This is some great information, totally worthy of nettime, thanks very much. I am going to look into it.
When you say it makes the map "noisy" do you mean leaky, or that it consumes bandwidth, or introduces some arbitrary signal, or?... And can I just get rid of it without screwing up anything else? If you can tell me how, would be great. I move around in the code all the time, but I'm not a coder... Anyway, thanks, Brian On Tue, Aug 23, 2022 at 6:10 AM Geoffrey Goodell <good...@oxonia.net> wrote: > Hi mp, > > This is a great idea. I hypothesise that: > > (1) People have no idea how much data they are sending to online services; > > (2) People have no idea how often their various devices (not only PCs and > smartphones but also 'internet of things' devices) send data, even when the > user is not actively using them; and > > (3) People have no idea how often routine activities such as web browsing > to > ostensibly unrelated sites, email checking, and so on result in telemetry > being > sent. > > And of course, people might not realise that their physical movements and > the > cadence of their activities over time are part of the accumulated data set. > > I'm surprised that the Google prefixes are hard-coded. Suggest using the > updated prefixes from the global routing table instead. > > https://thyme.apnic.net/ipv4/ap/2022/08/23/ > > (replace with whatever date is today) > > Download and unpack the five files in this directory. > > Inside you will find a file 'data-used-autnums'. You can search this file > for > the names of autonomous systems (networks), or 'ASes', that together > comprise > the Internet. > > You can search this list, e.g.: > > $ grep " GOOGLE" data-used-autnums > > Let's not single-out Google. Indeed you can look for other possible > offenders > too, e.g.: > > $ grep " MICROSOFT" data-used-autnums > > The first column of the results are the AS numbers. There is another file, > 'data-raw-table', which maps the numbers to prefixes. You can use this > file to > identify all of the prefixes you want to examine. > > $ grep -w 15169 data-raw-table > > I hope this helps. > > Happy hacking, > > Geoff > > On Tue, 23 Aug 2022 at 10:18:12AM +0100, mp wrote: > > > > Great, thanks. > > > > Though, just for reference, this: > > > > sudo tcpdump -n -l dst net 192.0.2.1/32 $(for a in $(cat > goog-prefixes.txt); > > do echo or dst net $a; done) | ./teller > > > > from here: > > > > https://github.com/berthubert/googerteller > > > > .. makes the map noisy: https://map.casariolab.art > > > > Ear opening tool. > > > > On 19/08/2022 03:02, Brian Holmes wrote: > > > At night on the Parana, the stars still shine. The boatman cuts the > motor; > > > we drift silently under the light of a full moon. This is the end of a > four > > > thousand kilometer-long river, it's the "Delta front." The low islands > to > > > the east extend fingers of land into the Rio del Plata estuary, and > those > > > forested fingers grow about 70 meters longer every year, catching the > last > > > of the sediments carried from the Andes and the Brazilian jungle. To > the > > > southwest, the lights of Buenos Aires glitter on the horizon. Someday > in > > > the future - quite soon, in geological time - the Delta front will > reach > > > the city. Every month it's six meters closer. The mutability of this > > > territory makes my head spin. The stars, the moon, the lights, the > islands > > > and the uncanny mirror of the river all come together like a wheel > spinning > > > weightlessly in infinite space, or maybe it's a whirlpool, a cosmic > gyre. A > > > homegrown joint makes its way from hand to hand, through the calm of a > > > winter night that is windless by good luck, and warm by devastating > climate > > > change. The journey is well underway. > > > > > > With Alejandro Meitin of Casa Rio we're making tactical media in the > > > wetlands, along a meandering path that leads from Punta Lara, south of > > > Buenos Aires, all the way north through the Pampa and the arid reaches > of > > > the Grand Chaco to Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. I wrote the > paragraph > > > above a week ago; now we're at the halfway point. Our aim is to reach > out > > > to riverside communities and build ecological awareness, while also > helping > > > to accelerate the process of information-sharing among a network of > > > ecological NGOs called "Humedales sin fronteras" or Wetlands Without > > > Borders, whose member organizations are located in Argentina, Paraguay, > > > Bolivia and Brazil. My contribution as an artist-cartographer is an > online > > > map and multimedia platform that can display text, scientific > information, > > > photography, video, audio and social networks (it's FLOSS, built by > Majk > > > Shkurti to my specs, see info below). The color scheme and iconography > of > > > the map has been designed by Dani Lorenzo of Casa Rio, and most of the > > > videos you'll find inside were done by Andres Irigoyen. Lots of others > are > > > involved, it would be long to list every one of them. As for Alejandro > > > Meitin, he's an