[FoRK] Fear of Repression Spurs Scholars and Activists to Build Alternate Internets

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Wed Sep 21 06:29:48 PDT 2011

ps.  It's more similar to turn of the century (the previous one, not 
this last one) coffeehouses.


On 9/21/2011 4:39 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> The Internet has created a bazaar 2.0, says Mr. Rushkoff, accelerating
> information exchange and giving people the power to organize in new ways.
> At least so far. Mr. Rushkoff argues that companies and governments are
> gaining too much power, in ways that could limit communication in the future.
> Facebook, for instance, is a centralized system that forces users to run
> communications through its servers—and, he observes, its main goal is to make
> money by analyzing data about users and sharing that information with
> advertisers.
> "The Internet that we know and love is not up to the task of being both a
> fully commercial network and a people's infrastructure," Mr. Rushkoff told
> me. "The Net is not a marketing opportunity—it's something much bigger than
> that."
> One idea: Create two parallel Internets, one run and optimized for banks and
> entertainment giants (like Netflix, whose streaming movies take up more and
> more of total bandwidth), and the other for academic research, civic
> discourse, and independent artists. He points to Internet2, a high-speed
> research network run by universities, as a step in the right direction. But
> that network is available only on select campuses.
> Perhaps other approaches will emerge that are designed to encourage the kind
> of peer-to-peer trading of information that Mr. Rushkoff prefers. To
> encourage that, the Contact Summit will organize a bazaar of its own, where
> participants can seek supporters for their projects. The organizers plan to
> award start-up grants to a few projects on the basis of a competition. "This
> is a conference of doers and people looking for counsel and collaborators,"
> Mr. Rushkoff explains.
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