Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
- Melvin Kranzberg 
- 1 Contextual Citation
- 2 Introduction
- 3 Related Wiki Sections
- 4 Socio-technological frameworks to understand P2P Technology
- 5 Towards a P2P Philosophy of Technology
- 6 Typology
- 7 Citations
- 8 Key Resources: Generic
- 9 Key Resources by Topic
- 10 Articles
- 11 Wikipedia Articles
"My deep concern is that the new tech generations are having to face the age-old debate about decision-making through centralization V decentralization without necessarily understanding the stakes involved. Couple this with the fact that those stakes are rapidly changing as a result of the steady increase in global population and steady decline of the world's non-renewable resources.
There is a largely unmentioned battle going on between microeconomists and macroeconomists to describe and influence this worldview. It is now playing out in all facets of technology, including blockchain. Globalization (macro) was surely not a sustainable vision. The anti-globalization protectionist movement that we are witnessing has no elements of sustainability at all. (It is faux micro, at best.)
As we look to technology to help us deal with the world's increasing complexity and the prospects for enhancing sustainability, this technology needs to be fit for purpose -- not for the capitalist economy which is unsustainable because its source code is deeply rooted in geometric growth. In this area, I see a lot of circular reasoning through cyberationalisation which is often well-intentioned but rarely grasps the fullest meaning of the commons as a source of sustainability. This ought to be the standard that we aspire."
- James Quilligan (email, July 2018)
This is a place to monitor technological developments, the P2P infrastructure, software issues, technology-enabled cooperation, etc.. Eventually, this section should exhibit the answer to the following question: what are the technical requirements for human emancipation? How to we design and implement an infrastructure that guarantees the participation of all?
Our related Standards section monitors open standards, interoperability, etc...
Above all, never forget: Technology Is Not a Force for Either Liberation or Oppression, as explained by Dale Carrico.
And please read this:
- On the overall perspective of the P2P Foundation: What Digital Commoners Need To Do, a meditation on the strategic phases in the construction of a peer to peer world. And please help us improve our definition of what a true P2P Infrastructure should be: Defining True P2P Infrastructures
- Mondo.net's Ten Principles for an Autonomous Internet
- FC Forum: Characteristics of Free and Open Infrastructures Needed for Open Online Collaboration
- Aaron Peters: Establishing a Communication Commons: The other world that we believe is possible will require another media – one that MUST be commons-based. 
- Mark Pesce: Four Design Principles for True P2P Networks
- Degrees of Freedom vs. Dimensions of Power
- Degrees of Freedom, Dimensions of Power. By Yochai Benkler. Daedalus, Winter 2016, 145 (1), pp. 18-32
- "If we are to preserve the democratic and creative promise of the Internet, we must continuously diagnose control points as they emerge and devise mechanisms of recreating diversity of constraint and degrees of freedom in the network to work around these forms of reconcentrated power."
Related Wiki Sections
- Projects to decentralize/distribute the internet: see our section on P2P Infrastructure
- Open Standards
Socio-technological frameworks to understand P2P Technology
"The capacity to promote autonomy is a fundament characteristic of a convivial tool".
- Ivan Illich, in: "Tools for Conviviality"
Brian Whitworth on Socio-Technological System Levels
"Today technology designers must recognize Socio-Technological System Levels:
- Hardware systems, based on physical energy exchanges.
- Software systems, based on information data exchanges.
- Human–computer interaction systems, based on personal semantic exchanges.
- Socio–technical systems, based on community–wide exchanges.
(Source: The social environment model: Small heroes and the evolution of human society by Brian Whitworth and Alex P. Whitworth. First Monday, Volume 15, Number 11 - 1 November 2010 )
Historical overview of four major historical periods
Alexander Laszlo on Technologies of Organizational Communion
- Article: Alexander Laszlo, Living Systems, Seeing Systems, Being Systems: Learning To Be the System That We Wish to See in the World | Pages 163-17
Towards a P2P Philosophy of Technology
- Check out the work of Andrew Feenberg and his take on technological determinism.
- Check out the works of Kevin Carson on technological autonomy for a peer to peer age
- Read this interview of Bernard Stiegler, (the only specific philosopher who takes an explicitly p2p view, through his concept of the contributive society), on the New Desires of Post-Capitalism: ‘THIS SYSTEM DOES NOT PRODUCE PLEASURE ANYMORE’. AN INTERVIEW WITH BERNARD STIEGLER. Pieter Lemmens. Krisis, 2011, Issue 1 
"Notwithstanding his rather bleak diagnosis of contemporary society, Stiegler is not pessimistic with regard to the future. Whereas today’s capitalism is headed for destruction, it is precisely in the digitalized networks through which it tries to control the populations that a new kind of economy is emerging, one that is not only inventing new modes of production like open source and peer-to-peer, but that is also slowly creating a new economy of desire that could lead to the invention of new ways of life, new modes of individual and collective existence. A new society could arise on the same technological base that is now still predominantly destroying the social bonds. The digital networks might be the prime catalysts in the transformation from today’s consumer society into what he calls a ‘society of contribution’. In this context he talks in this interview about technologies in terms of pharmaka (a term derived from Plato and from his teacher Derrida) that can act both as a poison, destroying sociality and proletarianizing human existence, as well as a medicine, producing social ties and deproletarianzing human existence."
This typology by David Weinberger  is actually quite useful in determining basic attitudes towards the internet and technology:
"1. Exceptionalist (E) vs. Ordinarist (O). Exceptionalists believe that the Internet is exceptional, extraordinary, and disruptive, the way, say, the printing press was. Ordinarists believe that the Internet is just another new medium, no more revolutionary than, say, CB radio.
2. Technodeterminist (T) vs. Contextualist (C). Technodeterminists believe that the Net by itself brings about transformations against which it is futile to struggle. Contextualists believe that technology by itself does nothing and changes nothing; other factos determine the effects of technology.
3. Optimist (H) vs. Pessimist (P). Optimists believe that the Net is, or brings about, good things. Pessimists believe otherwise. (Note: Since everyone believes their beliefs are true, everyone thinks they are a realist. When someone actively asserts s/he is a realist, s/he is actually asserting a form of counter-optimism, i.e., pessimism.) (Note: The “H” stands for Happiness or Hope."
All P2P really means is person-to-person: normal folk using web tools - without the annoyance of an institution or mega-corp getting in the way.
- James Cherkoff 
"The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it"
- Weiser 
“Man is a Tool-using Animal. . . . Nowhere do you find him without Tools; without Tools he is nothing, with Tools he is all.”
One of the key elements of p2p is the end of the distinction between infrastructure and users. Under p2p the users BECOME the infrastructure.
- Paul Hartzog
We have community supported agriculture, and it works. Now, we need community supported technology!
- Sam Rose 
"If we are to preserve the democratic and creative promise of the Internet, we must continuously diagnose control points as they emerge and devise mechanisms of recreating diversity of constraint and degrees of freedom in the network to work around these forms of reconcentrated power."
- Yochai Benkler 
“Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have chosen, instead, to have overwork for some and starvation for others. Hitherto we have continued to be as energetic as we were before there were machines; in this we have been foolish, but there is no reason to go on being foolish forever.”
- Bertrand Russell. 1932
A truly technological machine is an open one, and the ensemble of open machines presupposes man as permanent organiser, as living interpreter of machines both in themselves and in relation to other machines. Far from being overseer of a gang of slaves, man is the permanent organiser of a society of technical objects which need him as musicians need a conductor... So man's function is to become both coordinator and permanent inventor of the machines around him.
- Simondon, Du mode d'existence des objets techniques (1958) 
“I choose to see personal web‐server technology (Opera Unite, Firefox POW, etc) as a breakthrough technology, so people can put their own data into the cloud without paying Flickr or whomever. It is this sort of 'personal technology' I believe will characterize (what we now call) Web 3.0 (and not 3D, or semantic web, etc.). So my dilemma is that, while these technologies are pretty evident today, it is not clear that the people I suspect Pew counts as “the savviest innovators” are looking at them. So I pick “out of the blue” even though (I think) I can see them coming from a mile away.”
– Stephen Downes, National Research Council, Canada 
"Advocating for appropriate technology is not "anti-technology," directing our attention to politically pernicious deployments of technodevelopment exploiting the vulnerable and profiting elite-incumbents is not "anti-technology," delineating the catastrophic impacts of false models and marketing hype is not "anti-technology."
As I keep on insisting, time and time again, "technology" doesn't exist at a level of generality that properly enables one to affirm a "pro-technology" or "anti-technology" stance in any kind of monolithic way. Technology is better conceived not as an idol to affirm or as an ethos with which to identify but as an interminable process of collective technodevelopmental social struggle in which a diversity of stakeholders (not all of them necessarily even human) are constantly contesting, collaborating, educating, agitating, organizing, appropriating, and coping with ongoing and proximately emerging technoscientific changes, costs, risks, and benefits."
