Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.


Ars Electronica 2002 Program

Plug-In VII: Global Conflicts - Local Networks
Rüdiger Wischenbart / A, Joichi Ito / J, Alex Galloway / USA, Derrick de Kerckhove / CDN, Lori Wallach / USA
Brucknerhaus, 12.9.02, 10:30 - 13:30

The Internet utopias have evaporated into the reality of our society. Nevertheless, there is evidence of the political power that actively network-linked communities can bring to bear ... not perfect, but a good start.

Suhair Mohamed Khair Al-Zahabi/Qatar. Journalist, Al-Jazeera.
Lori Wallach/USA. Director of Public Citizens’s Global Trade Watch.
Joichi Ito/J.
Alex Galloway/USA. Member of
Rüdiger Wischenbart/A/D. Journalist and consultant.

Interesting panel. I was going to talk mostly about privacy, identity and community, but I ended up spending most of my time talking about my blog. I forgot to say a few things I was meaning to say, but we only had 30 minutes for the initial presentation so I had to fit a lot in...

I talked about Lessig and Code and how code is law and architecture is politics. I talked about Roger Clarke's notions on how identity and entity are different and that an architecture that allows us to keep our identities separate from our entities would be a good thing. I discussed how privacy underpins democracy and that we need to work hard to create architectures that protect our privacy. Then I showed everyone my blog and showed how the architecture of blogs was inside out. You went to get information from individual blogs that were connected. You didn't need to segregate, filter or blog since it you were pulling, not being pushed to (except for my update spam) and since you weren't stuck in a tiny common space, people weren't forced to confront each other...

It was interesting meeting someone from the Al-Jazeera. The questions and dialog inevitably drifted towards Osama Bin Laden and Islam. I got to quote the King of Jordan and sound a bit educated about the Middle East. ;-p