Fwd: [ecrea] CfP Journal of Peer Production: Alternative Internets
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> States are attempting to consolidate their control over the Internet,
turning it into an instrument for minute surveillance, whilst a handful of
tech-corporations seek to use it as a means to manipulate human behaviour
toward their own objectives and siphon off the wealth from local and
national markets. In response, alternative technologies have arisen, aiming
to restore the Internet’s initial values of net neutrality, distributed
control, freedom of speech, and self-organization. Community networks,
offline networks, darknets, peer-to-peer systems, encryption, anonymization
overlays, digital currencies, and distributed online social networks appear
today as examples of alternative technologies aiming at emancipation,
redistribution, and maximal autonomy. However, these tools are as ambiguous
as the contradictory values and claims that have been invested in them. We
can therefore expect alternative infrastructures to be appropriated for
ends deemed illegitimate, such
> as tax evasion or arms trading, thus renewing the calls for restoring
“law and order” on the Internet.
> Can we learn from the past and avoid the transformation of the utopian
promises of these technologies into a dystopian future as, arguably, is
happening to the promises of the early Internet?
> In order to address such concerns, this special Journal of Peer
Production issue seeks to document and critically assess past and ongoing
efforts to alter the commercial development process of mainstream Internet
technologies in order to build viable alternatives. What are the futures
awaiting these alternatives, which contradictions and ambiguities will they
undergo, and which steps can be taken today to avoid failures and
> Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
> •Technical, social, political, economic and legal hurdles faced by
> •The evolution of utopian imaginaries when mediated through
socio-technical artifacts and the conflicting interests of multiple
> •The strategic trade-off between “voice and exit”: going off-grid,
developing offline and online alternative networks, or engaging in the
public sphere on mainstream platforms.
> •The politics of self-organization: actors, local and global
institutions, trust, design, regulation, ambiguities. What is an
“alternative” imagined to be, how is it concretely realised?
> •Lessons learned from the history of the Internet and other communcation
> •Utopias, dystopias, and pragmatic imaginaries of the future Internet and
its role in society.
> •How market or state actors develop their own visions of alternative
Internets to foster business interests (e.g. the proposition for a tiered
Internet by dominant telecom operators) or facilitate social control (e.g.
> •Hijackings and détournements of existing infrastructures to serve
purposes other than those first intended.
> •The environmental challenges raised by communications technologies and
possible responses for ensuring their sustainability and resilience in the
face of the mounting ecological crisis.
> Submission abstracts of 300-500 words are due by February 8, 2015 and
should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All peer reviewed papers
will be reviewed according to Journal of Peer Production guidelines. Full
papers and materials (peer reviewed? papers around 8,000 words;
testimonies, self-portraits and experimental formats up to 4,000 words) are
due by June 31st, 2015 for review.
> While the issue will be mainly comprised of academic papers, we also
welcome 1-page poster-like “visual”, more or less artistic, submissions,
without format restrictions, on stories from the past (alternatives to the
current Internet that didn’t survive), today’s alternative technologies,
real-life experiences and case studies, as well as future imaginaries.
These contributions which could range from diagrams and cognitive maps to
paintings, photos, installations, even poems, will be included as an
appendix to the main volume. The deadline for submission is June 31st, 2015.
> Editors: Félix Tréguer (EHESS), Panayotis Antoniadis (ETH Zurich), Johan
Söderberg (Göteborgs Universitet)
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