- Dale Carrico 
"There are tools, technologies and discourses which favour diffuse power, and tools, technologies and discourses which favour concentrated power. Today the concentrated power mechanisms have the upper hand. All it would take to turn the tide is for the diffuse power mechanisms to gain the upper hand. I’d speculate that diffuse power mechanisms may have gained the upper hand in some fields in the 1960s-70s, and only the recomposition of capitalism as neoliberalism (with new technologies and discourses) saved it at this point (e.g. states were losing guerrilla wars to popular forces across the board in this period). If diffuse power retained the upper hand then any authoritarian regime created on the backs of diffuse power would itself be vulnerable to a reactivation of diffuse power."
- Andy Robinson 
Huberto Maturana: Technology is not the Solution to Human Problems
“Technological transformations do not impress me, biological technology does not impress me, Internet does not impress me. I say this not out of arrogance. No doubt much of what we do will change if we adopt the different technological options at hand, but our actions will not change unless our emotioning changes. We live a culture centered in domination and submission, mistrust and control, dishonesty, commerce and greediness, appropriation and mutual manipulation ... and unless our emotioning changes all that will change in our lives will be the way in which we continue in wars, greediness, mistrust, dishonesty, and abuse of others and of nature. Indeed, we shall remain the same. Technology is not the solution for human problems because human problems belong to the emotional domain as they are conflicts in our relational living that arise when we have desires that lead to contradictory actions. It is the kind of human being, Homo sapiens amans, Homo sapiens aggressans, or Homo sapiens arrogans, at the moment in which we have access to a new technology, either as users or observers, that determines how we use it or what we see in it.”
- Huberto Maturana 
Key Resources: Generic
Check out the mega-classic books on the topic by Lewis Mumford.
- Global Magic. Technologies of Appropriation from Ancient Rome to Wall Street. By Alf Hornborg.  : "This book reveals how our ideas about growth and progress ignore how money and machines throughout history have been used to exploit less affluent parts of world society."
- THE END OF THE MEGAMACHINE. A Brief History of a Failing Civilization. by Fabian Scheidler. Zero Books, 2020. 
- The Bleeding Edge. Why Technology Turns Toxic in an Unequal World. By Bob Hughes. New Internationalist Books, 2016 
Key Resources by Topic
- Key book: Internet Architecture and Innovation. Barbara van Schewick. MIT Press, 2010
- CircleID is a good source to monitor internet infrastructure developments
- History of the Internet in a Nutshell: http://sixrevisions.com/resources/the-history-of-the-internet-in-a-nutshell/
Anonymity and Censorship Circumvention
- Virtual Private Network sites are ideal to circumvent internet censorship: HotSpot Shield , AlwaysVPN (also for Linux) and Social VPN: Run the installer and they just work with one click every time you get to a blocked website.
- Anonymizer Sites & Services: "there are two general types: networked and single-point. There is one known networked anonymizer called EFF Tor, highly recommended"
- Free proxy lists
- Free Public Proxy Servers Lists
- Various strategies to achieve Free Fiber to the home
- Free groupware: links to collaborative software which can be freely used, copied, studied, modified, and redistributed
- The Big List of Social Sites includes a directory of social networking sites, social bookmarking sites, and social aggregation sitges.
- List of collaborative software and ofwiki software compiled by Mark Elliot
- Complete list of P2P Filesharing programs with comparative notes. + A list of free and open source filesharing systems
Free Software Infrastructure
- High Priority Free Software Projects: "The FSF high-priority projects list serves to foster the development of projects
- Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software in the OSALT directory
- Government and Open Source Software + the 2007 Government Open Source Policies from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, listing the Open Source policies of hundreds of national, state/province/territory and local governments
- Directory of Open Source Alternatives to commercial software (also here).
- Top 100 Open Source Linux Applications
- Open Source Living: guide to the best freely available open source software on the web
Meshworks and Wireless Commons
- List of Wireless Community Networks Worldwide
- Open Source Mesh Networking projects monitored by Open Source Mesh
- The Organizer's Tool Crib is a participatory directory of online tools and resources for social change activists.
- Infrastructure for social movements at Rise Up
- Tactical Tech helps activist organizations with training, support and tools such as NGO in a Box
P2P Network Computing
- For the most fully distributed Peer to Peer Computer Networks at present, please check out Tribler ;Peerple ; Wipeer
- Research into more fully distributed P2P systems for the future: Chord, CX Project, Farsite, Globe Project, Oceanstore, Pastry
- Decentralized P2P software programs are monitored and indexed here; Flud maintains a list of Distributed Internet-based Backup Systemssuch as Tahoe
- List of Distributed Search Engines; 
- Privacy-Friendly Alternative Search Engines: List compiled by We Rebuild available at http://werebuild.eu/wiki/Alternative_search_engines
- Benefits of the Second Industrial Revolution vs the Benefits of the Third Industrial Revolution; by Kevin Kelly.
