Corporatism and liberalism as a threat for the future of knowledge and humanity

[PART 1]


design éducatif et participatif avec les technologies

Corporatism and liberalism as a threat for the future of knowledge and humanity under the Clintons governance

The origins

Hi, My name is Julie and I am a critical researcher.

I believe in open culture since I started going to the Internet back in 2004 as a IRC moderator, blogger and coder when I had the chance to learn everything online in a pre-facebook era. In this time people rathered not to use it because of their data politics. Due to some bias I wasn’t even aware of in my childhood and young age at school, I never got the opportunity to enter a math school. I am a self-taught person. I also got to deepen my scientific knowledge in data analytics during the academic researches I undertook in 2008 to analyze the emerging usages of information on Twitter by students and activists during social crisis. It led me to study and analyze how information seekers remediate media sources and global flux of information into self media via the acquisition of digital and journalistic skills to influence news sources and break the silence of the mass media.

I defended my thesis in a time where user generated contents were dismissed and we had to wait the American Elections in 2016 to reveal the crisis of the media institution. I also focused at the politics of accreditation with the aim of giving more visibility, recognition and access to the precarious and activists works in media, technology that countribute to renew forms of public debate. I analyzed public data under pseudonyms (2012: 189) posing the basics of an epistemological and critical reflexion about online identities at stake with notions of privacy and surveillance. I am convinced that Internet and in some ways well intended machines can help us to build a better future but people have to acquire much more literacy (MAJ 10/09/2017).

I concluded my dissertation on the observation that we might have reached, with the development of progress and wealth within the networks, a state of permanent oppression provoked by increased visibility that undermine the emancipation with the permanence of restricted access to areas of power colonized by centralized hubs of preexisting powers and with liberal aggressive politics producing deep inequalities with their logic of western imperialism (Debaveye, 2012b).

My researches allowed me to observe and to analyze the evolution of media and technology landscape at a crucial time.

Before to be an ideologized concept used by marketers working for American multinationals, sharing economy and open knowledge meant something else than business only practices. I have defined it as sharing, building and linking knowledges, expertises, ideas, concepts and discoveries selflessly, with desinterest for profits following the post-colonial project of Freire, fixing what is wrong by reflecting critically and connected (Debaveye, 2012a).


I was born and immersed in the digital culture (I had no computer home before uni). I had bad experiences with the internet. I had huge ones, nevermind…this is what we get. And I kept believing that people working cooperatively can make a social change. 

(Since 2006), from my masters degrees, I have observed in the media the way partisan polls, lobotomized haters or trolls and networks of collusion unherited from American politics have ruined our world, our peaceful lives and probably the future of collective knowledge, news and humanity as we might like it.

For denouncing these logics, I have been repeatedly targeted by authoritarian institutions and corporations, some mainstream media and some universities with surveillance and assaults, on the internet and IRL, starting with my researches and people trying to take the credit of my work to interfering with my personal and social life. I am still being the target of physical attacks in streets and cyberharassments from private parties acting out of conflicts of interests. I have even started to wonder until what point it might be the produce of a diffused mind control program. Giving the recent developments in technology, that wouldn’t be such a fantasy (MAJ 10/09/2017).

These logics are embodied in anti-capitalist, feminist and anti-racist ideologies as they use consumption to spread the poison (maj 10/09/2017). As I point in my dissertation (2012b), Women’s movement advocated for the role of new media as a way to give access to education and empowerment (and I agree) (Di Chiro, 2004), equal access (Habermas, 1978, 1987) , equal opportunity (Fraser, 1992) and visibility (Thompson, 1995) BUT I underlined limits with the study and comprehension of situated knowledges and the lack of distributed resources among post-capitalist «societies» (Debaveye, 2012a, 2012b, 2015).

