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01 . Electronic Frontiers       . ACTION ALERT - Australian
     Australia                    Internet Censorship                          
02 . RTMARK                     . Deconstructing Beck sequel; 
                                  April 6 Phone In Sick; 
                                  "the new pieing"
03 . miekal and                 . a manifesto, a mediachant 
                                  & 3 questions
04 . Name.Space.Info            . NAME.SPACE FILES APPEAL IN NSI 
                                  ANTITRUST CASE
05 . Robin Hamman               . CYBERSOCIOLOGY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES 
                                  THE LAUNCH OF ISSUE FIVE
06 . Ron Wakkary                . Dia Center for the Arts Forms 
                                  Alliance with Stadium
07 . planetg                    . webstock- Paris, Web Bar, 16 Avril 1999
08 . Gerbrand Oudenaarden       . Sound of Radio B92 Banned
09 . Alondra Nelson             . AfroFuturism | List




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From:	Electronic Frontiers Australia (http://www.efa.org.au)
Subject: ACTION ALERT - Australian Internet Censorship


*** Please redistribute, but only before April 30th 1999   ***
*** and only to appropriate newsgroups, lists and contacts ***


INTERNATIONAL ACTION ALERT


Please send the message attached below the -<cut here>- mark
at the bottom of this message to your local member, and to these
emailaddresses:

			richard.alston {AT} dcita.gov.au
			Stephen.Smith.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
			Tim.Fischer.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
			senator.newman {AT} aph.gov.au
			D.Kemp.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
			Kim.Beazley.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
			david.flint {AT} aba.gov.au

and fax numbers: 	+61 2 6273 4154
			+61 3 9650 0220
			+61 2 6277 8520
			+61 2 6273 4100
			+61 2 6277 8495
			+61 2 9334 7799
			+61 2 6273 4128
			+61 2 6273 4122
			+61 2 6273 4117

From: 	Electronic Frontiers Australia
		http://www.efa.org.au




								Sydney
31st
March 1999


AUSTRALIA NEEDS YOUR HELP TO FIGHT DRACONIAN INTERNET CENSORSHIP


INTRODUCTION

The Australian ministry for Communications, Information Technology and the
Arts has announced a proposal to introduce draconian measures to block
information on the internet that is rated RC, X or R according to
Australian
film and video classification standards. The Australian Broadcasting
Authority (ABA) will administer this regime.

The Australian Government requires that online service providers take
responsibility to remove RC and X-rated material from the Internet once
they have been notified of its existence. The regime also provides for
self-regulatory codes of practice for the online service provider
industry,
to be overseen by the ABA. These codes of practice must include a
commitment
by an online service provider to take all reasonable steps to block access
to such content hosted overseas, once the service provider has been
notified
of the existence of the material by the ABA. Many millions of websites are
likely to be blocked if the proposals are effectively implemented.

RC rated content, to be completely censored from the Internet under this
regime, includes, but is not limited to, the following types of content:
Information that depicts, expresses or otherwise deals with matters of
sex,
drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or
abhorrent
phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of
morality,
decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults, depicts it
in
a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult. Or if the
content promotes, incites or instructs in matters of crime or violence,
the
use of proscribed drugs, depictions of practices such as bestiality. Or if
it appears to purposefully debase or abuse for the enjoyment of viewers,
and
which lack moral, artistic or other values, to the extent that they offend
against generally accepted standards of morality, decency and propriety.
And
also includes gratuitous, exploitative or offensive depictions of violence
with a very high degree of impact or which are excessively frequent,
prolonged or detailed, cruelty or real violence which are very detailed or
which have a high impact, sexual violence, sexual activity accompanied by
fetishes or practices which are offensive or abhorrent, incest fantasies
or
other fantasies which are offensive or abhorrent.

X-rated content, to be completely censored from the Internet under this
regime, is material which contains real depictions of actual sexual
intercourse and other sexual activity between consenting adults, including
mild fetishes.

R-rated content, to be subjected to a mandatory adult verification scheme,
includes information about, or containing,  drug use, nudity, sexual
references, adult themes, horror themes, martial arts instruction, graphic
images of injuries, medium or high level coarse language, sex education,
health education and drug education.




WE NEED YOUR HELP !


