Posted by: Ian Bruk | April 5, 2008

Pan Anarchy Protocols?

Noticed this at P2P Foundation:

In these simplistic diagrams the model that allows the most open interaction between and amongst participants is the Integrated model, with a focus on peer to peer interaction rather than interaction mediated through a structure of vertical authority. The developments now that are provoking new consideration for corporations are the outbreak on the Internet of many profoundly peer to peer structures eg. the social networking sites (including Linked-In and Facebook), Linux, Wikipedia, You Tube. In these sites there is no vertical power structure mediating the interaction. Rather the interaction is governed by various protocols. If a participant does not follow the protocols his or her standing will diminish.

I’m not sure I agree with this statement. But I find it interesting as the author is convinced of the validity of Anarchic structures?


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