Core Peer-2-Peer Collaboration Principles

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Project initiated by Ryan Lanham


Section 1: Toward a Peer to Peer (p2p) Ethos

Article 1. P2P Interactions

A. High quality p2p interactions exist between peers. Peers typically recognize and interact with each other without reference to rank or hierarchies.

B. Peers' willingness to interact is not primarily linked to external benefits or causes such as prestige, duty or obligation.

C. Peer interactions are judged qualitatively superior if linked to serving (and be served by) contributions to a commons.

D. These interactions attempt to minimize mediating forces or organizations.

E. What to avoid: P2P specifically does not aim to circumvent democratically enacted laws, rightfully established organizational controls, or legitimate claims of property in force. Rather, p2p seeks to build and expand common resources that are expressly free, open, collaborative and mutually beneficial.

Article 2. Recognition of the Commons

A. Concepts such as Open Access, Open Source, Open Content, Creative Commons, Science Commons and their supporting frameworks are consistent with the core principles of p2p.

B. While not specifically non-commercial, p2p interactions recognize the value and ideal of expanding shared and freely available resources particularly related to knowledge and information. Commercial gains are more consistent with p2p when they benefit smaller and less capital intensive organizations that are inclined themselves to participate in more frequent p2p interactions.

C. Attribution and acknowledgment of contributions are consistent with p2p.

D. What to avoid: P2P interactions should avoid a permission culture. That is, private copyrights, trade secrets, intellectual property boundaries or other boundaries between attributed contributions are actively discouraged.

Article 3: Economic Theories

A. P2P is not associated or disassociated with any particular economic theory such as capitalism or socialism.

B. It is possible that p2p represents its own framework of economic theory most closely aligned with what have been considered primitive barter and exchange economies.

C. Implementations of alternative currencies, open money and modes of exchange that do not necessitate governments, central banks or state-based regulatory authorities represent core elements of a p2p ethos.

D. What to avoid: P2P is not a transaction-based mode of exchange. Optimization of trades and exchanges for personal gain is not consistent with a p2p ethos.

Article 4: Moral Foundations

A. P2P interactions are considered qualitatively superior if they advantage large, open and sharing communities.

B. The ideas associated with sustainable production or sustainable operation of production resources are at the root of a p2p ethos.

C. P2P transactions are not appropriate mediated by political, social, gender, sex or religious biases. Interactions occur openly without respect to identities or group participation by peers in other aspects of their lives.

D. Transparent execution of transactions in the full view of any party is consistent with the best ideals of a p2p ethos.

E. Where resources are allocated or invested in those who might contribute to a p2p framework, openness of selection processes, transparent decision criteria and inclusive capacity to participate as a candidate for selection are core principles.

F. P2P interactions are not biased against bots, transhumanist beings, AI, other species or forms of intelligence that can act as peers if it is reasonable to recognize such participants as peers in the context of an interaction.

G. What to avoid: Peers should avoid pre-judging counter parties based on affiliations, ranks, or associations unless those associations specifically address competence or capacity associated with the aspects of a particular p2p interaction.

Article 5: Technology

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