The Intergalactic Cooperative Internet Community

Written by Michael Slattery on November 21st, 2014

A proposal.

Basic Principles

The Intergalactic Cooperative Internet Community (ICIC) would be a democratically-run cooperative, with one vote per person.

Members would log on with their real-world identity, which would be verified (such as by endorsements from other members – and credit card number).

The ICIC would not be free: in addition to a yearly membership fee for the basic service, all other services would be paid for by each member in proportion to their consumption (megabytes and bandwidth).

The ICIC would encourage voluntary contributions of time and effort to support the development of the group and its services.

Proposed Implementation – Organization

The ICIC would be set up as a non-profit organization. It would be based in the United States but would have an antenna group (allied non-profit organization or association) in every country where there are members.

The Board would be a representative body, elected democratically to limited terms by all of the members. A quota system might ensure a minimum of representation for member countries or specific social groups.

ICIC legislation (policy and operating procedures) would be voted by the Board, or might in certain cases be submitted to all members by referendum.

The operating staff would be appointed by, and report to, the Board.

Proposed Implementation – Services

The basic service would be a text-only (to reduce costs) social network and forum.

The basic service might also support other digital content (photos, videos, music), which would be paid for à la carte by the person posting it. The payment would be in the form of a renewable fee per megabyte, to encourage members to delete their old content and thereby reduce the overall cost of the servers – and the heat pollution.

Additional services would be à la carte, and could be anything that some sub-group of members wants to implement (provided that it is approved by the group as a whole). The additional services could include: domain name registration, web hosting, internet chat, conference calls (and webcam conferences), virtual worlds, other internet services.

Sub-groups developing certain services for their own members would have some degree of autonomy (to be defined by legislation).

News from the front

Written by Michael Slattery on May 1st, 2011

Internet takes up too much of my time. I’m engaged in a daily struggle to reduce the amount of time I spend online. Who is winning, me or the web? Reports from the front are conflicting: the situation is fluid.

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My life online

Written by Michael Slattery on July 4th, 2010

My online life really began in early 2007. Up to that point my Internet use was limited to using email and searching for information using Google. I would sporadically consult various websites and blogs, but only as a passive and irregular consumer.

I can pinpoint precisely the first time I used the Internet as a means of self-expression. I’ve recorded the date in this post: my first website appeared on June 18th, 2007.

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Agent-Based Social Learning

Written by Michael Slattery on February 27th, 2010

This post presents the gist of a surprising scientific paper I discovered recently, entitled “Power law behaviour and world system evolution: A millennial learning process,” by Tessaleno Devezas and George Modelski. After briefly presenting the paper I then offer some personal reflections on agent-based social learning as a specific approach to social change.

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The Alterweb

Written by Michael Slattery on December 24th, 2009

On December 9th and 10th I attended the two-day seminar in Paris called Leweb. This gathering is touted as “the #1 European Internet event.” I paid for my ticket myself (at a half-price “early bird” fare), and I consider that I got my money’s worth. I saw an amazing lineup of internet rock stars in the flesh, and was privy to an onslaught of announcements from representatives of companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook, concerning hot new features which they had been saving for just this occasion. But when it was over, and I had thought about it for a while, I realized that something had been missing from this big show.

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The Duel Part Two

Written by Michael Slattery on November 23rd, 2009

Background: On November 8th Robert Scoble and Michael Arrington exchanged a series of tweets about smart phones which concluded with the promise of a duel in Half Moon Bay the following day.

Subsequent events unfolded somewhat differently.

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The Duel

Written by Michael Slattery on November 9th, 2009

(The following is the transcript of an exchange on Twitter between Robert Scoble and Michael Arrington concerning smart phones.)

Scobleizer – I am working on a blog about Android. Sorry Android fans this is FAR from an iPhone competitor. See you next year!

Scobleizer – And yo @arrington the Palm Pre is a much better product than the Droid. If I weren’t an iPhone fan that is what I would be using.

arrington – so @Scobleizer here’s the thing. you’re completely wrong. Google Voice integration is win. But even without it, Droid kills Pre.

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Friend Feast

Written by Michael Slattery on October 24th, 2009

Robert Scoble has a problem with Friendfeed. So does Ben Seigler. But Robert’s case is more acute, because he was – and still is – Mr. Friendfeed.

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Varieties of Singularity Experience

Written by Michael Slattery on July 2nd, 2009

I first saw mention of The Singularity on the Facebook page of Sophrosyne Stenvaag, one of Second Life’s foremost Extropians. I thus tend to associate Singularitarianism with Extropianism, whereas they are two separate (albeit related) doctrines.

Extropianism would seem to be a form of Transhumanism, which foresees radical use of technology to improve human mental and physical capacities, including the possibility of immortality. But what is meant by “the Singularity”?

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Twitter Issues

Written by Michael Slattery on June 17th, 2009

I’ve got issues with Twitter.

I first heard of Twitter from Prokofy Neva, who writes a blog about Second Life. Prokofy mentioned Twitter for example in this post from early 2008, in which he notes that Twitter first came into fashion among early adopters at the 2007 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

I signed up for Twitter using the name and photo of my Second Life Avatar. I’ve signed up for many web services as my Avatar, because the anonymity (or rather, the “pseudonymity“) allows me to freely experiment with minimal consequences for my real-life identity.

I started by looking for other Second Life avatars to follow. Most of them followed me back. I was soon following about 100 twitterers, and being followed by almost as many.

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