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In this paper I present an ethnographic approach to the research of hackerspaces. It draws upon an ethnomethodological background in order to address the role of members’ skills and knowledge. To that end, I aim for an immersive ethnographic approach in order to achieve a first-hand understanding of members’ practices. In this, I draw upon ethnomethodology as it provides a rich theoretical and methodological background for the study of skill and knowledge, namely the call for practical knowledge as an analytical instrument (Garfinkel 2006). In order to fully understand the implications of social movements like hacking and making communities, appropriate research methods are called for. Ethnomethodology, with its tradition in the analysis of epistemic practices and embodied knowledge, can provide the means for a more immersive and reflexive ethnography. By using materials of my own ethnography, I demonstrate how active engagement with members’ practices can provide for a deeper ethnographic understanding. In order to overcome the challenges of the field, I chose to adopt a project of coding myself. This acquisition of field-specific knowledge proved to be not only a valuable resource for the ongoing fieldwork but could offer important analytical insights in itself. I will show that important facets of members’ meanings were accessible only through personal experience. I suggest a broader adoption of ethnomethodological principles in ethnographic research of hackerspaces as it accommodates the underlying affinity towards experimentation prevalent in the field.

technically, politically, and economically, rethinking what the “politics of data” means for their own practice, especially in the context of surveillance (Ganesh/Hankey 2015). They increasingly seek to counter massive data collection by means of resistance and obfuscation. Although the circumvention of surveil- lance is a long-standing practice amongst social movements and certainly pre- dates datafication (see, e. g., della Porta 1995), dedicated events, trainings, and off-the-shelves tools to secure digital communications have mushroomed over the last few years

DCS | Digital Culture and Society | Vol. 1, Issue 1 | © transcript 2015 DOI 10.14361/dcs-2015-0114 Information Politics Tim Jordan in Conversation with Karin Wenz The following interview took place in May 2015 in London during a meeting of Tim Jordan with Karin Wenz. In contrast to the first interview in this volume, the interview had been done in a face-to-face setting, which is reflected in its less formal style. Tim Jordan is Head of School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. Tim has published on social movements and

DCS | Digital Culture and Society | Vol. 3, Issue 1 | © transcript 2017 DOI 10.14361/dcs-2017-0112 “There Simply Is No Unified Hacker Movement.” Why We Should Consider the Plurality of Hacker and Maker Cultures Sebastian Kubitschko in Conversation with Annika Richterich and Karin Wenz Sebastian Kubitschko is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen in Germany. His main research fields are political communication, social movements and civil society organisations. In order

; hermeneutics; data analytics qualitative methods; random sampling; close reading. Paolo Gerbaudo96 Introduction The digital transformation of our societies has not just transformed the “ontology” of politics, i. e. the nature or essence of contemporary political phenomena in a variety of domains, from social movements using data leaks as protest tactics to political campaigns mastering the art of data-driven targeted advertising. It has also transformed the “epistemology” of political research, i. e. the methods used to analyse political phenomena as they unfold online

pedestrian and bicycle traffic (Ryu 2004). Since its reconstruction in 2008, Gwanghwamun Plaza has provided highly effec‑ tive visibility for social movements. It is the literal centre of the old, walled city, and it is also symbolically (and even geomantically) the centre of the nation, with the reconstructed Chosŏn palace at the north end of Sejong Avenue and, behind it, the President’s house (Yoon 2008). Finally, it is a synecdoche for South Korea’s place in the contemporary, global order, with newspapers, Korean conglomerates, global corporations and embassies

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concludes by asking us to consider the plurality of ways in which the conditions of valuation are inscribed to devise alternative accounts of ‘what counts’. In the third paper, Stefania Milan and Lonneke van der Velden discuss different forms of activism which make data a new terrain of contention. The authors highlight how different campaigns and social movements approach the question of Big Data. For some, Big Data is mainly understood in terms of a threat to individual rights, and to privacy. For others, Big Data has more positive possibil- ities, allowing new

: American Society for Engineering Education Conference, pp. 15–18. Fuchs, Christian (2013): “The Anonymous Movement in the Context of Liberalism and Socialism.” In: Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 5(2), pp. 345–376 (http://fuchs.uti.at/wp-content/Interface.pdf). Fuchs, Christian (2014): “Anonymous: Hacktivism and Contemporary Politics.” In: Idem (ed.), Social Media, Politics and the State. New York: Routledge, pp. 88–106. Goodin, Dan (2015): “Ashley Madison Hack is not Only Real, It’s Worse than We Thought.” In: Ars Technica, August 19 (http