June 25, 2003
Dreaming of the Blog News Network

Rahul Dave is thinking big about what he calls BlogNN — the Blog News Network, a decentralized journalism cooperative tied together by a unifying framework of technical infrastructure:

The BlogNN, or Blog News Network is in many ways just the regular blogging network. The additions to it to make a News Network are mostly technical, with an optional central aggregator interface, zero-install support for news item related trackbacks and subscription, Google like targeted and actually useful advertising, audblogging and moblogging.

Right on! I think that whoever solves the problem of identity on the Internet is going to hold the key to this sort of thing. The $64 billion question is whether that solution will be decentralized and low-end (a la FOAF), centralized and high-end (a la Passport), or something in between (a la Liberty Alliance). [Seen on d2r]

Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at June 25, 2003

I'm betting my 64cents on decentralized and low-end.

People have identities already, they just need describing...

Posted by: Dan Brickley on June 25, 2003 4:00 PM

In the U.S., democracy will not "emerge" the way Joichi Ito foresees. Ohmynews.com is a more viable model (there are editors), but even this will need to be locally based to work in the U.S.

All politics is local politics. (Ants know this.) Only at the local level can we take the care and responsibility that is such a crucial part of real participation. Many in the 1990s assumed that self-organization (as well as a New Economy) could emerge without the constraints of geography. Place matters.

Posted by: Peter Donovan on June 29, 2003 10:46 PM
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