Austria's Springerin magazine gives After
9/11 high praise [ Press
Release ] 02.08.05 - German culture and media critic Krystian Woznicki,
writing about archeology in times of globalization, reviews After
9/11 in the Winter 2004 issue of Springerin
magazine. Having viewed the After 9/11 documentary at the
Heinrich Boell Stiftung
in Berlin on October 14, 2004, Woznicki comments on the film's aesthetic value.
He notes that it is not so much the images themselves, most of them are well-known,
but their distorted, wobbly presentation in low pixilation that provides added
meaning. �One gets the impression that archeologists of the distant future browsed
digital archives and, using their mouse, attempted to make the past speak again,�
writes Woznicki. This perspective, he argues, makes it possible for viewers
to distance themselves from the current infosphere thus allowing them a fuller
appreciation of the commentary provided by intellectuals, military personnel,
and scientists featured in After 9/11 . As such, the film manages to
be more than a documentary�it becomes an anti-simulation and provokes an anti-reality
to that presented by mainstream media.
Former ITWP researcher working at Newsweek 02.11.05 - Former InfoTechWarPeace researcher Andrew Horesh, Brown class of 2004, is currently working at Newsweek in Washington D.C.. True to his ITWP background, Horesh recently worked on an article by Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball titled Virtual Jihad, which explores
how radical Islamic Web sites are encouraging their supporters to wage holy war online and underscores U.S. vulnerability to cyberterror. ITWP congratulates Horesh on a job well done.
Massive Change Features Interview with InfoTechWarPeace's James Der Derian [ Press Release ] 11.15.04 - James Der Derian , director of the Global Security Research Program and principal investigator of the Watson Institute's Information Technology, War, and Peace Project, is one of 32 scholars, scientists, artists, business professionals, and military experts interviewed for the newly released Massive Change (Phaidon Press, 2004), a book by Bruce Mau Design and the Institute without Boundaries of Toronto City College.
In his interview, Der Derian answers questions about the role of information technologies in warfare and the effects of these technologies in shaping military and civilian perceptions of reality. He defines the notion, developed by the InfoTechWarPeace Project, of �infopeace,� as a corollary to infowar. He states, �One of the biggest challenges facing us at the Watson Institute is trying to make infopeace a robust concept. Let's face it, war is more ubiquitous; it's sexier; it's more thrilling. This is why there are thousands of books written about war and only a handful written about peace.� �Trying to vitalize notions of peace,� Der Derian continues, �means getting more directly to individuals who embody it.�
InfoTechWarPeace presents new, year-long research
project on "Power and Pathology of Networks" [
Press Release ] 7.16.04 - InfoTechWarPeace is delighted to announce its
newest research project, "The Power and Pathology of Networks", funded
by the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, Cisco Systems, and Malcolm S. Forbes
Center for Research in Culture and Media Studies. In September 2004, the project
will be inaugurated by a symposium, "The Power and Pathology of Networks",
and an exhibition, "I love you [rev.eng]" that promise to be groundbreaking
events. It will continue with a series of seminars, keynote lectures, and web
interventions that will further investigate the global risks of interconnectivity
and seek out new forms of global governance to identify, manage, and reduce
The digital art exhibition "I love you [rev.eng]", curated by the
Kulturbüro digitalcraft.org aims to show the largely unfamiliar and multilayered
reality behind the computer virus phenomenon. By exploring the history of the
computer virus - from its role as destructive factor and economic threat, to
a creative element in digital art and its use as a democratizing tool - the
exhibition challenges visitors to reflect on the ubiquitous presence and transformative
potential of information technologies in their everyday lives. Location: Watson
Institute for International Studies, Brown University, 111 Thayer Street, Providence,
401.863.2809. Dates: September 10 - October 4, 2004. Times: Mo-Fr 10-4pm and
On September 10 and 11, 2004, a complementary symposium on "The Power and
Pathology of Networks" gathers network theorists, social critics, and media
experts to explore the special powers and problems of networked technologies.
How do we assess the dangers of interconnectivity (networked terrorism, computer
viruses, pandemics) against the vaunted benefits (global interdependence, increased
transparency, higher productivity)? Is the complexity of networks producing
immune responses, cascading effects, and unintended consequences that defy human
control? What new forms of global security and governance are needed to manage
the power, allocate the resources, and reduce the risks of networks?
