Towards Governable Stacks


Name of Nathan Schneider's presentation at Commons.Hour

1. What happened to peer production?

  • Peer production
    • range of activities that include OSS, crowdsourcing, etc
  • peer production has enabled corporate capture and consolidation of wealth
  • contributors is depressingly homogenous (white male hegemony)

2. The Tyranny of Structurelessness

3. Social provisioning

  • hidden forms of labour
  • human well-being alongside other metrics of wealth
  • correcting for unequal access to power and agency
  • asserting the validity and inescapability of ethical judgement
  • intersecting gender analysis with that of race, class and other forms of identity

4. current state of open source and FOSS communities

  • "identity politics and vulgar Marxism"
  • these are actually attempts of social provisioning

5. the ethical challenge

  • empowering developers
  • freedom and agency required to ensure it is used for social good
  • put it in the licenses

6. the economic challenge

(in social provisioning)

  • trying to have a sustainable business model
  • and preventing corporate capture
  • e.g. AWS monetising FOSS hosted on AWS
  • aspects of social provisioning here again

7. fron tyranny to governable stacks

  • another approach to social provisioning
  • a crucial leverage point in peer production
  • moving from assuming that we don't need to bother with governance
  • towards toolsets that are designed to be governed
  • gandhi and the spinning wheel
    • appropriate technology capable of being governed at the village level
    • pre-digital version of the governable stack

8. govern across the stack

  • insuregency "entering into conflict with more colonial forces"
  • how do we make our tech stacks more governable
  • we don't have the infrastructure to really even think about

9. what kinds of provisioning would we need to govern our stacks?

  • metagov project
  • governance layer for the internet
  • governable spaces is an upcoming book from Nathan

10. Question

Re: insurgency and the original governable stack of the spinning wheel - networked social media was touted (inflatedly) as major tools in supporting the various short-lived uprisings of 2011 (Occupy, Arab Spring, etc). Twitter revolution, Facebook revolution etc. These tools have a distinct lack of self-governance built-in but supposedly helped facilitate revolutions. Would governable stacks have offered something to these movements that big tech didn't? Stopped them from petering out?

11. Elsewhere

11.1. In my garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

11.3. Mentions

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