Name of Nathan Schneider's presentation at Commons.Hour https://forum.meet.coop/t/signup-commons-hour-session-10/1156/.
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)
- The Tyranny of Openness: What Happened to Peer Production?
- unintentional structures arise in the absence of intentional structures
- corporate capture and white male dominance
- an expression of ToS
- 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
- to facilitate social provisioning
- 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
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?