The postSnowden era is one with discussions on new Internet Governance structures, new international protagonists on open governance but, also, an apparent desillusion on Internet freedom and neutrality. In this context micropolitics, unexpected politics, reappear in several occasions. They consist of myriads of micro actions that become invented or reinvented under a concrete political need, an effort to adress a certain social, economic, problem.
The arab revolts have been celebrated as a set of examples challenging mechanisms of surveillance and control of the Internet. Many other practices that were invented there are not looked upon (more on Networked revolts, www.re-public.gr/en/?cat=710)
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There is an ongoinng settling of disputes “in and out”of institutions. We can follow and, at the same time, challenge the rules that govern games with a variety of behaviours and attitudes in games, reversing roles, creating new perspectives.
It is almost deterministic that you have to open data, the question is “where you stand” when you open, or you confront the data. It is important to connect opening data and other policies against loss of jobs, more precarity and worse payment situations. It is as important to move beyond property production, thinking on the process of opening data, adopting rules that support the commons. We need to rethink on what we understand as useful data and how digital bodies are excluded from open, semi open, or closed, data.
Transactions’ data (payments, maps etc) are more equal than other data. There is a jungle of rules of what you can or you can not do transforming the dillema of open or closed data in a formal rule. The massive violation of formal rules in different events makes the informal, the pirated, more of an everyday practice of digitised bodies (see also Piracy as activism, www.re-public.gr/en/?cat=59)
Moving from the idea that turning life or labour into game (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_Ludens_(book) could be liberating and focus on associating open government and data with labour. Peer production is about colonising the world with a “for profit” production, not necessarily under a certain hierarchy, but in a context of labour reorganisation as to produce more equitable lives.