After 9/11 Documentary Released in DVD Edition
Press Release ] 7.12.04 - The critically acclaimed documentary After9/11
has been released for general audiences and is now available for purchase on
the InfoTechWarPeace After 9/11
website. After9/11 offers viewers unprecedented access to a wide
range of scholars and journalists, artists and writers, governmental and military
officials, who have participated in InfoTechWarPeace events and offer critical
reflection and historical background to supplement our understanding of contemporary
world politics. The documentary will appeal to a variety of audiences grappling
with a world radically altered by global terrorism and its conductivity through
Produced in collaboration with Udris
Productions, the hour-long film tracks the emergence of an Age of InfoTerror,
from the terrorist attack of September 2001 to the information war leading up
to the Iraq War. Two opposing voices guide the viewer through a richly visual
and openly critical appraisal of the current political landscape. The first
is a selection of national security speeches by President Bush, which provide
a chronology for the evolution of a US government policy after 911. The second
voice is novelist and Brown professor, Robert Coover, who uses a powerful dream
narration to frame a montage of the technologies of war, media, and surveillance
that have overtaken more human concerns.
"Moore or Less Morality" Op Ed by James Der Derian in Al-Ahram
Weekly demonstrates immediacy of web in action [ Press
Release ] 7.02.04 - James Der Derian reviews Fahrenheit 9/11, questioning
the power of the image to challenge U.S. foreign policy. "Moore
or Less Morality" first ran as piece for Chris
Lydon's blog, was picked by Egypt's leading English weekly, Al-Ahram,
and then posted on Gary R. Bunt's blog Virtually
Islamic, leading to a surge in emails and interest in InfoTechWarPeace.
Having recently completed the After
9/11 documentary with the InfoTechWarPeace team, Der Derian proposes
that rolling back the tide of imperial politics will require more than simply
piquing moral sensibilities. He wonders, "How long can it be before photographic
immanence loses its power of authenticity and we stop believing what we see?
How long before the significance of the image itself is called into question?
How many times can the truth take a beating before the American public just
stops believing anything it hears, reads and sees? Not soon enough?"
After 9/11 documentary to be broadcast
on Link TV June 11 & 12 [ Press
Release ] 6.07.04 - The critically acclaimed documentary After
9/11 will be broadcast on Link
TV via Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) this Friday, June 11, and Saturday,
June 12. Produced by the Watson Institute's Information Technology, War, and
Project, the documentary was previously screened in Germany, England, Canada,
and the United States, receiving high praise. Check the Link
TV program page for additional broadcasts in your area.
The Question of Information Technology in
an Age of Terror lecture Posted [ Press
Release ] 5.27.04 - James Der Derian of the InfoTechWarPeace Project presented
"The Question of Information Technology in an Age of Terror" for MIT's
Computing Culture Group in December. A webcast of the talk is available at the
MIT Media Lab website.
During his presentation, Der Derian previewed the project's latest accomplishment,
9/11, an hour-long film that tracks the emergence of an Age of InfoTerror,
from the terrorist attack of September 2001 to the information war leading up
to the Iraq War. After9/11 also served as a backdrop for his talk in
which he stated, "I think we've entered a new age of terror in the twenty-first
century, and in it, information technology, the new nexus of war and terror,
will become the most pressing question."
The MIT Computing Culture group, led by Chris Csikszentmihalyi, works to create unique media technologies for cultural applications. Csikszentmihalyi, who introduced Der Derian at the December meeting, has been a guest of InfoTechWarPeace for the Dis/Sim Symposium.
Semiotics of War InfoIntervention Posted [ Press Release ] 3.18.04 -
Days after the war of images in the Middle East has escalated to unprecedented and horrific extremes, the Information Technology, War, and Peace (InfoTechWarPeace) Project has launched an InfoIntervention on the images of international conflict. The intervention is available at (www.infopeace.org/911).
Adding to an extensive online resource 911 InfoInterventions, "The Semiotics of War" begins with an introductory essay by James Der Derian, who argues that something has gone missing in this mass-mediated picture of pictures. He writes, "In the rush to moral condemnation and for political expiation, the meaning of the images has become moot."
Two feature essays, "Simulated Conflict, Dissimulated Solution" and "From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib: America's Image" by InfoTechWarPeace research assistants Masha Kirasirova and Emily Paddon, explore the power of the image.
Complementing these essays is a valuable archive of clippings and artifacts from mainstream and alternative media documenting the escalation of graphic violence and growing bellicose media networks in the Middle East.