- The Real World of the Decentralized Autonomous Society. By J.Z. Garrod. Triple C, Vol 14, No 1 (2016)
- The Rise of the Stupid Network. David Isenberg's classic essay for locating intelligence in the periphery, not the core.
- End-to-End Arguments in System Design: The best way to design a network is to allow the sender and receiver to decide what the data means, without asking the intervening network to interpret the data.
- World of Ends: Doc Searls and David Weinberger summarize the key characteristics of the internet.
- The Matrix of Convivial Technology – Assessing technologies for degrowth. By Andrea Vetter. Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 197, Part 2, 1 October 2018, Pages 1778-1786 
Anonymity and Censorship Circumvention
- How Anonymizers Work
- How To Communicate Securely in Repressive Environments. Patrick Meier: Core to effective strategic nonviolent action is the need to remain proactive and on the offensive; the rationale being that both the resistance movement and repressive regime have an equal amount of time allocated when the show-down begins. If the movement becomes idle at any point, this may give the regime the opportunity to regain the upper hand, or vice versa.
- Top Ten methods to access banned websites + Everyone's guide to circumvent internet censorship
Internet Security Resources and How-to Guides
- FLOSS Manual for Circumvention Tools ; Bypassing Internet Censorship. 
- Guide to Mobile Security for Citizen Journalists; 
- EPIC Online Guide to Practical Privacy Tools 
- Anonymous Blogging with WordPress and Tor 
- Security in a Box
- Quick Guide to Secure Communication 
- Everyone's Guide to Bypassing Internet Censorship
Broadband and Connectivity
- Telecommunication expert Gordon Cook asks: Is Bandwidth Infinite?
- Various strategies to achieve Free Fiber to the home
- How To Set Up An Open Mesh Network in Your Neighborhood
Free Software Infrastructure
- Understanding Free Software, Open Source Software and Floss, thanks to this booklet
- Open Source Software Tools And Directories: Where To Find Them, How To Evaluate Them. By Robin Good
P2P Network Computing
- Peer-to-Peer Networks as a Distribution and Publishing Model: the best introduction to the advantages of P2P Computing!
Podcasts on P2P Technology
- Adam Greenfield on Ubiquitous Computing
- Bruce Sterling on the Internet of Things
- Conversation with Ward Cunningham
Webcasts on P2P Technology
Full list at: P2P Videos on Internet Technology
Collaborative Filtering, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaborative_filtering
Collaborative software, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaborative_software
Computer-supported collaboration, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-supported_collaboration
Computer-supported cooperative work, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_supported_cooperative_work
Debian Free Software Guidelines, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian_Free_Software_Guidelines
GNU General Public License, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_General_Public_License
Grid Computing, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grid_computing
Free Content, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_content
Free software, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software
Open Source, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source
Open Source Initiative, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Source_Initiative
Open Source Definition, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Source_Definition
Open Source software, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source_software
Open Source Software, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Source_Software
Peer to Peer (technology), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer_to_peer
Point to Point (technology), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point-to-Point
Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain
Recommendation system, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recommendation_system
Social software, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_software
Wiki software, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki_software
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Pages in category "Technology"
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- Aaron Bastani on Fully Automated Luxury Communism
- Aaron Swartz on Peer To Peer, Digital Rights Management and Web 2.0
- Aaron Swartz on the Shift from Centralized Systems to Networks
- Access Commons
- Access Controlled
- Active Web
- Activity Standards
- Activity Stream
- Actor System Model of Computation
- Ad Hoc Mobile Networks
- Ad Hoc Routing Protocols
- Ad Hoc Temporary Social Networks
- Ad-free Live Video Broadcasting
- Adam Greenfield on Everyware
- Adam Greenfield on Ubiquitous Computing
- Adaptive Architecture, Collaborative Design, and the Evolution of Community
