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Referendum Medialogs — An independent, self-hosted, repository about internet blocking and distributing practices, and media noise in the context of the Catalan referendum on 1 October 2017

︎ View/Download PDF version

︎ Public presentation @ UBIK + S/ASH GALLERY, Worm, Rotterdam, 5 July 2018.

︎ Book printed with the Espresso Book machine @ ABC, the American Book Center, Amsterdam, June 2018.

This research book of about 230 pages, shows how the recent conflict of the Catalan Referendum on the 1st of October 2017, has served as a model to better understand the social implications of software in democracy. Referendum Medialogs is a work in progress, mapping a journey of the events before, during and after the referendum, showing a series of conflicts leading to both blocking and distributing practices, in a context strongly characterized by nonstop overloads of inaccurate information. At the same time, Referendum Medialogs digs into the issue of disinformation and media noise, using open source revision control software Diffengine to track and log article revisionism, offering a space for hidden narratives, a hint to interpretations, an archive of technical incorrectness, of erasure, a selection of deliberate misreports and an exercise in creating awareness. The project caches key material on a Raspberry Pi web server, preserving information of which the original can potentially be replaced or removed. Users are given access to this material through a MediaWiki.



Material produced in this project:

︎ Diffs archive
︎ AMRO festival
︎ Online Interviews
︎ Transcripts
︎ Research book
︎ Mediawiki (referata)
︎ Mediawiki (self-hosted)