After 9/11 Documentary Receives Critical
Acclaim [ After
9/11 website ] 3.18.04
"I thought After 911 was fantastic -- powerful, thought-provoking, humorous, and humble. Congratulations and thanks for making it."
Catherine Lu, Professor of Political Science, McGill University
"I really enjoyed your presentation of After 9/11 in London. It combined
text and image in wonderful, sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant, ways.
My mind kept drifting toward the prose styles of people such as Kafka, Proust,
Nietzsche, James, Marguerite Duras, and the way they engender in their prose
the sort of thoughtful and inspiring effect you promote through the use of multimedia."
Professor William E. Connolly, Johns Hopkins University
After achieving critical acclaim at screenings in Germany, England, Canada,
and the United States, After
9/11, a documentary produced by the Watson Institute's InfoTechWarPeace
Project, will be broadcast this June on LinkTV via Direct Broadcast Satellite.
This summer, with the support of a Brown research assistant, the project team
also plans to develop teaching materials to accompany an After 9/11 screening
Screening of After 9/11 documentary at International Studies Association conference in Montreal, Canada [ After 911 Website ] 3.18.04 -
InfoTechWarPeace presents its innovative documentary After 9/11for the first time in Canada. The screening, alongside the ISA conference, will take place at McGill University on Thursday March 18 at 6pm [Room 26, Stephen Leacock Building, 855 Sherbrooke St W]. This documentary, a collaboration with Udris Productions, tracks the emergence of an Age of InfoTerror, from the terrorist attack of September 2001 to the information war leading up to the Iraq war. The hour-long film features a broad range of scholars and journalists, artists and writers, governmental and military officials who have participated in InfoTechWarPeace Symposia, public fora, and art exhibitions over the last two years. The poster for this event is available for download as PDF or as JPEG.
Intelligence Malfunctions InfoIntervention Posted [ Press Release ] 2.19.04 - The InfoTechWarPeace launches a new InfoIntervention entitled "Intelligence Malfunctions," covering the recent inquiries into intelligence failures prior to the invasion of Iraq. The intervention is available at www.infopeace.org/911. Launched just two weeks after September 11, 2001, the 911 InfoInterventions has become an extensive online resource for students, faculty, the community, and media, containing up-to-date information and provocative essays written exclusively for the site. This month's InfoIntervention features an introductory essay, "Intelligence Malfunctions," by James Der Derian, principal investigator of InfoTechWarPeace, clippings from mainstream and alternative media documenting how the debate unfolds, and links to reports compiled by notable research institutes.
James Der Derian Hosts Under Fire Forum [ Press Release ] 2.17.04 - Branching out beyond the in-house activities of InfoTechWarPeace, James Der Derian principal investigator for the Project and a Watson Institute professor (research), hosts an online conference on organization and representation of modern armed conflict, aka Under Fire. Under Fire, a critical forum on the organization and representation of violence at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, invited Professor Der Derian to introduce the role of media and entertainment industries in the war machine. To join the discussion go to the Under Fire information site. Under Fire also maintains a discussion archive.
Former InfoTechWarPeace Scholar Reports from 2004 World Social Forum [ Press Release ] 2.10.04 - Last month's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, grabbed most of the headlines, while a counter-event, the World Social Forum (WSF) held in Mumbai, India, went largely unreported in the western press. Ian Douglas,
a former Watson Scholar and co-organizer of the Watson Institute/Cairo
University/Hebrew University videoteleconference (part of the
InfoTechWarPeace spring 2003 "Dis/Simulation of War and Peace" symposium),
covered the event for the Cairo Al-Ahram Weekly. His account includes excerpts from interviews with some of the key participants,
including British MP Jeremy Corbyn on the global anti-war movement; Nobel
prize-winning Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi on human rights and the
International Criminal Court; ecologist Vandana Shiva on ethical
alternatives to global imperialism; historian Immanuel Wallerstein on Iraq
and the crisis of capitalism; and Arundhati Roy on North and South in
writing and in thought.
Network Pathologies InfoIntervention Posted [ Press Release ] 10.22.03 - Given the recent blackout on the northeast U.S., the SARS scare, the rising impact of computer viruses on everyday life, and the often frightening synchronicity of U.S. military simulations and operations, we ask the question: what happens when virtual, actual, and social pathologies and pathogens become unleashed in a highly networked global society? James Der Derian, principal investigator of the InfoTechWarPeace project introduces the concept. Sean Molloy, a visiting scholar, explores the nature of a virtual body politic. Geert Lovink, a leading media theorist, weighs in on the promises and pitfalls of hacktivism (activist hacking). And extra links provide an interesting window into the world of virtual, actual, and social pathologies and pathogens.
