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The Open Hardware Scholarship

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Open Hardware Scholarship!
    Do you have the next big Open Hardware idea, but just don?t have the funds
    for it?

    The Open Hardware Summit (OHS) is announcing its first Open Hardware
    scholarship this year! The purpose of the OHS scholarship is to support
    emerging artists/inventors and developers by providing funding for works
    that are released as Open Source Hardware. Granting these funds is an
    opportunity to draw attention to the Open Source Hardware movement, to give
    back to the DIY community, and to give you the chance to join a growing
    roster of gamechangers in Open Source Hardware history. If you have a
    project that is in the spirit of the OHS and supports the OHSW definition,
    we welcome your submissions.

    Upwards of $2000 will be awarded. The scholarship is made available by the
    generous individuals and sponsors who have made the Open Hardware Summit

    The winner will be chosen by the public. All projects will be viewable
    online and votes will be collected during the week of the summit. People
    will be able to vote on their favorite project remotely or onsite. A check
    will be presented to the winning artist/group at the conclusion of OHS on
    September 15th at the New York Hall of Science

    1. upload a 30 second (maximum) video clip to youtube that showcases the
    concept of your project. The title of the video MUST be the title of the

    2. include a short paragraph in the description of the video. Your
    description must start with the following sentence, and go on to explain
    your project in less than 500 characters.
    ?The following project is a submission to the Open Hardware Scholarship
    awarded by the Open Hardware Summit 2011.
    Project title: ?
    Project Description:..?

    3. email the following information to :

    name of artist/collaborative group
    email address
    place of resident (city, state/province, country)
    title of project
    summary of project (500 characters max)
    URL of video clip
    URL of project site that includes your application of the OSHW Definition
    For submissions is 12:01am, September 14th EST. NO EXCEPTIONS

    Please feel free to email if you have any questions.

    Where does the money come from? We had $2,000 USD left over from our funds
    last year and we thought the best way to use it is to give it back to the

    Good luck!

    Hirumi Nanayakkara
    Scholarship Chair
    Open Hardware Summit 2011

Demilit, September 16th



#DEMILIT in San José, Ca. Sept. 16
Among many symptoms, San José is home to 10 government and 67 company locations on the Washington Post’s map of Top Secret America. We’ll study this creeping militarization through entry points such as drones, defense corporations, uses of force, gang profiling, and military bases. We’ll also take visitors on an outdoor exploration of downtown SJ with a focus on the security landscape. 

• Charlotte Casey, San Jose Peace & Justice Center and San José Code Pink
• Katherine Chandler, UC Berkeley, Rhetoric Department
• Raj Jayadev, Silicon Valley Debug
Presented by the Demilit team in conjunction with 01SJ Biennial and (OP)Space, CCA Architecture URBANlab.

451 South First Street
San José, Ca.

See for more info. More Details below….

Full Abstract
The crisis of the contemporary spatial condition is produced in part by the hyper-expansion of militarization into all areas of life. Demilit, short for Decoding Military Landscapes, is an open pedagogical project aiming to know how the military and militarization affects society and space. We at Demilit (DM) take stock of the military presence in both routine and unexpected ways by using research, sound recordings, images and more. Among other symptoms, San José is home to 10 government and 67 company locations on the Washington Post’s map of Top Secret America. We’ll unpack this military presence through topics such as drones, defense corporations, uses of force, gang profiling, military bases, and much more. We will also take visitors on an outdoor exploration in downtown SJ focusing on the security landscape.

To find out more visit or follow @demilit on Twitter.

Charlotte Casey, San Jose Peace & Justice Center and San Jose Code Pink
“The CIA’s Travel Agent in Downtown San Jose: Jeppesen’s Involvement in the Torture Flights”

Katherine Chandler, UC Berkeley, Rhetoric Department
Visual artist. On drones, methods of recording, and creative non-violence

Raj Jayadev, Silicon Valley De-bug
…On “gang enhancement” criminal charges, uses of force, and SJPD arresting practices

And the Demilit team (Bryan Finoki, Nick Sowers, Javier Arbona)
Schedule (subject to modifications):
10:30am Bagels & chat

11am  An intro by Javier Arbona and Bryan Finoki: Landscapes, Archives, and Crypto-geography

12:00pm  Raj Jayadev  |  Charlotte Casey
(visitors: feel free to bring a lunch!)

