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FutureEverything: Notes Against Openness - Whimsley
"If we see civic participation as an end in itself, which I do, then we need to treat civic computing like a cultural activity. That means we need to build some barriers to protect civic-scale groups from large companies who have advantages of scale, and who can deliver “efficiency” but not participation. Tony Ageh of the BBC, speaking at this conference, describes a vision of public domain data as a “commons” but I think he gets it wrong. A commons is not a free-for-all, where anyone can come and take anything they want. A commons suggests a group of people who all have an interest in maintaining and cultivating a shared resource, and that suggests limits to access from outside. There is room for a number of models of providing mixed access to data, from non-commercial licenses, to closed partnerships between cities and citizen groups, to non-standard formats for sharing that reflect the quirks of individual cities and groups. Each of these seems to break the idea of “openness” in one way or another, but we should be prepared to do so. Openness in and of itself is not enough to hold together a worthwhile coalition and it’s time to get over it."
openness  government  openData  transparency  business  CapGemini  Zillow  Coursera  Udacity  MOOCs  Uber  Airbnb  participation  democracy  TheCommons  dctagged  dc:creator=SleeTom 
may 2014 by petej
Open Wide – The New Inquiry
"In the digital world, limiting openness is one way to restrict the encroachment of capital and to maintain digital commons as alternative spaces. Like urban commons, digital commons can be spaces of hope, but only if the contradictory relationship between commons and commerce is acknowledged and addressed, if the destructive influence of capital can be limited, and if some of the accepted wisdom around digital commons is challenged — including the unquestioning acceptance of “openness” as a virtue."
TheCommons  capitalism  commodification  openness  resistance 
june 2013 by petej
Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing | Wired Business |
Not sure I can take seriously a chap in a pin-striped hoody who says "I don’t really give a shit if literary novels go away."
technology  monopolies  TheCommons  Apple  Amazon  books  dctagged  dc:creator=O'ReillyTim 
december 2012 by petej
The Communication Commons: resisting the recuperation of the internet by capital | openDemocracy
"For the critically minded the term ‘information revolution’ itself represents a rather problematic recuperation of the semantics of the revolutionary. Thus we see in the deployment of the term a shift from the idea of a decisive ‘event’ of social transformation to one of sustained investment and returns, in a particular emerging technology that has permitted a new frontier for a host of multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Apple and Google. This recuperation in no way constitutes a ‘revolution’ nor endows us with revolutionary possibilities that were previously unavailable. Despite this, however, it is clear that the internet and digital technologies possess a huge potential in undermining existing power relations.

There are many, be they liberals, libertarians, communists, anarchists or otherwise, who regard the concentration of power – be it in the market or the state – as something to be opposed at every turn. If we are to act on such sentiments then we must move beyond the rhetoric of groups such as Escalate and begin to create a communications commons that can well and truly undermine both the state and the market in informing and framing the debate. The other world that we believe is possible will require another media – one that MUST be commons-based. This is not the time for cynicism but for counterprojects."
ICT  informationTechnology  communication  media  socialMedia  networks  activism  TheCommons  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=PetersAaron  dc:creator=PetersAaronJohn  dc:creator=BastaniAaron 
february 2012 by petej

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