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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 6 Feb 2020 @ 8:57pm

    Re: Definition of Protocol

    continued...

    It sounds like you are saying everybody has to turn the clock back and build their own websites before they can send mail, post on a bulletin board, or join a discussion. Like in the wild, wild west - put a For Sale sign on your farm gate, but don't put a sign in town at the Post Office. But nobody is going to drive out to your farm in the first place if they don't know your farm is for sale in the first place, because they don't see a sign in town at the General Store in the first place. But I don't think this is what your mean.

    So how does it work? I still haven't figured out how to use Facebook yet.
    How can I use "protocols" if I don't even understand 5 words associated with the discussion?

    I think we should have protocols so we don't have to have lawyers - now I CAN visualize that. Make all legal process user friendly. And write laws like they write computer code: If A, then B. If not A, then C, etc. Use some kind of everyday logic, so the laws don't contradict themselves and you have to take everything to court. Now that's a scam


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