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AMC 2008 Workshop Proposal


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Organizing the Organic Internet

In this gathering, activists will join together to examine and discuss one of the largest, most important and powerful human movements in recent history.

With over a billion people engaging in a collective activity, today's Internet is one of humanity's largest social movements, reflecting the kind of social interaction and collective achievement activists like us struggle for world-wide: fundamentally collaborative, democratic and based almost entirely on tools and software that has been produced collaboratively, developed by large, democratic communities and distributed freely. It is truly international and resilient against constant attempts to control its direction and curtail its positive growth.

Even more inspiring, the Internet has grown in this progressive way against considerable relentless opposition by powerful forces that don't want a "better world" for most of us. As such, it represents one of the progressive movement's most significant and important victories.

In this gathering, we seek to collaboratively write an Internet Justice Bill of Rights. Modeled after our successful workshop at the US Social Forum, we will break the audience into small groups of 4 - 5 people. Each small group will speak with one voice via a "scribe" who will be tasked with entering the group's proposed rights into a web-based system. A dynamic, projected display of the current state of the aggregate Bill of Rights is visible to all.

All ideas belong to the entire workshop: any group can edit any Right, whether they wrote the original version or not All revisions of a given Right are stored, but only the most recent edit is projected to the group as a whole. The group which creates a new version of a right automatically endorses that right, but otherwise holds no special connection to it.

Each group also has the ability to endorse any Right that seems worthy. When a Right is edited, existing endorsements are cleared; each group needs to decide if they want to endorse the new version. Rights with more endorsers float to the top of the projected list, while the rights with fewer endorsers sink to the bottom.

To keep the Bill of Rights to a manageable, concise size, only 10 rights can exist at a given time. If 10 rights already exist, the only way to add a new idea to the Bill is to edit an existing right, which requires engaging other groups in a dialog to ensure an adequate number of re-endorsements.

The goal of the session is to examine, through interactive collaboration:

  • what the Internet really means for us and our movements;
  • how it models the society we are struggling for;
  • how the way we've developed it serves as a model for how to develop that just society;
  • and finally how we as progressive activists can work inside the Internet to broaden its positive impact and protect the gains we and it have made.


Deadline for submitting a workshop proposal is March 21. We do that here.

Structure of the event

We will ask for a 3 hour slot


The software for managing this system is now available via our svn repository.

People and equipment

Laptops available:

Projector available:

Workshop schedule

(Assuming we get a three hour slot)

  • Introduction: overview and what is a statement of rights:
  • Practical details of the game:
  • Break out groups:
  • Mid-session discussion
  • Resume break outs
  • Closing Q&A and discussion

Our goal will be to have members of the audience offer their laptops and be scribes. The people we're counting on are being counted on to come early, be solid on the process, and be prepared to either float and provide assistance where needed or step in a be a scribe if necessary.


Are we going to table at this event?

Materials for the table are: