEM25 range of topics and then find an accompanying artistic strategy.

We will now begin to share ideas and concepts through our mailing list or via Mattermost, and we want to involve other DiEMers (and anyone else who is interested in Creative Resistance) in this process.

Do you have an idea or would you like to attend the next meeting? Do you want to join our mailing list? Write an e-mail to david.schwertgen@de.diem25.org or hit me up on twitter. More information is also available in the Mattermost team of the DSC Berlin in the channel “art not art”.

Find more infos on our communication platform Mattermost here.

The calendar with information on our next meeting can be found here.

Censorship Machines, Upload Filter and Link Tax

Urgent Call for Action:
On 20-21 June, the European Parliament will vote on the Copyright Directive. Members of the parliament are the only ones that can stand in the way of bad copyright legislation.
Tell them you need them to protect your Internet against surveillance and censorship machines!

changecopyright.org
#SaveYourInternet

»The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.«
Principle 2 of The Mozilla Manifesto

We at DiEM25 see the Internet as the most powerful resource for communication and collaboration resource that humanity has ever had. The possibilities of freedom of expression and civil discourse – despite the many problems such as Fake News – are to be defended. The internet has made it possible for thousands of artists, activists, creators, authors and bloggers to speak out. An important means was and is the internet meme culture.

What if this image was illegal?

Memes are an effective way to communicate and have already affected a whole generation of users to creatively use digital resources. The Art of Collage, Remix and Creative Recycling of texts, sounds, images and ideas is a crucial part of the cultural repertoire of the 20th and 21st century.

»Individuals must have the ability to shape the internet and their own experiences on it.«
Principle 5 of The Mozilla Manifesto

In his project »Everything Is a Remix« the filmmaker Kirby Fergusson has impressively shown how not only film and popular culture, but the whole human history of knowledge is based on copying, recombining and transforming existing ideas.

The end of remix and sharing culture?

On 25 May, the European Council agreed to a negotiating position on the draft copyright directive. This will allow the presidency of the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament on mass monitoring and filtering of internet uploads and a chaotic new “ancillary copyright” measure that will make it harder to link to and quote news sources.
Diego Naranjo

This reform proposals contains two toxic suggestions:

Upload Filter

Every upload to an internet platform should be automatically filtered to prevent copyright infringement. The responsible systems are already being accused of making ridiculously wrong decisions – the so-called algorithmic over-blocking – and a lack of transparency.

What is algorithmic over-blocking? Christophe Bruno has collected some amusing examples in his project logohallucination :

Ancillary Copyright

The proposed law includes powers for media giants to charge licensing fees for posting links, through a new type of copyright, aka the link tax.

What can we do to save our internet?

In our thematic DSC “Democratic Technologies”, we work on the regulations of the future and on preventing or correcting undesirable developments, as described above.

We have a lot of plans and we still need fellow combatants. If you want to join us now or in future meetings, please find more infos in the Mattermost-Team »TechPillar«, write an e-mail to bogdan.gradinaru82@gmail.com or spiritsparrow@riseup.net or hit me up on twitter.

Find more infos on our communication platform Mattermost here.

The calendar can be found here.

Useful links:

EU Member States agree on monitoring & filtering of internet uploads

EU censorship machines and link tax laws are nearing the finish line

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