[Air-L] Call for Contributions: The MoneyLab Reader, Edited by Geert Lovink and Nathaniel Tkacz

nathaniel tkacz nathanieltkacz at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 08:14:22 PDT 2014

Call for Contributions: The MoneyLab Reader
INC Reader #10

Edited by Geert Lovink and Nathaniel Tkacz


The MoneyLab project launched late 2013 by the Institute of Network
Cultures and the University of Warwick considers sprouting alternative
digital-economic forms, radical experiments with crypto-currencies, payment
systems and revenue models against the backdrop of the ongoing global
economic decline. The first MoneyLab conference took place in Amsterdam on
March 21-22 2014. Blog reports and videos of the talks and discussions can
be found through http://networkcultures.org/moneylab.


Part of the project wil l  include   the publication of the MoneyLab Reader
in the INC Reader series. A volume of critical essays by theorists,
programmers, activists, and artists; edited by Geert Lovink and Nathaniel
Tkacz and to be published early 2015.


Internet, visual culture and media scholars, critical finance scholars,
anthropologists, Bitcoin researchers, artists, curators, free software and
open-content advocates, P2P gurus, financial activists, conference
participants and others to submit proposals for The MoneyLab Reader.


Mobile Money // Networks & Money // Activism & Finance // Monetization of
Social Capital // Crowdfunding Research // Crypto Money // Histories of
Internet Banking // Money & Art // Recommendation Systems // E-wallets //
Payment Systems // Like, +One, and Favorite Economies.


We welcome interviews, dialogues, essays and articles, images (b/w), email
exchanges, manifestos, or other, with a maximum of 8,000 words, but
preferably shorter at around 5,000 words. For scope and style, take a look
at the previous INC Readers and the style guide (pdf).


Send in your proposal (500 words max.) before June 1st, 2014. You may
expect a response before July 1st, 2014.


September 1st, 2014.


Miriam Rasch (Publications Coordinator @ Institute of Network Cultures) at


While the economic downturn endures and budget cuts prevail, we have
witnessed the emergence and rise of alternative payment systems and revenue
models in digital media. Online bartering sites, a plethora of crowdfunding
platforms, new forms of valuation, e-wallets and crypto-currencies like
Bitcoin, are but a few examples. These coincide with the huge growth of
mobile money transfer services across Asia and Africa and the general
convergence of digital and financial industries.

MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives is a network that aims to critically
explore, map and probe the politics, inner-workings and governance of these
alternative digital-economic forms. It is not enough to merely promote and
further develop (technical) alternatives, we also need time to ask
ourselves critical questions and re-examine the very underpinnings of our

Of central importance to this project is the formation of a collaborative
network of researchers, artists, developers, engineers, and others
interested in sharing, coining, critiquing, and ushering in alternative
network economies., focused on the monetization debate and looked into
three specific fields of inquiry: Bitcoins and other crypto-currencies,
crowd funding research and mobile money in the global South.

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