artist, lawyer, environmental activist and > > > jack-of-all-trades who's been doing this kind of thing for thirty > years, > > > first with the artists' group Ala Plastica, and now with the broader > > > community-based constellation of Casa Rio. We've taken similar journeys > > > before, stretching back to 2014 when Critical Art Ensemble generously > > > invited me to come along to Argentina for a roving seminar organized > by Ala > > > Plastica under the name "Watersheds as Laboratories of Governance." In > 2019 > > > we brought an exhibition called "The Earth Will Not Abide" from > Chicago to > > > the riverport city of Rosario, and Casa Rio published quite a beautiful > > > book with that material. Now we're in full-on activist mode, meeting > > > network members all along the river, pushing for a Wetlands Law in > > > Argentina, for a halt to dredging, sand extraction and dam-building, > and > > > for the development, from below, of what we are calling "Biocultural > > > Corridors." > > > > > > The notion of bioculturalism is grasped intuitively by all the people > we > > > meet: It refers to the changes in orientation and behavior that arise > when > > > human beings begin to see and feel themselves as participants in a web > of > > > ecological relations, such that "an injury to one is an injury to all" > - > > > whether it's insect, plant, animal or homo sapiens. The corridor part > is > > > somewhat trickier. Many are aware of biological corridors, which are > > > designed by conservation specialists as safe passageways between small > > > islands of habitat which, on their own, are insufficient to sustain > bird > > > and animal populations that range widely across the changing seasons. > > > Biocultural corridors, however, are not planned or instituted by > experts. > > > They arise in areas where groups of people who might be engaged in > > > agroecological farming, traditional crafts such as willow weaving, > > > small-scale fishing, land defence and indigenous lifeways all come > together > > > in mutual recognition and support, building the consciousness of what > might > > > someday become truly sustainable productive practices. Like the > > > Bioregionalists of North America in the 1970s, we are inviting > communities > > > to use our map in order to draw and describe the components of their > own > > > biocultural corridors, which someday, we hope, will extend all the way > up > > > and down the great uninterrupted fluvial corridor reaching from the > > > headwaters of the Brazilian and Bolivian Pantanal down to the Rio del > Plata > > > estuary. For once, we're not necessarily kidding ourselves. Ideas > based on > > > grassroots solidarity spread rapidly in Latin America. All along the > vast > > > Parana Delta in Argentina you can see walls painted with the slogan > "Pass > > > the Wetlands Law already!" (It's a bit more terse in Spanish: "Ley de > > > Humedales Ya!"). We are also promoting the idea of biocultural > festivals, > > > where people can share and celebrate the changes that they are making > right > > > now, in their own environments with their own hands. The fact is, many > of > > > the people we meet are already doing something similar under other > names, > > > so this transformation is definitely happening. > > > > > > The reception of the mapping project is overwhelmingly positive. There > may > > > be a bit of initial suspicion and resistance toward a Yanqui with a > magic > > > box, but Alejandro speaks very convincingly and people get it: This is > > > sophisticated technology that can be seized by grassroots groups and > used > > > in political struggles as well as popular education processes, in the > face > > > of complex problems where all the legitimate expertise is typically on > the > > > other side. The editing tools developed by Majk Shkurti make it > possible to > > > place points and draw lines or polygons with ease, and then fill out a > data > > > template that yields structured text and audiovisual content - stuff > that > > > young people can learn in an afternoon. It's GIS on the easy and the > cheap, > > > it can transmit knowledge and enthusiasm, and it can be put to > political > > > work when it's time to stand up against municipal councils, provincial > > > governments and national legislatures. The idea this time is not just > to > > > get spontaneous contributions from individuals - because we've already > done > > > that in an earlier mapping project that's still being filled out, > mainly > > > with denunciations of abuse. Instead, before they start drawing on the > map, > > > we are asking existing community groups to engage in some collective > > > reflection about Casa Rio's three basic questions: Who designs the > > > territory? For whom is it designed? And what would a collaborative > design > > > of territories look like? This is how the "laboratory of governance" > idea > > > becomes a full-fledged social experiment. > > > > > > Just two days ago I met an old fisherman who in the early 1990s had > played > > > a decisive role in stopping a US-backed dam project, with no