We always have been aware of these issues at some point but never quite realized the rational and systematic  structure it takes . We underestimated the obsessive behavior of these characters into reaching their material ends that would lead  them to the MASSIVE instrumentalization of technologies to monitor the mass to get people to do things what they don’t want to do (MAJ 10/09/2017).

We are supposed to be laic democracies but we’re contained with moral judgement.


Whilst being a precarious worker at academia, I was the captive witness of how hidden things started to crack about the infamous reality of people’s struggles, arts and works being instrumentalized by liberalism. It took me times to notice what was happening as I was a young scholar really busy with my researches and lectures. I was struggling to combine my academic career with a decent living, working on my dissertation and working at night or part time. Sometimes, things are not always easy to see it when it’s just under your eyes and it takes some time to reflect on it and give it its full dimension (MAJ 10/09/2017). But I wasn’t given the opportunity to grow in my academic path as I couldn’t find, as many of my peers, a permanent researcher position in academia.

I was a Clinton despite my wills and I HADN’T EVEN KNEW IT. Its is after I recovered from my PhD that I realized they got me caught up and isolated making me believe they would help me to reach a tenure, they got me fake contacts, fake interviews, fake selections and contracts. I was the target of subtle moral and psychic harassment (10/09/2017). 

I rathered to quit after two years of publishing as I was dealing with anxiety and depression at the time of my PhD. This is really common among scholars but it could be avoided. I could tell you about scholars that ended up in psychiatric services, with depression and suicidal tendencies, other who committed suicide over their Phd for mistreatments and abuses but this is not the point. 

I was lucky enough to be completely devoted to my researches that were a disenchanting yet passionating work about the hows of a group of activists taking models from AIDS activism created informations and new political ways to interact on the internet to contest restricted access to contents and actions (2012) to the hows of sousveilling surveillance (2015), to finally and eventually got their ideals of social justice and critical awareness appropriated by news media, encrypting firms and tech companies… (Well, this is the bad end!).
Mass media manipulation of networks of resistance for caution and visibility and appropriation of each critical discourse into rhetorics for acquiring power in the end revealed the emerging power of critical studies and works (10/09/2017). In the end, we were important (february 2018).

It seemed like we were achieving our goals but we were far from it (10/09/2017). Later, by 2013, I noticed how the privacy movement deprived people from equal rights as all people are not having the means of protecting themselves from surveillance and control at a time when information was the new oil.

In academia, it was a battle to handle the idea that our works could be used with the compliance of universitary corporatism. I was concerned also by the use of surveillance and privacy notions for financial benefits.

Witnessing is fine but you have to find action modes at a point (10/09/2017).

The Fight

I got subversive through my publications showing people the way to produce and share knowledge via social networks and defining an expertise of convergence to distigmatize them from oppression (2012, 2015). I don,t know until what point I lured academia but they got really mad (10/09/2017).

I have read the Art of leaking of Assange that is a manifest to leak secret information from institutions do make them disorganize and it inspired me (10/09/2017).

They went into panick mode and started to make mistakes (10/09/2017).

The Securitists i.e privacy fake activists were questioned for their lack of accountability. After Snowden’s revelations, we heard that Tor for example could be a tool used for surveillance in the hands of universitarians a

Snowden’s Party is feeding the own perfect dreams of the Western control. No one asked what the database would become into the hands of unethical scientists or politics and when we did, they lost credibility.

After we’ve asked for the origins of funding sources, it came to news that TOR was being funded by the American Defense Department. Then the proper ones who advocated for people’s online safety and privacy were exposing them to targeted surveillance (See my last paper, 2015).

All the activists were getting caught up, Arab activists, Free Syrian Army, some Anon and well-known hackers (Aaron Swartz, Kim Dotcom, ) …

Then Snowden launched Signal, a chat app with double encryption tool I won’t recommend using as we have no evidence that encryption tools can actually protect users from piracy. In fact it seems that it is targeting its users as Police focus on them.

They failed. They failed the elections. They lost people’s voices and caution.