If you care about your ability to speak on the Internet, read from the
Internet, and exchange ideas on the Internet, without the Australian
government deciding for you, it's time to act before these proposals
become
law.

Please take some time to speak out against this government action,
by signing and then E-mailing or faxing the attached letter the
minister for communications, and other relevant people. For your
convenience we have added some addresses:


Richard Alston, Minister for communications, IT and the Arts
richard.alston {AT} dcita.gov.au
Fax: +61 (0)2 6273 4154 AND +61 (0)3 9650 0220

Stephen Smith, labor Shadow Minister for communications, IT and the Arts
Stephen.Smith.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
Fax: +61 (0)2 6277 8520

Timothy Fischer, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Trade
Tim.Fischer.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
Fax: +61 (02) 6273 4128

Jocelyn Newman, Minister for Family and Community Services
senator.newman {AT} aph.gov.au
Fax: +61 (02) 6273 4122

Dr David Kemp, Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs
D.Kemp.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
Fax: +61 (02)6273 4117

John Howard, Prime Minister
Fax: +61 (0)2 6273 4100

Kim Beazley, leader of the opposition
Kim.Beazley.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
Fax: +61 (0)2 6277 8495

David Flint, Chairman of the ABA
david.flint {AT} aba.gov.au
Fax: +61 (0)2 9334 7799





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PLEASE FAX AND/OR EMAIL THE MESSAGE BELOW TO THE PERSONS MENTIONED ABOVE
----------------------<cut here>------------------------------------------

to: 	richard.alston {AT} dcita.gov.au
	Stephen.Smith.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
	Tim.Fischer.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
	Kim.Beazley.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
	D.Kemp.MP {AT} aph.gov.au
	david.flint {AT} aba.gov.au
	senator.newman {AT} aph.gov.au


Dear Senator Alston,


I consider that the following issues are important with respect to
the Internet censorship proposals of the Australian government:

The filtering and blocking regime that has been announced by the
Australian
government will restrict freedom of expression and limit access to
information. Government-mandated use of blocking and filtering
systems violates basic international human rights protections.

These measures will prevent individuals from using the Internet to
exchange
information on topics that may be controversial or unpopular. They may
enable the development of country profiles to facilitate a
global/universal rating system desired by governments, block access
to content on entire domains, block access to Internet content available
at any domain or page which contains a specific key-word or character
string in the URL, and over-ride self-rating labels provided by content
creators and providers.

Government mandated blocking and filtering of content is unreasonable
because it does not consider the dynamic nature of the Internet. A
website on the Internet that is deemed offensive or illegal today may
contain harmless content tomorrow, but is likely to remain blocked in
the future by the proposed blacklist model.

The effectiveness of the proposed regime will be minimal. It is unlikely
that the government blacklist will cover a substantial percentage of adult
or offensive content, as there are millions of such locations on the
Internet. Tunneling and other technologies that are available make it
relatively easy for informed users to access any website they wish despite
the existence of a filter.

The proposals will not protect minors on the Internet, as they intend to,
but will prevent lawful access to information by adults. Additionally the
introduction of mandatory adult verification mechanisms poses a threat to
privacy of the adult, as these mechanisms are likely to store information
about the behavior of adults on the Internet.

I believe the great appeal of the Internet is its openness. Efforts to
restrict the free flow of information on the Internet, like efforts to
restrict what may be said on a telephone, would place unreasonable burdens
on well established principles of privacy and free speech.

I encourage the Australian government to further take the lead in creating
an environment that will help local communities find the best answers to
providing greater access to the Internet. I observe that blocking and
filtering software programs cannot possibly filter out all objectionable
material and instead may provide communities with a false sense of
security
about providing access. I believe that filters cannot offer the
protections
provided by education and training. If protection of minors is the
intention
of the Australian government then minors should be taught the critical
skills that are needed as citizens of the information society.





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Date:  Wed, 31 Mar 1999 05:45:51 +0100
From: announce0058 {AT} rtmark.com
To: Multiple recipients of <announcer {AT} simsim.rug.ac.be>
Subject:  ann! ...  Deconstructing Beck sequel; April 6 Phone In Sick;
"the new pieing"



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 1999

RTMARK, a clearinghouse for anti-corporate activism, announces its spring
series of strategic initiatives directed against corporations and the
carefully-constructed corporate image. The series kicks off with the
following projects (see below for full releases):
  * "Extracted Celluloid," the "Deconstructing Beck" sequel and film music
rip-off;
  * the second annual USA Phone In Sick Day; and
  * a "new pieing" event in Vancouver, Canada.

