Class 10 - Information // The promise of the web
- Olia Lialina, Some Universe (“The Most Beautiful Web Page”)
RFC as koan
- R. Callon, RFC 1925: The Twelve Networking Truths (April 1 1996)
Emulator as koan
- promise of the free and open web
- open source, open sources
- How do you know what progress looks like?
- Is the next web better or worse than what we have now?
Acknowledgement that the episodes reviewed during this class focus on stress and emotional health, and suicide. This topic was intentionally covered in Class 8, although this class ties the Ryan character with the late Aaron Swartz. It is in honor of Aaron’s legacy that this class focuses on the free and open internet. This class should shine light on Aaron’s beliefs and massive, positive impact on the world, not the way through which he left it.
Episodes: - S3E5 “Yerba Buena”, S3E6 “And She Was”, S3E7 “The Threshold”, S3E8 “You Are Not Safe” cw: [suicide] (FOUR this week)
The narrative told about the early web, immediately after the embargo on commercialization was lifted, was this story about how the web is a free and open “superhighway” with unprecedented access to all of the world’s information.
- Aaron Swartz, Full Text of “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto” (July 2008)
- Aaron Swartz, On Picking Winners, American Library Association Midwinter meeting (Jan 2008) (Note: audio/video out of sync)
- Cory Doctorow, How to protect the future web from its founders’ own frailty (June 2016)
- Michael Hauben, Ronda Hauben, Proposed Declaration of the Rights of Netizens (August 1998)
- Tim Berners-Lee, The Next Web (2009)