Because their storytelling was a lie.

Yes, we surely, certainly, overestimated the ability of the internet to grow collective intelligence and underestimated what a bunch of crap people would do with it for fame and money once they get the potential… And so, as humanitarians we trusted humanity.

There were retaliations.They reacted with military forces.

They stabbed us to death.

It was all project and no business and it became all business and no project.

Corps actually won the app market with lucrative benefits over activists. Tech companies, political leaders and news media under the governance of the Clintons forgot their public mandate and silented under the lobbying of financial players (banks, real estate). They eventually showed clear despise for the social contract, became trustful of themselves and arrogant.

Neo-rationalism allows colonial revisionism to erase each day the minority’s voices that historically shouted loud and clear at their own perils, the stories of whose who have been offended, physically assaulted, jailed and tortured for defending democracy and social justice.

With the violence of the algorithms and norms, the drifts of quantitativism and the sanctification of online violence, trolling and cyber-harassment, these web mercenaries quietly pave the way for fascist politics, while social forces conveying sexism and racism and the miserable cohort of individualism are, putting hands in : indifference, lack of support and empathy.

As it happened with the website opendemocracy, IT workers derealize and neglect the social dimension of online production.

Universities and political elites replace people with numbers and goals with SEO ranks, statistics, almost anecdotical. They erase contexts of production falsifying data. They process data and convert human in bits and then they assert their truth with the authority of numbers and ciffers. They use patriarchal bodies of expertise as stats, data and anthropology to manipulate communities. It is not only big data that is under scrutiny but the whole knowledge apparatus.

These crowds are liars, robbers, rappists, they’re a human fail.

Everyday, networks of power commit abuses in the name of the public good and of democracy. They bring common citizens into the hands of an incessant productivism led by web mercenaries that endorse without a say users’ online identity, collecting private sensitive data (names, addresses, ID, security number, credit card number) and stamping it with their brand names. They force people into zones of containments and subjugation.

While at a global stage, EU governments sell private data from European citizens to foreign investors infringing the duty of protecting citizens, big corps sell sophisticated technology of encryption to warriors, the Army or intelligence agencies (isn’t war the new trendy business?), women and kids get raped somewhere without the issue raising concerns, while alternative media are confronted with militia of trolls used for social control.

The run

As a critical researcher disagreeing with established power, I was not that visible much powerless than whose with more rich, more obscure, more manipulative and more connected and organized networks among networks of crime. Sexism played against me as activists networks are at stake with the issue. Everyone was playing in his corner.

The lack of solidarity and political commitment among citizens is the cause of the lack of structure among opponents to corporatism. I gave up with activists networks for this very reason, they were self-complacent  and uncooperative at the time. I ressented them (10/09/2017).

Divided and disempowered are the opponents.


The manipulation of people’s lives and stories is scary for the future of humanity and as well for the free internet. Most media and sources are rather used as way of conveying power and there is no structure to oppose them.

Now, global order maintains the incentive of open sharing cynically intrumentalizing some fake political ethos *nourished by sophist rhetorics* (Feb. 2018) and use minorities’ struggles for profits. And the hardest part to chew is that these established structures have now gained legitimacy through « science » and « politics » with liberal leaders following hidden agenda : moral cruelty and perversion.

Because of corporatism and with the corruption of the elites and because many players played solo, the ideal of sharing culture based on the principle that anyone can get access have been left go to seed. Conspirationnists taking the lead (10/09/2017).

What the mercenaries have in common is their fake sense of control. They agree on the belief that, in their immense talent, they can offer universal truths to control the living (Earth, Women’s bodies, kids). They use our claim for access and equity within rhetorics of representation as privacy, anti-islamophoby and migrants for legitimizing their exactions. Let’s say it : intellectual dishonesty, data frauds and authority of science (or what they call so).

The exit*

*Snowden took it from me (was using it as a header on Twitter for a while. Just saying and Fuck you asshole).

