Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bring your tent to the C3L and syn2cat SummerCamp 2009!

From July 2-5 2009, there will by the first Open Air Hacker Convention in the city of Dudelange, Luxembourg.

Whether you're a long standing hacker or have ever wondered what these geeks do, you should pack your sleeping bag and tent and come to Dudelange to enjoy four geeky days with people from all over Luxembourg and the Greater Region.

The camp will feature workshops, talks, 'Spaß am Gerät' and various other activities such as geocaching or 'foodhacking'. Come along, get to know interesting people and enjoy your beer or Club Mate in a cosy athmosphere.

More information on the camp can be found on the C3L SummerCamp Wikipage.
T-shirts can be ordered by sending an email to campshirts_AT_hackerspace_DOT_lu

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons?

Ever since United States (U.S.) President Barack Obama’s speech in Prague on April 5 2009, there has been growing attention to the topic of nuclear disarmament throughout mass media. The foundations for his speech, however, where set by an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by four elder U.S. statesmen: Schultz et al. (2007) drew the academic community’s attention to a renewed vision of A WORLD FREE NUCLEAR WEAPONS . The article’s impact waves OF have since rippled through numerous institutes and think-tanks to give birth to a number of publications debating GLOBAL ZERO. Governments seem to have been caught up in this vision, as can be seen from the 6 for ATTAINABLE STEPS an eventual ban on nuclear weapons by the BRITISH FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE (see Cole 2009) or JAPAN’ S MINISTER FOREIGN FOR A FFAIRS HIROFUMI NAKASONE’s (2009b) 11 to accomplish global BENCHMARKS nuclear disarmament.


In order to escape arms control dilemmas and attain a, in constructivist terms, viable solution, institutions will have to be reformed and norms created. The possibility of a world free of nuclear weapons needs to be considered under social-constructivist premises. Realist theories would have us remain in a vicious circle of power balancing and extended deterrence and cannot sufficiently explain what role norms, expectations and perceptions play in a state’s (un-)willingness to disarm.


Still, this means that the norm would need to be created by a body capable of instituting, verifying and enforcing such prohibitions and giving it a legitimacy that would be recognized and respected by the international community. Although it has been suggested repeatedly that the UN and its Security Council (UN-SC) watch over nuclear disarmament, they are, by definition, not eligible for that task. One of the reasons why India went nuclear, its seeking of a shortcut to
great-power status, to becoming a permanent member of the UN-SC (Tertrais 2009, 182), is a prime illustration of the fundamental flaw vis-à-vis nuclear abolition inherent in that institution. How can an institution that rewards nuclear weapons with permanent UN-SC membership and veto rights be expected to promote and enforce nuclear disarmament? Also, the 5 de jure nuclear weapons states (P5), as the UN’s norm entrepreneurs, would almost certainly veto the
setup of a nuclear prohibition, should they fear a loss of influence.


Moreover, we have seen that nuclear disarmament must become desirable and thus a norm of the international community in order to keep states from considering cheating as a viable and fruitious alternative to abolishing their nuclear capabilities. It is therefore important to note that, even if the goal of global zero seems to unreachable under the current circumstances, “[...]
invoking the idea [of nuclear disarmament] has political value if it embeds in global consciousness an understanding of the direction in which policies and actions should move.” (Walker 2009, 16)


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The Luxembourgian Blogosphere. A Landscape

I've been playing around on issuecrawler.net a lot lately and one of the main issues I've been enquiring on was the Luxembourgian blogosphere (in relation to hackerspace.lu). Note the fact that this graph show only sites that have at least two incoming links, that are, so to speak, co-linked.

Besides the fact that hackerspace.lu doesn't get enough incoming links, there are more interesting things to see on this illustration. The most obvious thing being the central position of joeladami.net. If you get a close look at the sites he links at, you'll see that they're of all couleurs and various ideologies, from the extremist left to the extremist right. Ok, this is certainly not a qualitative survey of that blog's contents, but nevertheless, this seems to be a blog that keeps it all together.

Another interesting fact is also the concentration (or shall we call it 'blogrolling') of leftist and green people's blogs. Those would be schockweiler.blogspot.com, sozialrevolution.blogsport.de, pianococktail.wordpress.com and so on)

On the lower left hand site, there are more technology related blogs, including hackerspace.lu' wiki page.

I'll see whether specific issues can be determined and relationships between the blogs and their authors can be further investigated. Keep you posted.