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international bordercamp strasbourg

d.sec - call v2.0

peoplemove - peoplecommunicate

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16.Jun.02 - database systems to enforce control [ |] call.update may 20th, 2002

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                         /\    noborder-camp July 19-28, 2002
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People move across physical and virtual borders. People push the electronic frontiers through digital and physical communication. States and multinationals are enforcing control of both flows. Information technology is part of the freefloating culture of resistance and a tool to develop a society of seemless control. The border camp in Strasbourg is the perfect location to explore these connections and link the struggles for free movement and free communication.


d.sec (first call published on, january 2002) is part of the international noborder action camp ( in Strasbourg, July 19-28, 2002. The intention is to create a thread around the issues of freedom of movement and freedom of communication. The link between both is becoming more important with the virtualisation of borders - which certainly does not make them softer.

Situated in Alsace, with a French/German border which has shifted 5 times in the last 5 centuries, Strasbourg is now the location of the Schengen Information System (SIS), a detention center and many EUropean institutions. d..sec will use this thick symbolic space as an experimental field to better understand how the virtualisation of borders works, and what to do about it.

Between 1000 and 3000 people are expected for the bordercamp. d.sec will take place on the campsite and in town, with workshops, presentations, active discussions or chilling out with a notebook and a cup of coffee.


d.sec is about reflecting the mechanisms of repression/control in the fields of free movement and free communication, the experiences of electronic and physical bordercrossing. An attempt to integrate cyber-activism and taking the streets, and find the relations between social and technical skills. The wider objective is to give momentum to an ongoing exploration of technical potentials in the resistance against the border regime.

d.sec relies on the diversity of people who will be present at the Strasbourg border camp. Some of the activists will be web designers and editors, sys-ads, videomakers, code-writers, translators. Some earn a living with this "immaterial labour", some just use it in their political work. Others focus on the streets. Others have experience with borders and migration.

/*hack the streets. be pink and silver on the net*/

d.sec is meant to become an open structure where activists, anti-racists, migrants, hackers, teccies, artists and many more put their knowledges and practices into self-organised interaction. A space to discuss and network, for skill sharing and and collaborative knowledge production. A laboratory to try out ways to hack the streets and reclaim cyberspace with crowds in pink and silver; experiment with virtual identities, linux and open-source products; explore the embodyment of technology, learn about the meanings of physical and virtual bordercrossing.


/*check out the discussion forum on (under construction) This is a space to collect and discuss articles, images and texts before, during and after the camp, a pool for information.*/


We propose three modes of gettogethers - they are flexible, can take place anywhere, each mode can turn into another one if people feel like it.

[presentations] anything from formal presentations to chilled-out exchange, inspired by an impulse contribution (film, talk, website, sound). Might turn into active discussions. Could be open to the public

[workshops] skill sharing about things like how to secure my PC, Linux installation, video editing, webradio, websites, diagramme making, streaming ...

[active discussion] Brainstorms, dreams, theory with a perspective to develop into ongoing projects and actions. Can last anything between a few minutes and several days and nights.


d.sec/ is where the multitudes infect each other with subversive desires and constructive acts. Let's turn projects, questions and practices into interventions. Bring the tools to cross the digital borders. Let's be the humans behind the machines.

/*if you know of anyone who might be interested, please forward this invitation.*/

/*if you want to put your project on the preliminary programme or need equipment, mail to*/


This is a choice of projects and groups. Some have already confirmed that they are coming, others are projects worth looking at for inspiration. Anyone working on projects related to "freedom of movement and freedom of information" pls get in touch!

the voice (, migrant's self organisation, Germany) --- Chaos Computer Club, germany (, had their first real space demonstration in the streets a few months ago) --- hacknet milano (, italy) --- ascii (, amsterdam) --- puscii (, utrecht) --- --- genderchangers (, amsterdam/london) --- print (, dijon) --- undercurrents (, UK) --- PublixTheatreCaravan, (, vienna) --- ak-kraak ( --- trojan tv ( --- electrohippies (, floodnet, UK) --- --- indymedia centers ( --- --- debian gnu-linux ( --- FreeBSD ( --- ----, strasbourg --- bureau d‚etudes ( --- Kanak Attack ( --- sans titre ( --- campware|campfire, Prague (media lab, --- databyte --- --- --- --- electronic disturbance theatre (archived) --- --- communication guerilla ( --- --- fiambrera obrera ( --- old boyz network ( --- --- --- virtual people smuggler ( ...

[x]d.sec /di:' SIk/, abbr of(a) Database System to Enforce Control. A database used to restrict the civil liberties of a specific group. Emerged in late 20th century during transition from democracy to empire. (b) opp deformed security. A dysfunctional understanding of security. (c) spec tag of 1st Inter.. bordercamp, 2002 EG desecuricise SIS. //*Collins Cobuild English Language. London; Glasgow: Collins, Stuttgart: Klett 1987, p. 352.


