Objectives

Ubiquitous Commons has multiple principal goals, referring to the different time-frames and to the different types of subjects involved.

In the short term:

  • design the initial version of a legal, technical/technological and philosophical toolkit which allows people and communities to describe and enact the ways in which they wish their data and information to be used, using multiple types of ubiquitous technologies (social networks, smartphones, sensors, cameras, biomedical devices, IoT…);

  • conceptualize the “Commons as a Protocol” approach, through which Common Resource Pools (CRPs, such as data, information, knowledge, in this case) and the High Quality Relational Environments (HQRE) which are needed to form in order to be able to self-regulate the CRPs, can become a set of usable, interoperable, scalable, multi-modal protocols, which can be used across communities, cultures, times, places, trans-localities;

  • experiment on peer-to-peer modalities, technologies, processes, to find interesting, sustainable models which can be used in the Ubiquitous Commons approach;

  • disseminate and communicate;

  • broaden participation to the shared effort;

  • create projects which adopt, use, extend and contribute to the Ubiquitous Commons approach.

In the medium term:

  • extend the technologies and modalities to which the Ubiquitous Commons approach can be applied;

  • promote and enact interventions at policy-making level, in order for the Ubiquitous Commons approach can find application, widening its impact and public participation;

  • form an innovative, open, public legal entity at international level in order to collect and valorize the efforts which are being performed, and to be able to participate with more impact in political, social, policy discussions.

In the long term:

  • transition the Ubiquitous Commons to new institutional and organizational models which are based on peer-to-peer, ecosystemic governance, and which are able to bring high quality organizational models to communities worldwide, for what concerns the enactment and preservation of their rights, freedoms and collective well-being regarding the ubiquitous production of data, information and knowledge, actively engaging citizens, institutions, organizations, companies and other forms of stakeholders.

Uniting all of these terms is the necessity to create and maintain legal, technical/technological and philosophical toolkits which will enable:

  • citizens and organizations to decide how the data and information they produce should be used;

  • protect their rights and ensure accountability, transparence and collaboration;

  • ensure the perception of the positive, constructive aspects of ubiquitous information, for environment, sciences, society, civic action, health, freedoms, rights, and enable them through the emergence of shared, desired, active practices;

  • bring up an active, performative, positive and constructive public discussion in which all stakeholders are engaged in designing and enacting their own strategies, tactics, designs, tools, practices, initiatives, debates, under the form of a shared, participatory effort.