My student Charlie Kiene spent 6mo with 2 groups of World of Warcraft raid guilds undergoing mergers. One merger led to a thriving community while the other led to complete collapse. Our new #CSCW2018 paper (with Aaron Shaw) tries to explain why. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/why-organizational-culture-matters-for-online-groups
@liw Congrats! Wonderful for you and for WMF!
In my #LibrePlanet2018 keynote (https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/libreplanet-2018-keynote) I argued that online collaborative production is shifting from social to market-based arrangements. This paper explores the implications. (As is clear in the talk, part of this paper's results motivated the whole argument!)
My new paper tries to identify some of what is lost as market-based "sharing economy" platforms increasing replace socially-oriented systems based on actual sharing: https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/what-we-lose-when-we-move-from-social-to-market-exchange (The paper was led by @notconfusing who will present it at @CSCW next month!)
Claude Shannon created the "ultimate machine" and kept one on his desk. While I'm in his old office at CASBS, I'm doing the same! It can prompt useful thinking/conversation about AI, agency, cybernetics, homeostatis, etc. And it's super fun! https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/shannons-ghost
I continue to be blown away by the fact that I get to spend this year at CASBSS working in Claude Shannon's old study.🤩 I've written some reflections about Shannon's relationship to communication (the discipline/field) and to my own work. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/shannons-ghost
I'll be moving to Palo Alto next week for a year-long fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford: https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/heading-to-the-bay-area
Let me know if you're around an want to connect!
Although it's never fun to hear your main professional association (ICA) tell you that "you have no friends or colleagues," being able to make one's very first submission to screenshots of despair softens the blow a little. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/i-have-no-friends-or-colleagues https://social.coop/media/zHZl7z50XfzQhVzd4Hs
@joeyh It was self hosted. Evan sold the domain. (Without asking it even telling the rest of us!)
There is a copy here: http://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Franklin_Street_Statement_on_Freedom_and_Network_Services
We should put one on http://freedomdefined.org
This is a great talk by @mako if you're interested in peer-production and open source.
Puzzled . . @mako makes a clear pitch on "Free software production needs free tools" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY&feature=youtu.be
And is very clear on #commons and #P2P (though says most code comes from solo not collaboration!). Yet not a hint of coop ownership of #platforms to keep tools honest & open (GitHub!). Surely tools today become platforms? And platforms require collaboration even if code doesn't? So why doesn't #coop follow automatically, as we talk tools? How does libre not equal coop in FLOSS world?
@mike_hales More to the point, I also think it's better than if we all had use some cooperatively run GMail alternative.
Being able to choose between many federated coop-GMails feels much more flexible & resilient to me.
@mike_hales In terms of managing protocols, you're right that's turtles all the way down.
But I also think there's real autonomy to be gained from pushing things onto a lower turtle. ;)
Creating, changing, adding to the SMTP (email) protocol standard involves politics. And it has been coopted in clear ways. But the fact that it's a federated protocol by design means that we're MUCH better than alternative where everybody had to use GMail to send messages to each other.
@mike_hales We should remember that although the consequences rarely involve being sold to Microsoft cooperative organizations also become oligarchic—e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_law_of_oligarchy.
Peer production & Internet-based cooperativism is hardly immune: https://mako.cc/academic/shaw_hill-laboratories_of_oligarchy-DRAFT.pdf
social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]