But they forgot that in western democracies you cannot reduce people to silence. People’s talks cannot be refrained WITH THE INTERNET.

We have to keep on track. The technical access is still an issue but it has proven its advancements each year, with 69% of 3G covering and the increasing of cellphone owners as it clearly is an emerging market for business (that’s why).

The main concern now is about how to get the symbolical access to resources due to the stables elements of power that the tyranny of apps and softwares maintain above all and get people to acquire more expertise and literacy (10/09/2017).

There’s a huge difference between building collective archives of knowledge with awareness and forcing consent.

There’s no clear exit my folks.

Giving organizations’ names is pointless as it doesn’t concern the whole people working in but only some specific double agents. You can also find them in small communities or as neightborhood representatives. They act at several levels.

(MAJ 09/10/2017) : There are some connexions that you can observe thus that have been pointed by me and others who used to work close, as locally infamous University Harvard, Stanford, Chicago (a huge and active hub), Washington, Brisbane, RMIT, Oxford, LSE (some), Warwick, Aarhus, Laval, UQAM, Mc Gill (some too), Laval, UQAM (again). And large corporations that relies on collusion like banks, insurance, real estate, transports or airports. And some services among institutions as European Union or OTAN. And lobbies and groups of interests.

Many of the people involved in those networks don’t really use the social networks so mapping their interactions will be pretty hard out of subjective interpretations and approximations. They’re always advocating for secret and privacy and act in the shadows.

There are connexions : 3 of my assaulters had connexions with real estate agents for example.

Generalizations are poorly informing us. I cannot say that the whole McGill University is colluded, some try to resist it sometimes even if they often break in the end.

Because yes, there was a before, and an after. These people are really dangerous and determined to get richer. That’s where they failed with me as I’m not a material person. But it is necessary to stop them.

Intellectuals are being specifically targeted. It shows it’s a rational strategy quite typical of authoritarian policies to reinforce existing powers and silent opposing voices.

I have never been attacked or hit in streets before I was a PhD student. Never came to the many betrayals or cyber-harassment techniques I observed among new acquaintances or professional frenemies. Some people called me with the only purpose to ask me questions about my personal life while never answered mine.

In a way, it is not that Sci-Fi to think that they recruit agents and send them to you through mutual hobbies, work activities or parties or using apps and technologies with private interface like Airbnb, Facebook or Instagram as soon as you get some public attention. These people have colluded since ever.

I start to believe they do that out of frustration, look at the face of Hillary Clinton and you get it (10/09/2017). But there are also lucrative concerns.

My feeling is that they act at global stage but they can target specific persons without respecting laws so they’re necessary colluding with politics.

On the opposite, the people I’ve met on alternative platforms where never on that mode, be it from the influence of our internet culture or by a lack of access from the powerfuls to them. The fact they’re taking the production of people away doesn’t mean you have to give up. You have to persist until victory! (10/09/2017). So it is also a fit of values (feb. 18).

The point is to maintain an ideal of equity by calling for public, institutional and corporate transparency, by fighting the multiple frauds from colluded networks and by condemning the use of brutal force and coercion on civilians.

With the passing of information, citizens can become more empowered to critically deal with news media and to whistle blow or pass leaks and news, even if undermined by the configuration of the media in highly concentric markets and despite the censure of media organizations who use gate keepers to keep the privilege of governance (*as the #Metoo controversy reveal – feb. 18*).

I try to remind that the internet cannot be controlled and is site for disruption. The internet is shizophrenic, made of many accidental and incomplete data and users cannot fully control the information about themselves online. Yet, online identities are fluid. (Debaveye, 2012a; 2015) There are chimeras.

The global biopolitics are slow and old. They connected with fast racers. But they’re focused on materiality. Chimeras are powerful and volatile. And I am a delusive player who persists over time.



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This article is inspired from a blog post I published in my blog of research in March 2015.


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