NMC Symposium for the Future 2010-10-20 Collaboration for Good Futures Mike Linksvayer Creative Commons / Collaborative Futures Photo by asadal · Licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 · http://flickr.com/photos/68242677@N00/2117153416/
Thesis & Outline Collaborative Futures = (increased probability of) Good Futures ? (your participation matters)
Machine Readable (Work) <span xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"> <span rel=" dc:type " href=" http://purl.org/dc/dcmitype/Text " property=" dc:title " > My Book </span> by <a rel=" cc:attributionURL " property=" cc:attributionName " href=" http://example.org/me "> My Name </a> is licensed under a <a rel=" license " href=" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ " >Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License</a>. <span rel=" dc:source " href=" http://example.net/her_book " /> Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at <a rel=" cc:morePermissions " href=" http://example.com/revenue_sharing_agreement ">example.com</a>. </span>
DRMfree NOT! Computer must help not handcuff! “ DRM Voodo” by psd licensed under CC BY 2.0 http://flickr.com/photos/psd/1806247462/
Public licenses (e.g., CC) enable mass collaboration in communities (e.g. Wikipedia) and across legal entity boundaries (e.g., Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Free Software) (end not so brief aside)
Whenever a communication medium lowers the costs of solving collective action dilemmas, it becomes possible for more people to pool resources. And “more people pooling resources in new ways” is the history of civilization in…seven words. —Marc Smith, Research sociologist at Microsoft
A recipe for the perfect meta-collaboration? Or a recipe for certain collaboration fail? A: Selection of book sprint participants a confounding factor, or rather a factor in success (twice).
Good Futures Note: This may seem like cheerleading. There is an opportunity for a good critique of free collaboration and the “net” in general. Please take it up! Also note: This section is just me, not Collaborative Futures
In Innovation, Meta is Max “The max net-impact innovations, by far, have been meta-innovations, i.e., innovations that changed how fast other innovations accumulated.” Robin Hanson (Economist) http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/06/meta-is-max---i.html
Commons Meta innovation for Collective Intelligence?
$2.2 trillion Value of fair use in the U.S. Economy http://www.ccianet.org/artmanager/publish/news/First-Ever_Economic_Study_Calculates_Dollar_Value_of.shtml also see http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/7643
In Innovation, Meta is Max “We don’t have any idea how to solve cancer, so all we can do is increase the rate of discovery so as to increase the probability we'll make a breakthrough.” John Wilbanks, VP for Science, Creative Commons
Good Futures Also requires avoiding bad futures. Under-appreciated role of free collaboration?
Cyber terrorism (Cyber terror war on) Privacy breaches Loss of Generativity Lock-in Surveillance DRM Censorship Suppression of innovation Electoral fraud
Access to facts mitigates fear and allows rational evaluation of responses
Commons work against three previous threats that drive security theater and fear
Can the success of the (digital) commons alter how we view freedom and power generally?
“The gate that has held the movements for equalization of human beings strictly in a dilemma between ineffectiveness and violence has now been opened. The reason is that we have shifted to a zero marginal cost world. As steel is replaced by software, more and more of the value in society becomes non-rivalrous: it can be held by many without costing anybody more than if it is held by a few.” Eben Moglen
“If we don’t want to live in a jungle, we must change our attitudes. We must start sending the message that a good citizen is one who cooperates when appropriate, not one who is successful at taking from others.” Richard Stallman
i.e., we can form collective intelligences instead of forced collectives ... and still “change the world”
Have a good idea of what we need to do to make it a good future
It is truly wonderful that creating free software and free culture has a side effect of facilitating [digital] freedom
Building the commons is key to assuring a good future
Politicians and corporations are unimaginative ... they need to see solutions, or they react in fear
A dominant commons makes many collective stupidity scenarios much less likely
Beneficial collective intelligence needs universal access to culture, educational resources, research ... in machine-readable form
So Collaborate! (and learn/experience so you can teach/recommend free software and free culture when appropriate)
Polyphonic voices / heteroglossia / CF contributors Thank you friends, and apologies for misrepresentations: Adam Hyde, kanarinka, Michael Mandiberg, Marta Peirano, Sissu Tarka, Astra Taylor, Alan Toner, Mushon Zer-Aviv