Marshall, J, Goodman, J, Zowghi, D & da Rimini, F 2015, Disorder and the Disinformation Society: The Social Dynamics of Information, Networks and Software, Routledge, New York, USA.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This book is the first general social analysis that seriously considers the daily experience of information disruption and software failure within contemporary Western society. Through an investigation of informationalism, defined as a contemporary form of capitalism, it describes the social processes producing informational disorder. While most social theory sees disorder as secondary, pathological or uninteresting, this book takes disordering processes as central to social life. The book engages with theories of information society which privilege information order, offering a strong counterpoint centred on "disinformation." Disorder and the Disinformation Society offers a practical agenda, arguing that difficulties in producing software are both inherent to the process of developing software and in the social dynamics of informationalism. It outlines the dynamics of software failure as they impinge on of information workers and on daily life, explores why computerized finance has become inherently self-disruptive, asks how digital enclosure and intellectual property create conflicts over cultural creativity and disrupt informational accuracy and scholarship, and reveals how social media can extend, but also distort, the development of social movements.
Ylä-Anttila, T, Gronow, A, Karimo, A, Goodman, J & da Rimini, F 2020, 'Breaking the Treadmill? Climate Change Policy Networks and the Prospects for Low Carbon Futures in Australia and Finland', Society and Natural Resources.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2020 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The Treadmill of Production Theory (TPT) argues that in advanced capitalist societies, business organizations, trade unions, and state actors form a constellation that prioritizes economic growth over environmental concerns. We combine this perspective with the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) and use methods of social network analysis, survey data on key organizations in Finland and Australia, and in-depth interviews to map the policy network structures that resist low carbon transitions, and identify potential for change in these structures. We find that a coalition of economic, labor, and governmental organizations resists a low carbon transition in both countries. However, we also find several possible avenues of incremental change through changes in the network structures and the beliefs held by actors in the networks. Theoretically, this suggests that the TPT is correct in its diagnosis of the current situation, but the ACF may be a more fruitful perspective for identifying potential for change.
Babie, PT, Burdon, PD, Da Rimini, F, Metcalf, C & Stenseth, G 2019, 'The idea of property: A comparative review of recent empirical research methods', Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 401-436.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While theory offers important insights into property's normative content, it sometimes fails to tell us about what people understand property to mean and how they interact with those things said to be owned by them. This has significant implications for some of the challenges facing humanity, including climate change, unequal distributions of wealth and resources, biodiversity loss, and innovation. In response, a growing body of literature is emerging that looks at property through a different lens; rather than theorizing property in an abstract way or attempting to craft a normative account of and justification for the institution, this new scholarship focuses on everyday people's views and experiences - what some call the psychology of property and what we call the idea of property. This article presents a comparative review of empirical research methods that the authors have recently used to study the idea (or psychology) of property and provides evidence drawn from the United States, Canada, and Australia: (i) Stenseth's work on behavioral economics and property law; (ii) Metcalf's empirical research drawing on social psychology and behavioral economics; and (iii) the small-scale, qualitative study conducted by Babie, Burdon, and da Rimini. All three studies suggest that individuals hold an idea of property that exists independently from the formal law found in the jurisdiction studied. Moreover, while individuals do appear willing to self-regulate with reference to the environment or for the public good, for the most part people's idea of property is one that allows for promoting individual desires. Whether this is innate, culturally determined, or both is beyond this article's scope, but we conclude that this is an important area for future research and investigation.
Bano, M, Zowghi, D & da Rimini, F 2017, 'User Satisfaction and System Success: An Empirical Exploration of User Involvement in Software Development', Empirical Software Engineering: an international journal, vol. 22, pp. 23339-2372.View/Download from: Publisher's site
For over four decades user involvement has been considered intuitively to lead to user satisfaction, which plays a pivotal role in successful outcome of a software project. The objective of this paper is to explore the notion of user satisfaction within the context of the user involvement and system success relationship. We have conducted a longitudinal case study of a software development project and collected qualitative data by means of interviews, observations and document analysis over a period of 3 years. The analysis of our case study data revealed that user satisfaction significantly contributes to the system success even when schedule and budget goals are not met. The case study data analysis also presented additional factors that contribute to the evolution of user satisfaction throughout the project. Users' satisfaction with their involvement and the resulting system are mutually constituted while the level of user satisfaction evolves throughout the stages of software development process. Effective management strategies and user representation are essential elements of maintaining an acceptable level of user satisfaction throughout software development process.
