Re-Public on Wiki Politics

Raphael - Plato (in the School of Athens, Vatican City)

Re-Public – the sharply-named on-line journal on the latest and hottest trends in contemporary politics – has a whole new issue on Wiki Politics (they had already produced one earlier on), with contributions among others from Ward Cunningham on the rise of gift economies, Paul Hartzog and the wiki-fication of politics and Kingsley Dennis on wikis as expressions of collective intelligence.

Their core argument? While they are unsure about whether ‘the use of these new collaborative tools (wikis, blogs, forums, mailing lists, podcasting, and videos) can really transform the ways politics are practiced‘, they recognise that ‘they produce a particular form of political participation – horizontal and equitable – which operates on the basis of the principles of decentralisation and openness‘.

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