Decidim Fest 2022
The future of the Internet
The technological and democratic context on a global scale is at a moment of profound inflection. The geopolitical, energy and climate impacts are transforming the current models of technological production and calling into question the current development model that sustains the Internet. The scenario of privatization and concentration of power of large technological companies continues to expand, while at the same time it has raised numerous alarms among governments and citizens due to its impact on society as a whole. Decidim has opened a small gap on an international scale in two directions: the development of open democratic technologies and the implementation of infrastructures for democracy and citizen participation. What are the challenges and risks of this uncertain present and future? How can Decidim contribute to the construction of an open, free, democratic Internet at the service of the people?
The Decidim platform has spread over the years to many cities around the world, deploying different participation processes. In this session, we will address an open dialogue to learn about the participation models of five cities around the world, their experience with Decidim and the future challenges they will face to strengthen the possibilities of participation in public affairs for all citizens.
Row of experts:
- Miquel Salvador Serna (Director General de Participació, Generalitat de Catalunya)
- María García (Diputació de Barcelona)
*This session will be held in english
The Internet, as we know it today, was built in part thanks to the development of open code, protocols, and infrastructures that allowed all the nodes of this network to communicate in an open and distributed manner. This necessary but not sufficient condition sustains the Internet today, even though many proprietary codes, closed protocols and highly centralized structures have been built on top of its foundations. Thinking about the sustainability of the Internet today implies facing the challenge of guaranteeing the free, open and democratic nature of the Internet and everything that is part of it. What is the importance of free software for a free Internet? How can these projects be sustained in the medium term? What role should public authorities play in the development of democratic technologies?
Moderated by: Malcolm Bain (Across Legal)
Row of experts:
- Maddalena Falzoni (Maadix)
- Pedro (Guifi.net)
- Ricard Faura
*This session will be in english
50 years after the birth of the Internet, the existing battles in the legal field seeking to regulate this great global space are multiple and increasingly complex. Regulation and legal times always operate much slower than the speed of technological development, and even more so in aspects as complex as the development of artificial intelligence, automatic data processing, or the impact of social networks and large platforms on society as a whole. In this roundtable we will address from different perspectives, the legal battles that are taking place in Europe around digital technologies and the role of lobbies, the challenges and risks of regulation in the field of AI and discrimination, and the main lines of action for the defense of digital rights.
Modera: Arnau Monterde
Carl T. Bergstrom is a professor of biology at the University of Washington and co-author of the book Calling Bullshit, which addresses modern techniques of disinformation based on data-driven narratives. Detecting this type of hoaxes is especially complex because they exploit the language of mathematics, science and statistics. To ensure that the future of the Internet is free of bullshit, it is necessary to recover strategies such as the art of skepticism and critical thinking. For this purpose, Carl will talk in this session with
- Pablo Aragón, research scientist on knowledge integrity at the Wikimedia Foundation,
- Luce Prignano, researcher at Universitat de Barcelona and expert in data science against disinformation with the DataPolitik project,
together with moderator Nereida Carrillo, journalist, researcher at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and promoter of the Learn to Check project.
* This session will be in English.
Why is the internet so broken? What could ever possibly fix it? Ben Tarnoff will try to answer these questions with a whirlwind tour of the internet's history, and in particular the history of its privatization. Privatization programmed the profit motive into every layer of what was once a public network. In the process, it laid the foundation for the internet's current crises. The internet is broken, Tarnoff says, because the internet is a business.
Moderated by: Carlos del Castillo
* This session will be in English
The Decidim Association convenes an assembly open to all the people who are part of the community. In this meeting, we want to open the discussion on how we can face the main challenges that the association and the Decidim project have today. We also want to rethink the collective spaces of the community, in order to promote more and better dynamics of collaboration within it.
This assembly will be in English and Spanish.
In the Decidim Labs on the topics of Feminisms and Deliberation, the community has discussed ideas and proposals to make the platform more accessible, inclusive and secure. Based on these discussions, we propose a co-creation workshop on how to implement these principles in the Debates component. The idea for this workshop stems from the needs identified in neighborhood projects across the EU, projects on creating safe(r) spaces for deliberation and collaboration, projects against misinformation among young people, and finally in the work on more participatory and inclusive governance with the Wikimedia Movement. From the collaboration with communities, Platoniq has developed design proposals for Decidim based on social justice by design. These ideas touch on the potential of the platform for deliberative participation and, specifically, on how the Debate component could be used in other ways in Decidim.
What we will do: During this workshop we want to explore how to promote and facilitate accessibility, diversity and safe(r) spaces for Debates in Decidim. In developing these proposals, we have designed and speculated what the future might look like, analyzing the needs of those communities. Our objectives in this workshop are 1) to open up this process and our participant experience research (PX) methods; 2) to co-create with the Decidim community developments and design proposals to open up and expand processes of participation and deliberation on the platform to make them more accessible, safer; 3) to collaborate on proposals for discussions to include other forms of communication and interaction, encompassing more than text-heavy communication.
Workshop methodology: The workshop is organized in the following moments: 1) introduction and identification of needs; 2) presentation of the Safe(r) Spaces methodology and co-creation methodology; 3) introduction to the practical part and implementation on canvas, analyzing on a creative matrix; 4) voting on solutions and speculative co-design for a more accessible, safer and healthier deliberative space.
Language of the workshop: Spanish or English
As part of the improvement of the Decidim Participant Experience, from Populate we carry out this workshop so that the community actively collaborates in the redesign of the platform.
Through a session with administrators and power users we are going to lay the foundations for the new Decidim administration area.
What will we do in the workshop?
- Present the most common pain points and how Populate sees its redesign after working with the feedback collected through the debate published in meta.decidim.
- Leave a space in the session for each attendee to express their ideas for improvement.
- Collaboratively debate these ideas among all the attendees.
Let's build Decidim together!
Since 2018, the Decidim community has repeatedly debated the need to create a Viewer to make Decidim more transparent and reflective, that enhances knowledge about the platform, inside and outside the platform. And that favors the improvement of the processes that take place on the platforms.
The Decidim.vis project, led by Tecnopolitica (IN3/UOC) (https://tecnopolitica.net/) within the framework of the D2 space (https://tecnopolitica.net/es/projects/d2-espacio-de-datos-y-democracia), aims to address this need. Our proposal is to design the viewer through an accelerated participant experience workshop.
What we will do in the workshop?:
Starting from debates and works previously developed by the community, as well as a prototype launched two or three weeks before Decidim Fest, this session will have two goals:
- Collect proposals and needs, through an accelerated session of Participant Experience (PX).
- Mobilize a team of people interested in developing the viewer. The workshop will be designed and carried out by Tecnopolitica, in collaboration with Heuristica.barcelona (http://www.heuristica.barcelona/) and Platoniq (https://platoniq.net/). After it, the needs and proposals collected, as well as the people interested in contributing to the development, will be incorporated into a plan that will be executed between October and December of this year. This development will conclude with the release of a version of the display prototype, in January 2023.