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SXSW 2020

Reclaim the Internet for the Common Good

Many essential applications on the Internet, while being indispensable tools in our lives as economic and social citizens, have turned into vehicles for political control and economic profit. Citizens are no longer subjects, but objects. Therefore, it is time to reclaim the Internet for the common good.

Public Spaces is an international coalition of public organizations that want to co-create an ecosystem of online applications for social interaction, where users are not viewed as exploitable assets or data sources, but as equal partners that share a common public interest.

This panel discusses the Public Spaces roadmap for an alternative ecosystem that is being implemented and co-developed by a growing alliance. It also sheds light on the public outreach strategy of the initiative.

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  1. Public facing organizations can help reclaim the Internet for the common good by choosing what applications and platforms they adopt or develop.
  2. Building an alternative ecosystem of online applications for social interaction is a shared challenge. Everyone can contribute in some shape or form.
  3. Public Spaces provides guidance in a movement towards an Internet that support the common good through its manifesto, roadmap, and system of badges.



Maarten Brinkerink, Digital Heritage Expert, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government & Politics
  • Level: Intermediate
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