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May 01 2018

Vote on a VR headset for PS:1 and sending delegates to NOMCON

Update: both votes passed.

We’ve got two votes scheduled for tomorrow, May 1. You can still vote by proxy if you get your vote in today. Otherwise, show up at tomorrow’s member meeting to weigh on these matters of urgent public concern.

First up: vote to authorize $1,528 for the purchase of a Windows Mixed Reality Headset, controllers, and gaming laptop. Details here.

Pumping Station: One originally touted itself as a place for hackers, programmers, woodworkers and game designers. In 2017, a game design group was formed to re-energize this aspect of our charter.

This new equipment will be:

  • The centerpiece of a 3-month workshop series on immersive environment development.
  • Available for a working group specifically formed to create a demo about PS:1.
  • Available at parties and events, along with special events just for members to try the unit.
  • Available to the CNC area and any other areas that do not currently have adequate video cards or processing power to perform needed tasks.
  • Available for checkout by any member.
  • Secured when not in use.

Next up: vote to spend up to $2,000 (more likely $1,200) to defray the cost of attending the first ever Nation of Makers national conference (NOMCON) for up to two delegates from PS:1. Details here.

Nation of Makers is a national collective of makerspaces “dedicated to helping support America’s maker organizations through advocacy, resource sharing, and the building of community within the maker movement and beyond.” They are holding their first annual conference this year from June 9-10 in Santa Fe, NM. The theme is “intentional inclusion.”

The agenda for the conference covers a lot of topics of relevance to PS:1, and also affords us a great opportunity to forge ties with other mission-aligned organizations.

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April 24 2018

Introduction to 3D Computer Modeling with Rhino3D on May 6th

April 20 2018

OpenChaos am Donnerstag, 26. April: Onlinewerbung - kein Problem anderer Leute

Banner, Popups oder Autoplay-Videos - Onlinewerbung findet sich überall im Internet. Nur selten ist sie beim Nutzer willkommen. Gerade technikaffine Nutzer haben eine einfache Lösung, sich von der überall nervenden Online-Werbung zu befreien. Man installiert einen Adblocker und lebt scheinbar werbefrei. Doch so einfach ist es nicht, sich den Folgen des Werbegeschäfts zu entziehen.

April 19 2018

OpenStreetMap Ireland OGM

On Saturday the 28th of April, OpenStreetMap Ireland will be holding an OGM for all who are interested in knowing about our ongoing process to set up a company, that will represent the collaborative mapping of Ireland through OpenStreetMap. The interim committee will keep the community up to date with our progress so far, in what should be finished in a few months. This means the meeting will predominantly be about legal and administrative matters. This is your chance to talk with many of the interim committee members who will be present, during the midpoint in our work and raise any matters you may have or are simply curious about. We hope this will be the second last meeting before we can formally announce the creation of the company. One question that has been raised is “Why create a company to represent OSM Ireland?”. The answer is that part of the work members have done is to lobby government bodies to open data and bring it into the sphere of the citizen, where it can be used to improve our lives. On another occasion, a member was offered a grant to continue our work. To be able to accept money, lobby effectively, or any related task, we need to have a legal entity behind us. Which will, in turn, boost our ability to spread the benefits of open source maps for and by the people and not solely in the hands of large corporations or government bodies.

We are aware most members have a greater interest in actual mapping, so we hope to resume normal services by the end of summertime. We talked about doing a little mapping towards the end of the upcoming meeting. Perhaps a short walk around the area to submit some updates to OpenStreetMap. Or using some new tools like Mapillary or StreetComplete, this will depend on interest and who shows up.


We have a new Prusa I3 Mk3 3D printer!

This is the printer that we won in the Hack-a-Day contest about 2 months ago.  It arrived at my house last night, so I decided to open it up and inspect the contents.  That’s when I saw it…

Broken upper left Z axis guide rail bracket.

Broken upper left Z axis guide rail bracket!

I lifted it out of the box and discovered that the left Z axis motor mount was also broken:

Broken upper left guide rail clamp and left Z motor mount.

Broken upper left guide rail bracket and left Z motor mount.































A quick trip to the Prusa web site found STL files ready for printing…


New motor mount and upper left guide rail clamp printing on UMMD.

New motor mount and upper left guide rail clamp printing on UMMD.

Finally, printed parts installed…

Broken parts replaced.

Broken parts replaced.


Alas, it appears that the lead screw is bent- you can see it wobbling when it rotates.  I’ll be contacting Mr. Prusa for a replacement…

Public Viewing der BigBrotherAwards 2018

Am Freitag den 20. April werden zum 19. Mal die BigBrotherAwards in Bielefeld verliehen. Zusammen mit der Digitalcourage Ortsgruppe Köln laden wir zum geselligen Public Viewing der Verleihung in den C4 ein.

April 18 2018

April Open Social + Science Hack Day Dublin

What’s better than TOG’s regular monthly Open Social?  It’s our Open Social, with one of the best Hackathon-style events that we’ve ever hosted going on at the same time!  This month we have our regular Open Social evening on Saturday 21st April from 19:00. Going on at the same time will be TOG’s hosting of Science Hack Day Dublin. Expect the space to be filled with people doing all sorts of wacky stuff.


If you’ve never been to our Social, you’ll find it a great alternative Saturday evening in town. Come in and look around. You’ll find the space as busy as it could ever be, with Science Hack Day going on all around you. If you’ve never been in before, we’ll give you the grand tour of the space. Talk to members and visitors about projects or things you’d like to do. If you like what you see, ask about joining as a full member. Weather permitting, we might have our pizza oven going outside. Hopefully there’ll be caint, ceol agus craic as usual. The space stays open until the last member is left……usually the small hours of Sunday morning.


Our Open Socials are always free to attend for both members and visitors alike. No need to book…. just turn up. You can drop in for 10 minutes, or stay the whole night. We have parking available. Bring beer, food, gadgets! Our doors will be open from 19:00. Hope to see you there.

April 15 2018

Fireside chat: Who is Reality Winner?

The war on whistleblowers and Trump’s first political prisoner; the case of Reality Leigh Winner, an evening with:




From the movies Snowden  to The Post , whistleblowers are never far from our screens, or the headlines. Revealing the truth from behind a veil of secrecy and striking back against unaccountable power, whistleblowers are fighting for a democratic ideal at considerable costs to themselves. In truth, as in fiction, they have never been more necessary than they are today. 

The Obama Administration wielded the Espionage Act against more whistleblowers than all previous administrations combined, disappointing many by shooting the messengers rather than heeding their warnings about indiscriminate surveillance, the impact military technology and human rights abuses. The Trump Administration currently has more leak investigations underway than any other previous administration. 

A young woman named Reality Winner has been jailed without bail or bond for 317 days for  helping expose Russian hacking that targeted US election systems , and awaits trial in the new administration’s first Espionage Act prosecution.
Charged under the 
Espionage Act , she faces ten years in prison, for making a good faith effort to hold President Trump accountable .  Reality is the first victim of Trump’s  „war on whistleblowers.“

After serving six years in the Air Force, Reality took a job as an NSA intelligence contractor in January 2017. On  very the day Trump fired FBI Director James Comey  (May 9, 2017), Reality is charged with finding and printing a classified report entitled,  „Russia/Cybersecurity: Main Intelligence Directorate Cyber Actors.“

The next day (May 10), Trump celebrated with Russian officials in the White House, bragging that he had fired „nut job“ Comey in order to end any „Russiagate“ investigation. Hours later, Reality allegedly sent the NSA report to the media outlet,  The Intercept .  

Reality allegedly explained under interrogation. „I felt really hopeless seeing that information contested… Why isn’t this out there? Why can’t this be public?“

Along with James Comey’s leak of Trump meeting notes, the „Winner document“ helped  set the stage for the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller  a week later (May 17) to investigate „Russiagate.“

Reality Winner’s case has  precedent setting implications for whistleblowers  that are putting themselves at risk for the public’s right to know, on issues pertaining to Press Freedom, election suppression, and the government’s escalating war on dissent. Reality allegedly took a risk to share something that the   American public has the right to know.

