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Interchange – Drones at Liberty: Part Two

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Part 2 of Drones at Liberty: Our conversation continues to explore the meaning of drones–drones as instruments of war and policing, drones in the public imaginary, drones as extensions of state and/or human will–all topics under examination at the recent IU Symposium on Drone Warfare.

All technologies are transgressive.

It seems to me that normalization is the issue. Spying technologies have been around for a long time and yet there surely was a “peeping Tom” (men!) stigma as well as a respect for privacy–plus, who cares what normal life someone else was leading–ah, but prurience cultivated over the decades has increasingly led us to acknowledge that life is boring, yet hope that some folks perhaps are not boring, or that spying as a transgression is not boring BECAUSE it’s a transgression not for what is revealed through spying. Our television shows and movies normalize torture and spying and now the piloting of UAVs across the thousands of miles.

I would go so far as to argue that acceptable use inevitably paves the way for the transgression, and that the transgression is the fullest expression of the technology.

But, as many presenters made plain, the policing and terror apparatus is already firmly in place, and UAVs are an “in-kind” application that will further the constant machine surveillance and control of humanity.

With apologies to Emily Dickinson:

I heard a DRONE buzz – when I died –
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air –

and then it was
There interposed a DRONE –

With Blue – uncertain stumbling Buzz –
Between the light – and me –
And then the Windows failed – and then
I could not see to see –

GUESTS
Ishan Ashutosh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University, is a critical human geographer whose work encompasses the study of migration, the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective, and urban studies. His research examines the multiple and contested representations of South Asia through projects situated in migration and area studies.

Chris Miles is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. His work focuses on the intellectual, political, and material relationships between capitalism, media technologies, and nature. In particular, he studies informatic media and digital technology integrated into or pattered on biology and biological processes.

MUSIC
The Flaming Lips, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1″
The Police, “Bombs Away”
The Flaming Lips, “Do You Realize??”
The Flaming Lips, “All We Have Is Now”

OF INTEREST
41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed

RELATED
Interchange – Drones At Liberty: Part One
Interchange – Terror Skies: The Drone as Judge and Jury
Interchange – Colin Allen: Thinking About Thinking Machines

CREDITS
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board and Music Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Out of Africa: The Prequels to Humanity

On Friday May 2nd Dr. David Lordkipanidze gave a presentation on some recent discoveries in the field pre-human history and bio-anthropology. The speaker takes us to Dminisi in the Republic of Georgia to the earliest hominid settlement outside of Africa. This site has been a treasure trove for anthro-biologists not just because it shows the behavior of its pre-human denizens, but because it sheds light on the co-evolution of the human species and the technology they developed. The primary speaker is Dr. Lordkipanidze the Director of the Georgian National Museum in the Republic of Georgia. This lecture is sponsored by The Stone Age Institute’s Program in Human Evolution and recorded on location at Whittenberger Auditorium for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Science on a Sphere is Here!

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Science on a Sphere, a project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, has arrived on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. This makes IU one of only four universities in the country to have the resource. The sphere is housed in the university’s new Cyber-Infrastructure Building, and its unique effects are being used by everyone from data-research students to digital artists. It was funded by the Office of the Vice President of Information Technology. Correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Tassie Gniady (Guh-nay-dee), graduate assistant and sphere liaison, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Bloomington Telecomm Council Working to Fund Visit from Net Neutrality Scholar Susan Crawford

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The Bloomington Telecommunications Council continued its discussions Dec. 3 about bringing telecommunications scholar Susan Crawford to Bloomington.

The council has encountered issues getting funding for the visit, and last month it requested $5,500 dollars from the city Board of Public Works.

New Council member Jo Throckmorton asked another member, Duane Busick, why the Council would push for the visit from Crawford, who is known mostly for her advocacy of internet access and net neutrality.

“It has nothing to do with what this council deals with,” he said.

Busick said the Council deals with some issues that include internet communication, even though the Council’s statutory responsibility is primarily related to cable television. He said the Council has tried unsuccessfully to redefine its role in city government in recent years and that cable TV is now outdated.

Throckmorton and Busick were the only members who attended the meeting. The council was not able to conduct any official business because there was not a quorum.

 

Bloomington Beware! – Ransomeware

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It’s doubled in the last three months: computers, and now smartphones, are being hijacked by very dangerous malware. Here’s what to watch out for, and how to prevent what could be a huge disaster.

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