Jean Lievens: What if…public libraries could anchor a platform cooperative?

Access, Autonomous Internet, Education, Governance, Innovation, Knowledge, P2P / Panarchy, Politics, Resilience, Science, Transparency
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

What if…public libraries could anchor a platform cooperative?

Supporting the disrupted going forward….

We recently published our submission to the Libraries Taskforce consultation about its draft strategy – Libraries Deliver: An Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-21. Today, we want to say a bit more about our having called upon the Taskforce to explore the opportunities for public libraries that could flow from the growth of the ‘sharing economy’ and, in particular, moves to establish Platform Cooperatives.

Eagle: Russia Tried and Failed to Isolate Itself from World Wide Web

Autonomous Internet
300 Million Talons...
300 Million Talons…

Russia ‘tried to cut off’ World Wide Web

A failed experiment to cut Russia from the World Wide Web stokes fears of Chinese-style online censorship

The experiment, which took place in spring this year, failed because thousands of smaller service providers, which Roskomnadzor has little control over, continued to pass information out of the country, Mr Semerikov said.

Sepp Hasslberger: Rebuilding the Internet as a Commons — Local Mesh First

Access, Autonomous Internet, BTS (Base Transciever Station), Cloud, Design, Hardware, Innovation, P2P / Panarchy, Software, Spectrum
Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger

The internet needs to be re-built from the bottom up. Network locally first and only then connect to the world “out there”.  A local wireless network might be coming to your neighbourhood soon. 

The Rise of the Network Commons, Chapter 1 (draft)

Armin Medosch

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Tim Berners-Lee: Internet Magna Carta

Access, Architecture, Autonomous Internet, Culture, Design, Governance, Innovation, Knowledge, P2P / Panarchy, Politics, Resilience, Transparency
Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee

We Need a Magna Carta for the Internet

Huffington Post, 6 May 2014

These comments are adapted from a talk to the Net Mundial conference in Brazil on May 4.

“Twenty-five years ago, when the Internet had been running for 20 years, there was internet mail and net news and remote login, but there was no web. No web sites, web pages, links. So I invented the World Wide Web. As the project grew, I needed collaborators. To achieve that, I went to the Internet technical community.

Specifically, I founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a multistakeholder organization that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. W3C works on different aspects of Internet technology with numerous organizations, including the Internet Engineering Task Force, ECMA/TC39, IANA, and ICANN.

Hopefully you all agree that we have done a reasonable job. The Web, and its underlying Internet infrastructure, have been an enormous engine of growth and understanding for society. It has been the collaboration between these multi-stakeholder organizations which has made this possible.

Our technical community achieved this contribution with little oversight from governments. In fact, our “OpenStand” vision is that the right way to build a technical infrastructure for society is through multi-stakeholder technical groups where decisions are made in the public interest and based on technical merit. Discussion is open. Documents are available for free on the web. In W3C specifically, companies commit that as the standard emerges, they will not charge royalties to those who implement it.

The web needs to remain a system which exists without regard to national borders. Today most of the work is already done in the non-national Internet technical community. I was also pleased to hear that ICANN is beginning a dialogue to create a multi-stakeholder review process to replace that of the U.S. government. That is appropriate because ICANN services the global public interest.

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