The series will also feature four more projects, including a system for
the
theft and redistribution of commercialized video art
(http://rtmark.com/2995.html). In addition, RTMARK is unveiling a new
section, "Hats Off to Clarity" (http://rtmark.com/hatsoff.html), which
currently boasts Diesel's "sawing nude women to bits" ad campaign. (That
campaign caused an uproar in Europe but is unknown so far in the U.S., a
situation RTMARK hopes to remedy.)

The redesign of http://rtmark.com/, another quarterly capstone, features a
new project communication system, as well as "appropriations" of corporate
websites (http://rtmark.com/shell.html, http://rtmark.com/mcdonalds.html)
as described at
http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/03/cyber/artsatlarge/18artsatlarge.html.

Andrei Codrescu, RTMARK Media Fund manager and NPR Commentator, says of
these initiatives: "RTMARK continues to gain territory in the ongoing
battle between faceless corporations and what used to be known as human
beings, now in the process of becoming corporate appendages."
(http://rtmark.com/fundmedia.html)

----------------------------------------------------------
"EXTRACTED CELLULOID": FILM MUSIC RIP-OFF BUILDS ON "DECONSTRUCTING BECK"
SUCCESS
Groups aim to further dialogue on corporate abuses of law

Contacts: RTMARK (mailto:events {AT} rtmark.com; http://rtmark.com/ppdb.html)
          Illegal Art (mailto:illegalart {AT} detritus.net;
                    http://www.detritus.net/illegalart/)

"Extracted Celluloid" is a collection of brilliant but illegal resamplings
of film music, produced by Illegal Art with the support of RTMARK, which
gathered $3,500 from anonymous donors to help with production costs.
Illegal Art describes the CD as an effort to "present commentary and ideas
that stand in direct opposition to the media and sonic cliches from which
they were derived."

Last year, RTMARK channeled $5,000 to Illegal Art for its enormously
popular "Deconstructing Beck," a compilation that illegally sampled the
music of recording artist Beck (see http://rtmark.com/pressdb.html for
press fallout). "'Extracted Celluloid,'" RTMARK spokesperson Ray Thomas
said, "is an even better investment for RTMARK donors. While Beck is
arguably a terrific artist, most of the film music that 'Extracted
Celluloid' samples is much more a product of the corporate bottom line. By
taking this commercial dross and making something great of it, Illegal Art
is making a very strong statement about taking control of our lives back
from corporations."

Illegal Art's pseudonymous spokesperson, Philo T. Farnsworth, hopes the CD
helps make a point about copyright: "Copyright law was designed to protect
artists' rights, but it has been perverted to the point where today it
only
protects corporate earnings."

As with "Deconstructing Beck," Negativland and their Seeland label
(http://www.negativland.com/nmol/seeland.html#extracted) are co-releasing
this project with Illegal Art. The official release date of "Extracted
Celluloid" is April 9; until then it can be previewed at
http://www.detritus.net/illegalart/preview.html. Among the soundtracks
sampled on the CD are those of the movies Titanic, Saturday Night Fever,
The Wizard Of Oz, Cheech and Chong, and Dr. Strangelove.

----------------------------------------------
RTMARK SPONSORS USA PHONE IN SICK DAY, APRIL 6
Last year's event was wildly successful

Contacts: RTMARK (mailto:events {AT} rtmark.com;
      http://rtmark.com/phoneinsick.html)
   Decadent Action (mailto:decadent {AT} underbelly.demon.co.uk;
      http://www.underbelly.demon.co.uk/decadent/docs/sickcont.htm)

For the second year in a row, the British are coming--not to impose their
tea but to wean us from it. Last year's RTMARK-funded event was credited
with causing the "sickout" of 80% of the Irish police force, as well as
some prison guards; the previous year's event, its first, was blamed for
2000 British Airways employees phoning in sick.

