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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Harvard's Publius Project

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society has launched the Publius Project

The idea is foster a public dialogue on the evolving norms for governing the internet, just as Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, under the pseudonym Publius, fostered a public dialogue through the Federalist Papers (1787-1788) on the norms which ought to govern the newly independent United States.

From the FAQ:

By gathering experts across multiple dimensions of cyberspace and asking them to identify and reflect on the rolling and diverse constitutional moments of net governance, we hope to reflect a wide range of perspectives on how the Net should—or should not—be governed....

As we highlight in our introductory pieces, norms, rules and decisions about control, power, and governance are constantly evolving and being formulated in this space. In order to effectively understand, influence, and shape those structures, we must ask the questions: what is the regime we’re traveling towards? What is our ideal? How are decisions made in this space, and who makes them? ...

All the contributions to the Publius Project are OA, under CC-BY licenses, and all are attributed.  The first 10 are now online and other contributions will be released in waves.  (Disclosure:  My own contribution, on the evolving norms for deciding who controls access to research, will be released in a subsequent wave.)