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reflexive

In mathematics, a reflexive, transitive? and symmetric? closure imply an equivalence relation?. This means that two things are "the same?".

control organized as content


Software engineer?s especially in the design pattern? schools, define reflexivity in terms of the degree of interaction between the users of the system, and its creators:

Any reflexive system in this sense, must organize its controls the same way as its content. All verbs, especially, used to describe information flow?s and feedback loops WITHIN system, must necessarily document and change the system the same way as the command verbs and other control verbs that tell the system how to behave from OUTSIDE the system.

democratizing systems


This resembles democracy, and not by coincidence: people govern from within a fully reflexive system by using only the facilities of the system to perform any non-deterministic function at all. All users have these functions by definition, so equal power relationships will form. The wiki model works for open content for this exact reason. However, many functions even in very open wikis remain inaccessible to users - especially new trolls - and this accordingly suggests the need for a more democratic wiki governance.

Such a system thus continues to self-organize with a very small amount of energy from outside. Examples:

to democratic e-government


The theory of reflexive intranet relies on reflexive relations, and such open governance models as these. Open politics in force will eventually put users wholly in charge of web services. Some propose extending this model to other services an organization offers. Reflexive organization protocols however and the use of reflexive media to organize all human command verbs - e-government - remain in their infancy. An ultra-reflexive intranet does not exist as of 2006-01 but the Green Party of Canada Living Platform and Imagine Halifax came relatively close to achieving basic requirements and very much influenced the Open Politics Foundation. See also Living Platform in Practice.



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