In contemporary liberal democracies there is a polarisation between ideals of transparency – borne out in open government legislation, freedom of information, and confessionary culture – and what we might call a secret sphere, an institutionalised commitment to covert security operations that exist beyond the public view. In the wake of the Snowden revelations about the surveillance capabilities of intelligence agencies around the globe, an interdisciplinary symposium gathered experts to discuss the place and implications of secrecy in contemporary cultural politics. Speakers addressed what was politically, ethically, socially and ontologically at stake in cultures of secrecy at the individual, national, and international level. Recordings from the event were hidden across some of the darkest corners of the world wide web and were revealed to participants through a series of leaks and revelations starting on the 8th October 2015 at 12 Noon GMT. All of the leaks were revealed to the public on 9th October 2015 at 1102Hrs GMT. They are available as podcasts here: http://immersivestorylab.com/secret/leaks/

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This interview with historian Adrian Johns by Janneke Adema focuses on historical efforts to redefine print's past, on the  relationship between technology, science and knowledge, and on our responsibility and performativity as historians. The interview was conducted on March 20th 2015 at the Total Archive Conference at Cambridge University, UK. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net
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This interview with literary scholar N. Katherine Hayles by Janneke Adema focuses on Hayles's concepts of technotext and intermediation, her views on technogenesis and agency, and her proposal for media specific analysis. The interview was conducted on March 20th 2015 at the Total Archive Conference at Cambridge University, UK. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net
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Interview with media theorist Federica Frabetti by Janneke Adema. The interview focuses on Frabetti's recently published monograph Software Theory: A Cultural and Philosophical Study. Topics of conversation include the materiality of software, code and writing, deconstructive readings of technology, the originary technicity of the (post)human, and the politics and ethics of software. This interview was conducted on February 23rd 2015 at Oxford Brookes University. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

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This interview with visual and cultural theorist and practitioner Johanna Drucker by Janneke Adema focuses on Drucker's work as a scholar and practitioner, speculative computing, the difference between aesthesis and mathesis in Humanities knowledge production, and the concept of performative materiality. The interview was conducted on November 16th, 2013, at the Library of Birmingham in Birmingham, UK. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

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Interview with media theorists Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska by Janneke Adema and Ben Craggs. The interview focuses on Kember and Zylinska's recently published co-authored monograph Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process. Topics of conversation include amongst others the vitality of mediation, human agency, the 'Two Cultures' divide, the ethics of the cut, and our entanglement as interviewers in the becoming of the book. This interview was conducted on March 7th 2013 at Goldsmiths, University of London. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

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Interview with artist and media critic Alessandro Ludovico by Janneke Adema. The interview focus on the post-digital print condition, print-digital hybrids, independent and networked publishing and the potential of post-digital print projects to question, disturb, and subvert existing hegemonic and exploitative practices and institutions. This interview was conducted on January 31st 2013 in Berlin. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

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Interview with Ted Striphas, Associate Professor of Media & Cultural Studies at Indiana University, by Janneke Adema. The interview focuses on Striphas thoughts on the future of cultural studies and cultural politics, on problems related to the accessibility and control of scholarly material and on Striphas approach towards researching books. This interview was conducted on July 14th 2011 in Ghent.

For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

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In this podcast, Mark Fenster, Professor of Law at The University of Florida, talks about transparency, open government and secrecy. Fenster is interviewed by Clare Birchall.

This is part of the Culture Machine Live podcast series. For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

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Interview with Geert Lovink, media theorist, net critic and activist, by Janneke Adema. The interview focuses on Lovink's research practice, the nature of organized networks, alternative sites of knowledge production, the future of media studies and the colonization of real-time. This interview was conducted on May 19th 2011 in Amsterdam.

For more information about the online, open access journal Culture Machine, visit www.culturemachine.net

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