[cryptome] Nulpunt.nu - the leaking state

  • From: Jurre van Bergen <drwhax@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:36:07 +0200

Hi all,

I think this list is interested in following the progress of
http://nulpunt.nu/

I quote from -
http://www.manifestajournal.org/online-residencies/matteo-lucchetti/nulpuntnu-democracy-leaked

Last June, *Metahaven
<http://metahaven.net/Site/Metahaven.html> *and *Jonas Staal*
<http://www.jonasstaal.nl/> launched, on the occasion of the exhibition
"Curating Reality", a new type of social network that works on the
principle of wikileaks: public information must stay public.
With *Nulpunt* <http://nulpunt.nu/>, the name of the application, users
can register to the platform and have access to a consultation service
for documents that are produced in the frame of parliamentary activity.
By selecting areas of interest in your profile, it will be possible to
have access to the archives of files related to various topics such as
public health, foreign affairs, economy balance, and so on, and comment
on them with other users. These comments might eventually lead you to
engage in an online conversation on the topics, so mimicking the very
activity of the government members who created them. Leaking information
from secretive and highly bureaucratic democratic governments of Western
countries, is here seen as an activity that can potentially become a
tool to empower the capability of citizens to access the decision making
processes that rule their lives. A tool for a transparent government and
an open way towards political self-organization. The demand for a
democracy without secrets is a response to bureaucratic structures that
are still dependent on a Cold-War conception of secrecy: law on public
transparency are still influenced by an authoritarian pre-digital era
bureaucracy.

The starting principle is an easy one: if the entirety of our lives can
be shared and become content to be used, along to a primary commercial
market, conversely by other users, how is it that the very information
that could drastically optimize the bond between the State and its
components, are still inaccessible and often immersed in a Kafkaesque
spiral of inefficiency? In the years following the media phenomenon
wikileaks represented, the way in which democracy machines work should
be highly rethought and this web application that aggregates files of
public interest, that are often kept away from public opinion, force us
to take into account the existing discrepancy among the publicity of our
lives in comparison to the secretiveness of our States.

Best regards,

Jurre

-- 
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed 
him for life.

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