Here is the proposal as actually submitted to Opentech.
The Internet is dead! Long live the Internet?#
Not a talk, but a series of 10 studio shows, combined with on-the-job training in visionOntv's revolutionary live-editing with laptops. This would best be done in a public space such as the bar (noise during breaks means tea-time for all!) We will book key conference speakers in advance. The shows will be distributed to all main video hosting sites, the conference website and all embedders of visionOntv's plugandplay channel.
Net neutrality – still campaigned about, but isn't the internet as an egalitarian peer-to-peer network actually finished already?
What will the state/corporate legislative attack on file-sharing actually do to it? And what will the attack on file-sharing do to freedom?
Darknets as an alternative – what are the issues?
How could mesh networks really work socially to create our own telecom infrastructure?
What can we really do about the virtual monopolies held by eg youtube for video, facebook for social media?
When facebook declines like myspace, how can we prevent another single corporation taking over?
The “hamster cage” problem. How could enough people care that they're incarcerated, when the wheels and toys inside it are so shiny, and all their furry friends are trapped there as well?
Where next for radical media?
What do we really mean by open, industreat standerds?
Linking: being more than the sum of our parts, rather than not even the sum of our parts.
Who killed the internet?
Why can't we compete with corporate solutions? Is it only to do with money? The problem of geek culture (Martin and the geek manifesto)
Building tools not a brand – the problem of the dysfunctional open source business model (Build vlc, not Miro. Build a movement like ukuncut based on a hashtag and aggregation rather than a brand...)
We would like to hold the session as a TV chat show running in a public space (possibly the bar area). This can be run in parallel with other workshops. It may be too noisy during breaks, which is fine, as a cup of tea is good!
During the day we would run an on-the-job training on how to produce live-edit TV shows with a laptop.
The main subject for this studio is: The radical foundations of the Internet as an egalitarian peer-to-peer network are now visibly compromised by a combined corporate/state attack. Net neutrality, still campaigned for in the US (though sadly not here), is actually finished. We are moving inexorably toward a twin-track internet, where corporate content will be privileged over independent content, thus breaking one of the founding principles of the net. Meanwhile, copyright enforcement legislation continues to be enacted throughout the world, obliging ISPs to grass up their file-sharing customers for the preservation of an antiquated business model. In addition, large virtual monopolies have grown up, youtube for video, facebook for social media. However temporary facebook's hegemony may be (merely the new myspace), it is likely to be replaced not by a multiplicity of new applications and a diversity of media, but instead by another globally dominant single corporation.
While the internet is terminally ill, at the same time, it is likely that for most people it will continue to work "well enough", so there is a real danger that people won't care or even know that at base it has gone. The internet is being sabotaged and monopolized largely by stealth, and people may well be happy to play in the colourful hamster cages, and not care that they can't get out.
The internet has to re-built. What are the alternatives to the corporate net?
What are the issues with darknets?
What hope is there for a mesh networks to create our own telecom infrastructure?
During the session we will produce 10 creative-commons shows of 10 minutes each which will be distributed to all main video hosting sites and embedded on visionOntv, the conference website, and all embedders of visionOntv's plugandplay channel.
We can also cover issues such as: where next for radical media?, technology, licensing and standards,
Controversial areas to cover: Who killed the internet?
The failure of geek culture Are the proposed solutions just repetitions of the problems? (For instance, Diaspora only works if invisible to corporate networks.)
Work with the one we've got? As soon as you're successful, it stops working.
We need peer-to-peer tools - open standards, API, miro faded when they took the skinning out of it - was locked down as a Miro product. Build a brand like ukuncut - a mash-up and a hashtag - did not build a brand, built tools instead - they built a movement. No marketing of the brand - got people to use their hashtag. vlc has no name - 30 million users - just build a better tool. A tool needs to become a brand.
US government took away 200 domain names last year.
wikileaks - 2 server moves - funding cut -
Your peer-to-peer tools - (to get against the client /server network) - internet is still in theory a P2P network, but not practically, when google serves 65% of the video in the world.
Then when those tools are put on the slow track, you need a mesh-net.
Why can't we compete with corporate solutions? Is it to do with money?
Unbranded building blocks - open industrial standards, problem, though - GNU linux did not work like that - did not define their overall structure well.
(Liferay though does work in that way - sthg sthg compatible portlet framework - industrial standard open source java standard.)