Interesting things

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

Whose Occupy?

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? 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.”