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Beyond the Internet and All Control Diagrams

In an exclusive conversation, surveillance scholar Simone Browne and artist Zach Blas critique various forms of “control diagrams” and imagine a new commons in the space between the Internet’s network nodes.

SIMONE BROWNE. The soundtrack for artist Zach Blas’s “Contra-Internet Inversion Practice #3: Modeling Paranodal Space” comes from the corresponding title track to Joe Meek and The Blue Men’s 1960 concept album “I Hear a New World.” The album, Meek wrote, is a deliberately “strange record” meant to conjure up rockets, science fiction, moon landings before the first moon landing, as well as “whatever could be up there in outer space.”

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Data Streams

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We are being seen with ever greater resolution, even while the systems around us increasingly disappear into the background.

ON November 7, 2016, the day before the US Presidential election, the New Inquiry recorded a Skype conversation between artist and writer Hito Steyerl and academic and writer Kate Crawford The two discussed NSA bros, dataveillance, apex predators, AI, and empathy machines. This is the first in a two-part series. The second part of the conversation, which takes place after the election, will be published in February.

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Editors’ Note, Vol. 58: Liquid

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This is the editorial note to TNI Vol. 58: Liquid. View the full table of contents here.

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MORE flexible than solids but less unwieldy than gas: Of all the states of matter, liquids appear most vulnerable to human manipulation. But who gets to do the manipulating has little to do with physics and everything to do with power. You can figure out who runs a society by noting who directs its liquid resources, and you can gauge people’s socioeconomic status by observing the ways they fit into its flows. Water in drought-stricken California was strictly rationed for many, but not for thirsty crops favored by wealthy investors. The consequences of fracking oil and gas reserves, from acidified aquifers to earthquakes, are unequally distributed in the name of “commonsense” economic growth. Even blood is rumored to be staunched in the flesh of the rich; financial institutions chase liquidity, opening up more channels for growing rivers of capital, and, by extension, opportunities for the ruling class to dominate.

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