Geeks rule over kings - the Distributed Democracy
|Project:||The Distributed Democracy|
Throughout history there have been several major shifts in society, shifts that disrupted and reinvented traditional power structures, commerce, communities and the lives of individuals. In the last 20 years we have seen the massive distribution of almost every traditional bastion of power: publishing, communications, monitoring and force. In the next 10 years we will see the massive distribution of property (and food) with 3D printing coming into it's own and the advancement of nanotechnology. Things have been changing at an accelerating pace and it is a good time to ask where we are going.
The Internet is almost by definition a privately owned space. Everything we do online is through the prism of multiple contracts, with ISPs and online services. There has been a lot of movement by governments and companies alike to try to define and limit the Internet in their favour, and it is important that we move the debate beyond "open vs closed" and towards a clearer definition of the technical and social characteristics shouldn't be meddled with if we want to maintain maximum freedom for all people, not just geeks.
Governments around the world, and the systems they support are defined and bound by jurisdictions based on geography, which is not sufficient for representing our online lives. And we are seeing a movement from governments around the world try to deal with the Internet in a jurisdictional way which in counterproductive to how the Internet operates.
The Distributed Democracy is a project to play with the idea of a model of open, representative body for our online lives. Not just another lobby group, but a transnational "government".
Details of the http://distributeddemocracy.wikispaces.com & http://society5.net
Pia Waugh is known for her work in open government, open source community development, software freedom and generally trying to make the world a better place.
Pia currently works for AGIMO looking at IT Policy across Federal Government. She started work as an IT policy adviser to Senator Kate Lundy in April 2009 where she co-developed the internationally awarded “Public Sphere” consultation methodology with Senator Lundy. She has become an active member of the Gov 2.0 community, she ran the first GovCamp event in Canberra in 2011, and then ran GovCamp 2012 along with Australia’s largest GovHack, and has worked hard to create and support demonstrators of open government throughout Australia.
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