The Courage Foundation and ExposeFacts recently kicked off events in London and in Graz, to launch a European support network for Reality Winner. We are happy to bring to c-base three figures with experience with these issues for a fireside chat to introduce her case to a German audience.

Our speakers; Lisa Ling, who saw first-hand, the impact of the US drone program before deciding to blow the whistle in the award-winning documentary,  National Bird  that was recently aired on German national T.V.

Naomi Colvin, Acting Director of the Courage Foundation, and Diani Barreto, Coordinator of the Berlin Bureau of ExposeFacts. The aforementioned co-panelists and organizations work closely together to support and defend whistleblowers and information activists worldwide.

Event starts at

Monday 16 April, 2018 2000-2200 CEST (EU) UTC+2/ 1300 CDT (US)


A livestream will be made available on the c-base website

The panel will be taking questions from the audience and from the Internet.   Please submit your questions via Twitter using the hashtag #Berlin4Re 

This event was co-ordinated by the Berlin Bureau of Expose Facts, and Courage Foundation powered with the kind support of c-base e.V. and Raymond Johansen

For more information please visit:

We want to thank the following organizations for their continued support:

WHISPeR Program at

Minority Veterans of America

Frontline Wellness at

April 13 2018

Project spotlight: Shou Sugi Ban, or the Japanese art of weatherproofing wood with fire

PS1 member Jonathan Howlette recently completed a project in which he experimented with Shou Sugi Ban (Japanese wood charring) to create some decorative elements for a home office.

Shou Sugi Ban is an eighteenth century technique for preserving wood by burning its exterior, cleaning it, and then finishing it with oil. The process offers several practical benefits-the finished process resists rot, fire, and insects–but the recent popularity of the technique has more to do with the aesthetic qualities of final product. Shou sugi ban is used these days both on exterior finishes and on interior furniture and artwork.

Traditionally cedar was used, but the process works with a variety of woods. Jonathan used 1′ x 12′ pine boards. Here is a before and after:

And here is a close-up of the final product, which shows the textural details revealed by the charring process:

Here are the boards being prepped for installation as wall paneling:

And the final result:

For this project, Jonathan purchased a propane torch, which he donated back to the space so that others can experiment with the technique.

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What’s cooking in: CNC–plus new area host needed!

PS1 is looking for a new host for the CNC area. Becoming an area host is a great way to deepen your expertise and help determine the direction of the organization. In the words of outgoing host Ash Anjani:

Being area host is a very rewarding experience. Not only do you get to be at the forefront of helping members with new technologies that they aren’t familiar with, but you get build on your own knowledge of understanding how the equipment operates and best practices. The best student is a teacher, and I am walking away from area host a much better individual and a more adept maker.

The specific responsibilities of area host include:

  • Maintaining and organizing the area
  • Overseeing training and authorization
  • Working with the Board of Directors to address the long-term needs of the area
  • Acting as an ambassador for the area, and promoting its use and projects.

Applications are due this Sunday, April 15. If you are interested, please send a note to describing why you are a good fit for the position and outlining your plans for the area.

CNC is one of the most dynamic areas at PS1. Here’s a round-up of recent happenings and equipment updates.

Epson 9800 wide-format printer

This is not quite ready for general use. We still need to set up restrictions so that only authorized users can make prints. The machine also needs a fitted cover.

FormLabs Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer

This printer requires a proprietary resin, and although it is more difficult to use than other 3D printers, it can also generate prints with potentially desirable features, such as translucency, high resolution, smooth surfaces, and suitability for us in metal casting.

We ordered three liters of resin (castable, ceramic, and clear), which should arrive in May. Here is the Kickstarter campaign where you can buy your own resin, if interested (

Update: the Kickstarter failed. So we ordered 4 250-ml bottles of monoprice resin for testing. Apparently cheaper resins (like those described in the Kickstarter campaign, are becoming available from Chinese manufacturers.

