P2P Foundation

The Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives

Robin Good launches a debate on this important topic, see http://www.masternewmedia.org/is_web_20_really_democratic/

Here’s the introduction:

“Web 2.0 has revolutionized the panorama of the information society: users have become information producers and the new web platforms have become relationship venues where new knowledge and ideas emerge. Also the new tools of social networking, social tagging, wikis and blogs enable new forms of social interaction, participation and cooperation. But…

* Is this participation really democratic?

* Or is this a democracy paradox, where everyone can interact but the decision making places are all outside the net?

* Is the horizontal leveling of internet communications really an instrument of democracy?

* How would it be possible to transform these emotional and communication-oriented extensions in a real space connected with the physical world of true participation to decision-making?"

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