Datacide 13 Introduction

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Introduction to the new print edition of Datacide – now available for EUR 5.00 including postage to anywhere in the world. Please send via paypal to datacide (at) c8.com, or order via the Praxis online store. Subscriptions cost EUR 12.00 for 3 issues. Still available are issues 10-12. These can be included in a subscription. A re-print of issue 9 will be published in November, and other print projects are in the works (see more details below).

In the next week or so we will publish audio and video from the two Datacide 13 launch events in Berlin and London. After that we’ll gradually make the content of Datacide 13 available on this site.

This issue of Datacide is released on 12 October 2013, one year after the publication of Datacide 12. Our new strategy is to publish Datacide yearly. That gives the editors and writers time to focus on new publication projects directly connected to the critiques and interventionist counter-cultural strategies articulated in Datacide. Datacide 13 opens with the political news section (pgs. 4-8) focusing on the issues of Infiltration and Agent Provocateurs, Vision Tech, Endless War, Surveillance, Control and Repression. An update on the National Socialist Underground criminal trial in Germany and the active strategy of various state and federal agencies to deflect culpability for failing to stop the neo-nazi murderous multi-year rampage is analyzed. This is followed by a roundup of UK anti-fascist activities. The news section concludes with a strong critique of the crisis in the SWP. The features section starts with the in-depth article “Confessions of an Accidental Activist” by David Cecil, which gives his personal, critical account of how their group theater performance triggered, and was part of, a larger, serious public debate about the instrumentalization of the intersections between homophobia, nationalism and public law in Uganda and the ensuing international media responses (pg 9). Mark Harrison gives a detailed, historical grounded interview about the origins, actions and impacts of Spiral Tribe within various UK and European counter-cultural networks, and also discusses SP23’s present activities (pg. 22). Following from the repression meted out by the British government against teknivals, the article “Revolt of the Ravers” by Neil Transpontine documents the history of the protest movement from 1993-95 against the Criminal Justice Act (pg. 26). Split Horizon contributes a thought-provoking piece “What is this Future?” about the present possibilities for action that deal head on with the dystopic developments of new technology, social and environmental transformation (pg. 29). In the article “Wikipedia-A Vernacular Encyclopedia”, Fabian Tompsett argues for an alternative reading of the development of the open source platform (pg. 32). The fiction and poetry section (pgs. 34-42) has several contributions by Howard Slater as well as by Dan Hekate. The extensive print review section highlights important texts recommended to datacide readers. New contributor Marcel Stoetzler has a long article assessing the historical and critical readings of two new books about Horkheimer and Adorno (pg. 43). Nemeton analyzes a new book about surveillance and repression in the U.S. called “Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency” (pg. 61). Christoph Fringeli looks at the most recent book assessing the issue of murder or suicide of the RAF prisoners in Stammheim (pg. 62), and also discusses the new compendium of articles articulating an anti-fascist critique of various European white power music scenes (pg. 63). On page 70 you will find a number of reviews of radical periodicals. Nomex is interviewed by John Eden about his radical projects and performances, and the transformative potential of noise in art and life (pg. 64). This is followed by record reviews from Zombieflesheater, Nemeton and Kovert (pgs 68-70). Alexis Wolton discusses “Vinyl Meltdown, Pt. 1” (pg. 71). Matthieu Bourel designed the radical collage “Rioter” for the centerfold of the magazine. Sansculotte contributed the sarcastic comic “Overdosed”(pg. 75), and the continued (mis-)adventures of Bloor Schleppy are revealed (pg 73). Check out the dj charts, as well as new graphic art on the front and back covers. We will say it again: This is the most voluminous issue of Datacide!

Other projects: We are about to publish a magazine reprint of datacide 9, which online has received the most hits and contains some of the most read articles of any datacide issue. After many years of underground interventions with the magazine format, we are traversing other print media with a publication of a book containing the complete issues of datacide 1-10. For datacide 13, due to the continued increase in the size and scope of the magazine, we are raising the cover price from 4 euro to 5.00, and the price for subscriptions from 10.00 to 12.00 euro for 3 issues (including worldwide shipping). Please support datacide with a subscription! Paypal and contact email: datacide (at) c8.com Check out the complete magazine archives, as well as web-only texts and news at: http://datacide-magazine.com

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