Presented a history of the waves of content sources on the web that fought SOPA and PIPA
author, You are not a gadget
Partner architect at Microsoft, worked on early parts of the internet and technologies
How not create a new cyber-plutocracy
Democracy requires openness, fluidity, freedom of speech. But they are not enough. it needs a strong middle class. In new world, if there isn't a bell curve distribution of clout"
What is middle class clout? Where does it come from, how might it be created?
With the rise of capitalism and the rise of markets, a certain information sy stem raised before the internet-- economic--
In fluid systems you see vortexes rise up and down--- up, see gilded age, down see race to bottom and sinking.
Struggle to not sink-- created an artificial pond that would create a little bit of constancy, reliability and clout for a middle class person-- tenure, taxi medallion, getting into a union, getting a traditional IRA and Mortgage copyright.
All of these things were mechanisms that created an artificial blockage
We need material dignity-- low pass filter
when you have these little levees set up you start being able to accumulate a little wealth so you don't have to earn money every day.
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the only real, ultimate immunity is middle class clout. That's the only way to balance power.
Ted Nelson-- came up with first concept of hypermedia, of widely connected computers-- he called it Hypertext.
Had idea of sending universal micro payments to all the people that value came from.
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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