Contact will be held October 20, 2011 at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York City. From Rushkoff's description, it sounds like it will be conference/unconference hybrid: there will be scheduled speakers, but attendees will also be able to convene meetings at the event.Program or Be Programmed author Douglas Rushkoff proposes that we fork the Internet, and he's convening a summit on the subject.
We've highlighted a few projects that aim to create a create government-less Internet before. This isn't a new idea for Rushkoff either. In this CNN piece he suggested the creation of a new Internet that would work a bit more like FidoNet.
Here's Rushkoff's proposed list of subjects:
BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
- Can we build an alternative Internet that can't be turned off?
- Alternatives to top-down registries and corporate-controlled access
- New net-based currencies and transaction networks
- Net-enabled Local Activism and Job Creation
- Arts networking initiatives
- Decentralized social networking platforms
- Proxy voting to expert friends
- open source democracy
- "Filter Bubbles" and how to prevent them
- What Factors Facilitate Collective Intelligence?
- The Reclamation of Public Space
"Contact will hope to revive the spirit of optimism and infinite possibility of the early cyber-era, folding the edges of this culture back to the middle," Rushkoff writes. That sounds a little too utopian and nostalgic, but this is an important event. I also like the slogan: "Content was never king. Contact is."