Digital Public Space and Interoperability

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* Report: Generative Interoperability: Building Public and Civic Spaces Online. Commons Network and Open Future, 2022



"For Generative Interoperability, we investigated what the role of interoperability can be in a transformation of the digital environment towards more public-civic spaces. Our research led us to find a new conceptualization of the term interoperability: generative interoperability as a positive norm that is the foundation for an open online ecosystem. This norm is part of a larger approach to building more democratic digital spaces.

Interoperability is one of the original design principles underpinning the internet, allowing the internet to grow to its current size. But what kind of interoperability would serve as a solution to the problems of today’s internet? Discussions around interoperability often focus on what we call ‘competitive interoperability’. It’s necessary that we shift our perspective, from a single platform to an ecosystem view. Public policies should actively co-create other ecosystems and the new economy."