(Specters) Jean-Baptiste Vidalou: Être Forêts

Jean-Baptiste Vidalou. Être Forêts. Habiter des Territoires en Lutte. Paris: La Découverte / ZONES, 2017. Territories in upheaval. Fighting territories. Resisting territories. The French expression en lutte can be translated into many nuances, and they all fit Jean-Baptiste Vidalou’s book Être Forêts, “to be forests”. While this title quite literally describes the main locus of interest,… Continue reading (Specters) Jean-Baptiste Vidalou: Être Forêts

Automated Justice / Predictive Policing

(Continuation of "Nudged Citizen") In our cybernetic regimes, justice is being automated and policing is increasingly predictive. In the United States, computer programs now help decide whether you’ll get parole or pretrial release, how much your bail [i] and how long your prison sentence will be [ii]. While doing so, the inner workings of their algorithms remain largely… Continue reading Automated Justice / Predictive Policing

Nudged Citizen

(Continuation of “AAA Citizen”) The Chinese Social Credit system works in ways similar to (and inspired by) customer care programs such as special discounts for super markets client card holders or members of frequent flyer programs. As Netzpolitik.org points out, pilot schemes such as Alibaba’s sesame credit have their western pendants. Facebook, for example, filed a… Continue reading Nudged Citizen

Hello GhstRmnEmpire

In the GhstRmnEmpire, the city is more than ever the interface between bodies and capital. Post-Cyberspace, the long analog history of creating citizens through physical violence, corporeal cruelty and the cybernetic inscription of control and extraction into flesh continues into ever more complex permutations. As the digital weaves into our environment and organisms independently of… Continue reading Hello GhstRmnEmpire