Living through a open/closed war in the indymedia years.

What can we learn from the battle over metadata?

The closed side were only looking to strengthen their silo by centralizing power in the name of privacy and security. This with mostly no understanding of the problem on a personal level, it was the right thing to do – total control was what they needed.

The open side were for the Dublin core as it was a standard in this they were right. But it was so far from human scale #KISS and so top down as to be utterly pointless for grassroots projects.

With this ripping inside “open” and a block from “closed” outside. Nothing good could or did came out.

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