It’s nowadays common to say that we live in an age of information and the ultimate tool of communication on all levels (from personal to corporate) in this era is The Internet. Debates about regulation of internet are widespread, policies about its regulation everyday stronger. By the same means grow also critiques (and even movements – note the Anonymous) of internet regulation. So it opens the debate of internet as a tool of democracy.
But whose democracy? And we all know that without the material (meaning computer, doesn’t matter how it looks, from a stationary PC to the little pocket devices) – hardware – is impossible to connect to the internet. So what about the “hard side” of internet (regulation)?
The proposed presentation will stress and critically analyze the above mentioned “ideologies” (common senses) and propose some possible answers/different visions and practices. To achieve this we’ll expose the Za-nič kišta (“Zero Dollar Laptop”) project which was carried out in Maribor in 2012.
* Gregorc Tomaž (1981) holds a bachelor degree in cultural studies and social anthropology. In the years 2007 to 2010 he was a teaching assistant and researcher in the field of social anthropology on the University of Primorska, Faculty for humanistic studies and the Institute for inter-cultural studies, University of Primorska. In years 2006-2010 he was organizer, facilitator and workshop leader of different international seminars, summer schools and workshops held by different universities in Europe. From the year 2011 (till June 2013) he works at the Public institute Maribor 2012 – European capital of culture (ECOC) as program producer and coordinator for the field of migration in Urban Furrows, an socio-ecological strand of ECOC.
Recently he co-authored the booklet “The compass of civil and workers’ rights for migrants in Maribor or How can you become integrated with your own rights?”, the handbook “Za-nič kišta [Zero dollar laptop]” and the book “Prihodnost znanosti: neoliberalizem, univerza in politika sodobnega znanstvenega raziskovanja [The future of science: neoliberalism, University and contemporary scientific research policies]”. In 2011 and 2012 he facilitated and leaded more than 90 workshops in migrants and workers’ rights and digital literacy on open-source software. His primary filed of action and researches are radical education, critical thinking, theoretic psychoanalysis, militant research, autonomous social action and the topic of social exclusion/inclusion with a specialization in migration questions/policies, worker’s rights, precarious work and formation of collective processes. In his free time he endeavours the path of experimental sound art and writes articles about noise/glitch/experimental electronic music.
Supported by Europe for Citizens Programme of European Union.
- INEPA – Inštitut za elektronsko participacijo, inepa.si,
- Studio 12, studio12.si,
- Dobrodelni klub Leo klub Murska Sobota, leoclubms.si/sl/ ,
- Društvo uporabnikov Linuxa Slovenija, lugos.si;
- Hekovnik, hekovnik.com,
- Zavod za študentske kulturne dejavnosti študentske organizacije, kiberpipa.org;
- Splitska debatna unija
- HERMES – Hrvatska edukacijska i razvojna mreža za evolucijo sporazumevanja, facebook.com/HERMES.CommuniAction;
from Portugal: Sociedade de Debates da Universidade do Porto, sdd.up.pt;
from Romania: ARDOR Muntenia; facebook.com/pages/ARDOR-Muntenia/115159631842108.
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