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Workshop 14 11 17

FB Resistance Workshop

Part of the Pièce de Résistance exhibition.

  • 22 Apr 2011
    Mediamatic BankMediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68, 1017 HL Amsterdam Vijzelstraat 68 1017 HLAmsterdam, 

What if you could change Facebook's laws? You can! In this workshop participants will learn how browser extensions (e.g. Firefox Add-Ons) enable us to locally modify Facebook.com and distribute it to the masses. Tobias Leingruber presents the experimental and artistic Facebook hack concepts to the participants before turning these concepts into a real software that users worldwide can download and share.

What?

Facebook Resistance is a research initiative accepting the status quo of Facebook being the dominant social identity management system, researching on ways to change its rules and functionality from inside the system, locally via Browser App. FB sets the rules of how-to behave, so we’re asking: Are we happy to live in their visualisation of our online identity or do we want to change it? A change can be as trivial as adding a background-image. Facebook designing your online identity is like IKEA designing your appartment. The only individuality lies in the family pictures standing in your BILLY shelves.

While early www networks like Geocities.com encouraged its users to entirely modify their online presence, Myspace.com and Web 2.0 have steered this “user generated content” into a commercially valuable structure. Facebook has finalized this “evolution” by disabling the user to do anything but feeding the system that gives FB it’s estimated value of 50 Billion US$. Facebook is taking over the social web, and it’s design follows Mark Zuckerberg’s ideals. To quote Lawrence Lessig: “The code is law. The architectures of cyberspace are as important as the law in defining and defeating the liberties of the Net.

Trainer

Tobias Leingruber (@tbx) is an artist and free communication designer working in viral media, popular culture, amateur aesthetics and browser apps. As an advocate for openness and freedom online he has worked with many artists and organisations including the F.A.T. Lab, Artzilla.org and Mozilla. Best known for Pirates of the Amazon and China Channel he has exhibited work worldwide and has been featured by the NY Times, LA Times, Wired, Spiegel, 3sat(TV) or Liberation.fr.

Example Ideas

  • Dislike Button
  • Graffiti Wall (based on GML/webmarker.me)
  • Auto-comment generator (e.g. LOL or Kanye West speak)
  • Custom background images and visual css styling for your visitors
  • Themes, e.g. change your FB’s color: pink, yellow…

Skill-set participants

It would be great to have a few people with some web development experience (html/css/javascript), or Photoshop skills, But also people who can write good (philosophical) texts are very welcome. In the end everyone who really uses web 2.0 will fit in, so just come and join us! Please bring your laptop.

Information and registration

We have place for 20 people. You can click on 'buy a ticket' to claim your ticket. If you choose the 'invoice' option your registration is not official until we received the payment, this means your spot can still be claimed by someone else. The workshop takes place in Mediamatic Bank from 10.00 to 18.00. Price is € 60 incl. VAT. If you have questions please contact .

Comments (11)

Re: Re: I am your conscience

Well when it comes to the web I'm one of those "sharing is caring" type of guys. Anything else is, as I see it (most of the times and in this case) fundamentally wrong. Also using the term resistance in this way confuses me since it seems to be more like a development or softly f'ing with a platform than really changing it.

Dear Christian,
In this workshop you learn a lot more than just putting up a little resistance. Besides that the workshop takes all day. And it's really a cool teacher who can learn us a lot and show us many funny but also interesting things. So I think it's not lame at all.

2 May 2011,19:10

Virtual Private Social Networks and FaceVPSN: Mitigating Privacy Threats in Facebook

Dear All,
I came across this page, and I want to draw your attention to a research project (related to this topic) that we have at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The project aims at mitigating the privacy threats in Facebook for more that 500 million users (something like the population of EU)---and not "just" creating a new privacy aware social network.

Differently from other solutions already available for mitigating privacy threats in Facebook, our strong points are that our solution:

  • does not require the collaboration from Facebook (we do not use Facebook apps, or other Facebook tools)
  • cannot be detected by Facebook
  • the solution is completely transparent to the user

The architecture of FaceVPSN is completely distributed and we have a prototype available as a Firefox Add-on.

We would be happy to hear your comments on this project, and know if you would like to collaborate in our research.

You can find more info here:
http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1943521 (scientific paper)
http://www.cs.vu.nl/~mconti/FaceVPSN.html
http://sites.google.com/site/fbprivacy2010/

Regards,
Mauro Conti

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21 Apr 2011,9:12

Re: trolling just a tiny little bit here

Dear Ralph,

Thanks for noticing. We removed the typo. We copied the text from another website, perhaps you should mail them too: http://fffff.at/facebook-resistance-workshop-at-transmediale/
And do join the workshop Ralph, I'm sure you'll love it!

Ralph de Rijke:
<trolling>Deborah. Forgive my intrusion, but 'it's' always means 'it is', while 'its' is always a possessive pronoun. So the correct spelling in the introductory text is 'its rules', 'its users', 'its estimated value', and 'its design'. If the generally wonderful Mediamatic is going to post things in English, please let it be reasonably coherent English. Thank you.</trolling>

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13 Apr 2011,13:01

trolling just a tiny little bit here

<trolling>Deborah. Forgive my intrusion, but 'it's' always means 'it is', while 'its' is always a possessive pronoun. So the correct spelling in the introductory text is 'its rules', 'its users', 'its estimated value', and 'its design'. If the generally wonderful Mediamatic is going to post things in English, please let it be reasonably coherent English. Thank you.</trolling>

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13 Apr 2011,12:54

Re: I am your conscience

Christian Echenique:
The idea of anybody paying €60 to get educated on this level to form resistance against something like facebook is not only lame, it's fundamentally f'd up.

Dear Christian,
In this workshop you learn a lot more than just putting up a little resistance. Besides that the workshop takes all day. And it's really a cool teacher who can learn us a lot and show us many funny but also interesting things. So I think it's not lame at all.

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9 Apr 2011,15:55

I am your conscience

The idea of anybody paying €60 to get educated on this level to form resistance against something like facebook is not only lame, it's fundamentally f'd up.

8 Apr 2011,22:44

Re: disappointment

Johnny Jupiter:
how can you misuse the terms "vive la resistance" when this workshop is clearly designed for facebook junkies? you want freedom? merge into the real social network, QUIT FACEBOOK NOW!!!

It's fun to play around a bit, without being too dramatic! This workshop is really funny and it's a playful way of giving a nice little middle-finger to FB. But it's a part of the Piece de Résistance exhibition, hence the chosen subtitle. Anyway, enjoy life!

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21 Mar 2011,13:47

R.I.P. www.seppukoo.com

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16 Mar 2011,13:27

disappointment

how can you misuse the terms "vive la resistance" when this workshop is clearly designed for facebook junkies? you want freedom? merge into the real social network, QUIT FACEBOOK NOW!!!

18 Feb 2011,13:41

Resistance? are you kidding?

Dislike button, graffiti add-on and myspace-like amateurism 1.0 design defacement all play into the power of FB - like a teenager not wanting to clean their room.

Real resistance is deleting the beast and getting on with your life!

http://www.eurodisney.biz/?p=931

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18 Feb 2011,13:41
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