This year's call to laziness, which occurs near the thirtieth anniversary
of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Bed Peace" action, has already received
attention on French and Canadian television, British and Australian radio,
and in European newspapers and magazines. RTMARK wishes to bring to the
event U.S. attention as well.

Phone In Sick Day was begun in Britain by "consumer terrorists" Decadent
Action. The avowed purpose of Decadent Action is "to destroy the monetary
system... at their leisure," via a campaign of luxury living funded by
shoplifting and credit. A Decadent Action spokesperson said that in
addition, phoning in sick is fast becoming "a genuine alternative to the
organized strike."

NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu, who phoned in sick on the air for last
year's event, said that phoning in sick "is a terrific thing to do if you
feel well. You should phone in and say, 'I feel very well, so i will not
murder my time by participating in your rituals.' I think if enough people
did that, the machinery would falter." RTMARK and Decadent Action are
calling on workers to phone in sick on April 6 for any reason at all--in
protest, in commemoration of murdered time, or simply in the interests of
personal pleasure.

--------------------------------------------------
BUSINESSMAN INVITES OTHERS TO DIVE FOR HIS DOLLARS
Vancouver group have some very smelly plans for their city

Contacts: RTMARK (mailto:events {AT} rtmark.com;
http://rtmark.com/fundmagx.html)
     Event organizers (mailto:vat {AT} rtmark.com)

In an unpleasant variation on the now-familiar pieings of unsavory public
figures, a Vancouver group will use several thousand dollars in
RTMARK-solicited funding to stage a famous scene from Terry Southern's The
Magic Christian. By advertising free money obtainable only by diving into
a
vat of human offal, the group aims to make a statement on "the real roots
of corporate power."

The source of the funding, who heard of the project on RTMARK's Magic
Christian Fund bulletin board (http://rtmark.com/fundmagx.html), wishes to
be identified only as a Canadian businessman. "Blood may be thicker than
water, but manure is definitely funnier," he said.

The event is scheduled for Good Friday, April 2nd. It will take place in a
public park, where members of the Vancouver Board of Trade will be holding
a department picnic, according to the organizers, who may be contacted via
mailto:vat {AT} rtmark.com.

-----------
Special note:
RTMARK wishes to call attention to the Help B92 campaign, at
http://helpb92.xs4all.nl, dedicated to keeping Yugoslavia's sole source of
independent radio information operational. Please help in any way you
can--financially or with publicity--at this crucial moment in the region's
history.





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Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 10:35:29 -0600
From: miekal and <dtv {AT} mwt.net>
Subject: a manifesto, a mediachant & 3 questions

(the unwar {z}one)
http://net22.com/qazingulaza/o_so_vo/index.html





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From: "Name.Space.Info" <info {AT} name-space.com>
Subject: NAME.SPACE FILES APPEAL IN NSI ANTITRUST CASE
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 15:47:22 +0000

New York
March 31, 1999
For Immediate Release:



NAME.SPACE FILES APPEAL
IN NSI ANTITRUST CASE



The pioneer Internet Domain Name Registry
Name.Space filed an appeal today at the US Court
of Appeals for the Second Circuit in an ongoing
antitrust battle against Network Solutions, Inc.
(NSI), the publicly traded Virginia company who
was recently granted antitrust immunity by a
lower court, and the National Science Foundation
(NSF).

Name.Space filed the antitrust suit on March 20,
1997 after NSI refused the company's request to
add new toplevel domains to the root directory
of the Internet, which NSI controls under a
contract with the US Government.  On March 19,
1999, two years after the suit was filed, district
court Judge Robert P. Patterson ruled in favor of
NSI and the NSF, granting NSI immunity from antitrust
laws, recognizing NSI's contract with the NSF, and
later the NTIA, as protection from prosecution.
The Court's opinion also dismissed Name.Space's
First Amendment claims stating that domain names
are like telephone numbers and are not free speech.

Name.Space Founder and CEO, Paul Garrin,
comments that "the Court's decision was a
political decision and not a legal one.  I
believe that the Judge did not fully understand
this case or the Internet, as he admitted, and
would not make a decision on the present legal
issues, so he simply rubberstampped the
Defandants' briefs.  I am glad to take the case
on to a higher court where I hope it will
be more seriously reviewed."

