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= a conference and summit to restore the true p2p nature of the internet, social media, and all that it enables in culture and society, initiated by Douglas Rushkoff



"Contact will seek to explore and realize the greater promise of social media to promote new forms of culture, commerce, collective action, and creativity. I'm inviting technologists, artists, activists, businesspeople, funders, and other stakeholders in the networked future, to come together to hatch new ideas, connect with new collaborators, and forge an ongoing community for innovating social media and beyond.

From the development of a new non-hierarchical Internet to the implementation of alternative e-currencies, the prototyping of open source democracy to experiments in collective cultural expression, Contact will seek to initiate mechanisms that realize the true promise of the networking revolution.

The first summit, to be held October 20, 2011 as a MeetupEverywhere and centered at the historic Angel Orensanz Center in New York City, will be a participatory festival for ideas and action, consisting primarily of meetings convened by attendees. Featured participants will deliver brief "provocations" on stage, sharing the greatest challenges they are facing in their particular fields. But their primary contribution to the day will be to join in the meetings convened by other participants, sharing their experience, insight, and even connections to help bring these ideas into reality." (

"At the epicenter of CONTACT will be the Bazaar - a free-form marketplace of ideas, demos, haggling, and ad-hoc connections. If you have visited the Akihabara, Tokyo’s ultra-vibrant open-air electronics market, or the under-the-highway open-air jade market of Kowloon, or even the Burning Man festival, you understand the power of combining commerce, physical location, and serendipity. A decidedly unstructured counterpart to the convened meetings, solo provocations, and the MeetUpEverywheres, the Bazaar will bring p2p to life, encouraging introductions, brokering, deal-making, food-tasting, and propositions of every kind. It is where the social, business, political, and spiritual agendas merge into one big human agenda." (


Organizational pages:

  1. ContactCon List of Participants

Discussions In Progress

Initiative: Building a Distributed Decentralized Internet

  • Quora

- What are the fundamental requirements and building blocks of a distributed internet?

  • Google Groups

- Building a Distributed Decentralized Internet

  • Workflow on Bettermeans

- The Next Net

  • References

- List of projects building distributed P2P internet infrastructures

- List of projects building ad-hoc wireless mesh networks

- article: How to Communicate if the US Government Shuts Down the Internet

- article: How to Set Up an Open Mesh Network in Your Neighborhood

- article: Building the Technology Stack for Internet Freedom

Initiative: Open Collaboration and Project Matching Infrastructure

  • Google Group


Discussions also being facilitated in the Contact forums here:

Internet Work-Around for Egypt and Others

More Information

Contact with Contact:

Form available via

See also: