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PublicSpaces Editorial

SxSW, MIT Medialab and more

A lot is happening in the PublicSpaces realm; rather than bringing you tidbits of news, we figured we’d bring you an overview of highlights. PublicSpaces was present at SxSW. This festival (in Austin, Texas) has a reputation of being about… Continue Reading →

We won an award

PublicSpaces won the Incentive Prize of the Dutch Privacy Awards today. We regard this as a big stimulus to keep doing what we’ve been doing. We’re happy and proud! From the judge’s report: There is a lot that goes on… Continue Reading →

Development bucket list

To guide the development of products and services of PublicSpaces, we have in place both a development ‘guide’ and a backlog of functionalities and components that we expect to be built. Underlying our working methods is the idea that our… Continue Reading →

The what-if question

It’s probably the most important question any human can ever ask. The what-if question is the engine of progress – it inspires ambition, it sparks the imagination – both on a personal level: “What if I become a painter” as… Continue Reading →

A huge step forward

Working in a coalition has its advantages — lots of networking going on, many experiences to share, plenty of competences and resources at your disposal — but it certainly has its drawbacks too. Especially if you are trying to tackle a problem so profoundly… Continue Reading →

Aiming to be agile

We have dedicated significant time over the last couple of months discussing what the products and services of PublicSpaces actually look like. The debate centered on some very fundamental issues: Should PublicSpaces be more than just a quality mark? Does… Continue Reading →

Values, legitimacy and power

Over the last month or so, we’ve been discussing about our organizational structure. How we organize should obviously be a reflection of our values, but it also goes to the heart of our identity. It makes quite a difference if… Continue Reading →

Interim governance

PublicSpaces wants to get things done. We think, but like to act as well. That’s why we’ve gone ahead, visited a notary public and started our PublicSpaces Foundation, that will lay the groundwork for the reconquista of the public domain… Continue Reading →

Reconquering the commons

Photo by Annet Neijmeijer The internet has become an indispensable tool for modern society; we can’t imagine having to live without the convenience of internet-based applications that provide us with services like navigation, email, social interactions with our friends, information… Continue Reading →

Manifesto

In 2018 — almost thirty years after the invention of the World Wide Web — 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.

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