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[liberationtech] Towards a Public Communication and Information Infrastructure

Fenwick Mckelvey mckelveyf at gmail.com
Mon May 9 08:33:20 PDT 2016


Hi Doug,
I haven't had much time to look into it, but there has been some discussion
in Canada about linking reforms to the postal system with community
broadband: http://www.deliveringcommunitypower.ca/

Lots of talk happening as part of our regulator's discussion of broadband
as a basic service: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/internet.htm

Best,
Fenwick

On Sun, 8 May 2016 at 23:57 Doug Schuler <douglas at publicsphereproject.org>
wrote:

> I'm currently working on a short paper — basically an editorial or op-ed —
> on the idea of an open-ended, non-profit, citizen-led public alternative
> communication and information infrastructure project. I’m not exactly sure
> what that means but I’m envisioning something that supports a variety of
> basic features that people use (search, chat, photo posting, etc. etc.) as
> well as more advanced features such as deliberation, discussion,
> collaboration, decision-making, etc. It would probably need to be built
> with federated, integrated, distributed open source modules and be governed
> by its users and developers in some sort of open public way. It would be
> used without surveillance, data harvesting, censorship. The paper won't be
> long and it certainly won't be authoritative or comprehensive; at this
> point I'm just trying to help surface the idea and get feedback.
>
> My plan is to build the case somewhat in the paper and to suggest some
> ideas that are likely to be useful in thinking about moving forward. That's
> why I'm writing to you all.
>
> If you have any points or suggestions or examples that I need to know
> about as I work forward I'd love to hear them. I probably won't be able to
> incorporate everything in this initial piece but, ideally, as time goes on,
> the suggestions you make would help inform the project.
>
> Please send me your thoughts on this.
>
> Thanks!!
>
> — Doug
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