Comparison of Libre Social Networking Projects
Akoma Ntoso: XML for parliamentary, judiciary, and legislative documents. (XML: open format for data, with plenty of room for metadata i.e. searchable and easy to work with)
Meta Activism: Data Democracy. Voters choose policy goals, and strategies to reach those goals are generated through the magic of Big Data and statistics.
Jo Freedman: the Tyranny of Structurelessness classic feminist critique of (supposedly) horizontal organisations.
Queer geeks: feminist critique of consensus-based decision-making. Also by the same author: Decisions, decisions
Stackexchange – an article on what it takes to create a useful, successful online question and answer community
The coming war on general-purpose computing
Global leaks: the world’s first open-source whistle-blowing framework.
Beyond clicktivism: Strengthening civil society through online consensus
The Deborda Experiment: An experiment in consensus voting and e-democracy
Geek Feminism Wiki: Who is harmed by a Real Names policy?
Reflections on fear in a networked society. Includes an interesting critique of the concept of ‘Radical Transparency’.
Generation Five: Transformative Justice
TED Talk: Jimmy Wales on the birth of Wikipedia
Piratenpartei: Liquid Democracy (German)
Wikipedia: Participatory Economics (Parecon)
Friendica: what happened to Zot?. Ostensibly about an obsolete web protocol called Zot, actually a fascinating piece on the evolution of open, federated web protocols, and barriers to this.
afterthree: Dreamwidth and the Ad vs. Subscription Social Media Business Model
afterthree: Dreamwidth’s first terms of service test
Interview with Mark Smith and Denise Paolucci
Geek feminism: requirements for a feminist-informed social network
Helios Voting: open source software for elections
Synechdochic: Why Monetizing Social Media Through Advertising Is Doomed To Failure (part one)
Synechdochic: Internet business numbers for the layperson
Denise: Teaching people to fish: on encouraging volunteer contributions to a large open-source project
Matthew Hindman: the Myth of Digital Democracy
Tom Slee: No-one makes you shop at Walmart
Whimsley: Why the open data movement is a joke
Whimsley: Online monoculture and the end of the niche
Benton: Online discussions, lessons learned from 2001! But some things don’t change…
Illusion of choice: JPG image showing ownership of the world’s media (including online media)
G1000 Belgium Citizens’ Summit
We the citizens – deliberative democracy in Ireland
The Economist: Government by (all) the people
Mob rule: Iceland crowdsources its next constitution
Wikipedia: Icelandic Constitutional Assembly election, 2010. See also: Kitchenware Revolution. Also, The Constitutional Council – General Information, Iceland
Going beyond the debate on online voting ; experiments with participatory procedures
Liquid Feedback, liquid democracy, Piratenpartei
Boing Boing: Reddit culture well-tuned to spot hoaxes what makes an online community have a particular culture, and what kinds of cultures make the communities good at what kinds of tasks?
http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/120510/srep00402/full/srep00402.html Nature: Emotional persistence in online chatting communities “despite their anonymity, users tend to follow social norms in repeated interactions in online chats, which results in a specific emotional “tone” of the channels.”