Public Domain: Media

Media is all of the information, entertainment, and communication that we send out and take in. Anyone can produce it, and this offers new opportunities and challenges for societies.

  • Digital public spaces ought to account for the more fair and even distribution of scarcity in online spaces – not scarcity of land and material resources as in physical spaces, but scarcity of findability and attention. 
  • Citizens ought to be free to interact with one another with the knowledge that they are not being tracked, interfered with, or manipulated by third parties. 
  • Verifiable and accountable sources of information are necessary in any democratic system – the citizenry must be informed in order to vote, act, and contribute to their society accordingly. Mechanisms and protocols like attribute-based credentials and proof of provenance can help us to understand the source of information while protecting individual privacy
  • Digital public spaces should have rules that are embedded in democratic structures and, where possible, should be enforced through the fabric of this environment, i.e. the protocols that govern the presence of participants and exchange of data and media.

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PublicSpaces are reclaiming the internet as a force for the common good and advocating a new internet that strengthens the public domain. Read our manifesto to see the values we want to see at the core of our digital lives. PublicSpaces are adopting and supporting the development of a software ecosystem that’s based on the values defined in the PublicSpaces manifesto. The goal is ultimately to accelerate the development of an alternative software ecosystem that serves the common interest and does not seek profit.

Domain: Public Domain: Media

Layer: Fundamental rights and values

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