The history of net-activism

Old Boys Network

OBN stands for Old Boys Network. OBN is regarded as the first international Cyberfeminist alliance and was founded in 1997 in Berlin. Since the early days the network keeps changing due to changing members. OBN is a real and a virtual coalition of Cyberfeminists. Under the umbrella of the term 'Cyberfeminism', OBN contributes to the critical discourse on new media, especially focussing on its gender-specific aspects.

Launch OBN

Surveillance Camera Players

The Surveillance Camera Players (SCP): completely distrustful of all government. The SCP was founded by Bill Brown, Susan Hull, and various other situationist-inspired activists in New York (USA) in November 1996 The members of this media activist group manifest their opposition to the violation of protected rights to privacy by performing specially adapted plays directly in front of surveillance cameras.

Launch: SCP


The Thing

THE THING was founded in 1991 by artist Wolfgang Staehle and became a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in September 1998. Prior to that date it was supported entirely by the dedication and enthusiasm of a community of volunteer activists and artists. Even with these limited resources THE THING quickly gained a reputation as a center for new media practice and theory, social forums and on-line art projects.

The Thing