The back-end API will be well-documented, but since it's value is as a central database of people's availability (much like, say, twitter or technorati), our implementation won't be open, at least until we have a large number of users.
At some point we'd like to migrate the backend to a kind of P2P structure of nodes and aggregators. That would be open source, and then we won't need central servers at all, and there will be no closed source part of the system.
Ha-ha, Josef, - the unashamed natural hierarchy elitist - born of course from the twisted british sense of humour, merely recognises that people find themselves at different stages of development at different stages of life - and in relation to each other. We're not talking power-hierarchies (and the 'elitist' bit is tongue-in-cheek) but relative degrees of awakeness, complexity, maturity, what have you. Operating as I do in a conventional hierarchy, I have learned to make this distinction the hard way. :-) There are many intractable social problems which I feel would be solved if some developmental thinking were introduced into the dominant social discourse...
I trust this doesn't sound too nasty?
I really apologize for not filling my profile. Its purely due to lack of time these days. Briefly, to introduce myself, I am a physician and medical geneticist, practicing P2P principles through my scientific work. I have reached conclusions very similar to Michels' (this is the reason I had little hesitation to join P2P foundation).Therefore I am interested in implications of modern genetics to society and the political implementation of P2P theory. More ... (I promise the forthcoming days to fill my profile)
Thanks for the warm welcome :-) Life is good here in lil ole New Zealand, and I'm very interested in developing p2p ideas and utilising web 2.0 technologies in govt here.Peope are pretty open to these ideas and we are making some good progress. I was at a seminar with Michel in Sydney recently and that opened my eyes to the vast amount of info available to assist us all in growing and spreading this p2p philosophy.
Your 'Oil companies to buy the world!' post is interesting. Your discoveries in Paris, unfortunately, do not surprise me.
You can read a recent summary of the biofuel boom, as I understand it, at http://www.vegetableoildiesel.co.uk/forum/viewthread.php?tid=5685&page=2 my post on 9/4/2008 currently near the bottom of the page.
If you've not seen it there is lots of interesting (worrying) info about biofuels at http://www.biofuelwatch.org/
I found your site from one of your emails to the TLIO mail list.
I have created "SAVE THE HIMALAYAS" a social group on ning.
If you love the mountains, please do join in. Much is happening in the Himalayas that is slowly destroying its fragile ecosystem.
We have much stake in these mountains; these awesome beauties protect us, ensure our survival.
The ning forum is for concerned individuals, writers, thinkers, influencers and faciliatators. The added attraction I am offering is rural tourism. Should any one of you wish to spend some time in remote Himalayan village with local people and share their food, culture, way of life, I promise you I'll arrange it free of cost, at my leisure, put you directly in touch with folks up there.
We are also creating another discussion forum, as a sort of integrative forum for diverse groups of activists fighting the corporations in their respective local areas.
Will keep you all posted on our activities.
thanks ...there are about 5 of us teaching-learning via prout college ...all just beginning ...teaching-learning on-line was a bit of challenge though we did try every way to enrich it ...
not much happening there, seems the mexico convergers scattered and faded away - check what these people are actually doing with community way in portland... http://communityprosper.org
soon coming to vancouver just in time for the olympics.
Josef, despite being one of the first few people who "designed the graphical internet" independently in the decade before it became technically deliverable, I have only established placeholder accounts in most of the social networking bubbles. My very few "friends" are people I knew well long before getting into those places. None of that means I'm not interested in relevant conversation and my interests are even wider than those revealed in my memes page or my blog preplacement TransForum.
Hi Joseph, yes, I've heard of RebTel, they have 10s of millions in venture capital to provide a similar service to what dialstation provides, but, of course, what is notable about dialstation is it's ownership model, we always knew and said we would have better funded competition, doesn't matter much to us, in the same way that the existence of factory farmed eggs is not competition to co-op produced organic free range eggs. We believe in the long term viability of our collective/free model, whatever our short term disadvantages. Cheers.