This paper explores the disorganised political order ('pirarchy') generated by so-called digital pirates, arguing that pirarchy appears in swarms. Swarms are not necessarily revolutionary, but they can be disruptive. They are a social formation, growing out of reaction to, and enabled within, the systems of information capitalism, which do not form a harmonious, self-reinforcing whole.
As neoliberal restructuring destroys historic precincts in Hong Kong, these spaces' social and living histories take on new meanings for the city's disenfranchised citizenry. In 2006 the impending demolition of Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry Pier and Queen's Pier inspired a new form of spatial and cultural politics, which spawned unanticipated civic participation in the struggle to own the city. A lengthy cycle of oppositional actions interwove imaginative interventions, occupations, and investigative reportage, creating 'temporary affective spaces' around the piers. Contributors to the online citizen journalism site Hong Kong In-Media reframed sentimental mainstream media narratives by connecting urban development to political agency. The grassroots piers movement is significant because it seeded a new social movement in Hong Kong, one which shares resonances with Chinese protest culture and the global Occupy movement. Moreover, the organically constituted social formation of protesters perhaps materialises the philosophical concept of the 'multitude.'
da Rimini, F 2013, 'The Tangled Hydra: Developments In Transglobal Peer-to-peer Culture', GLOBAL NETWORKS A JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL AFFAIRS, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 310-329.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Internet-enabled file sharing via peer-to-peer (P2P) systems is a transglobal activity involving millions of people circulating vast amounts of information. `Anonymous peers exchange data via autonomous networks that are simultaneously external to, and embedded within, market structures. A transnational alliance of technology and media industries and governments employs technological barriers, legal instruments and, belatedly, commercial alternatives to constrain the phenomenon. Such `digital enclosures trigger productive rebellious acts by programmers, intellectual property activists and file sharers inhabiting overlapping informal networks. Escalating cycles of retaliation and resistance spawn further disorder in the informational domain. The period 200912 has been a watershed for technological trends, landmark legal battles and supranational treaties. However, scant attention is paid to how `digital piracy disturbs the logic of capital by instituting material practices that tolerate contradictory positions on free culture and electronic freedom, creating new contexts for social experimentation and recomposition.
da Rimini, F 2011, 'Networking the Container Project: A Radical Approach to Digital Literacy, Creativity and Social Change', Acoustic Space, no. 10, pp. 157-172.
da Rimini, F 2011, 'The Container Project in Rural Jamaica: Socializing Technology and Unleashing Creativity Along the Digital Divide'.
da Rimini, F 2005, 'Lepers, Witches and Infidels & It's a Bug's life', Sarai Reader 05, vol. 5, no. -, pp. 26-38.
'Property' is complicated. We shall argue that property is constituted within a paradoxical field of vague boundaries, personal relations, poetry and violence. It is not constituted by a set of universal rules (although rules may grow around it), but by ongoing culturally negotiated, psychologically based and enforced categorisations, disorders and persuasions. Consequently, there are many different types of 'property' and relations we can define as 'ownership' across different cultures. We use anarchism because it notices the violence of property, anthropology because it notices the strangeness and variety of property, and alchemy as a way of thinking about transformations, that make or undermine property
Marshall, J & da Rimini, F 2015, 'Paradoxes of Property: Piracy and Sharing in Information Capitalism' in Baumgärtel, T (ed), A Reader on International Media Piracy: Pirate Essays, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 145-166.View/Download from: Publisher's site
All societies both suffer and benefit from levels of what is perceived as disorder, and the guiding principles of the society may be contradictory, or paradoxical, in that their ordering systems create disorder. Our aim in this text is explore the disorders and vagaries of property that seem essential to its continuance, construction and destruction, and then demonstrate how these paradoxes play out in the information economy in particular within the domain of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing. We do not wish to reduce these paradoxes and contradictions to a temporary error or to a future ordered synthesis, but to take them as they are in all their splintered fury. Much contemporary social action stems from these incoherencies, and the disputes, displays of power, and innovations which circle around them. In the P2P field the disorder generated by the order of property provides opportunities for new productive and adaptive social and technical forms of life to emerge.