resources > > > except a good friend, a canoe and a pile of photocopied flyers. A > regional > > > hero, exactly my kind of hero. He, too, seemed a little suspicious at > > > first. As a media maker I was profoundly moved when he later came up > to me > > > and told me how vital our work would be to the educational project and > > > wetlands observatory that he's now coordinating with a local social > > > movement. What they've already done is to convince the city (it's > actually > > > called Parana city) to pay for a bunch of wood, and then in three > months > > > time the movement built a dock on a small island, a welcome center and > an > > > elevated boardwalk about half a kilometer long through the swamp, where > > > they bring boatloads of schoolkids who live right next to the river and > > > have no contact with the water or the islands. Next they want to put > their > > > interpretation center in the middle of a huge wetland on the city's > edge, > > > which without a watchful eye is likely to be taken over illegally by > gated > > > communities, factories or other profitable enterprises. You can imagine > > > they have a different interpretation of what this land is good for! > These > > > are people who know their environment through generations of intimate > > > experience - and today that's something many others want to learn. > With any > > > luck, we're about to discover a whole lot of local knowledge taking > form > > > inside our magic box, and being shared along the entire wetlands > corridor. > > > > > > Today's environmental conditions are helping with this good reception - > > > unfortunately. In the context of a three-year drought and the arrival > of > > > increasingly large herds of cattle, the traditional islander practice > of > > > burning dry winter brush to stimulate the growth of fresh spring grass > has > > > morphed into an emergency situation of uncontrolled fires in the Delta, > > > choking populations in urban centers with heavy smoke and even causing > > > freeway pileups due to loss of visibility. For two years in a row, > while > > > lockdowns and pandemic anxiety reigned, a plunge in water levels > revealed > > > vast sandy deserts where the Parana once flowed, causing many to fear > that > > > the river would never come back again (thankfully it did this year). > Sure, > > > it's always hard to attribute local phenomena to climate change - but > the > > > best Brazilian science says that the atmospheric rivers arising from > the > > > evapotranspiration of the Amazon jungle (aka flying rivers, "rios > > > voladores") are now drying up due to massive deforestation, leading to > a > > > loss of rainfall at the headwaters of the Parana, way up there in the > (for > > > me) mythical Pantanal wetlands. At the same time, it's well known by > > > everyone in the region that over a mere thirty years, industrial > > > monocropping (aka GMO soybeans doused in Round-Up) has devastated the > > > ecology of South America at continental scale, ruining entire > drainages, > > > pushing cattle from bulldozed pastures into the wetlands, and > provoking all > > > the above-mentioned disasters, at least as far as we can tell - with a > big > > > push from rising CO2 levels, for sure. Now, horror of all horrors, the > > > government of Paraguay is calling on the US Army Corps of Engineers for > > > "help" in managing the Paraguay river, which is the major tributary of > the > > > Parana, directly connected to the Pantanal headwaters. In case you > don't > > > know, the Army Corps are the folks who destroyed the ecology of the > > > Mississippi river system with a straightjacket of dams and levees. > Along > > > with the oil industry, the Corps is responsible for most of the > land-loss > > > crisis in Louisiana - not to mention what happened to the Columbia > River, > > > etc. Common people don't need the kind of "help" such agencies bring. > > > > > > To increase awareness and spread more precise knowledge of all these > > > converging dangers, we have given our map of biological corridors a > dark > > > side, which is a topology of the extractive corridors that are > threatening > > > the Paraguay-Parana watershed. Here, instead of lush organic green > > > traversed by mud-brown water, what you see is a dessicated cinder, > like the > > > leftover coals of some immense and gruesome barbecue - the frightful, > yet > > > increasingly predictable and literal culmination of the centuries-old > > > colonial process. We focus on the heavily dredged Hidrovia, or Water > > > Highway, which is what the transnational capitalist groups see when > they > > > look at the Paraguay-Parana River. IIRSA, which is the South American > > > banking complex behind the design of the Hidrovia, has for decades > wanted > > > to extend their favorite transnational canal all the way to Amazonas > and > > > beyond. What Eduardo Galleano called the "Open Veins of Latin America" > are > > > in fact the waterways, which the European colonists used to carry away > the > > > treasures of the continent, resulting in the denomination of the