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).