The Knowledge Standards Foundation Is Fighting Back
The Encyclosphere is an online network of encyclopedias that we hope will eventually include all the encyclopedias in the world. The project will be maintained by the Knowledge Standards Foundation, founded by Larry Sanger, the former co-founder of Wikipedia. Please contact us to join at https://encyclosphere.org
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The Universal Network of Encyclopedias: A Progress Report
Imagine all the encyclopedias in the world, connected into one decentralized network, the way all the blogs are loosely connected. You've heard of the blogosphere; now, we’re building an encyclosphere. There’s never been anything like this. But if we get together, we can build it. Nobody’s stopping us. We’ll never run out of runway because it’s not a startup. It’s a distributed, collective project, an open source movement that is bigger than any of us (and certainly much bigger than the Knowledge Standards Foundation, which serves only as the catalyst). We need developers, designers, writers, editors, thinkers, marketers, promoters and fundraisers—if you can imagine a role being useful to kick-starting a network, we need that. Join us by coding, blogging, and more. Learn more at: https://encyclosphere.org Donations: https://encyclosphere.org/donate
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Decentralizing Social Media (Tech of Decentralization week 3)
Discussion with two technologists working on decentralized social media projects: - Christian Gribneau, founder of Ology.com and the Public Square Network, and contributor to the W3C DID:Web protocol - Dmitri Zagidulin, lead developer on Tim Berners-Lee's SOLID project as well as the W3C DID:Web protocol KSF President Larry Sanger also discusses the Minifeed social media plugin for WordPress. We address five questions: I. What’s the problem with social media? II. Why not just let government regulate it? III. What would a decentralized social media network be like—especially one that is peer to peer? IV. Explain and demo the tools that we have built: Minifeed for the KSF, the Public Square Network for Ology, and SOLID for the Solid Community Group. V. How to make the networks we are proposing totally interoperable.
Encyclopedists discuss a decentralized encyclopedia network
Interview/interaction between Wikipedia co-founder and five encyclopedists: - Leslie Graves, philosopher and founder/publisher of Ballotpedia - Sam Kazemian, cofounder/president of Everipedia - Pat Palmer, computer scientist and editor-in-chief of Citizendium - Phil Parker, business AI professor and project lead for the exciting new Botipedia - Sergei Schekanov, CERN physicist, programmer, and publisher of the STEM-oriented Handwiki This is WEEK 2 of "The Technology of Decentralization" seminar, free from the Knowledge Standards Foundation. For details and to join, please go to: https://encyclosphere.org/seminar Meeting agenda: 25 minutes: introducing the speakers and their encyclopedias/projects. 10 minutes: an introduction to the encyclosphere project. The rest of the time: roundtable discussion. Questions: - What do you think of the idea of publishing your metadata, and your content, in a standardized format? - We are thinking of making a white-label encyclopedia reader mobile app. As far as I know, none of your projects have mobile apps yet. Do you have some feedback on this idea? Could you see adapting this software for your own app? - What are some other requirements you would like to see satisfied for any part of the whole encyclosphere architecture? - Do you have any other advice for the KSF?
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The Internet: from decentralization to corporatocracy (Tech of Decentralization week 1)
Wide-ranging interview on the origins of the Internet and its decentralization, and how it declined to its current corporatized, controllable state. With Web pioneer, Jean-Francois Groff, and Silicon Valley executive/apostate, Peter Magnusson, by Wikipedia co-founder, Larry Sanger. This is WEEK 1 of "The Technology of Decentralization" seminar, free from the Knowledge Standards Foundation. For details and to join, please go to: https://encyclosphere.org/seminar Questions discussed: - What’s wrong with the Internet today? - Let’s talk about the original killer app of the Internet: the Web. What problems did HTTP and HTML solve? - Was it essential to the early development of the Web and other Internet tools that they were open-source and non-proprietary? - Why, for example, were HTTP and HTML protocols open-source and non-proprietary? - Is it fair to say that early open standards helped the Internet to be “decentralized”? What does this term mean? - What enabled Silicon Valley startups to evolve into massive giants? Why didn’t this happen sooner? - What psychology, ideology, and motives generally characterized the Big Tech executives as they seized more and more of the digital rights of their users? - Were we naive about the prospects of Internet freedom in the 1990s and 2000s? Why think so?
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Big Tech took over our digital lives. Let's do something about it.
The world desperately needs an easy way to find the best encyclopedia articles on every topic; it has become dependent on Wikipedia, which is extremely biased. The new Knowledge Standards Foundation aims to make it easy to find the "long tail" of encyclopedia articles from all sources by connecting them together in a single network, not unlike the blogosphere: call it an encyclosphere! Join us starting September 6, 2021, for a series of roundtable discussions about how to achieve this goal.
The Encyclosphere in Two Minutes
Why the world needs a decentralized encyclopedia *network*. Signup at https://Encyclosphere.org Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ks_found Music: I SAW WHAT YOU DID - Copyright 2019 Wilton Vought Source: Really Really Free Music Link: https://youtu.be/36Oc8rfzmhE
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