Hilo: Map(s) of Google's Infrastructure(s) - Ruling Class Studies
now with results of workshop here: http://wiki.medialab-prado.es/index.php … ss_Studies
Ruling Class Studies (RCS) is a research project which aim is to produce critical theoretical instruments to measure the political, ethical and professional accountability of Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay (GFAeB) to their proclaimed missions, advertised practices and to a world where their monopolies are taking root. (more about project here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/30054819/Ruli … h-proposal )
The first case study is production of the map of Google's technical infrastructure, analysis of its design, categorized by rules how Google governs users' and developers' access to their data, services and development platforms. The map covers the whole spectrum from trade secrets (e.g. distributed fs), commercial services (e.g. gdocs), nontransparent FLOSS development (Android) to open process of FLOSS (e.g. Chromium).
There are two main tracks of work here:
* collecting/aggregating, annotating and finally structuring data (I do some of these things from 2007. here: http://www.google.com/reader/shared/use … assstudies & http://www.diigo.com/user/marcell/rulingclassstudies or both together at: http://friendfeed.com/rulingclassstudies )
* representing the data. i hope we will be able to do that on google's very own infrastructure: e.g. http://code.google.com/apis/charttools/index.html )
I hope this project will be able to show how much Google:
* depends on
* builds on-top
* gives back to
* invests in
free software movement/projects (in comparison with their own closed source/trade secret infrastructure).
In the future I hope this project will be foundation for comparative analysis of Facebook's, Amazon's and eBay's technical infrastructures and their governance of users' and developers' access to their data, services and development platforms.
Together with collaborators I hope we will find the right methodology, instruments, concepts and final products to achieve the proclaimed goal.
I hope the team will gather together theorists, programmers and designers.
I'm Marcell Mars (aka Nenad Romic).
I like collaborative work and have experience in being in all roles in collaborations (listening, talking, working, hanging out ).
Together with others I founded Multimedia institute - mi2 in Zagreb, Croatia (http://www.mi2.hr) and 'hacklab in mama' (http://wiki.razmjenavjestina.org) and at the moment I'm researcher at Jan van Eyck (http://janvaneyck.nl) in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
More about me: http://protopage.com/kiberkomunist#l/about
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (I'm not afraid of spam because kom.uni.st is run on Google's infrastructure )
ultima edicion por marcell (05-07-2011 00:21:20)