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Project OSG has been through many debates. Information given by the members, and during several discussions, vary through several fields. In order to be able to follow up on the discussion, one s recommended to study the following information. Of course, reviewing the sessions is also recommended. Hereby, you can have a look at the terminology used during the sessions, as well as a general idea bout the future direction of the project, and how you can dive in.

Terminology:

  1. Open-Source: Generally, open source refers to a computer program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design. Open-source code is meant to be a collaborative effort, where programmers improve upon the source code and share the changes within the community. – Wikipedia
  2. Direct democracy: (also known as pure democracy) is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly. This differs from the majority of modern Western-style democracies, which are representative democracies.
    – Wikipedia
  3. Bitcoin: Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and a payment system invented by an unidentified programmer, or group of programmers, under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. … The system is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called the blockchain, which uses bitcoin as its unit of account. Since the system works without a central repository or single administrator, the U.S. Treasury categorizes bitcoin as a decentralized virtual currency. Bitcoin is often called the first cryptocurrency, although prior systems existed and it is more correctly described as the first decentralized digital currency. Bitcoin is the largest of its kind in terms of total market value. – Wikipedia
  4. Blockchain: — originally block chain — is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of ordered records called blocks. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to a previous block. By design blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data once recorded, the data in a block cannot be altered retroactively. Blockchains are “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way. The ledger itself can also be programmed to trigger transactions automatically.” – Wikipedia
  5. Organization Chart: An organizational chart (organigram(me), or organogram) is a diagram that shows the structure of an organization and the relationships and relative ranks of its parts and positions/jobs. The term is also used for similar diagrams, for example ones showing the different elements of a field of knowledge or a group of languages. – Wikipedia
    A very common organization chart for a government usually contains three main branches of judiciary, legislation and executive.
  6. Pirate Party: is a label adopted by political parties in different countries. Pirate parties support civil rights, direct democracy and participation in government, reform of copyright and patent law, free sharing of knowledge (open content), information privacy, transparency, freedom of information, free speech, anti-corruption and Internet neutrality.
  7. Sortition: In governance, sortition (also known as allotment or demarchy) is the selection of political officials as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates.The logic behind the sortition process originates from the idea that “power corrupts.” For that reason, when the time came to choose individuals to be assigned to empowering positions, the ancient Athenians resorted to choosing by lot. In ancient Athenian democracy, sortition was therefore the traditional and primary method for appointing political officials, and its use was regarded as a principal characteristic of true democracy.

 Future plans:

  • Ongoing State: Project OSG (short for Open Source Government) has made an agreement with Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam to hold regular monthly sessions in order to continue the discussion and to develop the design of the blue-print of an organization chart for a possible society with open-sourced legislation. A total of six session has been held at Showroom MAMA during 2017.
  • Participation: After many presentations, currently the project has gathered a reasonably large list of followers and names as participants of the project, as well as people interested in collaborating in future plans of the project as a work force by contributing their help, therefore, forming the core group.
  • Research: Despite the collaboration of members from other fields, a constant need for research is a must for all its members. The topic of this project is rather technical in all of its aspects. The experience has shown that in order to keep up with the discussion and not to slow it down, the participants will need to study the terms before engaging with the conversation. But other than the participants, the core group should spend a considerable amount of time in researching about the different topics related to the project. The topics could vary from political science, programming, law and sociology, to economy and defense. That is why a general knowledge and an updated state is more than necessary for the members.
  • Documentation: Using brainstorming, mind mapping on large papers, audio recording, and online collective noting, the project is developing a documentation system, by which any new participant can track back to the core of the discussion in order to fully follow the discussion.
  • Seminars: In addition to the regular sessions, the project OSG holds larger seminars in order to more widely discuss the idea with a larger audiences.  The seminars might be held in different locations and countries. They are expected to be held once a year, possibly twice. In 2017, a seminar has been held at W139 in Amsterdam.
  • Location: The core activities of the project will happen in the city of Rotterdam, due to its well-known diversity and youth. Introducing Rotterdam as a playground for such projects is also another intention of the project OSG. The project looks into ways of implementing its studies in the city of Rotterdam.
  • Speakers: For the seminars of the project, lecturers, thinkers and specialists present talks and discussions for the participants during the normal sessions, as well as the seminars.
  • Simulation: Since the beginning of the project, it has been suggested by many participants that such project will need to be tested, experienced and observed before it can grow any larger and to make its way to the real politics. The idea can be implemented in either a small society like a school, an art residency, or a prison. After the blue-print reaches a more presentable level, it is strongly suggested that together with a larger institution such as a refugee camp, we make a simulation practice of how an open-sourced legislation may actually work. Then document the results for further research.

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Through several conversation, different resources, terms and information have been introduced to the project. We have created a YouTube playlist for a quick and easy informative introduction to most of the terms used during our debates: