Zurich

In the summer of 2009 I spoke at a conference in Zurich: Shaping Europe in a Globalized World? Protest Movements and the Rise of a Transnational Civil Society. At that conference I attended a very interesting panel that provided theories and case studies related to efforts to ‘prevent and tame’ political protest.

Subsequently the organizers asked me to write a preface for the book edited by Peter Ullrich and others, “Prevent and Tame: Protest Under (Self) Control” (Berlin: Verlag 2010). Please follow this link for the pdf of my preface.

This preface can be read in conjunction with the interview I gave on summit/policing strategies in an earlier posting. See Thoughts from Lock Down Toronto: Reflections on the 2010 G8/G20 Summits.

This is the link to the Verlag Volume:
http://www.rosalux.de/publication/37206/prevent-and-tame-protest-under-selfcontrol.html

Surveillance, Finance & Production: Commercial and Military Power in an Era of Networked Capitalism

Google and Google Scholar searches suggest that one of my earlier articles on related subjects published in 1995 as “The Global Panopticon?” in the journal Alternatives has disappeared from the internet. To make this more widely available this article is posted here since – at least in my view – some of its concerns endure (it involves a dialogue with the likes of Bentham, Marx, Foucault and various theorists of neo-liberalism).

Nonetheless some of its notes on the internet may seem outdated or even quaint in light of the massive amplification of surveillance/networking technologies related to both military and commercial developments such as Facebook, Google etc. I think it can still, however, be read as an early theorization of some of the contradictions of contemporary capitalist development, e.g see Part III, especially the section on “The risky business of global finance”, where I noted its propensity to sudden collapse because of its self-regulation, financial innovations (e.g. derivatives) and capture of state interests by Wall Street in the USA, to say nothing of the lack of effective or prudential global regulation of finance.

Here is a PDF copy of that piece: https://stephengill.com/news/wp-content/uploads/THE-GLOBAL-PANOPTICON.pdf

Taming the Subject in Networked Capitalism: Prevention & Control Strategies

In the summer of 2009 I spoke at a conference in Zurich: Shaping Europe in a Globalized World? Protest Movements and the Rise of a Transnational Civil Society. At that conference I attended a very interesting panel that provided theories and case studies related to efforts to ‘prevent and tame’ political protest.

Subsequently the organizers asked me to write a preface for the book edited by Peter Ullrich and others, “Prevent and Tame: Protest Under (Self) Control” (Berlin: Verlag 2010). Please follow this link for the pdf of my preface.

This preface can be read in conjunction with the interview I gave on summit/policing strategies in an earlier posting. See Thoughts from Lock Down Toronto: Reflections on the 2010 G8/G20 Summits.