[Air-L] follow up on the suicide machine /letter to worm, the rotterdam based experimental artscenter
sguerses at esat.kuleuven.be
Mon Jan 11 05:58:52 PST 2010
On behalf of Facebook, the law firm Perkins Coie has sent a Cease and
Desist letter to Mike van Gaasbeekfrom WORM, the Rotterdam-based
experimental artscenter of which MODDR_labs, creators of the Web2.0
Suicide Machine <http://www.suicidemachine.org>, are a part of..
the letter is also made available here:
more informaiton on what is happening can be found here:
more information on the worm lab can be found here:
this somehow reminds me of the many over-exaggerated reactions that
the uebermorgen project usually gets for their interventions (http://www.ubermorgen.com
). over the years uebermorgen has launched arts projects that point to
and make public the contradictions that a lot of bigger companies
painstakingly hide through their marketing, advertisement and legal
departments in order to save themselves from bad reputation due to
their aggressive "survival" tactics.
this little spectacle with suicidemachine also coincides with
zuckerberg's statement that privacy is dead and facebook wants to be
but obviously, facebook does not really want "You [to]... have control
and from there have facebook stipulate what happens with your sharing.
they want facebook to be the ultimate vitrine of profiles.
a fan of and researcher working on facebook myself, i really hope that
they make some changes with respect to letting their users download
their own information (at this point, i cannot even make a back up of
my friend's email addresses on my own computer), let people delete
their information, if necessary in an automated manner), and allow
people to share their information outside of facebook, just like
facebook integrates a lot of their services on its platform. if they
want to be more public, then maybe this should not only mean more
control for facebook itself, but also some control rights to its users
beyond the "privacy settings".
anyways, may the unrest continue and hoping that the arts initiative
does not have too much trouble with the corporate lawyers.
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