Name.Space offers new and innovative domain
services and new top level domain names (TLDs)
such as "art." "cam." "law." "media." and "sex."
and hundreds of others which they believe are a
needed change to the legacy "com." "org." and
"net." domains that have become over-crowded and
limit market choice and free expression.  Since
the beginning of its operations in 1996,
Name.Space has processed thousands of requests
for new top level domains and believes that the
demand will grow as more users connect to the
Internet.

Name.Space believes that NSI is unfairly using
its monopoly position to control the market
while hiding behind its government contract. The
artificial scarcity imposed by limiting consumer
choice to "com." "org." and "net." has allowed NSI
to realize substantial monopoly profits and a
huge market capitalization while eliminating
competition from firms as such as Name.Space.

Since 1996 Name.Space was the first to have a fully
functional real time domain registry specializing
in new toplevel domains and later adapted to resell
the legacy domains.  Name.Space is a leader in
developing new services to enhance the domain
name system, and bring a wider range of services
at a lower cost to the consumer.

Glenn Manishin, lead counsel for Name.Space said
that "the district court's decision extends antitrust
immunity never contemplated by Congress and would
provide blanket protections against any claim for
all government contractors.  The court's cavallier
treatment of the serious First Amendment issues
arising from TLDs and internet domain names will
merit more rigorous analysis on appeal." Name.Space
is confident that it will prevail in the appeal on
legal grounds, and intends to pursue its claim for
treble damages under the antitrust laws.


Contact:

Name.Space
http://Name.Space.Beats-NetworkSolutions.com
212.677.4080
info {AT} name-space.com

Glenn Manishin:   202.955.6300
Stephanie Joyce:  202.955.6300


http://name.space.xs2.net
http://sWhois.net





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From: Robin Hamman <robin {AT} cybersoc.com>

CYBERSOCIOLOGY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ISSUE FIVE

TOPIC: GRASSROOTS POLITICAL ACTIVISM ONLINE

Joint Issue With Crash Media
Published Online 01 April, 1999
Editor: Robin Hamman (HRC: London)
Guest Co-Editor: Micz Flor (Public Netbase t0: Vienna)


Cybersociology Magazine ( http://www.cybersociology.com ) is a
multi-disciplinary, non-profit webzine which takes a critical look at
cyberculture, cyberspace, online communities, and life online.

Articles, project reports, and reviews published here only start the
discussion. Readers are encouraged to contribute their own ideas and
criticisms by interacting through the the email discussion list, chat
room,
and the new message board forum.


__________________________________________

CONTENTS ISSUE FIVE: GRASSROOTS POLITICAL ACTIVISM ONLINE

++++++  Feature Articles ++++++

* The High Tech Gift Economy, by Richard Barbrook, PhD. Richard is the
coordinator and a founding member of the Hypermedia Research Centre at the
University of Westminster. He is co-author with Andy Cameron of "The
California Ideology", an important critique of West Coast Neo-Liberalism,
and has written a number of books including "Media Freedom" (Pluto, 1995).
In this piece, excerpted from his forthcoming book "The Holy Fools"
(Verso,
1999) Barbrook looks at DIY culture on the internet and other topics.

* Labour {AT} Cyberspace:Problems in Creating a Global Solidarity Culture, by
Peter Waterman. Peter is the author of "Globalisation, Social Movements
and
the New Internationalisms" (1998) and "Labour Worldwide in the Era of
Globalisation" (1999). In this article, he expertly discusses the need
for,
and problems of, creating a global model for labour activism online.

* Internet Against Censorship: by Drazen Pantic, Head of OpenNet, Radio
B92's Internet department in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia. Drazen discusses the
use of the Internet in the work of independent Serbian radio station,
B-92.
Includes editor notes on the current situation at B-92 following NATO
bombardment and the media crackdown.

* Cyberpower and the Meaning of Online Activism, by Tim Jordan a member of
the New Politics Research Group, Department of Sociology, at the
University
of East London. Tim is the author of "Cyberpower: the culture and politics
of cyberspace and the Internet" co-editor [with A. Lent] of "Storming the
Millennium: the new politics of change". In this article, Jordan creates
an
analysis of three levels of cyberpower: that of the 'individual" the
"social' and the 'imaginary'. You'll have to read the article to find out
his conclusion...

