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A participatory internet

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A participatory internet
By Tyler Gindraux • Issue #23 • View online
Well, hello! I hope this email finds you with a cup of tea and a couple minutes to yourself.

Text: A participatory internet
Text: A participatory internet
Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading New Public a lot lately, or potentially because I saw this post on Instagram… but I can’t stop thinking about how we all relate to and trust the internet.
When the internet was first created it was primarily for use by government and for research purposes. But in the 90’s and 2000’s, the internet, as we know it today, started to be used more widely, for things like emails, e-commerce, and online forums. Later, Web 2.0 came around, which describes an approach in which websites focus on allowing users to interact and collaborate with each other. (Source: History of the Internet).
So, in really not a lot of time, the internet has become a place where we learn, share, interact, make things, find things, and ultimately, spend a whole lot of our time. But in the age of misinformation and an increasing distrust in media, and often, one another… How will we move from this sense of losing control, to a more collective and engaged way of interacting with the internet? And what might a participatory mindset bring to our approaches? I won’t offer any answers but here a few resources worth sharing.
Image: Blue text on a light pink background. Three sequential circles are labelled, Dynamic Identities, Truth Proficiency and Collective Design. This diagram is illustrating three identified key areas that can drive change in the face of misinformation campaigns.
Image: Blue text on a light pink background. Three sequential circles are labelled, Dynamic Identities, Truth Proficiency and Collective Design. This diagram is illustrating three identified key areas that can drive change in the face of misinformation campaigns.
Text: "What if instead of having the future prescribed by others, we create collective processes for people to feel part of designing their futures?" Omidyar Network & Guild of Future Architects. This quote comes from this report: https://omidyar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Portals-to-Beautiful-Futures-2021.pdf
Text: "What if instead of having the future prescribed by others, we create collective processes for people to feel part of designing their futures?" Omidyar Network & Guild of Future Architects. This quote comes from this report: https://omidyar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Portals-to-Beautiful-Futures-2021.pdf
Thanks
I’ll finish by offering a great big thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s survey (if you’d still like to submit a response, please do feel free). Your guidance is both motivating and appreciated. Until next time.
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