radical networks, day 2

the most exciting talk i went to today was sarah gold discussing her alternet project:

“I will give insight in to how a decentralised approach could radically reshape the governance and control of the digital infrastructures we use everyday: How can decentralised technologies provide a unique way of building scalable, trusted networks and systems that can, where appropriate, be owned by everyone? What if these technologies contributed to a democratic Internet of Thingsa digital commons and new forms of citizenship? What are the opportunities for disruption?”

i learned about a bunch of organizations i want to look into, like:

  • unMonastery  Inspired by the template of the Benedictine monastery, their dream was to apply the age-old concept of collective living and working to the internet age. It didn’t have a home yet, but they named it unMonastery. Ultimately the “un” would make up more than the “monastery” – instead of religious ideology, social hierarchy, and gender barriers there would be open-source software, horizontal governance, wi-fi and solar panels. At some point it became semi-jokingly nicknamed “a commune but with the internet.” —from Dazed Digital article
  • Ethereum Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. Ethereum is how the Internet was supposed to work.

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