I found this interesting resource for the CHT:
Our projects evolve around digital publishing, alternative revenue models, online video and design, digital counter culture and much more.
Geert Lovink (founder) and Ned Rossiter just published an interesting paper:
Exploring the politics of networks through and beyond social media
Organized networks are an alternative to the social media logic of weak links and their secretive economy of data mining. They put an end to freestyle friends, seeking forms of empowerment beyond the brief moment of joyful networking.
Their 182 page publication can be freely downloaded as PDF, and is available in book form (ordered directly) in stores from September (182 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, UK: £16 / US: $24 — ISBN 978-1-57027-338-4)
A central theme of the book is this question, which is being answered:
What can replace the corporate walled gardens such as Facebook and Twitter? Our answer
to this question is a firm and open one: a federation of organized networks, sustainable cells that operate as secret societies.
I have yet to read this document, and am intrigued with the “secret societies” part, but it seems to align with my idea that we need to have an interlinked cooperating grid of many independent grassroots initiatives, that can coexist and thrive in parallel with our curently economic systems that are unsustainable, and will lead to disaster if not changed. These initiatives are ‘secret’ in that they are privacy-first designs and not surveilled by data harvesting, extractive companies.