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> Unlike Us 2: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their
> Alternatives
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> March 8-10, 2012 Amsterdam (NL)
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> Conference & Showcases
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> Organized by the Institute of Network Cultures (HvA) in cooperation
> with the Cyprus University of Technology
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> Date: March 8-10, 2012 <x-apple-data-detectors://9>
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> Location: TrouwAmsterdam, Wibautstraat 127, Amsterdam
> Contact: [log in to unmask]
> Program / Registration / Practical info:http://networkcultures.org/unlikeus
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> Unlike Us 2 is the second event of artists, designers, scholars,
> activists and programmers who work on ≥alternatives in social media≤.
> This international research network analyzes the economic and cultural
> aspects of dominant social media platforms such as Facebook and
> Twitter. Through workshops, conferences, online dialogues and
> publications the Unlike Us network promotes the development of
> alternative, decentralized social media software.
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> Unlike Us 2 will focus on the concept of free exchange and the
> commercial exploitation of online social relationships which lie at
> the heart of contemporary capitalism, belly social media. In addition
> to speakers addressing thishis theme a range of alternative social
> media projects will be showcased. Facebook makes everyone believe
> There Is No Alternative, but Unlike Us dares to differ.
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> [8 March] Showcasing Alternatives in Social mMedia: There is
> currently a multitude of decentralized social network software in the
> making which allows users greater autonomy to define with whom to
> share their data. Visit Unlike Us 2 and discover the  wildly latest
> alternatives, from Lorea - Spideralex (ES), Secusharee - Carlo v.
> Loesch/lynX (DE), Thimbl, Diaspora, Crabgrass, - Elijah Sparrow (USA)
> Social Swarm to and Freedombox and more? James Vasile (USA). The best
> way to undermine platform monopolies is to support alternative open
> source/free software. Get out of the Cloud, take control of your realm
> and install your own social network locally. Come along to find out
> more!
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> [9-10 March] Conference themes: Social what? Defining the Social,
> Artistic Responses to Social Media, The Private in the Public,
> Software Matters, Pitfalls of Building Social Media Alternatives,
> Social Media Activism, Critique of Liberation Technology.
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> Confirmed speakers and presenters: David M. Berry (UK), Frederik
> Zuiderveen Borgesius (NL), Philipp Budka (AT), Thomas Chenesau (FR),
> Jodi Dean (USA), Carolin Gerlitz (UK), Seda Guerses (TR/BE),
> Spideralex (ES), Anne Helmond (NL), Eva Illouz (IL), Walter Langelaar
> (NL), Ganaele Langlois (CA), Carlo v. Loesch/lynx (DE), Caroline
> Nevejan (NL), Arnold Roosendaal (NL), Eleanor Saitta (USA), Max
> Schrems (AT), Elijah Sparrow (USA) and James Vasile (USA).