Off Book | Hacking Art & Culture with F.A.T. Lab | PBS
As we become more and more engaged with the internet in every aspect of our lives, powerful questions have arisen regarding the ownership of digital media and information, the relationship between corporations, governments, and individuals online, the power of pop culture influence, and the dissolving border between the digital and physical worlds. Taking these issues head-on is The Free Art & Technology (F.A.T.) Lab. An international group of 21 artists, hackers, thinkers, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs, F.A.T. Lab employs art, activism, pop culture, and a wealth of knowledge about how the internet works to create projects that challenge people and institutions to think a little deeper about this new world we all live in.
In between occupying the internet and creating tools to block all Kardashian-related content from your browser, the folks at Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) have been hard at work promoting internet freedom and safeguarding the public domain. In this quest no task is more relevant than stopping the adoption of the Anti-Counterfeit and Trade Agreement. Activists in Mexico have for the most part succeeded in blocking ACTA’s passage but the international agreement remains attractive among some policy-makers throughout the Americas. Watch the video, get informed, and spread the word.