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[liberationtech] Self-determined publics
mike at zelea.com
Mon Jul 29 21:45:55 PDT 2013
Below I define what I call "self-determined publics". Has anything
similar been attempted before?
A self-determined public is an open, topical community that
proclaims the definitive bounds of its own communications. The
proclamation takes the form of a timely sequence of references
(e.g. web links) each pointing to a communication of the public,
such that all references together define the total of that public's
communications in time and space. For example:
Ago Place Title (click to visit thread)
------- --------- ------------------------------------------
17 min r/Foo How do we attach the doohickey?
5 hr Foo-L The problem with so and so's proposal.
1 day FuBarz Who are these Foos, anyway?
1 day r/Foo This, that, and the next thing.
2 days FooStack What's the best thingamy for such and such?
. . . and so on
The boundary proclamation is similar in form to a conventional news
feed. It concerns a specific topic or category. Differences are
in a) the exclusion of mass communications, b) the claim to
totality, and c) the self-determination that redeems that claim.
(a) A principle criterion for inclusion is that one may immediately
join any of the referenced communications as a peer. One-way, mass
communications are excluded.
(b) The boundary proclamation claims to cover the entire public
discussion of the topic across all communication media and sites.
It claims to be the most complete, accurate and timely overview of
the extended discussion that is available anywhere.
(c) This claim is redeemed by the public members themselves who
submit the references, self-organize the necessary labour, and
self-constitute the necessary government. No aspect of this
redeeming self-determination is controlled by an external
I'm looking for brief pointers, please. I don't know of any actual
implementations of this, or projects that are working on it. I'll
share what's found.
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