Parana > > > watershed as the "Plate Basin" or Silver Basin - the Moneyshed, you > might > > > as well say. Well, the only thing that has changed is that the major > cargo > > > is now GMO soybeans, and the chief destination of the ships is China, > > > followed closely by the EU of course. What Marx once called the > "metabolic > > > rift" between the city and the country has now opened up between South > > > America and Eurasia. It's a process of alienation in every sense of the > > > word, at the largest possible scale. There is a tremendous amount to be > > > learned about all this, and we are currently multiplying our research > > > collaborations into the global political economy of extractivism, while > > > also engaging discussions about how to bring the many specialized > reports > > > authored by members of Wetlands Without Borders onto our more popular > and > > > intuitive map of extractive corridors. The whole project is a work in > > > progress with lots of gaps and question marks, but it's live on the net > > > right now, and I expect it to remain under active development for the > next > > > couple years. > > > > > > Life does not happen elsewhere, in some ideal garden to which you could > > > escape on vacation. Life happens right here and now, in a double world > with > > > an inhuman and more-than-human face. I have always felt most alive > amid the > > > struggles of this double world, in collaboration with all kinds of > people, > > > of all races and classes and stations and professions, whenever and > > > wherever they are finding their own ways of resisting alienation and > > > contributing to a better life - some soft and affective, some local and > > > productive, some political and confrontational, or even better, > political > > > and constructive. We live in a time when the so-called middle classes > are > > > finally realizing that their seemingly higher station - their literally > > > higher ground, in river terms - will not protect them. The storms, > floods, > > > droughts and fires of global ecological change are coming for them, or > > > rather, for *us*, as I'd put it from my own middle-class position. The > big > > > question is this: Do the middle classes - including industrial workers > > > attached to states and large corporations - go fascist under the > pressure > > > of rising threats to their old lifestyles and identities, or can we > find > > > shareable biocultural pathways toward reparative socio-ecological > worlds, > > > and through collaboration with other classes and cultures and races, > create > > > neo-ecosystems that can ramp down the causes and mitigate the effects > of > > > climate change? Please don't explain to me that such a swerve away from > > > ruling norms is impossible, due to human nature or economic law or > > > historical destiny or some other bullshit, because such self-serving > > > explanations have long been part of the problem. For a metamorphosis to > > > occur, everyone has to bring their own skills and dreams into play > somehow > > > - preferably right now, because tomorrow is always a little hotter. > > > > > > Therefore my dear friends, here I am in South America with some good > old > > > tactical media. > > > > > > All the best from https://tinyurl.com/jaaukanigas - > > > > > > Brian > > > > > > *** > > > > > > Corridors Map: https://map.casariolab.art > > > > > > Casa Rio: https://casariolab.art > > > > > > Humedales sin fronteras: https://humedalessinfronteras.org > > > > > > Project repo: https://github.com/crystalball-mapkit/crystalball > > > > > > Installation guide: > > > https://wiki.timetochange.today/home/installation/terminal-commands > > > > > > The Earth Will Not Abide: https://www.regionalrelationships.org/tewna > > > > > > (Feel free to contact me if you want some tips about deployment and > use of > > > the software) > > > > > > > > > # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission > > > # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, > > > # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets > > > # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l > > > # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: nett...@kein.org > > > # @nettime_bot tweets mail w/ sender unless #ANON is in Subject: > > # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission > > # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, > > # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets > > # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l > > # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: nett...@kein.org > > # @nettime_bot tweets mail w/ sender unless #ANON is in Subject: > # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission > # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, > # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets > # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l > # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: nett...@kein.org > # @nettime_bot tweets mail w/ sender unless #ANON is in Subject: >
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