The basic question we face is how we will define what it means to be a “person” in the emerging Web of the World. In particular, how we will connect three types of “person”: the “Physical” Person,
the “Legal” Person,
Notion of PersonPhysical / Legal / DigitalNetworked Self / Distributed SelfCyborgModels/metaphors of self and data“My data is me” Self“My data is mine” Property“My data is by me” Speech
Private vs. Public SpacePrivate vs. Public vs. Corporate SpaceDigital Architecture vs. Physical Architecture
Shared Attention Contact Attention Joint AttentionAttention to Intention
Action and MethodologyMetadata for provenance and permissionsWho has data by or about me?Trusted data practices and relationshipsHow to effect change?
Political Economy of the InternetThese questions about who has what rights to personal data and how personal data, rights, and value will be exchanged across the world are not just technological questions, but are questions about the types of societies and economies we want to live in. And so we ask: what is the “political economy” of the internet today? While it is 2013 in the physical world, it is more like 1013in the political economy of the internet. We live in an age of “Digital Feudalism” in which we don’t possess our digital names, our bodies, we don’t own property, we lack freedom of expression and assembly, and the value of the personal data we generate, our “digital labor”, disproportionately goes to the lords who own the land, we are, in effect, “data serfs.”
Feudalism was ultimately replaced by a more efficient and just political economy that of the “Enlightenment,” based on fundamental human rights, property rights, civil society, and free markets. What we need now is a “Digital Enlightenment” to restructure the political economy of the internet to be based on a social compact that protects the rights and integrity of the individual.
Not dualism , not duality, not even plurality, but a network of relationships, a web.
2013 02-08 Marc Davis Inaugural Reactions to Onlife Manifesto
Inaugural Reactions to The EU Onlife Manifesto Marc Davis Partner Architect Microsoft Online Services Division @marcedavis@marcedavis Marc Davis http://marcdavis.me