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[- Fibreculture meeting, Brisbane, Australia, July 11-13

Author: Geert Lovink

Topic: Australian network meeting
Keywords: new media network, critical Internet culture

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Currents in Australasian New Media Research and Internet Culture
July 11, 12, 13th:::2003


Brisbane::Powerhouse - Centre for the Live Arts
New Farm Park, Brisbane QLD


Fibreculture::Brisbane_2003::::::Fibrepower::Schedule & Themes

Three-day Meeting with Public Forum
Fri July 11,Sat 12,Sun 13th
Powerhouse: Courier Mail room

Fibreculture :: in association with critical new media studies sections
in universities across Brisbane, invites you to a meeting in July 2003
on theory, policy, practice, and education in New Media and the Internet.
Fibrepower :: Currents in Australasian New Media Research and Internet
Culture will bring together practitioners in the academy and industry
from around Australia and New Zealand to participate in critically informed
debates about new media and its cultures. It follows the ANZCA03 conference
(see - 9-11 July
at QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane).

:: Theme of the 2003 Fibreculture Meeting :: fibrepower::

In academic and popular discourses, new media, the Internet, and 'virtual
reality' are often described as just this - a 'virtual' reality, an Other,
a 'cyberspace' which is somehow disconnected from the 'real' and secondary
to 'life' experiences and issues. It is rarely accepted in the dominant
Internet discourses of commercial and social culture that the truth is
vastly different. New media and networked technologies currently pervade
our lives and connect us ever more closely and solidly as citizens of
networked society.

If information and knowledge, in the new economy, are 'power', then the
copper, optical, or wireless fibres spanning the networks are conduits for
this power; they are full of power, and powerful. Their daily influence
and the network's influence on human society is real and tangible.
Fibreculture:: wants to address this continued insistence on
conceptualising networked life and Internet cultures as a separate,
second-rate or exotic reality, a dichotomy which obscures fact and prevents
any in-depth engagement with and critique of the power of 'fibre' over and
in our everyday lives.

Set in a literal and figurative locus of power from the previous,
industrial, era, ::fibrepower :: will engage with a range
of themes that disclose the unseen power of fibre-culture in the
informational age. Outcomes of this event will include a high profile
public forum, an online publication of refereed articles, and deeper
connections between new media industries, the academy and others. The
meeting will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse from July 11-13, 2003.

(For reports from past fibreculture meetings and updates on fibreculture
2003, please see the Website at

FRIDAY nite JULY 11th

7 p.m. Welcome and Registration

8 p.m. Session 1: "Fibrepower in the Regions"
:: Headed by Gerard Goggin
Public forum with Guest Speakers, Panelists, and Q&A (TBA)

and fast access to the global networks. This contributes significantly to
the growing digital divide, and carries important implications for public
and private policy. How can we increase the fibrepower of the regions, and
what are current examples of best practice?>

Gerard Goggin ( is a postdoctoral research fellow in
the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. He
Cultural History of Australian Internet*, and has long had an interest in
rural and regional internet and telecommunications (not least from living
in the country himself).

:: Introduction to the Fibreculture List & its Open Session,
M/C Collaboration, fc Webjournal, and other Fibreculture activities
with Geert Lovink, David Teh, Axel Bruns, and other list facilitators.

**10 p.m. OPENING Art & Music

:: Digital Literacies :: New Media Arts Exhibition
:: Guest djs and vjs. No host bar.

In conjunction with the conference, Fibreculture and fineArtforum are
offering an online gallery space set up as an opportunity for artists to
explore critical literacies and conference themes.

An A4 gallery of resonant works will also be displayed at the meeting
venue providing opportunity for practitioners and attendees to respond
visually to the fibrepower themes both beforehand and during the


Three-day meeting registration includes attendance at all sessions,
lunches, morning and afternoon teas. All prices include GST.

