I'm interested in how technology can be used for socially beneficial aims.
Some uses of technology that I think are liberatory in goal:
- guerrilla technology
- Project Cybersyn
- Digital public assets
- Humanitarian tech
- Distributed Cooperative Organisations
Technology would be used for the purpose of eliminating toil and drudgery, and labor-saving techniques would be applied so as to minimize the amount of necessary work for everyone.
How is it different from 'tech for good'? I think 'liberatory technology' has a more defined political agenda. Tech for good is a bit vague. This specific phrase comes from Murray Bookchin, I think. As a general concept it probably goes back further.
Could 3rd and 4th industrial revolutions be liberatory?
- appropriate tech
- small tech
2.0.1 Value flows
"Money is an abstraction to represent value. It's not a good abstraction, but it persists because the global economy is in a local minimum because the disadvantages of sharing information outweigh the advantages. An economy with sufficient incentives for economic agents to communicate their values directly without the abstraction layer would be more efficient, assuming the existence of an agreeable language for that communication I could tag someone to provide details about valueflows, which is a grammar for that language, but that's probably more information than you want. The important thing to know is that the benefits of collectives aren't just for adversarial situations where we interface with capitalism. We have a basis for building economic networks that are competitive with capitalist business units comparable in size while being just to labor, community, and the environment The issue is bringing trust-based networks up to scale with multinational corporations. This can happen, but folks are still working on the software support"
2.0.2 Should behavioural analytics be used in the fediverse?
- Emergent patterns could be interesting. Although needs more unpacking. Instinctive push back to mass behavioural analysis, so need to be sure of the benefits. It would have to be some kind of opt-in, hoovering of data exhaust is one reason people shun the big networks.
- Perhaps an element of temporality can be introduced. Avoid real time, but see patterns over the last month, year.
- There at emergent phenomena, like protocol updates etc. These bubble up from somewhere and coalesce without quantitative analysis.
- Who would collect and analyse the data? Squinting a bit Feels a bit like anarchist assemblies vs a party structure. Could be a data commons.