- Advanced Automation
- Adversarial Interoperability
- African Social Technology Blogs
- Agent-Centric Computing
- Agile Approach
- Agile Software Development
- AI Commons
- AI Ethics Guidelines Global Inventory
- AI Index
- AI Propaganda
- AI Sharecroppers
- Aiki Framework
- Al Cano Santana on Guifi's Autonomous Internet Infrastructure in Catalonia
- Alan Cox on the State of Free Software in 2007
- Alanna Irving on Tools for Radical Financial Collaboration
- Alexander Bard on Syntheism and the Syntheist Movement
- Alexander Bard on Technology Gods
- Alfredo Lopez on Progressive Providers
- Alfredo Lopez on Radical Techies
- Alg-a Lab/es
- Algo-Robotic Systems
- Algorithm Watch
- Algorithmic Language - Cuba
- Algorithms as Regulatory Objects
- Alliance for Wild Ethics
- Alternative Network Deployments
- Amara's Law
- Ambient Commons
- Ambient Intelligence
- Andrew Feenberg
- Andrew Whelan on P2P's Impact on the Music Industry
- Android Open Accessory
- Android Open Source Project
- Andy Oram on Free and Open Cloud Computing
- Andy Oram on the FLOSS Manuals Project
- Anne Kjær Riecher on the ReDI School of Digital Integration in Berlin
- Annotation Tools
- Anon Plus
- Anonymity Tools
- Anonymous Blogging
- Anonymous Blogging with WordPress and Tor
- Anonymous P2P
- Anthropology of Technology
- Anti-Racist Technoscience
- Antoine Fressancourt on Implementation Challenges for P2P Systems in Mobile Network Environments
- Apache - Governance
- Appelbaum, Assange and Harrison on a Global Guild for Sysadmins
- Application Content Infrastructure
- Applied Sustainability
- Appropriate Technology Villages
- Aram Sinnreich on MondoNet as a Truly Independent Internet
- Aram Sinnreich on the Next Generation Independent Internet
- Architecture of Open Source Applications
- Around Me
- Assessing Technologies for Degrowth
- ASUS Eee PC
- Asymmetric Link
- Asymmetrical Internet Access
- Asynchronous Inter-Device Communication Protocol
- Audio Compression
- Audio Software
- Audio-Screen Capturing
- Audio-Video Editing
- Audio-Video Players
- Audio-Video Tagging
- Augmented Reality
- Authoritarian and Democratic Technics
- Automatic Character Switch
- Autonomous Systems - Internet
- Autonomous Tech Collectives
- Autonomous vs Systemic Innovation
- Axemaker's Gift
- Barbara van Schewick on Internet Architecture and Innovation
- Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty
- Being and Technology
- Ben Cerveny on Pervasive Computing
- Ben Goertzel
- Ben Peters on Why the Soviet Internet Failed
- Benefits of the Second Industrial Revolution vs the Benefits of the Third Industrial Revolution
- Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing
- Beyond TCP/IP
- Beyond the Technological Revolution
- Bibliography on the Enclosure of Science and Technology
- Big Data
- Big Switch
- Bill St Arnaud
- Bitchun Society Whuffie Tracker
- Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Firmly Anchored in Anarcho-Capitalist Visions of a Hyper-Capitalist Society
- BitTorrent Live
- Blake Ross
- Block Bot
- Blockchain Application Stack
- Blockchain as Ultracapitalist Enclosure
- Blockchain Interoperability Alliance
- Blog Comment Systems
- Blogging Practices of Knowledge Workers
- Blogging Standards
- Bob Young
- Bot Club
- Bots and Automation over Twitter during the U.S. Election
- Bottom-up Broadband
- Bottom-up Broadband for Europe
- Bottom-Up Broadband Project
- Bradley Kuhn
- Bram Cohen
- Bram Cohen on the Creation of BitTorrent
- Brave New Software
- Breaking the Frame
- Brendan Miller
- Brian Behlendorf on Apache and the Apache Foundation
- Brief History of the GNU Social Fediverse and Federated Microblogging
- Broadband Policy
- Browser Wars Retrospective
- Bruce Sterling on the Internet of Things and Spimes
- Building a Solid World
- Building a Web of Needs
- Building Web Reputation Systems
- Butter’s Law of Photonics
- Buy This Satellite
- Carlo Ratti on the Sensable City
- Carrier Bag Theory of Human Technological History
- Carrier Grade Linux
- Case for Open Source Appropriate Technology
- Cathedral and the Bazaar
- Center for Democracy and Technology
- Center for Digital Inclusion
- Center for Humane Technology
- Center for the Cultivation of Technology
- Centralized Web
- Centripetal Web
- CEO Guide to Widgets
- Certificate Authorities
- Certification Services for Identity Assurance
- Characteristics of the Ideal Open Social Networking Application
- Charlotte Hess on Constructing a Commons-Based Digital Infrastructure
- CHORUS P2P Workshop 1P2P4mm
- Chris Messina on Activity Streaming
- Christian Lovrecich on the NoCode Movement
- Christian Sandström on the Law and Governance Effects of Disruptive Technologies
- Christianity and the History of Technology
- Christopher Gervais
- Christopher Hoadley on Indigenous Technology Design
- Christopher Mitchell on Municipal Broadband
- Chronology of Inventions Until 1980
- Circular Phone
- Citations on Underestimating the Impact of New Technologies
- Citizen Tech Movement