We also ordered four Z-Vat glass trays ( that last considerably longer and have much less distortion than the FormLabs trays.

Update: These were briefly out of stock, but are now available. Next week we should be getting three trays and two slip covers.

FDM Printers

Thanks to Zack Sasnow for helping to finish the plywood enclosure for the printers. We still need to buy a vinyl curtain to cover the front and provide insulation. Other needs include a replace SD card and an extension cord for the fancy lights.

Epilog Mini Laser

We will soon be ordering a replacement motherboard so that we can get this machine back in service. We still need an airline hook-up.

ShopBot CNC router

We recently took the ShopBot down for a day to perform a tune-up. Some more involved fixes in the works include:

  • New pinion gears. Some ShopBot owners have upgraded their motors to 7.2:1 for more torque and higher resolution. This requires a controller upgrade, though. We are getting pricing information.
  • New motor driver. Currently we are using the fourth axis driver, so the fourth axis is out of commission.

Tormach CNC mill

As mentioned in the last newsletter, Tucker was able to get us ten free training sessions with Tormach, which means that part of the training budget will go to lodging and meals, and most of it will be saved. The first four trainees will hopefully attend classes in April, schedule permitting.

The electrician should be setting up power for the Tormach within the next few weeks.

New authorizers

We now have four CNC volunteer authorizers who have been doing a bang-up job: Joe J., Joe M., Deanna, and Jeff. Many thanks to them for all their help.

Everything else

  • We ordered a shop filter that needs to be mounted the ceiling.
  • We also got a floor mop and Ash spent a few hours mopping. He reports that the floor is now less nasty than before.
  • A 6″ to 4″ splitter and tee were purchased to handle exhaust from the Universal laser. It still needs to be hooked up.
  • And we need to move the 6″ x 6″ x 4″ tee over to the Epilog.
  • And we need to install an air hose with compressed air for clean-up.


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April 10 2018

We have a photo stream–and you can post to it

We included a poll in the last newsletter to determine which photo sharing sites are most popular among PS1 users. The runaway favorite is Instagram, which is more than three times as popular as the runner-up, Youtube, which also happens to not be a photo-sharing site.

So here’s the deal: if you post photos or videos to your Instagram account and tag it #madeatps1, it will show up on the PS1 website. It will also show up in our Slack workspace. And in the future it might get pushed out to other places as well, like Twitter or Facebook or the Russian dark web.

The most recent handful of images from the Instagram feed shows up on most pages of the PS1 website. And you can browse the entire set of photos here:


Check it out, here’s Grant Wagner’s custom tabletop arcade console, including authentic buttons and joysticks imported from Japan:

Machining custom copper bolts for a six-way motion sensor:

#madeatps1 machining custom copper bolts

A post shared by Pumping Station: One (@pumpingstationone) on Mar 25, 2018 at 12:36pm PDT

Stained glass!

Folks, I’m not a huge social media guy, but I’ve been wandering around PS1 snapping and posting pictures of people lately, and I’m here to tell you that this is easy and fun. This Instagram thing might just have a future.

“Look at this thing I made”

Try it out! Of course we love people to write up blog posts that dive into the details of their work, but if you’re pressed for time and just want to show the world this thing you made, take a picture and tag it #madeatps1. There is an astonishing diversity of projects underway at any given time at PS1. Publicizing your work serves as inspiration to others and helps likeminded people connect.

What if I don’t have an Instagram account?

Well, you could always shell out the $0.00 required to set one up and start snapping away. But if you don’t want to do that, we still have you covered. Just email your pictures or video, plus any relevant caption, to We will take it from there.

Can I geotag/use Flickr/post daguerrotypes instead?

Not at the moment, no. It has been suggested that we expand the feed to include pics that have been geotagged at PS1, or that mention the @pumpingstationone Instagram account, etc. These are all good ideas, but the plugins we are using don’t do this out of the box. (You can however tag your photos with #madeatpsone instead, if you like typing extra letters on your phone.)

What else can I do?

