Alt. vs. Ctrl.: Editorial notes for the JoPP issue on Alternative Internets

Abstract : The hopes of past generations of hackers weigh like a delirium on the brains of the newbies. Back in the days when Bulletin Board Systems metamorphosed into the Internet, the world’s digital communications networks – hitherto confined to military, corporate and elite academic institutions – were at grasping reach of ordinary individuals. To declare the independence of the Internet from nation states and the corporate world seemed like no more than stating the bare facts. Even encrypted communication – the brainchild of military research – had leaked into the public’s hands and had become a tool wielded against state power. Collectives of all stripes could make use of the new possibilities offered by the Web to bypass traditional media, broadcast their own voice and assemble in new ways in this new public sphere. For some time, at least, the Internet as a whole embodied “alternativeness.”
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Félix Tréguer, Panayotis Antoniadis, Johan Söderberg. Alt. vs. Ctrl.: Editorial notes for the JoPP issue on Alternative Internets. Journal of Peer Production, 2016, Alternative Internets, 〈〉. 〈halshs-01397444〉



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