* Punk Science, by Dr. Rachel Armstrong MA BMBCh. Rachel is the author of
Sci Fi Aesthetics, television presenter for 'The Frame' on BBC's UK Arena
channel, Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, a
multimedia
producer and medical doctor specialising in the evolution of humankind
through 'unnatural interventions'. She is the author of 'A Gray's
Anatomy',
a forthcoming fiction book for Serpents Tail. In this article, Dr.
Armstrong critically discusses the uncomfortable relationship between
science/medicine and art/humanities.

* Cyborg Film Making, by Dr. Rachel Armstrong MA BMBCh (See further
details
above). In this wide ranging article, Dr. Armstrong discusses the complex
boundaries between art, the body, and the crossing of these boundaries by
the cyborg.

* The Borg: A critique, by David Gordon, Department of Social Anthropology
at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In this article, David blends
his own field research on sex misrepresentation online with critiques of
existing theoretical and methodological research on the cyborg.

* Roam-Antics on the Cyber-Horizon or Home-Wrecking for a New Millennium?,
by Judy Hempel (aka Judygod). Judy is a student at Yavapai College in
Prescott, Arizona. In this article, Judy writes candidly about the
experiences her family has had with falling in love online. First her
daughter fell in love online and left home to marry her new partner,
despite the reservations of Judy and others. Then, Judy did the same thing
herself...

* Admirable Utopian World, by Eduardo Duarte. Eduardo is a PhD student in
the program of Social Science in So Paulo (PUC-SP), Brazil. He holds an MA
in Anthropology and is an assistant teacher at UFPE. In this contribution,
he writes about the consequence of the implantation of telematic systems
for Brazilian society.

* LESSONS LEARNED: SOME THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF ON-LINE COMMUNITY
NETWORKS, by George Hunka. Among other things, George is Communications
Coordinator for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in
New York City. This article provides an excellent overview of the current
state of the community networking movement. We can learn a lot from the
successes and failures described here.

* Study of Men and Women's Gender Display in Text-based Communication, By:
Sema Nicole Seyedi. Sema is a sociology student at the University of
California Monterey Bay.This papers is a well researched study of the
participation of male and female students using computer mediated
communication (CMC) at CSUMB.


++++++ Field Reports/Project Reports ++++++

* INDONESIA: The Net as a Weapon, By Tedjabayu. Despite over three decades
of success at intimidating and censoring the media, the Indonesian
government has not yet found a way to stop people using the Internet to
express their views.

* Introducing Radio Free Monterey, by Barbara Steinberg . Barbara is the
founder of The Web Sociology List, Western Hang Gliders Online, and
co-founder of Radio Free Monterey. She also hosts the Writers and Society
conference at the trAce Online Writers Community and is a student in the
Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. In this field report,
Steinberg discusses the origins and ideals of a community based web radio
station, Radio Free Monterey.

* Online Community Builders Toolkit for Activists, by Robin Hamman (email:
robin {AT} cybersociology.com). Grassroots political activists can now use the
internet to help organise their groups. This can be done by adding
interactive community building features to a website using free email
lists, chat rooms, instant opinion polling, and message boards. This
toolkit was presented at the Next Five Minutes (n5m) Tactical Media
Conference in Amsterdam, 12-14 March 1999.

* The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is the world's most
extensive network of Internet providers dedicated to serving
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and citizen activists. Since 1987,
APC members have been providing fast, reliable, easy to use communication
tools.

* Computer Aid International: sends second hand PCs to the Third World.
Find out how you can help...


++++++ Books Reviewed ++++++

[ Note: A number of book and website reviews in this issue will not be
available until early next week. Apologies for any inconvenience this may
cause.]

* Cyberdemocracy: Technology, cities and civic networks Edited by Roza
Tsagarousianou, Damian Tambini and Cathy Bryan. Routledge, London 1998

* Processed Lives. Gender and Technology in Everyday Life. Edited by
Jennifer Terry and Melodie Calvert (1997). London- New York: Routledge

* The Technology of Orgasm: Hysteria, the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual
Satisfaction, by Rachel P. Maines. Johns Hopkins UP: Baltimore, 1999

* "Cyberville: Clicks, Culture, and the Creation of an Online Town" by
Stacy Horn, Founder of ECHO BBS, New York.

* Communities in Cyberspace, Edited by Peter Kollock and Marc Smith. 1999.