I’m glad I pretended you asked. You can follow the PS1 Instagram account @pumpingstationone.

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April 09 2018

Results from The Great Drill Contest

As promised, we tested some drills. The testing wasn’t exactly scientific, but the results pass the smell test and provide some interesting insights as to the relative value of different drill types.

Spoiler alert, no equipment was visibly damaged in the collection of this data.

Read on for all the gory details.

The Drills

We set out to test a variety of drills, corded and cordless, at a variety of price points. These drills were all things that Ben, Garrick and Kevin had around their houses or the OMG Makerspace, and none were purchased specifically for this test. There’s something of an excess of Ryobi entries, but that’s just what we had.  The idea for this test came about when Ben purchased an ancient Black and Decker heavy-duty drill for $10 at Habitat Restore and said something to the effect of “I bet this drill could out-drill about anything”. We punched a few 1″ holes in a scrap of wood and decided that a more complete test was in order.

The Bits

We originally tried to select a variety of drill bits with different characteristics to test torque, speed, and so on.  I’d had visions of hole saws and forstners and a dozen sizes and pitches of twist drills, and when we saw the heap of stuff on the bench, we settled on the following 5 bits, since we didn’t want to spend all weekend drilling holes.

  • 3/8″ Ryobi Titanium-Nitride-coated twist drill
  • 1″ Harbor Freight Black Oxide twist drill
  • 3/4″ Irwin self-feeding paddle bit
  • 1″ Irwin SpeedBor tri-wing self-feeding bit
  • 7/8″ self-feeding auger

None of these bits were purchased for this test or particularly new; as with the drills we just sort of used what we had.

The Materials

Originally, we were going to conduct all drilling in 2″ hard maple, but ended up testing a few bits that stripped when trying to self-feed, so we ran the Speedbor and auger in a 2×4, drilling the 1-1/2″ way with the Speedbor and the 3-1/2″ way with the auger.  Except for the auger, all tests were conducted with the bit in a vertical orientation.

Testing Protocol

Times are approximate, and were taken with a stopwatch.  Each combination of bit and drill was only tested once (because we’re lazy) so this represents pretty weak science. A hole was considered drilled when the bit broke the lower surface of the lumber, to prevent measuring error where self-feed bits stop feeding once the screw tip breaks through, and where twist-drills sometimes seize if a flute catches wrong.

To account for differences in operators, we tried to use the same person for all tests with the same bit. We tried to regulate drilling pressure based on bogging, optimizing each drill to “max work”.

This chart shows the time spent completing each test. A few of the drills, particularly the elderly blue Ryobi and the 12v Bosch, had a few holes that they were unable to finish or that they couldn’t even attempt. The Bosch has a 3/8″ chuck, and the 1″ twist drill has a 1/2″ shank.

Clearly some drills were MUCH faster than others, with the fastest overall being the corded Milwaukee Hole Shooter, a very typical 850-RPM mid-duty drill. However, the standout performer in most tests was the 20v DeWalt, which came very close to the Milwaukee’s total time and beat it soundly with every bit except the 1″ twist drill. This really came down to gearing, as this drill had a 3-speed gearbox, and was able to spin the larger bits in the middle gear, giving it more RPM than the rest of the field. The rest of the drills with a shiftable gearbox, including the Metabo corded drill, needed the torque of their lower, slower gear for every bit except the 3/8″ twist.

Pay close attention to the Bosch 12v and the Ryobi 18v Brushed – at a glance, their scores look excellent, but neither drill was able to complete every test. The Bosch was only able to run the 3/8″ twist drill effectively; this shouldn’t really be a surprise, as it was designed for much lighter duty than the rest of the field. The Ryobi was able to complete every test except the 1″ twist drill (which really isn’t something you’d often run with a hand drill anyway), but it posted the second-slowest score for each test. Interestingly, while its blue predecessor consistently placed last, it was able to complete a hole with the big twist drill.