Technologies of Empathy InfoIntervention Posted [ Press Release ] 7.3.03 - Geert Lovink, a leading media theorist and author of Dark Fiber, discusses in a series of video clips the state of tactical media, a promising approach to media. A video interview with Watson Institute scholar and the pioneer of critical oral history method James G. Blight paints a genealogy of mediation in modern crisis situations. Ben Mauer and Annick T.R. Wibben of InfoTechWarPeace also ask how we might make use of technologies to foster communication, understanding, and empathy in conflicts. Additional links and articles provide opportunities for further research into the topic.
Dis/Simulation of War and Peace: Predicting, Prophesying, and Preempting the Future after 9.11: June 6–7 [ Press Release ] 6.6.03 - Since 9.11, InfoTechWarPeace has organized a series of events and virtual interventions on the events of 9.11 and their aftermath. This June they turn their attention to the future. The Dis/Sim Symposium explores how simulations (war games, training exercises, scenario planning, and modeling), dissimulations (propaganda, disinformation, infowar, deceit, lies), and prophesy (dreams, myths, and other cultural forms of revelatory story-telling) predict, anticipate, and preempt the future. Placing a premium on dialogue, InfoTechWarPeace gathers a diverse range of participants from governmental and nongovernmental organizations, media and military, as well as information technology and entertainment industries.
James Der Derian Comments on Virtual War Gaming in New York Times [ Press Release ] 4.03.03 - James Der Derian was quoted April 3, 2003 in the New York Times article "More Than Just a Game, But How Close to Reality?,? by journalist Amy Harmon. In the Circuits Section, Harmon considers the perplexities of video war games as a training device for the military.
Embedded War Media InfoIntervention Posted [ Press Release ] 3.26.03 - This InfoIntervention discusses war media during the first week of "Operation Iraqi Freedom." The intervention is available at www.watsoninstitute.org/infopeace/911.
James Der Derian, principal investigator of InfoTechWarPeace, asks "Who's Embedding Whom?" in an exclusive commentary. Clippings from mainstream and alternative media discuss the role of embedded reporters in the war zone and military analysts on major news channels.
911 Digital Archive Selects InfoTechWarPeace Website as "One of the Best on the Internet" [ Press Release ] 3.17.03 - The September 11 Digital Archive, organized
by the American Social History Project at the City University
of New York Graduate Center and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, highlights InfoTechWarPeace website in its indexed and annotated guide to websites. Since its launch in 2001, the Project has worked to expand and enhance its website (www.infopeace.org). In response to user feedback, the site has been substantially redesigned to provide clearer connections between the different activities of InfoTechWarPeace.
James Der Derian Interviewed by British Daily Guardian, BBC World, Public Radio [ Press Release ]
2.24.03 - Jim McClellan of the British daily The Guardian interviewed James Der Derian of the Watson Institute's InfoTechWarPeace Project, on February 20, 2003, to introduce an online special on the internet's role in the build-up to war in Iraq. In addition, Professor Der Derian was interviewed on February 24, 2003, on the BBC World program, concerning infowar and Iraq. Professor Der Derian also discussed the future of diplomacy on the Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) program, Odyssey on February 27, 2003.
Virtual Tour of "911+1: The Perplexities of Security" Launched [ Press Release ]
1.15.03 - The virtual tour adds multimedia content to an already extensive 911+1 website, which was launched parallel to the September 2002 exhibition. Using an interactive map, visitors to the website will engage virtually with many of the ideas and experiences of the actual exhibition: browse the work of each artist, view the work as it was installed in the Watson Institute, and watch videoclips of curator Thomas Y. Levin of Princeton University giving a tour.
InfoIntervention on Latest Bin Laden Audiotape Posted [ Press Release ]
12.5.02 - This new InfoIntervention adds another facet to its extensive online resource called 911 InfoInterventions, which offers detailed analysis of September 11 and its aftermath. It features an exclusive essay, ?Dreams, Myths, and Audiotapes,? by James Der Derian, principal investigator of InfoTechWarPeace, clippings from mainstream and alternative media documenting the story as it unfolds, and a timeline of the Bin Laden tapes released over the past year.