Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

Technologies of Empathy  6.27.03

"Over the past few years, much attention has been given to the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) and its technologies of dominance. The RMA, as the above definition suggests, is a vision of the military for the 21st century, using 21st century technology. Conceived by..." Read | Discuss

Analysis  6.27.03

Empathetic Cooperation and Tactical Media - Toward Infopeace?
Annick T.R. Wibben, Co-Investigator, InfoTechWarPeace
"Christine Sylvester, a thinker and writer of Feminist International Relations, introduced 'empathetic cooperation' as a feminist method. Concerned with 'getting through and around intended and unintended repetitions of men's place and knowledge.'..." 6.27.03 Read | Discuss
Military Influences in Tactical Media
Geert Lovink
Many of the technologies and metholodogies used by practitioners of tactical media began as military developments. Lovink weighs in on whether or not tactical media has moved beyond its military roots. 2 mins. 3.4 MB. 6.16.03 Watch | Discuss
Military Appropriation of Tactical Media
Geert Lovink
Is tactical media vulnerable to military appropriation? Should activists change their strategies? Lovink talks about the current information warfare strategies of the Pentagon and the methodological feedback loop between artists, activists and the military. 2 mins 38 secs. 4.5 MB. 6.16.03 Watch | Discuss
Hacktivism's Past and Future
Geert Lovink
Can hackers be ethical? Can the inherent playfulness of hacking be reconciled with a serious political platform? Will hacktivism just launch a spiral of attacks and counter-attacks, making it as a movement less and less relevant? Geert discusses hacktivism. 4 mins 44 secs. 8.3 MB. 6.16.03 Watch | Discuss
The Internet and the Questionable Value of Mass-mobilization
Geert Lovink
"I think people just came out because they were against the war, and not because they recieved an e-mail." The Internet has been credited for the unprecidented mobilization of people in developed countries over the past few years. Is the role of the Internet in mobilizing people around political causes over-hyped? Lovink talks about the role of new media in shaping contemporary politics. 2 mins 30 secs. 6.2 MB. 6.16.03 Watch | Discuss
Influence of the Internet is Over-hyped
Geert Lovink
"The influence of the Internet is yet to happen..." There is a lot of hype around the internet, but has it lived up to its potential as a medium? Geert compares weblogs et al to critical video interventions of the early-1990's such as Paper Tiger Television. 3 mins. 5.1 MB. 6.16.03 Watch | Discuss
Empathy and Empathetic Media as Tools for Understanding Conflict
Jim Blight, Brown University
Empathy, as Blight uses it, can be a powerful tool in understanding international conflicts. Why are the adversaries in a particular conflict acting the way they are? What might they do next? What can be done to anticipate or even pre-empt the conditions of conflict? These are all questions that might be addressed using empathy. 2 mins 15 secs. 3.7 MB. 6.15.03 Watch | Discuss
"What is it like in a 'forbidden zone'..." A Brief History
Jim Blight, Brown University
"What is it like in a 'forbidden zone'..." Blight describes some historical examples, starting with Peter Arnet in Baghdad during Gulf War I and moving back through the Vietnam War, probably the first time that TV coverage of a "forbidden zone" had immediate and recognizable impacts on U.S. foreign policy. 2 mins 16 secs. 3.7 MB. 6.15.03 Watch | Discuss
The Limited Role of Media in Stopping Conflicts
Jim Blight, Brown University
Blight posits that the media might be useful in resolving conflicts by creating opportunities for empathy between societies. However, he offers that the leaders involved in resolving conflicts often avoid mediation in times of crisis, and attempt instead to establish a direct, private line with other leaders. The Cuban Missile Crisis is used as an example. 2 mins. 3.3 MB. 6.15.03 Watch | Discuss
To Stop Conflict, Decision Makers Should Be the Focus, Not Civilians
Jim Blight, Brown University
Jim questions the role of individual stories of the people affected by war in stopping conflict. Instead, he points us towards addressing or understanding the decision makers who, once a war gets started, often don't consult the public until the war has run its course. 1 min. 1.5 MB. 6.15.03 Watch | Discuss
Does the Internet Make Peace Movements More Effective?
Jim Blight, Brown University
Blight explores the role of peace movements in shaping U.S. government decisions, and asks whether or not the Internet will have any impact on stopping the war in Iraq. He offers the historical examples of Vietnam and the Nuclear Freeze Movement of the 1980's. 2 mins 15 secs. 3.7 MB. 6.15.03 Watch | Discuss
Aggressive War Reporting and New Media Possibilities
Jim Blight, Brown University
"If it were really possible for Americans to see what it's like to be on the recieving end of a bombing campaign, a very large scale so-called 'smart' targeted bombing campaign, this would have a devastating effect..." Blight talks about the history of aggressive U.S. war reporting or so-called "unprogrammed media" and it's impact on American politics. 2 mins. 3.6 MB. 6.15.03 Watch | Discuss
Clippings  6.2.03
A Virtual World is Possible: From Tactical Media to Digital Multitudes
By Geert Lovink and Florian Schneider
We start with the current strategy debates of the so-called "anti-globalisation movement", the biggest emerging political force for decades. In Part II we will look into strategies of critical new media culture in the post-speculative phase after dotcommania. Four phases of the global movement are becoming visible, all of which have distinct political, artistic and aesthetic qualities. 6.2.03 Read | Discuss
Robo-reporter goes to war
By Jane Wakefield@BBC
A robotic war correspondent that can get to places even veteran correspondent John Simpson cannot reach is being developed in the US. 6.2.03 Read | Discuss
Hackers Condemn Arab Site Hack
Michelle Delio @ Wired News
"Don't blame hackers for the attacks that recently took down Arab news network Al-Jazeera's website. ... Technically the site was hacked. But hackers, who say they abhor breaking into systems for fun or profit..." 3.31.03 Read | Discuss
Violent Video Battles Proliferate
Reuters @ Wired News
"Whether in war or peace, blazing-guns video games depicting bloody conflicts remain as popular as ever in the United States, with more than six new war titles set to hit U.S. retail shelves..." 3.23.03 Read | Discuss

Sources  6.2.03

ADILKNO: the media archive
Afghan Explorer
Guerrilla News Network
Independent Media Center
Kidon Media Link
Media Channel
Tactical Media Network
Tactical Media Virtual Casebook
The ABC of Tactical Media