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Varieties of Self-Governance in Networked Spaces (A Partial List)

There are a wide variety of possible self-governance regimes that a group can use in networked spaces. Below is a listing of some of the more salient ones, but this list is clearly incomplete. This topic is generally under-theorized even though there are plentiful examples, most of them hybrids.


* Benevolent founder & director, e.g., Craig Newmark (Craigslist), Linux Torvalds (Linux) and crowdfunded projects.

* Open platforms that host low-commitment contributions that are loosely managed by self-selected curators. -> question: how do open platforms relate to our discrimination-free platforms?

* Community elders and affiliated foundation, as in open source communities like Apache, Perl and Debian Linux.

* Platform cooperatives as a class of digital commons that own and co-manage network platforms and resources.

* Design protocols to enable sharing such as TCP/IP, HTML, open source standards, etc.

* Smart contracts & digital autonomous organizations, DAO, using blockchain & online algorithms encoded with governance rules.

* Open access journals as a hybrid of commons-based participation and nonprofit hierarchy, using CC licenses and open platforms.

* Multistakeholder cooperatives as a way to enlarge the circle of governance beyond "consumers" and "providers" to include families, volunteers and community members.

* Joint management by LLC and coop to prevent coop from liquidating assets if they appreciate, e.g., the housing coop Mietshauser Syndikat, Germany.

* Omni-commons that serve as administrative, fiscal and legal hosts for smaller enterprises with a commons orientation. E.g., Omni Commons of Oakland html; Cecosesola in Venezuela.

* Nondominium agreement used by open value networks such as Sensorica to act as "flow-through entities" that function as trusts for members.



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