By contrasting order and disorder we are not implying the necessary existence of a binary distinction between the two, or that those definitions of order and disorder will not change depending on the social position of the definers. Disorder is not always and everywhere the same. It resists definition, which adds to its effects
Marshall, J & da Rimini, F 2014, 'Piracy is Normal, Piracy is Boring: Systematic disruption as everyday life' in Fredriksson, M & Arvanitakis, J (eds), Piracy: Leakages from Modernity, Litwin Books, Sacramento, pp. 323-353.
What is often called 'digital piracy' is nowadays a mundane and everyday activity shared by millions of people. As such, piracy is a commonplace disorder within the order of information capitalism; it is both created by the ubiquitous orders of information capitalism and suppressed by those orders. In the myriad points of view of its participants, piracy represents an order that is implicit within contemporary life, an order/disorder that we will call 'pirarchy'. For non-corporate producers, it constitutes a way of distributing their work that both threatens their ability to survive off that work, while also potentially opening previously unavailable possibilities of acquiring income or status from their products, or gaining expertise through direct, unmediated contact with fans and audiences. Many corporations see it simply as a disorder that threatens their future. We assert that pirarchy is a non-resolvable part of what we have elsewhere called the 'information disorder' – that is, the way that exchange of information, or the accuracy of information, tends to be disrupted by the political and economic processes of information capitalism.
da Rimini, F 2007, 'Introduction: Archipelagos of open code and free culture' in Rimini, FD (ed), A Handbook for Coding Cultures, d/Lux/MediaArts & Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia, pp. 9-19.
Contrary to Romantic notions of individual genius and Divine inspiration, innovation requires access to existing bodies of human knowledge. All knowledges are cumulative, built by processes of accretion, not exclusion. Knowledge is formed by branching generative processes; the action of knowledge upon knowledge creates new knowledge. Repeat sequence ad infinitum. In an information society labour undertaken by knowledge workers becomes a primary productive force, call centres nudging out the factories. Communication and co-operation remain key to technological development, whether this be the capacity to build smarter bombs, smarter dwellings or smarter networks.
da Rimini, F 2007, 'Introduction: Archipelagos of open code and free culture' in A Handbook for Coding Cultures, d/Lux/MediaArts, Sydney South, Australia, pp. 10-21.
da Rimini, F 2007, 'Social Technologies and the Digital Commons' in Ament, KS & Still, B (eds), Handbook of Research on Open Source Software:Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives, Information Science Reference, Texas, USA, pp. 47-67.
This publication examines how the use of open source software affects practices in society, business, government, education and law. It provides a balance of theoretical perspectives, experiences and cases in relation to these key areas.
Bano, M, Zowghi, D & da Rimini, F 2018, 'Power and Politics of User Involvement in Software Development', ACM, International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering, ACM, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 157-162.View/Download from: Publisher's site
[CONTEXT] Involving users in software development is a complex and multi-faceted concept. Empirical research that studies power and politics of user involvement in software development is scarce. [OBJECTIVE] In this paper, we present the results from a case study of a software development project, where organizational politics was explored in context of user involvement in software development. [METHOD] We collected data through 30 interviews with 20 participants, attending workshops, observing project meetings, and analysing projects documents. The qualitative data was rigorously and iteratively analyzed. [RESULTS] The results indicate that the politics was a significant factor used to exert power and influence in decision-making processes. Communication channels were exploited for political purposes. These contributed to the users' dissatisfaction with their involvement thus impacting on the project outcome. [CONCLUSION] Having multiple teams of stakeholders with different levels of power in decision-making, the politics is inevitable and inescapable. Without careful attention, the political aspect of user involvement in software development can contribute to unsuccessful project.
da Rimini, F, Goodman, J, Humphrys, ET & Thomas, L 2018, 'Towards a 'worker/citizen science' model: a qualitative investigation of workplace heat stress and climate change', Australian Citizen Science Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide.
Zowghi, D, da Rimini, F & Bano, M 2015, 'Problems and challenges of user involvement in software development: an empirical study', Proceedings of the International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), ACM New York, NY, USA ©2015, Nanjing, China.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Context: The benefits of involving users in software development projects have been studied extensively in the last four decades and have been reported to contribute to user satisfaction thus leading to system success. However, the relationship between user involvement and system success, being a multi-faceted and complex concept, has introduced many problems and challenges for the practitioners. Objective: In this paper we present our findings from a case study to give a deeper understanding of the challenges and problems of user involvement during software development. Method: The data in the case study was collected from interviews, observations and project documents. Results: We present our results in four main categories related to users, communicative aspects, managerial considerations, and project issues. It was observed that system success is achievable even when there are problems and challenges in involving users. Conclusion: Understanding the nature of the problems related to user involvement helps the project managers to develop appropriate strategies for increasing the effectiveness of user involvement.
