George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

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Online Public Spaces, Longevity and Portability of Data: policies your MPs can promote

This is the second of a three-post series on Online Public Spaces. In this post, I focus on the longevity and portability of data and argue for the creation of a cross-platform open standard for data-transfer across social networks, to facilitate decentralised online interaction. In a previous article, I have argued that online public spaces, such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook, should be subject to the same regulations as physical public spaces. These online services are as much places of communal interaction as are pubs, the argument went. In this article I will suggest what one should ask their MPs for, to ensure the longevity and portability of their data. If liberal philosophers and deliberative democrats are right, then dialogue and exchange of good reasons is valuable. For the...

LSE Politics and Policy: Online Public Spaces and Google Reader

By allowing interaction between people of diverse backgrounds and class, online social tools have come as close as possible to overcoming the structural limitations of physical spaces and are central ingredients of a deliberative democratic state. For this reason, George Iordanou argues that online public spaces should receive no less scrutiny or be subject to no less regulation than physical public spaces. On July 1st, Google Reader, a feed aggregator – a program that allows users to get automatic updates from websites — will be ‘retired’. Technologically speaking this is not a big loss since there are many other companies that provide identical services which are available for free, in the same way as Google Reader is. The problem with Google Reader is the loss of the vibrant community...

George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life


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