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Programmers, Hackers and Hacks: the people and practices behind our machines

Paula Bialski

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Programmers, Hackers and Hacks: the people and practices behind our machines

Programmers, Hackers and Hacks: the people and practices behind our machines

Paula Bialski

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About Us

This is a podcast series that will hopefully help you learn about the role of hackers, computer programmers, data scientists all all sorts of nerds and magicians who help build our digital societies today. I am your host Paula Bialski, and I am Associate Professor for Digital Sociology at the University of St. Gallen and an affiliate researcher at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University in Luneburg Germany. I am ethnographer of digital cultures, which just means that I like befriending all sorts of technically-savvy nerds, which I’ve done in my research stints in the past. This podcast was originally created for my Contextual Studies course at St. Gallen University in April 2020. A lot what I will be talking to you throughout this podcast lecture will come from my own two year research project where I hung out among corporate programmers in Berlin who made mapping and navigation software. This podcast is written and read by Paula Bialski. Production, sound editing, and sound design was done by Heights Beats. Thank you in particular to Chris Kelty and Biella Coleman and our endeavour at hackcur.io for inspiring this podcast, as well as the Leuphana University Luneburg and the University of St. Gallen.

Latest Episodes

Episode 7: When Stuff Goes Wrong

In this episode, I will explain how software development inherently runs on a culture of preventing and predicting stuff from going wrong. The reasons for this are the various forms of heterogeneity making up the sociotechnical system that is...

17 MINMAR 24
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Episode 7: When Stuff Goes Wrong

Episode 6: The Collectivity of Software

In this episode I want to talk to you guys about how developers work together - and the way in which intimacy and creativity is a direct characteristic of the practice of programming or building software. References for this episode: 1. Graham, Paul....

15 MINMAR 24
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Episode 6: The Collectivity of Software

Episode 5: The Hacker Hacker and their Hacks

In this episode, I want to address the elephant in the room - and talk about “the hack” or specifically what hacking is as a practice. It would be easiest to do this I think by looking through the lens of the typical ‘hacker’ - like the hackers you guys...

16 MINMAR 24
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Episode 5: The Hacker Hacker and their Hacks

Episode 4: Researching Hackers

This episode is now meant to really give you guys a look at the other research out there that study hackers and programmers - so I’ll briefly give you a background of where to really search once you want to write or learn more about this topic....

13 MINMAR 24
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Episode 4: Researching Hackers

Episode 3: A brief history of the Silicon Valley

In this episode, I want to give you a bit of a contextual history of around the culture of hacking and programming - by introducing to you the significance of a place called the Silicon Valley.References for this episode: 1. Ballmer going crazy on...

19 MINMAR 24
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Episode 3: A brief history of the Silicon Valley

Episode 2: My Road To Hacker Studies

Who am I? And why am I telling you guys about hackers and programmers? In this episode, I will tell you guys about where I’m coming from as a researcher and how I got so concerned with the digital societies we live in.There aren't any readings to go...

19 MINMAR 24
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Episode 2: My Road To Hacker Studies

Episode 1: Introducing the Hacker

One of the centres of power in our societies lies in the hands of the hackers and programmers building and running the foundations we stand on. In this first episode, I will talk about the many faces of the hacker and why our reliance on them makes it...

12 MINMAR 24
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Episode 1: Introducing the Hacker

Episode 8: Inequalities

In this episode, I will talk about inequalities, and in particular the regional inequalities that exist within a software production.References for this episode: 1. https://hackcur.io/category/inclusions-exclusions/

14 MINMAR 24
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Episode 8: Inequalities

Episode 9: Bonus Interview about Maintenance with Mace Ojala

Mace Ojala is a part-time lecturer at the IT University in Copenhagen and teaches tech-y courses around computing and networked infrastructures. I called him up to get him talking about computer maintenance, a topic that is largely forgotten.Mace's...

21 MINMAR 24
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Episode 9: Bonus Interview about Maintenance with Mace Ojala
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Latest Episodes

Episode 7: When Stuff Goes Wrong

In this episode, I will explain how software development inherently runs on a culture of preventing and predicting stuff from going wrong. The reasons for this are the various forms of heterogeneity making up the sociotechnical system that is...

17 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 7: When Stuff Goes Wrong

Episode 6: The Collectivity of Software

In this episode I want to talk to you guys about how developers work together - and the way in which intimacy and creativity is a direct characteristic of the practice of programming or building software. References for this episode: 1. Graham, Paul....

15 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 6: The Collectivity of Software

Episode 5: The Hacker Hacker and their Hacks

In this episode, I want to address the elephant in the room - and talk about “the hack” or specifically what hacking is as a practice. It would be easiest to do this I think by looking through the lens of the typical ‘hacker’ - like the hackers you guys...

16 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 5: The Hacker Hacker and their Hacks

Episode 4: Researching Hackers

This episode is now meant to really give you guys a look at the other research out there that study hackers and programmers - so I’ll briefly give you a background of where to really search once you want to write or learn more about this topic....

13 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 4: Researching Hackers

Episode 3: A brief history of the Silicon Valley

In this episode, I want to give you a bit of a contextual history of around the culture of hacking and programming - by introducing to you the significance of a place called the Silicon Valley.References for this episode: 1. Ballmer going crazy on...

19 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 3: A brief history of the Silicon Valley

Episode 2: My Road To Hacker Studies

Who am I? And why am I telling you guys about hackers and programmers? In this episode, I will tell you guys about where I’m coming from as a researcher and how I got so concerned with the digital societies we live in.There aren't any readings to go...

19 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 2: My Road To Hacker Studies

Episode 1: Introducing the Hacker

One of the centres of power in our societies lies in the hands of the hackers and programmers building and running the foundations we stand on. In this first episode, I will talk about the many faces of the hacker and why our reliance on them makes it...

12 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 1: Introducing the Hacker

Episode 8: Inequalities

In this episode, I will talk about inequalities, and in particular the regional inequalities that exist within a software production.References for this episode: 1. https://hackcur.io/category/inclusions-exclusions/

14 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 8: Inequalities

Episode 9: Bonus Interview about Maintenance with Mace Ojala

Mace Ojala is a part-time lecturer at the IT University in Copenhagen and teaches tech-y courses around computing and networked infrastructures. I called him up to get him talking about computer maintenance, a topic that is largely forgotten.Mace's...

21 MINMAR 24
Comments
Episode 9: Bonus Interview about Maintenance with Mace Ojala
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