{ The struggles for freedom of movement and freedom of communication are beginning to interact. To take the solidarity further, we need an understanding of how both freedoms are being controlled. Demystifying the SIS and visualising virtual borders could be a practical starting point. We need to know how IT tools are supporting virtual borders, and how we can use them for our own purposes. LetŒs talk about how the machinery of control affects all of us - as migrants, activists, webbies and crossovers of all sorts.}

#++ Migration and the Digital Frontier: Crossover and Difference
# Learning from the Zapatistas: getting the most out of the web
# Maps of control: an exhibition (Syndicat potentiel/bureau d'etudes)
# cardreader (ascii)

[active discussions]
# Theatre/performances in public space (noborderZONE)
# IS SIS THE WORLD WE WANT? Info and brainstorm
# 'You need a mobile and email to work with us' (expls: Kanak Attack, Indymedia)

# mapping the border. active research for a sbourg diagram. (syndicate potentiel, bureau d‚etudes)
# Invisible theatre/ surveillance camera play/ checkpoint play/radio-supported psychogeographic explorations/

d.sec/themes/opensource and free things
{The world of open source is thriving: everything is available for free, from the Linux operating system to sophisticated cryptography. What‚s the politix of this world? Why should grassroots groops participate and use it? How to secure your computer? And the idea of free things is not limited to software}

# Public key cryptography for secure communication: Create your own keypair! (ascii, amsterdam)
# Installing gnu/linux - why and how (ascii and ...)
# A smart artist makes the machine do the work: opensource content management // campware // databyte
#++ getting free food from the market (sans titre network, daily) let's talk about debian/ freeBSD/ Gnu/linux/ TCP/IP/ firewalling/
# Free parties the subvertivity of fun
# The needs of the "mobile activist"

# Key signing party (ascii, amsterdam)
# Yomango: want it? You got it! From civil disobedience to social disobedience. Shoplifting as fine art (Yomango, Barcelona, with mobile media unit)

{Crowds of activists are taking the streets of cyberspace. They practice the art of internet campaigning, use the tactics of communication guerilla and have a laugh at the rich and powerful. How do electronic disobedience and traditional actions/campaigns relate to each other? Cyberspace is Public Space!}

[active discussions]
#++ Image pollution and tactical embarrassment: let's talk with and about floodnet/electrohippies, lufthansa online-demonstration, rtmark, fiambrera obrera, electronic disturbance theatre, yesman,, toywar, root@sis# shutdown -h now

# video screenings about past and present actions (noborderZONE)

{Some say our identities are liberated through communication technology. Others feel the need to reclaim their bodies from the machines. Let‚s talk about cyborgs, gender, human interfaces, sexuality in the world of cyberspace. Let‚s talk about the humans behind the machines.}

#++ finding questions to answer: chat rooms. sexism. gender(bending). power. desire ...
# "The teccie" - a gendered identity? (all present teccies, non-teccies and the majority of crossovers)
# let‚s talk with and/or about projects like the old boyznetwork, haecksen, ascii, indymedia, nadir, sindominio ...

# every-body who is there and willing to do one


{Tools like SIS specifically aim at the restriction of free movement and free communication. These database systems to enforce control are bugs, problems that need to be fixed. Is the hacker community still ahead of the apparatus of control? Any hacker kid has hacked the pentagon, some net pirates seized the WEF database at Davos have they tried to crack the SIS? And if so, what would it mean? Direct action, free de-bugging or a risky game? Let‚s try}

[active discussion and permanent flowing workshop]
# Hacking and ethics - explorations of a concept "root@sis# shutdown -h now"
#++ how a hacker would see the SIS

d.sec/themes/media activism
{hundreds of media activists will be present at the strasbourg bordercamp, equipped with webcams, digital cameras, minidisc players and laptops. What happens to all this footage? What is the function of videos, webradio etc for >=THE MOVEMENT„? For some, media activim is about counter-information, for others its about interventions in the public sphere, or both. Time to think about the fascination and objectives of digital media production}

# the radio stream from everywhere (radio crews at the camp) Producing and reflecting on webstreams, pirate radios/television ...
# indymedia networking meeting (if indys present at camp want to)
# webmagazine for sbourg bordercamp - intro to the editing system

[active discussion]
# Freespeech at all cost open or edited? Hate the media be the media? Debating with and about projects like indymedia,, nadir, sindominio, public netbase, a-infos ...
# noborderZONE: The PublixTheatreCaravan (vienna, will bring a bus complete with mini-cinema, workspace/media lab with computers, internet acces, bar and stage.

# a news agency for social movements. Working with the corporate media? (Liberinfo network, Barcelona)
# everyone is an expert mobile bus

# video screenings - viewing (activist) videos: what‚s the message? We are the experts! (videos present at camp)
# performance sounds and borders (wer war das / name?)
# possibility for gettogether of indymedia activists

/* IS S I S T H E W O R L D W E W A N T ? */

root@sis # shutdown -h now

[website of the d.sec project]