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Introducing the 7th pillar

15 Jul 2017 20:05

Please note that I have now left DiEM25 and I am no longer involved with the Internet of People initiative.


– Aral

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Hi everyone,

On behalf of Renata and myself, I’d like to welcome you to newest pillar of DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe: an Internet of People.

Our goal with this initiative is to create a compelling counter-narrative to Silicon Valley’s surveillance capitalism. To that end, we are drafting a progressive technology policy aimed at achieving three key objectives:

  1. Combat institutional corruption and remove the influence of corporate finance in public policymaking, so that:
  2. We can regulate effectively to limit the abuses of Silicon Valley’s toxic business model of farming European citizens for data (“people farming”), while simultaneously working to
  3. Fund and create a decentralised, interoperable, free and open technology infrastructure to encourage individual sovereignty and a healthy commons.

When I approached DiEM25 with the idea for the 7th pillar, I mentioned the inextricable link between the topology of our technology and the topology of society: Namely, that the centralised technologies amplify and support centralised, non-democratic social structures and if we want to democratise Europe, we need decentralised technologies to amplify decentralised and democratic social structures. To paraphrase Audre Lorde, Silicon Valley’s tools will never dismantle neoliberalism’s house. That is why the Internet of People initiatve is a core pillar of our Progressive Agenda for Europe. And, beyond that, given the nature of technology as an amplifier, it is a cross-cutting concern across the other pillars.

If you’re only just hearing about it and would like to find out more and contribute, here are a couple of existing resources:

I’m going to keep this initial post brief but I will posting additional resources and sharing with you the thoughts that we have been formulating so far and that I personally have been iterating over for the past four years during my work in this specific area at Ind.ie. I’m hugely excited and look forward to your participation, contributions, and feedback as we shape this crucial 7th pillar together in the coming days and weeks.

Also, an important part of our work here will involve implementing our policies and philosophies internally at DiEM25 to help us attain greater transparency, better (and more ethical) tools with which to communicate and work with on a daily basis, and to make DiEM25 itself an inspiring case study in the successful adoption and use of usable, convenient, and hopefully even delightful ethical technologies.

Here’s to moving beyond the digital imperialism of Silicon Valley and demonstrating exactly what we mean by constructive disobedience by building a progressive and democractic Internet of People starting here in Europe, and as one of the pillars of the democratic Europe that we all want to live in.
Last edited by aral on 29 Dec 2017 15:41, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Introducing the 7th pillar

04 Oct 2017 11:59

a most welcomed initiative of immense importance!

i would love to help think and implement to address this long foreseen threat.

Cambridge Analytica provides the perfect example to illustrate how science+farmed data is already being used to undermine democracy in favour of wealth.

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Re: Introducing the 7th pillar

22 Nov 2017 14:58

Hi Aral,
I fully agree with your viewpoint, but as I'm not a tekki myself I'm struggling with the practical implementation of this.
What communications strategies could you suggest for small local groups (in my instance Luxembourg) for
a) internal discussion + exchange of data
b) bringing news to the "outside" world of non-members?
It seems to me that at least a minimal presence on Facebook is inevitable if we are to reach a wider audience, but I would like to think that it is possible to nudge people from there onto a more adequate platform (Diaspora?) or news forum. My chief concern is that many people will get frustrated with having to install and adapt to ever more "exotic" apps + platforms.
I see there is a lot of discussion about this in the forum, but have any local groups come up with a solution that works?
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Re: Introducing the 7th pillar

22 Nov 2017 17:45

Hi Arduinna,

regarding your point a): Dominik from DSC Berlin1 created a mattermost instance on his server: https://mattermost.diem25-connect.eu
There you can create on the left side different teams, for example one for your DSC, one for a whole country or language area, etc. Within each team you can create different channels for different topics.
There are already some teams for inter-DSC discussions, like Policy, where we can discuss the pillars and strategic questions etc. on a europewide level: https://mattermost.diem25-connect.eu/policy,
Structure TF: https://mattermost.diem25-connect.eu/structure,
DiEM25 Assembly: https://mattermost.diem25-connect.eu/diem25-assembly
and others.
There are more and more people from all over Europe joining it, so maybe you want to give it a try!

regarding point b): In my opinion we should use what is out there to spread the news about DiEM25.

With many greetings from Berlin,
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Re: Introducing the 7th pillar

22 Nov 2017 18:42

Thanks, Sebastian!
This looks interesting and I will share with our resident tekki :-) to check it out.