1:30pm  “Base edges: practices of listening, seeing and action” with Katherine Chandler & Nick Sowers

3-5pm   A guided walk and recording expedition in the vicinity of downtown.

Share: or follow @demilit on Twitter for news and updates

Towards a Just Metropolis

Mark Your Calendars for June 16–20!
UC Berkeley and San Francisco

A conference for planners, designers, activists, policymakers and citizens dedicated to a just future for all human settlements.

BOOK: The Public Domain, by James Boyle

Available as a PDF file:

Our music, our culture, our science, and our economic welfare all depend on a delicate balance between those ideas that are controlled and those that are free, between intellectual property and the public domain. In The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (Yale University Press) James Boyle introduces readers to the idea of the public domain and describes how it is being tragically eroded by our current copyright, patent, and trademark laws. In a series of fascinating case studies, Boyle explains why gene sequences, basic business ideas and pairs of musical notes are now owned, why jazz might be illegal if it were invented today, why most of 20th century culture is legally unavailable to us, and why today’s policies would probably have smothered the World Wide Web at its inception. Appropriately given its theme, the book will be sold commercially but also made available online for free under a Creative Commons license.

Read more at Public Domain

Boyle’s book is a clarion call. In the tradition of the environmental movement, which first invented and then sought to protect something called “the environment,” Boyle hopes that we can first understand and then protect the public domain – the ecological center of the “information environment.”

Open Ear Event, Cinema – 11/03/08

Tuesday 11/03/08 (8pm till late) is the penultimate instalment, entitled Cinema, of the Open Ear live events:


From September 2007 to April 2008 Open Ear ( will curate a series six inter-disciplinary, free, themed events at Canterbury Christ Church University, Broadstairs Campus. All events will take place from 8pm till late and include a selection of performances, installations, videos and inter-disciplinary work from invited artists for the event or selected through calls for works.

Interference – 16/10/07, curated by Paul Adams
Network – 20/11/07, curated by Garrett Lynch
Memory – 11/12/07, curated by Matt Wright
Noise – 05/02/08, curated by Paul Adams
Cinema – 11/03/08, curated by Garrett Lynch (see further details below)
Speed – 22/04/08, curated by Matt Wright

:: Cinema – 11/03/08 ::

The majority of cinema as a form seeks to:

1. capture ideas and impressions of the spaces and places we inhabit or
2. visualise those we can’t.

The former of these, representation, has been more dominant throughout cinema’s history. The lens has in effect become a means of capturing our ‘reality’, allowing us to store and later reproduce sights and sounds to be replayed as a substitute for personal memories.

With the arrival of computing and it’s now widespread use within cinema we see the latter begin to take dominance. Cinema as representation is changing to cinema as simulation, creating an era more important than the transition from silent to sound or from black and white to colour. Cinema has the possibility to become a form without any necessarily inferred referent, it is known, quantifiable (pixels) and so can be modified, abstracted, constructed in numerous ways. It’s method of production can be improved, changed or even reconceived allowing it’s authors to work as never before. Cinema arrives at the end of an era with promise of a new one enabling it to become immersive, live, participative, interactive, navigable, recombinatory, distributed, networked, coded etc.

On March 11th (8pm till late) Open Ear will host an event curated by Garrett Lynch ( at Canterbury Christ Church University Broadstairs Campus entitled Cinema presenting performances and screenings on this theme. Works will address the future of cinema and explore a diverse set of possible directions. The line-up for the evening will be as follows:

– Semiconductor (
– Paul Adams (
РFr̩d̩rique Santune (
– John Kannenberg (
– Adam Chapman (
– Inga Burrows & Sean Tuan John (
– 33dB (
– And more

:: The Venue ::

Canterbury Christ Church Broadstairs Campus, situated on the east coast of Kent, England approximately 30 minutes from Canterbury, opened in 2000 with a wide selection of higher education courses. The campus is committed to the arts and cultural regeneration of the area and regularly host’s events, exhibitions and performances on site.