There are two other interesting comparisons here – first, we have two brushless drills alongside comparable brushed drills from the same manufacturer. While both brushless drills were able to outperform their brushed cousins (aside from a surprisingly slow time from the brushless Ridgid on the 1″ twist drill), they were nevertheless beaten in every test by the brushed DeWalt. Second, look at how the brushed Ridgid stepped up its game when given more power from a beefy 5 Ah battery pack – Upgrading the basic drill with the big battery was nearly as good as buying a brushless drill.

We struggled to come up with a unified measurement for the value of each drill, and settled on “Average Holes Per Minute, Per Dollar”.  We excluded the 1″ twist drill scores from the test, feeling that was a fairly abusive use of some of the 18v drills and one most owners wouldn’t attempt. We also left the Bosch out as an outlier.


To summarize, it’s hard to argue with a good mid-duty corded drill, with both the Milwaukee and Metabo placing very highly and successfully completing every test. This shouldn’t really be a surprise, as both drills are geared for roughly twice the speed of the low gear on most of the cordless drills, and have plenty of power to back that up. The heavy-duty Black and Decker scored poorly, in large part because none of these bits actually stressed it enough to justify the high price tag commanded by such a drill. It only comes into its own when very heavily loaded, as shown by its best-in-field time with the 1″ twist drill. It would be much happier mixing drywall mud or spinning a 6″ hole saw, tasks which would likely have destroyed most of the other drills on test.

The cordless drills show some more interesting variation. Thanks to its low cost, the brushed 18v Ryobi easily tops the chart as an outstanding value, as long as you can accept slower drilling in most situations (and recognize that truly heavy tasks will require a different drill). Beyond that, you basically get what you pay for. More expensive drills drill holes faster. The brushless models may not have blown away the performance of the brushed drills, but their modest price increases reflect this and leave them as a very reasonable option. Meanwhile, adding a large battery pack is a great way to bring new performance to an old drill, but is a terrible value if you’re buying both drill and battery at the same time.

More Data

Here’s the boring numbers we collected.

Description Make Model 3/8″ Twist 1″ Twist 3/4″ Paddle 1″ Triwing 7/8″ Auger Total Seconds Average Seconds Weight in g RPM MSRP (Kit) Milwaukee Holeshooter Milwaukee 0234-1 2.02 9 5 4.56 6.17 26.75 5.35 2250 850 150 Dewalt 20v Dewalt DCD980M2? 1.24 15.24 3.39 2.94 5.28 28.09 5.618 2800 1350 259 B&D Monster Black & Decker 1321 1.6 7.68 7.25 5.02 9.32 30.87 6.174 4740 450 238 Ridgid 18v Brushed 5Ah Ridgid R86008 2.68 11.69 7.53 6.03 9.47 37.4 7.48 1820 450 159 Ryobi 18v Brushed Ryobi P1811 3.86 DNF 9.93 6.68 10.37 30.84 7.71 1680 440 79 Ryobi 18v Brushless Ryobi P1813 2.54 19.32 6.87 5.9 8.78 43.41 8.682 2170 410 149.99 Ridgid Brushless Ridgid R86116K 1.74 23.48 6.37 5.03 7.63 44.25 8.85 2240 550 159 Ridgid 18v Brushed 2Ah Ridgid R86008 3.12 19.52 8.74 7.22 9.47 48.07 9.614 1820 450 119 Metabo Corded Metabo SBE850 1.75 38.93 4.57 4.56 5.38 55.19 11.038 3050 1000 175 Bosch 12v Bosch PS31 14.88 NC DNF DNF DNF 14.88 14.88 970 350 75 Ryobi 18v Blue Ryobi 5.76 47.95 13.46 8.18 12 87.35 17.47 1840 350 Average 3.74 21.42 7.31 5.61 8.39 40.65 9.35 156.299

April 05 2018

Ceramics Class at i3

  New Member Rebecca is giving our first class in Ceramics.  This is a beginning class working in clay. Student will learn how to handle clay and the tools used. Students will make a simple vessel, which will be dried and fired in the i3 kiln. Objects made in this class will be dried and […]
Altered Wind-Up Toys (or Robot Cosmetic Mods) Make-Along on April 22

