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[liberationtech] Self-determined publics
dal at riseup.net
Mon Jul 29 22:00:00 PDT 2013
Michael and Libtech,
Not sure I can be much help other than this - you might find relevant
Heather Marsh's writings on "Concentric Groups, Knowledge Bridges and
On 07/29/2013 11:45 PM, Michael Allan wrote:
> 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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