Listening to #librelounge again - the episode on funding free software development.
Only a little way through touching on rivalrous and non-rivalrous goods, marginal costs, commons, so-called tragedy, free rider problem - good discussion!
Reading about Chile in 1970, the book makes a few references to the comparative lack of computing technology in Chile at the time (50 computers) compared to other nations.
What's a modern-day analagous technology that access to is regarded as giving a country some kind of advantage over others? (Not including overtly militaristic stuff like missiles etc.)
Ooo, Magit Forge is niiice.
Let's me work with issues in a Github/Gitlab repo straight from Magit in Emacs.
'For this reason, commons are not merely social spaces in which work and life might unfold in richer, more autonomous and sustainable ways beyond the scope of capital; the commons are also sites in which critique and resistance have the potential to develop'.
(Gotta chuckle though that the paper looks to be written in Microsoft Word...)
At first blush there feels like some overlap between the Viable System Model and Elinor Ostrom's Institutional Analysis and Development framework.
In that they both approach structures from a multi-level conceptual map, with units acting autonomously at each level but communicating between them. The polycentrism thing.
Would be interesting to compare and contrast them.
First introduction to the Viable System Model: 'a general model that he believed balanced centralized and decentralized forms of control in organizations'.
I know nothing of the details, but the general overview sounds pretty good so far: 'It offered a balance between centralized and decentralized control that prevented both the tyranny of authoritarianism and the chaos of total freedom.'
A mixture of horizontal autonomy with channels for vertical communication and stabilisation.
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'Computers did not need to reinforce existing management hierarchies and procedures; instead, they could bring about structural transformation within a company and help it form new communications channels, generate and exchange information dynamically. .... [Beer's] focus was not on creating more advanced machines but rather on using existing technologies to develop more advanced systems of organisation.' -- Cybernetic Revolutionaries
I think this is a very good tech policy from Incarcerated Workers (h/t @clayton). Pragmatic but striving to improve. Any other examples of good tech policies?
'We must employ a divest/invest strategy to the technology we use if we are to combat surveillance capitalism and build radical infrastructure that reflects our vision of the world.'
This is good. I like the dashboard of invest/divest! Sort of like the platform capitalism footprint idea I had.
According to loco2.com I would be saving 145.8 kg of CO2 by taking the train over flying. Average CO2 per year of a Briton seems to be around 10000 kg. So around 1%? Hmm it's all back of the envelope calculations but was kind of hoping for more bang for my buck there. If only rail was subsidised like air travel is.
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