Address: Canterbury Christ Church University, Broadstairs Campus, Northwood Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2WA, England.

Detailed information on how to get here can be found on the university website (

Open Ear, audio-visual events and performances 2007 – 2008 are supported by Canterbury Christ Church University.


Laboratorio del procomún: Comunes y economía del conocimiento

17 de enero de 2008, 19:00h

En Medialab Prado · Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15, Madrid

En esta sesión de trabajo del seminario Laboratorio del Procomún se discutirá el borrador de trabajo de Emmanuel Rodríguez titulado Comunes y la economía del conocimiento, en el que se plantea una discusión en torno al modo de regulación más adecuado para la producción y difusión de obra intelectual en términos puramente ecónomicos. ¿Cuál es la mejor manera de regulación para que podamos tener una cantidad mayor (y de mejor calidad) de obra intelectual?

Más información en

Medialab Prado
Área de Las Artes, Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Plaza de las Letras
Alameda, 15 28014 Madrid
Tfno. +34 913 692 303

Talk tomorrow, Nov. 14, 7:30 pm Public Commons vs. Corporate Privatization

Please join us!
At CounterPULSE, Nov. 14, Wednesday evening 7:30 pm til 10…
Public Commons vs. Corporate Privatization
November 14

With Mayor Newsom trying to give away the city’s wi-fi space to a corporate consortium, efforts by Bechtel and other private contractors to take over our public water system, the ongoing scandal of PG&E selling us our own “public” power and their current efforts to take over alternative power, incessant pressure to privatize the public schools, a national culture that blindly accepts corporate interests as preferable to public interests, we’ll talk about how the San Francisco Bay Area can begin a concerted push back. Ted Nace (“The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy”), Aliza Wasserman, Jessica Bell, Matt Leonard… just added: David Cobb and Shannon Tracey from Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County will be talking about their successful measure T in 2006 to eliminate corporations from local politics…

Then, after Thanksgiving, don’t miss this fantastic panel:
Food Security & Urban Agriculture
November 28
Our food system is being refashioned by new urban farmers, farmers markets and community-supported agriculture, and importantly, by savvy shoppers who demand local, organic and safe food. Still, food security is tenuous for too many of our neighbors. Amy Franceschini (Victory Gardens, past and present), Willow Rosenthal (City Slicker Farms), Jason Mark (Alemany Farm, and editor of Earth Island Journal).
Fall-Winter Talks 2007-08:
The Nowtopian (my blog):

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody
turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
— Groucho Marx

Platform2 presents “The Commons” on The Common

The picnic is on – rain or shine! We have a waterproof picnic blanket, a tent, 10 umbrellas and a backup plan.
Friday, June 1, 5:30 – 7:30PM
Meet in front of the State House on Boston Common at the 20-foot picnic blanket.
Food & drink on hand, but please bring something of your own to share.

A picnic on the Boston Common where we will discuss “the Commons” in relation to the work of invited guests, including Iain Kerr, Stan Pipkin and Paul Bartow of spurse and David Bollier of Excerpts from Lewis Hyde’s upcoming book on the commons will be read.
What is the Commons?

The word “Commons” has now come to be used in the sense of any sets of resources that a community recognizes as being accessible to any member of that community. The nature of commons is different in different communities, but they often include cultural resources and natural resources. — from Wikipedia

“The commons is an emerging new paradigm for understanding how groups of people can create and preserve value in more sustainable ways. Unlike the conventional market paradigm, the commons consists of a diverse set of models rooted in social norms and ecological principles. A growing number of scholars, activists and policymakers is beginning to recognize the power of the commons matrix and its importance in creating and managing resources.” — from

