JSB Symposium panel: Making Hacked: Labor, Free Culture & Citizen Science

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Space 2435, North Quad, 105 S. State St.

This panel follows the 11 a.m. John Seely Brown Symposium lecture by author, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow.

In the afternoon, Doctorow will participate on a panel discussing the provocation: Making is not a grassroots movement.

Makers invent products that draw hundreds of millions of investment dollars, the White House sponsors its own maker faire, and DARPA funds MAKE Media to shape new educational programs.

Cheaper and smaller hardware, open sharing, and crowdfunding are celebrated as the means to democratize hands on tinkering, citizen science, and fabrication. While "making" can empower some in providing access to education, resources and production techniques, others – in particular those on the factory floor – remain outside geopolitical configurations of investment flows and global networks.

As making moves into the heart of modes of capitalist production, can we still speak of DIY? And what happens to visions of free culture?



Cory Doctorow - author, journalist, blogger
Stefanie Wuschitz - lecturer, media artist
Irina Aristarkhova - associate professor, Stamps School of Art and Design
Matt Kenyon - associate professor, Stamps School of Art and Design

Moderators: Silvia Lindtner & Kristin Fontichiaro, U-M School of Information

The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.