Barratt, F, da Rimini, F & Nilsson, A 2019, 'Xenokin and Queer Morphologies', La Trobe University.
Xenokin and queer morphologies is a text for three voices, presented as a performed lecture at the 2018 Gender, Sex and Sexualities conference in Adelaide. The proposals herein are situated on the borderlands of the empirical/speculative and engage with notions of "xenofam" (Hester 2018, 65) and, following Haraway, queer morphologies. We materialise the speculative as we "build" and "create" home and family outside of the white, cis-het, patriarchal genetic-social order, using the poetic as a mode of reportage.
The performing voices—WitchMum, Mum 2.0, code child/precocious meme savant—have cooked, co-habited and coded as becoming-kin to instantiate xenofam, building affective bonds through which datablood flows. This queered approach to extensible and open family platforms generates intentional spaces for the reconfiguration of blood ties beyond blood types, and, hyperstitionally, another mode of hexing Capital.
da Rimini, F, 'Blood Network', 'Dictionary of Atmospheres' performance in the de Quincy Company, Todd River, Alice Springs Choreographer - Tess de Quincy 4 -7 Sept 2005, n/a, Alice Springs.
Video Art produced as part of her 2005 Masters Research
da Rimini, F, 'Dollspace', The Art Formerly Known as New Media Curators: Sarah Cook and Steven Dietz 17 Sept - 23 Oct 2005, Francesa Da Rimini, Walter Phillips GalleryBanff, Alberta, Canada.
da Rimini, F, 'Dollspace', Virtual Identities Exhibition Gallerie Tristesse, Berlin 5 -8 August 2005, Francesa Da Rimini (dollyoko), Berlin.
The exhibition explores notions of identity and virtuality through spatial installations, netart and video.
da Rimini, F, 'Dollspace', carcel de amor exhibition Museo Nacional Centro De Arte reina Sofia Madrid, Spain, Francesa Da Rimini, Madrid, Spain.
da Rimini, F, 'Dollspace', Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo Sonar Festival (Touring program of Sonarfiles 2004) 5 May - 5 June 2005, Francesca Da Rimini (with Micheaol Grim and Rocardo Dominguez), Spain.
da Rimini, F, 'Forever Ghost', Resonance: Contemporary Performance Art Curator: Anne Dekker, Netherlands Media Art InstiituteMontevideo/Time based Arts, Amsterdam2 April - 5 June 2005, Amsterdam.
2 computer interactives, 1 book, 5 videos, 1 sound work
da Rimini, F, 'Muddy Mudskipper', Everyday Addictions Exhibition Presented in conjunction with the 2005 Adelaide Film Festival Art Gallery of South Australia Curator: Cherie Prosser 17 Feb - 14 April 2005, Francesca Da Rimini (sound by Jason Sweeney and Pretty Boy Crossover), Adelaide.
Buried beneath the water of the Thames are the bones of sailors and slaves, pirates and failed profiteers. Riding the popular tide of television history and archaeology, this work travels through time as these and more contemporary spirits add their stories to the patchwork of human history.
da Rimini, F, 'Muddy Mudskipper; Rough Trade', John Curtin Gallery 25 March - 1 May 2005 Curator - Prof Ted Suell, Christopher Malcolm, Francesca Da Rimini, Perth.
The "Rough Trade" series was directly related to her Masters research and was submitted for examination.
da Rimini, F, 'Rough Trade', SALA Festival: SALA Moving Image Project Artspace Gallery and Arts SA Window Gallery Co-ordinator: Anne Marie Kohn 30 July - 28 Aug 2005, n/a, Adelaide.
Related to her 2005 Masters research. This artwork formed part of the material submitted for assessment.
Biloria, N, Goodman, J, Humphrys, E, Newman, F, pakdel, P, da Rimini, F & Thomas, L UTS Climate Justice Research Centre 2019, Heat in the Streets: Mapping the Lived Experience of Heat Stress of Climate-exposed Workers Towards Developing a Thriving and Resilient City, pp. 1-24, Sydney.