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Distributed Control for Inclusion - Matilda Wysocki, Refactor Camp 2018


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Talk given at Refactor Camp, May 2018

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Distributed Control for Inclusion - Matilda Wysocki, Refactor Camp 2018

  1. 1. Distributed Control for Inclusion Just a lil bit bout me...
  2. 2. The challenge of being inclusive Despite efforts by activists and policymakers, inclusion remains a hard problem for activists on the left, often due to distances
  3. 3. Some political frameworks for inclusivity Human Rights-Rawls,Nussbaum/Sen A set of claims to social goods or protection that are universal to all people Most effective when used by people whose rights are violated Less effective when invoked by authority figures Intersectionality -Kimberle Crenshaw, Audre Lorde, Combahee River Collective Framework to address social complexities by focusing on overlapping power dynamics across dimensions(e.g race and gender) Must be taken all the way to be effective Subalternity- Gramsi, Spivak Emphasizes the way in which certain peoples are excluded from
  4. 4. Inlcusion in social movements Movements acknowledge their diversity over time Civil Rights Movement – BLM or 2 nd wave to 3 rd wave feminism Figureheads acknowledged and allowed activists to rest in the mainstream marginalized activists that held
  5. 5. Networks Connected, collective, and participatory Good abstract model for complex relationships Context agnostic Easiest to be influenced, easier to speak, harder to be heard
  6. 6. Protocols Maintain order in a decentralized space-(loosely drawn from Alexander Galloway) Includes technical web foundations(e.g HTTP) Social protocols can dictate how communities relate, as they can in networks(e.g trigger warnings, voting procedures )
  7. 7. Community A more clearly defined network Tied by: blood/home(family) location(town, state, nation) interests(hobby groups, shared ideology) experience(trauma, identity)
  8. 8. Shared narrative and community building Marshall Ganz-Public Narrative Framework Sense of purpose and values communicated through our stories Starts personal, expands to be communal/political Rooted in the present
  9. 9. A distributed community history book Speculative attempt at social-technical protocol Allows for transparent community driven storytelling Sharing history possible between groups Divergent narratives without censorship also possible Contexts made clear!
  10. 10. Why? Shared narratives organize groups More clearly defined groups can better advocate for themselves Clear historical divergences in the book can make deliberation easier I am skeptical of a single version of history anyway
  11. 11. Privacy, protection, and identity Those with the least power need privacy the most Visibility must be collective, not individual Identity may best be communally defined, one way or another
  12. 12. Communal consensus and membership Who gets to contribute to a communal chain? Do we favor people being voted in by existing community members? Do people self identify? Does the existence of cliques require more cliques? Is there a quantifiable transition point where we can define rough consensus?-(e.g 70%) How do we prevent communities from trying to bring people in for the sake of overwhelming other groups?
  13. 13. Forking Copying data for individual projects, breaking away from others-(in our case) Bailout of community conflicts, consensus ultimately unnecessary Can be done by anyone, at any scale Soft -coercive(requires deliberation) Hard-successionary(ends attempts at deliberation)
  14. 14. Blockchain governance parameters Cryptoeconomics?(Depends on trust) Common knowledge Proceedural fairness Communal legitimacy(for stakeholders/communities) Requires trust in the overarching system In strong communities, there is a reasonable degree of trust between individual members, or mediated(e.g a child grows to trust their aunt/uncle because their parent does)
  15. 15. Beloved Community Popularized by Martin Luther King Jr. Ultimately requires groups one disagrees with Speaks to an overarching, timeless strategy rather than specific tactics Not utopian and takes messiness head on
  16. 16. A beloved community protocol Altruistic by design, designed by necessity Modifies nonviolent, creative energy for digital spaces When another community(i.e fork) is referenced in a new history entry, community members must look at shared history If communities see space for dialogue, they can create a new shared chain or entry
  17. 17. Lingering Questions How do we allow forks without accusations of being divisive? How do I work with hard v soft forks? Or how do I have a unified history where divergent narratives converge?
  18. 18. Now for your questions and/or comments!