This is great: "stable" coin project relies on community governance, so a hacker borrows $1b, uses it to get a 67% voting stake, votes that the project should wire them $182m, then pays back the huge loan and exits -- all in the space of 13 seconds. The "stable" coin immediately crashes.

Talk by Aymeric Mansoux (@320x200): Shadow IT / The Politics of Digital Tools in Research and Teaching | 21 April 15:00 – 17:00 Leiden University (NL) [RSVP]

"Broadcasts from Planet Garden

Studio for Immediate Spaces at Habitat
Sunday 09.04 – Sunday 17.04.2022

Habitat and Immediate Spaces' Master from Sandberg Instituut are delighted to invite you to an evening of ceremonies, narrations, transmissions, tarots reading, visual arrangements and impressed soundscapes as a result of the week-long residency "Prole di Zeno. Broadcasts from Planet Garden, held by 19 students from Immediate Spaces' Master and Habitat's residents in Cà de Monti from 09.04 to 17.04.2022."

✨️ I made a thing! 🎉️

Check out my brandnew webcomic, "Contra Chrome":


Subtitle: How #Google‘s browser became a threat to #privacy and #democracy.

Featuring Shoshana Zuboff, vegan Piranhas, and everything you ever wanted to know about #Chrome but were afraid to ask!

Read and download for free – hope you like it! 😊

And if you do, please spread the word! :boost_ok:

#comic #comics

"Voters in #France should be reminded of this photo before they vote in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday.

If you are in France, please [boost]."

#electionpresidentielle2022 #MarineLePen #LePen #Putin #fascism #farRight

Presales of my book "Composing Interactions" have started! See

It's monthly open source design community call day! woohoo! at 19.00 CET in



We'll be talking about our plans for open source design fellowship/mentorship programs. All are welcome :D

Call for participants for a workshop: How to run a small social networking site with your friends

On the 13th and 14th of May, will be hosting a two-day workshop for groups interested in setting up and running their own alternative social media server.

Free of charge, but some commitment required! Remote participation is possible and workshop language is English! Limited spots, apply before the 15th of April.

For more details and how to apply see:

:boost_requested: Boosts appreciated :)

We're just out of , and there is a new reason to mobilize. In a clear attack against academic freedom, Leiden University denies students a debate on Israel / Palestine without a proper justification. Sign the petition to support them.

Glad to announce the launch of ReCNTR, a new interdisciplinary research center focused on promoting multimodal and audiovisual methods in social sciences and humanities. >>> Launch even on 24 March, 3pm in Leiden University The Hague Campus >>> With presentations from Elizabeth Chin (ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena) & Maria Molina Peiró (Visual Artists & Filmmaker) >>> Organized by @francesco Ragazzi, Julian Ross & Mark Westmoreland. More:

My most recent article, "When Wikipedia met Tor", is #openAccess --

The article discusses a clash between Wikipedia and the Tor Project back in the mid-20-aughts.

What do we have to do to set up an *independent organisation* in Europe with an endowment from our (EU taxpayers’) money to maintain a free/open, private-by-default web browser that we legislate must be included in all operating systems made available in the EU?


A new zine documenting the process of Read the Feminist Manual, a research introduction to gender discrimination in FOSS communities, and the lack of support in accommodating marginalized voices. The outcome of the project is a Firefox addon that replaces pronouns "she" and "he" with the neutral "they", intended for use in plain html pages of documentation.

Info and links to download the zine and the addon:

#feminist #internet #communities #foss

So...this came out: "Counter-radicalization, Islam and Laïcité: policed multiculturalism in France’s Banlieues". Thanks a lot to Angéline Escafré-Dublet, Virginie Guiraudon and Julien Talpin for putting together such a great special issue!

idea-intensive professions 

There are some professions that are "idea-intensive", that is, they constantly require coming up with new concepts, plans, themes, angles. The artist is, or better has become, one of them. Think of applications for grants, projects, residencies. Same goes for many academics. I fear that, in these cases, the risk of idea-fatigue is high. Idea-fatigue may lead to a sense of detachment from one's very ideas. They might start seeing those ideas as merely the output of some meaningless combinatorial process. If that's the case, something is wrong. Of course, the other extreme, idea-devoid jobs, is also not ideal, so a good balance of idea-devising and idea-developing is healthy.

So I'm participating to this discussion tomorrow, that is directly the outcome of the students and staff campaign. Pity that the students who are at the origin of this conversation have not been invited as speakers. Looking forward to giving context to the protest.
RT @LeidenSocial
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