[CITASA] Journal of Peer Production #5: Shared Machine Shops

Mathieu ONeil mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au
Thu Oct 30 21:05:27 EDT 2014


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===> Journal of Peer Production #5: Shared Machine Shops -- out now! <===



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 * Editing:



     + Maxigas

         Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

     + Peter Troxler

         International Fab Lab Association

         Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences



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Despite the marketing clangour of the “maker movement”, shared machine shops are currently “fringe phenomena” since they play a minor role in the production of wealth, knowledge, political consensus and the social organisation of life.

Interestingly, however, they also prominently share the core transformations experienced in contemporary capitalism.  The convergence of work, labour and other aspects of life -- the rapid development of algorithmically driven technical systems and their intensifying role in social organisation -- the practical and legitimation crisis of institutions, echoed by renewed attempts at self-organisation.



Each article in this special issue addresses a received truth which circulates unreflected amongst both academics analysing these phenomena and practitioners engaged in the respective scenes. Questioning such myths based on empirical research founded on a rigorous theoretical framework is what a journal such as the Journal of Peer Production can contribute to both academic and activist discourses. Shared machine shops have been around for at least a decade or so, which makes for a good time to evaluate how they live up to their self-professed social missions.



Here is an executive summary:



 * Shared Machine Shops are not new.

 * Fab Labs are not about technology.

 * Sharing is not happening.

 * Hackerspaces are not open.

 * Technology is not neutral.

 * Hackerspaces are not solving problems.

 * Fab Labs are not the seeds of a revolution.



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# T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S |

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# EDITORIAL SECTION |

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# * We Now have the Means of Production, but Where is my Revolution?

#     by maxigas and Peter Troxler

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# * Digitally-Operated Atoms vs. Bits of Rhetoric

#     by Ursula Gastfall, Thomas Fourmond, Jean-Baptiste Labrune and Peter Troxler

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# * Critical Notions of Technology: Promises of Empowerment in Shared Machine Shops

#     by Susana Nascimento

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# * Distributed and Open Creation Platforms as Key Enablers for Smarter Cities

#     by Tomas Diez

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# * Fab Labs Forked: A Grassroots Insurgency inside the Next Industrial Revolution

#     by Peter Troxler

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# * Cultural Stratigraphy: A Rift between Shared Machine Shops

#     by maxigas

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# PEER REVIEWED PAPERS |

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# * Technology Networks for socially useful production

#     by Adrian Smith

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# * The Story of MIT-Fablab Norway: Community Embedding of Peer Production

#     by Cindy Kohtala and Camille Bosqué

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# * Sharing is Sparing: Open Knowledge Sharing in Fab Labs

#     by Patricia Wolf, Peter Troxler, Pierre-Yves Kocher, Julie Harboe & Urs Gaudenz

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# * Feminist Hackerspaces: The Synthesis of Feminist and Hacker Cultures

#     by Sophie Toupin

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# * Beyond Technological Fundamentalism: Peruvian Hack Labs

#     and “Inter-technological” Education

#      by Anita Say Chan [html] [pdf]

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# * Becoming Makers: Hackerspace Member Habits, Values, and Identities

#      by Austin Toombs, Shaowen Bardzell, and Jeffrey Bardzell

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# * Shared Machine Shops as Real-life Laboratories

#      by Sascha Dickel, Jan-Peter Ferdinand, and Ulrich Petschow

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# ... Respect for all the contributors, peer reviewers, and readers! ...

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