No Gods, No Masters, No Coders? The Future of Sovereignty in a Blockchain World

Michel Bauwens: This is probably the best overview essay to understand the socio-political implications of blockchain designs. Sarah Manski describes seven technological characteristics that are seed forms for different socio-technical systems and societies, which we will publish separately in a second installment. At the P2P Foundation we strongly believe in the necessity of a commons-centric… Continue reading

Playbour: Work, Pleasure, Survival

Exhibition Furtherfield Gallery Saturday 14 Jul until Sunday 19 Aug 2018 Open Sat – Sun, 11:00 – 17:00 or by appointment – Admission Free Would you like to monetise your social relations? Learn from hostile designs? Take part in (unwitting) data extractions in exchange for public services? Examining the way that the boundaries between ‘play’… Continue reading

A Critical Political Economic Framework for Peer Production’s Relation to Capitalism

Marxist authors often misunderstand us, because the P2P Foundation uses a socially reconstructive approach, rather than a critical approach, and subsumes conflict to reconstruction. It absolutely does NOT mean we ignore or deny conflict, but rather that we play a specialized role accompanying the reconstructive moment, which will always co-exist with the conflictual forces that… Continue reading

Platforms in a pluriverse: Half a dozen politicised modes of commoning

Originally published as work in progress, in FoP RoP – Forces of production, relations of production. Mike Hales: Here’s a libertarian socialist addressing a pluriverse1: • Many co-existing forms of commoning, in a world of profuse and inescapable difference/diversity; also, of abundance not scarcity. • Seeing commoning as a material relation that communities and resources… Continue reading

No Future: From Punk to Zapatismo and Connected Multitudes

Amador Fernández-Savater speaks to Catalan-Mexican writer and activist Guiomar Rovira about collective action, technologies, the online, “off-life” divide and more. After the fall of the Soviet Union in the mid-nineties,  there was much talk of pensée unique, singlemindedness or “single thought”[1]: a discourse affirming market democracy as the only imaginable and discernable framework for common… Continue reading

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

Republished from Aral Balkan  Mariana Mazzucato1 has an article in MIT Technology Review titled Let’s make private data into a public good. Let’s not. While Mariana’s criticisms of surveillance capitalism are spot on, her proposed remedy is as far from the mark as it possibly could be. Yes, surveillance capitalism is bad Mariana starts off… Continue reading

EU research on digital DIY “vs” gun control becomes even more relevant

Republished from with the author’s permission Marco Fioretti: A landmark legal decision makes it possible for everybody to make their own, untraceable assault rifles at home. What now? Radical gunsmith Cody Wilson, says Wired, just “won the right to distribute digital blueprints for DIY untraceable weapons -including AR-15s. Now anyone can make them”. What… Continue reading

Book of the day: The Political Economy of the Common

Adam Arvidsson (translated from the Italian by Tiziano Bonini) The Political Economy of the Common. Ed. by Andrea Fumagalli (as yet untranslated Italian-language book) Economia politica del comune, collects a series of essays, mostly published elsewhere, which summarize his analysis of post-crisis contemporary capitalism. Capitalism has changed. Andrea Fumagalli says so. And he said that,… Continue reading

Cultural dialogue and institutional mediation as antidotes to socioeconomic segregation in Ecovillage development

Michel Bauwens: Commoning is not inherently inclusive, and neither are initiatives such as ecovillages that have some relation to commoning. The natural resource commons described by Ostrom were often communautarian and reflected the accepted gender and class typologies and expectations of the day. Ecovillages and landed common initiatives may require initial investments that filter participants and… Continue reading

Thoughts on OPEN 2018

Republished from Laura James: OPEN 2018 last week was an exciting event, not only because of the incredible people the organisers brought together, but because it felt like something new was starting to take off. There were people from many different organisations, sectors, and backgrounds, and they found sometimes unexpected things in common with… Continue reading