March 30 2018

9th Annual Interactive Show: Call For Projects (DATE CHANGED, see below)

March 24 2018

Creating Anorak’s Adventure

With the upcoming release of the Ready Player One movie, a few of us at i3 decided to do a ‘simple’ hack to the Atari 2600 game Adventure as a tribute to the book that we enjoyed.  The thrust of the story concerns a retro themed easter egg hunt using popular culture from the ’70s, […]

March 22 2018

APRIL 4TH: Hacks/Hackers Digital Security Installfest

March 20 2018

Screening „The Cleaners“ 6. 4. 2018

Wir freuen uns in Zusammenarbeit mit der Heinrich-Böll-stiftung 
ein Screening des Films "The Cleaners" zu präsentieren.

Die digitale Müllabfuhr RELOADED
Film & Gespräch

20.00 Uhr FILM
21.30 Uhr Gespräch mit Moritz Riesewieck und Hans Block (Regisseure)
22.00 Ausklang mit Musik und Getränk

„THE CLEANERS“ ist eine Reise in eine versteckte Schattenindustrie in
Manila mitten in das Herz digitaler Zensur – dorthin wo das Internet von
kontroversen Inhalten „gesäubert“ werden muss. Wer kontrolliert, was wir
sehen und was wir denken?

THE CLEANERS enthüllt eine gigantische Schattenindustrie digitaler
Zensur in Manila, dem weltweit größten Outsourcing-Standort für Content
Moderation. Dort löschen zehntausende Menschen in zehn Stunden Schichten
im Auftrag der großen Silicon Valley-Konzerne belastende Fotos und
Videos von Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & Co. Komplexe Entscheidungen über
Zensur oder Sichtbarkeit von Inhalten werden so an die Content
Moderatoren outgesourct. Die Kriterien und Vorgaben, nach denen sie
agieren, ist eines der am besten geschützten Geheimnisse des Silicon
Die Grausamkeit und die kontinuierliche Belastung dieser
traumatisierenden Arbeit verändert die Wahrnehmung und Persönlichkeit
der Content Moderatoren. Doch damit nicht genug. Ihnen ist es verboten,
über ihre Erfahrungen zu sprechen.
Parallel zu den Geschichten von fünf Content Moderatoren erzählt der
Film von den globalen Auswirkungen der Onlinezensur und zeigt wie Fake
News und Hass durch die Sozialen Netzwerke verbreitet und verstärkt
Die utopische Vision einer vernetzten globalen Internetgemeinde wird
endgültig zum Alptraum, wenn hochrangige ehemalige Mitarbeiter der
Sozialen Netzwerke Einblicke in die Funktionsweisen und Mechanismen der
Plattformen geben. Durch gezielte Verstärkung und Vervielfältigung
jeglicher Art von Emotionen, werden die Plattformen zu gefährlichen
Brandbeschleunigern, die soziale, politische und gesellschaftliche
Konflikte anheizen und die drohende Spaltung unserer Gesellschaft
Die Regisseure Hans Block und Moritz Riesewieck erzählen in ihrem
Debutfilm vom Platzen des utopischen Traums der Sozialen Medien und
stellen die drängende Frage nach den Grenzen des Einflusses von
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & Co auf uns und unsere Gesellschaften.

March 16 2018

Art, LEDs, Tables, Shocking!

What’s been going on at the makerspace? A few members have been making art for the WMSE Art & Music event coming up. Kathy H. used a variety of gears in her piece.

Jack has been working on trying to hack some LED lights to work better with the high speed photography he does. A few members have had good advice, so we’re hoping it’s not too complex.

William finished up this beautiful table. The wood top looks amazing and the pipe legs are functional and make taking it apart very easy.

Mark has upgraded his Van de Graaff generator to throw bigger sparks and make bigger shocks! If you haven’t been shocked by it in the past, look forward to the next event where he brings it out to play.

March 12 2018

POSTPONED: Hacks/Hackers CryptoParty March 21
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