:: Three-day registration

:: Opening nite forum and art exhibition only

(Prices are for students and other concession cardholders / non-students)

Pre-registration forms are available from the fibreculture website:
Late registration will be possible during the meeting.
Cheques, cash and money orders only, thank you.

For more information and to subscribe to the fibreculture list:

Fibreculture 2003 sponsors:

QUT Creative Industries Faculty
UQ Media and Cultural Studies Centre
M/C - Media and Culture
fineArt forum
Australian Network for Art and Technology
Brisbane Powerhouse - Centre for the Live Arts
Fibrepower::Weekend Schedule - Discussion Sessions
Brisbane Powerhouse July 12th and 13th


8 a.m.::Registration
8:45 a.m.::Welcome

9 - 10:45 a.m.::Session 2: Intellectual Property-Intellectual Possibilities
:: Headed by Esther Milne & Kate Crawford

The exercise of intellectual property rights can stifle the generation of
intellectual property. The U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has
been abused on any number of occasions. How can copyright be reconfigured
for the networked age? How can creative rights be protected, and innovation
ensured? How can fibrepower be harnessed to drive intellectual

10:45 a.m. Morning tea & coffee

11:15 - 1 p.m.::Session 3: Information Warfare
:: Headed by Steve Stockwell

Weapons of mass destruction may remain elusive - but weapons of mass
disinformation are evident in any political or military conflict, if you
know where and how to look. Information warfare adds to the firepower of
conventional weapons arsenals. How do we disarm the information warriors?
How do we distinguish freedom of information fighters from info-terrorists?
How do we keep truth from becoming a battlefield detainee?

1 p.m.LUNCH

2:00 - 4 p.m. ::Session 4: Wired Geopolitics
:: Headed by Guy Redden

Geopolitics are determined by distributed access to the global networks.
Power in the global economy is increasingly measured by fibrepower. With
Google in China and '' in Australia and numerous other mergers and
shifts, who controls the networks? How is that control distributed? How can
fibrepower be distributed? Is it time for a United Networks alongside the
United Nations - and who holds the veto rights?

4 p.m.:: Warchalking Walk - Methods & Details
Bring laptop with a wireless modem installed.
Anyone with knowledge, please attend.

7 p.m. Fibreculture dinner (optional)



9 a.m. Registration

10 - 11:45 a.m.::Session 5: The Internet Is Not Virtual
:: Headed by Axel Bruns

The myth of a separate, containable 'cyberspace' persists despite all
evidence to the contrary. Rather than perpetuating new age visions of
leaving the body behind to virtually 'inhabit' cyberspace, it is important
to begin to realise that cyberspace, or fibrespace, already envelops
society; is society. What are the implications of this fact? For example,
how can disciplines like teaching and publishing turn to integrating
Internet content, literacies, and technologies as part of their core
activities rather than as an adjunct afterthought? In doing so, how can
this 'fibrepower' be released from the strangleholds of outdated

11:45 LUNCH

12:45 - 2:30 p.m.Session 6 ::Teaching Fibrepower::
:: Headed by Molly Hankwitz

Schools, colleges, and universities are struggling to keep up with the pace
of technology. Teaching methods and approaches to cybercultures often lag
behind the actual fibrepower of the networks. Students are often forced to
take the initiative into their own hands if they hope to build useful
skills sets and acquire an understanding of new media. Whole communities
miss out on participating if they cannot make their voices heard. How can
teaching institutions redress this situation? What are some excellent

2:30 - 3 p.m. Afternoon Tea

3 - 4:45 p.m.::Open Session::
No set topic. Discussion about the direction of fibreculture.

For more inf. contact conference organizers:

Axel Bruns

Molly Hankwitz

Thank you to all Meeting participants and sponsors, John Hartley, QUT, UQ
Media Studies, M/C, fAf, Brisbane Powerhouse, Karen Hands, David Cox, Anna
Zagala, and Jo Gray.

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Submitted by GeertLovink
Posted on Thu Jun 19, 2003 at 10:11 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME

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