Iain Kerr, Stan Pipkin and Paul Bartow of spurse – an international collective composed of individuals with experience in a wide variety of fields. spurse has no (fixed) content or members – rather it is a viral multiplicity that is continuously reforming itself as it becomes new projects and new events. In this, it is open to change, contradiction, multiplicity, tangents, infection, and betrayal. We are interested in considering the public as that which must be continually constructed as a part of the invention of public space. In this we are interested in emergent forms of individuality – swarms, crowds, the person, groups, ecosystems…

David Bollier is an activist, author and Editor of, the website and blog of the Tomales Bay Institute that explores the commons as a new paradigm of politics, economics and culture. He is the co-founder of Public Knowledge, a Washington public-interest advocacy group that fights reckless extensions of copyright law, and the author of /Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth/ (2002), /Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture /(2005), and seven other books. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Platform2 is a series of events that are designed to facilitate dialogue about art & social engagement. Platform2 is organized by iKatun and Jane D. Marsching. Visit the Platform2 Blog.

TEXT: Ars Publica – Curatorial Report, March 2007, By Ana Buigues

This text is republished in collaboration with It was released on Rhizome Digest, 4/04/07, and appears here as it was originally posted.

What follows is the curator‚s report on the development of the Ars Publica project

based on the theoretical context for the ¨raison d´être¨ of this project.

The inception of the Ars Publica project started in the second half of 2005, when we, the Ars Publica team, in view of the lack of a painstaking study about the art market from the artists´ point of view, felt the need to fill this void through the realization of a study that would include art theory and case studies in a project that would be a combination between an academic article and an art project. After NKR (Norsk KulturrÃ¥d – Arts Council Norway) approved our application and granted us financial support in January 2006, via the Kunst og ny teknologi fond (Art and Technology Fund), we were able to conduct most part of the research. Bjørn Magnhildøen as net.artist and programmer established the ¨physical¨[1] point of departure – the Ars Publica web site, which includes the net art sale exhibition, the library and the museum. Thanks to Magnhildøen´s technical implementation of the dynamics of electronic commerce the Ars Publica web site is completely prepared for the interaction with the public and customers.

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Creative Commons Sponsored Software ccHost Releases Version 4.0

San Francisco, USA – February 27, 2007

Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that provides flexible copyright licenses for authors and artists along with the Creative Commons Developer Community released the ccHost 4.0 today. ccHost is an Open Source web-based media sharing software. This release builds upon ccHost’s novel support of collaboration, sharing, and storage of multi-media using the different Creative Commons licenses and metadata.

These features most notably show up and are tested in Creative Commons’ project, ccMixter (, a popular on-line social network service that supports legal music sharing and remixing. ccHost is the Open Source Software engine powering and which anyone may download, install, and use to freely build media sharing communities.

This 4.0 release is a 2-3X performance boost over the last major version. This release also includes playlists/favorites, an embedded mp3 player, and a remix radio channels for audio content. A new feature that builds upon ccHost’s usage of standards is the “Publicize” feature whereby anyone can include lists of information about their profile from ccHost so that their info may be used around the web in easy-to-use formats. Also of note with this release is the inclusion of the recently released Creative Commons 3.0 Licenses, which are selectable as an administrator.

The ccHost development community encourages new developers to contribute to the project. The future of ccHost is bright with upcoming development focusing on user and admin requests for features like further generalization of media support, better tools to support social networking features, and further language support.

Chat with other developers on channel #cc on, join the project mailing list (, and edit the project wiki page to help shape this project’s future direction (

Project Website

ccHost Download

Feature Requests

Bug Reports

Roadmap (Project Timeline)

About ccHost

The goal of this project is to spread media content that is licensed under Creative Commons throughout the web in much the same way that weblogs spread CC licensed text. ccHost is web-based infrastructure that may be used to host and allow for commenting, remixing, and distribution globally. The more installations of ccHost and its variations, the more content there will be available for enjoyment and artistic re-use in a sane and legal setting. ccHost is what is used for the infamous Creative Commons ccMixter project, which supports legal media sharing and remixing.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works – whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of various foundations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public.

For general information, visit


Jon Phillips
Community Developer

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