An approach based on real existing social organizations
What follows is a concept proposal. This is just the preliminary investigation. The idea arose from the realization that the Internet failed to deliver on its promises made in the early 1990s and from the frustration caused by the chaos at the lack of international rules on the Internet? Along with many others, I wrote this analysis about this in which an explanation is sought for the democratic deficit of the Internet. The fact that the EU’s Digital Services Act is now partly meeting those needs is an encouragement
The proposal is to build (1) a decentralized federation or even several decentralized federations, using the same messaging app, with groups and/or channels, using the ActivityPup protocol and an encryption standard to be defined; (2) that start from a real community with a minimum of collective morals (3) solve the problem of switching without losing contacts and (4) set rules for the problem of financing.
The first question is whether there is interest in the concept. It is a modest concept. The main goal is to enable casual digital communication without having to worry about surveillance. So it is not an alternative to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. It is also not a platform for political consultations, that would be pretentious, but an alternative to Whatsapp or Signal, but with the intention that it can exchange messages with those messaging apps, as the EU requires in the Digital Markets Act.
Who or what can those real communities be with a minimum of collective morals? I am thinking of trade unions, health insurance funds, youth organisations, certain national NGOs such as The Red Cross, the Minorities Forum, 11.11.11, Oxfam… with a minimum of 2000 members. But I don’t want to pin myself to this number.
An additional advantage of departing from real existing social organizations is that in the event of conflicts you can revert to face-to-face contacts eventually to resolve conflicts.Continue reading Concept for an Alternative Online Platform (2) : An approach based on real existing social organizations