“Unlike Us” conference and reader

14 03 2013

Are you over all the hype of social media networks like Facebook? Are you tired of reading all the delusional self marketing that goes on? Perhaps a bit jaded by all the cat memes? If so, and you are in Amsterdam, then you might like to get along to the third Unlike Us conference March 22 and 23, 2013 at TrouwAmsterdam.

Unlike Us #3 Mini Poster

Unlike Us #3 Mini Poster

Unlike us is a project that was conceived by Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures/HvA, Amsterdam) and Korinna Patelis (Cyprus University of Technology, Lemasol), which is designed to “analyze the economic and cultural aspects of dominant social media platforms and to propagate the further development and proliferation of alternative, decentralized social media software.”

The project is supported by the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam, founded by Geert Lovink. You can check out more information on my earlier post Unlike Us: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives

To complement the conference,  Unlike Us will also be launching the first-ever Unlike Us Reader at the event. Here is some information about the reader:

Unlike Us #3 has “Social Media: Design or Decline” as its theme and will be centred around the following sub-themes: “Theory and Critique of the Social‚” “Are You Distributed? The Federated Web Show,” “Political Economy of Social Networks: Art & Practice‚” “Mobile Use of Social Media” and “Facebook Riot: Join or Decline.” Speakers include Bernard Stiegler (FR), George Danezis (UK), Reni Hofmüller (AT), Arvind Narayanan (US), Spideralex (ES), Benjamin Grosser (US), Tobias Leingruber (DE), Simona Lodi (IT), Hester Scheurwater (NL), Nathan Freitas (US), Marion Walton (ZA), Miriyam Aouragh (UK) and many more. Additionally, there will be a set of workshops: Facebook Resistance and the Social ID Bureau with Tobias Leingruber, and a ‘hackathon catalyst’—all held at the MediaLAB Amsterdam.

A full list of speakers, more information about the program and details on locations and tickets can be found here on the Unlike Us website: http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/unlikeus/3-amsterdam/ .

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