Greece led the way to democracy in ancient times. Will they do it again, and show us how to build a p2p society?
Will Syriza pave the way for a Commons-oriented society?
Andreas Karitzis, member of Syriza’s think tank on digital policies and a candidate MP in the ongoing elections, recently wrote an article in the Greek version of the Huffington Post highlighting the commitment of his party to free/open source technologies, transparency and participatory democracy. Mr. Karitzis claims that Syriza will support the adoption of free/open source software in the public sector and the distribution of public data under Commons-based licenses. It is true that from program to implementation, several steps are required, however the first step seems to have been made: Syriza appears to not only be aware of the advantages of free/open source technologies but also to realize the potential and the new political economy of this emerging proto-mode of production.
Phi Beta Iota: the mistake everyone makes is to approach reform as a piecemeal activity. Open Everything is important — Electoral Reform is how you achieve total reform — Open Power.
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