6256Re: [decentralization] [mnet-devel] reconsidering fundamental Mnet architecture (fwd)
- Dec 15, 2002Lucas Gonze <lgonze@...> wrote:
William Gibson's "Walled City" in the Idoru series. This was a subset of
the net which was complete of itself but who's members chose not to
interact with the rest of it. Whenever I've raised this in conversation,
poeple have always thought of it in terms of firewalls (viz the great
firewall of China) but it actually makes more sense as a logical
overlay. Some of the private discussion groups behave like this such as
Howard Rheingold's Brainstorms (or The Well?). There's no need for a
moderation or trust metric system because everyone is there by
invitation and hence has a vested interest in playing cooperatively.
The second concept came from Consume.net and was a protocol for deciding
if a "Guest" should have access to a WiFi community. It's known as the
"cup of tea" protocol. You can't join and use the service until you've
sat down and had a cup of tea with a member or node owner. We seem to be
moving towards similar whitelist approaches in several areas, notably
One last point. I like the feel of trust and relationship algorithms
that are only positive and have no concept of enemy. Where you can mark
someone up as a friend but there's no facility to mark people down.
These also have the advantage that they are easier to implement as side
effects of other behaviour rather than a specific action.
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