* Virtual Futures. Cyberotics, Technology and Post-Human Pragmatism.
Edited
by J. B. Dixon and E. J. Cassidy. Routledge, London and New York, 1998.

* "Station Rose 1st Decade: 1988-98.10 years of native multimedia art."
edited by Gary Danner.

PLEASE VISIT: http://www.cybersociology.com





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Date:  Thu, 1 Apr 1999 14:32:16 -0800
From: Ron Wakkary <Wakkary {AT} tu.bc.ca>
To: Multiple recipients of <announcer {AT} simsim.rug.ac.be>
Subject:  ann! ...  announce: Dia Center for the Arts Forms Alliance with
Stadium

For Immediate Release
April 1, 1999
Contact: Fitz & Co (212) 627-1455  fax (212) 627-0654
artpr {AT} fitzandco.com

Dia Center for the Arts Forms Alliance with Stadium

Dia Center for the Arts is pleased to announce a new alliance
with Stadium, an independent web site for artists' projects
located at www.stadiumweb.com. Stadium has produced projects
with artists David Askevold, Louise Lawler, Allan McCollum,
John Simon, Lawrence Weiner and Maciej Wisniewski, among
others.

Dia will "host" and promote Stadium, which will continue to
produce projects independently, under the direction of it's
co-founder, Ron Wakkary. "Stadium {AT} Dia," as it will be called,
will continue to be accessible via its current URL,
www.stadiumweb.com, as well as via links from Dia's site at
www.diacenter.org. Dia will continue its own series of artists'
projects for the web, of which ten projects have been completed
to date.

"Dia has fostered net-based artwork since 1994, when we began
developing our first artists' projects for the web," said Dia's
Director, Michael Govan. "We are happy to provide a home for
Stadium which, along with Dia, was a pioneer in commissioning
artists to make work directly for the web. Together, Dia and
Stadium will have a significant and continually growing
audience for these digital artworks."

Lynne Cooke, Dia's Curator, said "Stadium has an affinity to
Dia in its approach to creating these projects -- like Dia, it
too has been committed to producing site-related projects from
a wide range of artists, some of whom may not have otherwise
worked in this medium."  

Stadium's Director, Ron Wakkary, added "combined, the shared
and different pursuits of Stadium and Dia in fostering
net-based art practice will make an exciting partnership. Dia
once again has shown that their defining nature is to be a
forward-looking cultural institution by supporting a new entity
like Stadium in this way."

Dia's series of artists' projects for the web has been funded
by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the New York State
Council on the Arts. Projects in this series include works by
Arturo Herrera, Diller + Scofidio, Kristin Lucas, Claude
Closky, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Cheryl Donegan, Molissa Fenley,
Susan Hiller, Komar & Melamid, and a collaboration by Constance
De Jong, Tony Oursler and Stephen Vitiello.  

Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable
organization. Established in 1974, the institution has become
one of the largest in the United States dedicated to
contemporary art and contemporary culture.  In fulfilling this
commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in visual arts,
poetry, arts education, and critical discourse and debate.





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Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 18:25:07 +0200 (MET DST)
From: planetg <kosovokr {AT} worldnet.fr> (by way of laporte {AT} imaginet.fr)
Subject: webstock- Paris, Web Bar, 16 Avril 1999

PLANET GENERATION GLOBAL MOVE
WEBSTOCK : CYBERCULTURE CONTRE GENOCIDE
Paris, Web Bar, 16 Avril 1999

 Alors que se produit au coeur de l'Europe un des gnocides les plus
importants de l'histoire, les ART-IVISTES de la gnration plantaire et
globale intensifient l'ART-EVOLUTION. Avec Webstock continuum
vido-musical New York - San Francisco - Toulouse - Paris, en direct sur
le serveur franais de Nirvanet depuis le 6 mars 1999 :
Webstock Real video : images dAlbanie dites par AndroGnius de New
York avec laide de Jeff de Transmut (Paris) sur un live musical de King
et Dr Floy avec la participation dartistes Albanais.
Webstock Kanibal$ : images en avant premire du spectacle multimdia
Kanibal$ de Josh de lassociation Zeohs  Toulouse.
San Francisco : soire Electronic Dub de Josh Clayton sur technostate
(http://www.technostate.com)
New York : soire Koncrete Jungle avec Dj DelMar
(http://www.digitalnoise.com)
Montauban : Le Son de lInnocence avec Dj Rone

