Who decides what digital infrastructures are built, or how they are designed? And who gets to draft the rules?
We are a community of practioners looking to build new data governance models and digital commons that hand agency over our digital resources back to the communities affected by them.
Who we are
Digital Commoners is a community of practitioners. The many who, outside the walls of Big Tech, are building alternative governance models to steward our digital infrastructures and assets. While our efforts may be varied, we share a common goal: to allow communities agency over the data about them, over the infrastructures they rely on, over the digital assets they create and nurture and the artificial intelligences that automate decisions about them.
Through events, conversations and knowledge sharing we foster collaborations between overlapping groups of technologists, legal professionals and governance experts, as we together learn to create and adopt alternative models to govern digital infrastructures.
What we value
Rules that govern us, should be created with us. The policies and rules that affect our lives and ability - both online and off - should be created with us, not enforced on us.
Collaboration. The magnitude of the challenges we face and the work ahead mean we need to break out of our siloes and work together.
Curiosity, learning and exploration. Digital Commoners creates spaces for practioners, researchers and policymakers to come together and learn from another's experience. Aim to create ecosystems that encourage exploration & learning and allow us to adapt when circumstances change.
April 01, 2021
Together with the Ostrom Workshop we are organising a working group to create a light-weight framework for the evaluation of digital commons.
April 01, 2021
We will soon start a working group for practioners in the early stages of designing a governance model for their data or digital commons (these include cooperatives, trusts and other organisational structure).