Talking About Protocols Not Platforms In SF

from the come-out-and-check-it-out dept

Last year, via the Knight Institute at Columbia, I published my long article on Protocols, Not Platforms, explaining that there was a potential technological solution to many of the big concerns raised about big tech today, from privacy to competition to content moderation and more. The paper has been well received and even has helped influence Jack Dorsey and Twitter on rethinking what Twitter should be in the future.

Our friends at the Lincoln Network have now set up a panel discussion in San Francisco on February 20th in which we'll be discussing this idea. Registration is free. The panel will consist of myself, Cory Doctorow of EFF/Boing Boing, Ashley Tyson of the Web3 Foundation, and Mai Sutton who has been working on a variety of distributed internet projects, including associate producing DWeb Camp and also been heavily involved in the People's Open Net, a community-owned mesh wireless network in Oakland.

Given the panelists and the topic, I'm sure it will be fun, intriguing, and lively discussion. Sign up now.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 6 Feb 2020 @ 10:37pm

    It sounds like you are saying everybody has to turn the clock back and build their own websites

    That might not be such a bad thing, y’know. Social media networks such as Twitter¹ are not good for society; they're addictive (and designed to be so) and they're ground zero for trolling, mis- and disinformation campaigns, cyberbullying, and basically negativity in general. Going back to the days of GeoCities or even LiveJournal doesn’t sound like a bad idea in comparison. I'd rather have small, focused sites where people can use their own voices to express their own ideas instead of the firehose of bullshit and borrowed opinions that is modern social media.

    And as someone who uses Twitter: Yes, I recognize the irony in saying this.

    ¹ — This doesn't include apps/systems like Slack or Discord, which are basically realtime chatrooms.

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