Twitter news, Lidsky feedback, a Manifesto and a new Republic

In light of @Jack’s recent announcement, I’m sharing my vision for Republic A, a blockchain-based communications network to create better stories

Twitter recently announced it is “funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media,” and it explicitly noted that “[t]he goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard.” This appears to be part of the company’s larger “commit[ment] … to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation, and to hold [itself] publicly accountable towards progress.”

This is all good news, I think—an excellent idea. And I’m pleased that the company is actively seeking input. I’m eager to provide mine!

Earlier this year I considered launching a business to do something similar. I called the project “Republic A,” and I wrote a Manifesto to explain my vision. In light of Twitter’s recent moves, and the open spirit in which they have been made, I’m now sharing my Manifesto publicly. (My project is suspended, alas.)

We must slow and reverse the perverse, corrosive effects of big (centralized) tech in our society, starting with Facebook and Google. It’s a cancer that gorges on advertising dollars, and until we can find a better solution for those dollars, we’re unlikely to move the needle.

Thus, in my humble estimation, what is needed here is not so much a “decentralized sm network,” but a decentralized P2P communications network that can enable rich marketing and advertising exchanges freed from the stranglehold of evil intermediaries. Such a network would meaningfully enforce trust and privacy while enabling disparate actors to come together to create and distribute content/experiences, flexibly sharing in value creation with minimal friction. The sm network part of it would be a subset–a use case. An important one, to be sure, but not the raison d’être.

It’s all spelled out in detail in the Republic A Manifesto, which, again, I’m excited to share in light of Twitter’s recent news. Please let me know what you think!

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