New thesis on Anonymous

Sylvain Firer-Blaess: The Collective Identity of Anonymous: Web of Meanings in a Digitally Enabled Movement Ph.D. thesis at Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies. From the abstract: The present dissertation explores the collective identity of the Anonymous movement. This […]

On Anonymous – moral hackers?

„Internetkollektiv Anonymous – Digitale Spaßguerilla oder Hacker mit Moral?“ A radio feature about the Anonymous internet collective; discussing a.o. the diverging strategies of Anonymous activists, some radically opposed to state institutions, some cooperating with them. The programme was screened on the German public station Deutschlandradio Kultur, 23. 5. 2016 (in German).

don’t be fooled….

… by the Google Cardboard Plastic. Mit dem Laden des Videos akzeptieren Sie die Datenschutzerklärung von YouTube.Mehr erfahren Video laden YouTube immer entsperren   … besides, an idea that RCA-related artist Aram Bartholl already realised in 2006, in different versions… like First Person Shooter and  WoW.

Surveilling consumption

Still, everything is being done to transform the opaque and anonymous consumer into a transparent and identifiable one. Sami Coll analyses consumer surveillance and it becomes clear why anonymity has little place in it. See: Sami Coll (2016) Discipline and Reward: The Surveillance of Consumers through Loyalty Cards, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 42(1)

Special Issue: The social productivity of anonymity

Some members of our research group are involved in editing a special issue of  the Organization Studies journal „Ephemera“: The Social Productivity of Anonymity. The submission deadline has passed, publishing date is some time in mid-2016. Issue Editors: Götz Bachmann, Michi Knecht and Andreas Wittel.    

Forschungsprojekt untersucht Wandel der Anonymität

Interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt „Re-Configuring Anonymity – Contemporary Forms of Reciprocity, Identifiability and Accountability in Transformation“ („Re-Konfigurationen von Anonymität: Reziprozität, Identifizierbarkeit und Verantwortlichkeit im Umbruch“, Zusammenfassung) Gefördert im Programm „Schlüsselthemen für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft“ der VolkswagenStiftung. Laufzeit: 1. Juli 2015 bis 31. Dezember 2018 Beteiligte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler