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Weekly Events 10/14 - 10/20

Hey SciFly Readers!

This week I want to share one of my favorite conferences that is returning to NYC this weekend!

I have now been to the Radical Networks conference twice, and was very sad when it moved to Berlin last year. So glad it is back and I hope I can steal a day to attend again this year to hear from some amazing artists in innovators talk about their ideas, lead workshops, and showcase an awesome gallery of work.

Even going for just one day is worth it, so I highly highly encourage you to set a little time aside from Friday - Sunday next weekend and head down to Prime Produce to check it out!!!

Drop me a line if you are going, and maybe we can meet up. :D

Radical Networks 2019 ⚡️

10/18 - 10/20
Prime Produce

Radical Networks is an annual conference that promotes artistic, grassroots activist, and experimental work in telecommunications, including the internet and world wide web. As a summit for investigators and instigators from all disciplines, the event facilitates the open exchange of ideas and collaborations, centering marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Their mission is to have the public critically engage with the communications tools and networks we use and participate in every day, while gaining access to the knowledge needed to create our own tools and alternative infrastructures for community, experimentation, and dissent.

In case that didn't whet your palette enough, here are a couple of the events happening this weekend! Also, here are a couple of awesome things you can check out in their gallery/exhibition!

You can check out the full list here!

The Well Bottom by Alden Rivendale Jones
The Well Bottom is a simulated pocket network, pulled from an alternate history of the Internet in which the network's cyberswamps were never paved over to build the information superhighway. It's a place for becoming lost.

FANGo, a Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google Obfuscator by Martin Nadal

FANGo is a defense weapon against surveillance capitalism. Hidden under its appearance of mobile phone charger will be provided with a micro controller that takes control of the smartphone plugged in making queries to google, amazon and other search engines, launching videos in YouTube in order to deceive data brokers in their data capture process.

Liquid Router by Emma Rae Norton, Nicholas Gregg, and Sukanya Aneja

Liquid Router is a physical artwork that takes the form of an active Wi-Fi router––using the router as a medium to explore and demystify the implications of third-party web tracking. Through this project we are interested in asking questions of the development and architecture of hyper-scale tracking systems. We are also committed to raising awareness around the lack of transparency built into them.

Slow Net by Beverly Chou

Privacy concerns have made news headlines recently, and it’s clear that our behavioral data is collected when we’re online. Some of the data is used for improving user experience, but much of it is used to predict and influence our behaviors in real-time. Data collectors can use the data to intervene and divert our actions. In this process, humans are reduced to interchangeable pieces of data in a homogenous population of data laborers. As a result, power and wealth is concentrated among those who are able to collect and gatekeep vast amounts of information. Our identities get privatized and our autonomy is threatened.

Looks like it will be another amazing program and I hope to see you there!!!

Read on for this week's great speculative events!

"The future is here, now let's distribute it." 

Doc Martens

SciFly is a design studio dedicated to leveraging speculative design and science fiction to imagine and prototype alternative futures enabled by today's emerging technology.


Monday | 10/14

Tuesday | 10/15

Wednesday | 10/16

Thursday | 10/17

Friday | 10/18

Saturday | 10/19

Sunday | 10/20

OnGoing [classes, exhibits, shows etc.]


What I'm Reading

Here is a quick snapshot of my favorite books, podcasts, and articles this week.

Photovoltaic-powered sensors for the 'Internet of Things'
by Rob Matheson

Envisioning and Designing the Floating Future
by Lindsey J. Smith

SwarmTouch: A tactile interaction strategy for human-swarm communication
by Ingrid Fadelli

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