 Rejoignez-nous au web bar, 32 rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris, le 16 Avril
de 19h  24 h pour un forum et une soire live avec la participation
d'artistes Albanais et  de Planet Generation (France-Hati-New York) et
le soutien de la Fondation France-Liberts.


http ://www.nirvanet.com
dans la rubrique understand (cliquer sur kosovo-webstock)
http ://www.lesouvriers.com/webstock
http ://www.webbar.fr

e mail : kosovokr {AT} worldnet.fr





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Date:  Fri, 2 Apr 1999 14:29:14 +0200
From: "Gerbrand Oudenaarden" <gerbrand {AT} oudenaarden.nl>
To: Multiple recipients of <announcer {AT} simsim.rug.ac.be>
Subject:  ann! ...  Sound of Radio B92 Banned

Pressrelease Radio B92

Amsterdam, April 2, 1999
http://helpb92.xs4all.nl

Sound of B92 Banned

Government officials have shut down radio B92 - silencing the last
independent voice in Serbia. In the early hours of Friday morning, April
2, police officers arrived to seal the station's offices, and ordered
all staff to cease work and leave the premises immediately.

A court official accompanied the police. He delivered a decision from
the government-controlled Council of Youth to the station's manager of 6
years - Sasa Mirkovic - that he had been dismissed. The council of youth
replaced Sasa Mirkovic with Aleksandar Nikacevic, a member of
Milosevic's ruling Socialist Party of Serbia, thus bringing B92 under
government control.

B92 has been the only source of alternative information in and from
Serbia since the start of NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia 10 days
ago. Although a ban on the station's transmitter in the morning of the
first day of airstrikes - Wednesday March 24 - took the station off the
air, B92 has continued to broadcast news and information via the
Internet and satellite. On the same day as Federal Telecommunications'
officials seized the station's transmitter police officers also detained
the station's chief editor - Veran Matic. He was released unharmed and
without explanation eight hours later. Since the transmission ban on B92
the station has been heavily policed and has been operating under severe
restrictions.

The ban on B92 is the latest in a series of crackdowns on free media in
the past week. The wave of media repression has resulted in the closure
of a large number of members of the B92-led independent broadcasting
network - ANEM, and all independent press.

Since the launch of B92 news broadcasts on the web last Wednesday its
site has had some 15 million visitors. Support sites such as
http://helpb92.xs4all.nl report 16,000 visitors per day. Local radio
stations
across Europe have been re-broadcasting b92 audio signal from the
Internet.

B92 is the leading independent broadcaster in Yugoslavia, and
established the national re-broadcasting network
of 35 radio and 18 television stations - ANEM - in 1996. The station was
due to celebrate its 10th anniversary
this May.

Help B92:  	http://helpb92.xs4all.nl
B92:		http://www.b92.net





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Date:  Fri, 02 Apr 1999 09:37:33 -0500
From: Alondra Nelson <arn8047 {AT} is.nyu.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of <announcer {AT} simsim.rug.ac.be>
Subject:  ann! ...  for the weekender


AfroFuturism | List

april nineteen ninety-nine
guest moderator | ron eglash

this month mad professor, dr. ron eglash mixes an alchemy of scientific
practice and culture production.  he asks: are these fields of knowledge
strange bedfellows? what kind of interface can we create that will bond
imagination with action?

ron eglash  holds a bs in cybernetics and a ms in systems engineering,
both from ucla.  following a year as human factors engineer at national
semiconductor, he returned to school for a doctorate in cultural studies
of science and technology through the ucsc history of consciousness
program. he received a fulbright grant for his work on ethnomathematics,
which included sites in senegal, gambia, mali, burkina-faso, cameroon,
benin, and ghana.  the resulting book, _African Fractals: Modern
Computing and Indigenous Design_ will be available this month from
rutgers university press; software will be sold with it that shows how
to create fractal simulations for african designs.  for more on ron see:
http://www.cohums.ohio-state.edu/comp/eglash.htm

check it at afrofuturism-subscribe {AT} onelist.com
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or go to www.simonsays.org

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