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A2K Symposium (Post by Michel Bauwens): From A2K to Guaranteed Access to True Peer-Based Communication Infrastructures

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    1. “Open design communities moreover have no perverse incentives for planned obsolence or for hindering the sharing of innovation, so the new infrastructures have a bias towards sustainability, but also to relocalized production and a rationalisation of wasteful and unsustainable material globalization.” — What is the justification for this statement? If open design communities encourage innovation, things will become obsolete rapidly and not so sustainable. A slower pace of innovation, and more design for durability, seems more sustainable; it’s not obvious why open design communities would lead to that outcome. Please explain why the dynamic will proceed as you describe; otherwise the statement sounds like contradictory utopias tacked together.

    2. “Digital commoners ally with those forces that combine an interest in the abundant sharing of immaterial resources, in the context of preserving natural resources, and according to the principles of social equity.” — Do you mean this should happen, could happen, or will happen? If the last of those, what is the justification for the assertion? Maybe many “digital commoners” just won’t care about the material world; after all, many seem to think that ICT is “dematerializing” the economy, when nothing of the sort is happening.

    3. The real challenges for “p2p media” will be not in facilitating revolutionary change, but in sustaining a humane society based on relationships and interactions in the physical world, while also respecting privacy and facilitating the “slow thinking” and reflection necessary for democratic discourse. They still have a long way to go before showing they’ve met any of those. And it’s not at all obvious that they will succeed in doing so.

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