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PoorTroll Alegre

The PoorTroll Alegre project gathers input to the Porto Alegre meetings and ensures that it makes it to the workshops and proceedings there. After the meeting, it reports to the maximum degree what occurred, in LivingPlatform.CA itself, which seeks to become a main forum for the continuing development of those discourses.

The term PoorTroll implies that trolls who cannot afford to go to Porto Alegre are heard at least to the same degree as those who can, and that this effort equalizes the economic injustice inherent in such a remote meeting. A multilingual wiki or commitment to use Simple English vocabulary would likewise facilitate outreach.

According to American Prospect article, there is a substantial role for digital media to play in the evolution of postmodern politics and cognitive politics in the context of globalization:

"The effects of the movement are not lost on digital mogul Bill Gates, who made an appointment to meet directly with Lula in Davos. (Earlier, Gates had sued a Brazilian government official who’d compared Microsoft’s marketing of MISSING WORD to the drug industry’s dependence strategy — a suit he dropped after Internet bloggers posted speeches made by Gates using that very analogy.)" The effects of such libel chill for instance now reach globally. See ban Microsoft for more on this issue.

"Nor are they lost on digital gurus like Lawrence Lessig, creator of Creative Commons and a law professor at Stanford University, and John Barlow, lyricist for the Grateful Dead and co-founder of Electronic Frontiers Foundation, who braved a blizzard to fly down to speak on a panel with Gilberto Gil and others about the importance of the free software movement."

"Meantime, at the World Economic Forum, Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Lab made news, showing a mock-up of a $100 laptop" which was claimed to be a way to close the digital divide.

"Over lunch, Lessig, Barlow," and Claudio Prado, the Brazilian culture minister’s digital-policy coordinator, "made it clear that they see open source software and the digitalization of knowledge as the most revolutionary movement in the world. “It offers the chance to eliminate the intermediaries,” said Prado.

Lessig added, “Digital economy is one of verbs, not nouns”

"- one in which services and expertise generate more wealth than hard goods. (In fact, software sales account for less than 10 percent of Microsoft’s profit; the rest comes from service to companies and individuals using that software — something that Gates doesn’t mention when he states that by using Linux and other free, open-source software, consumers ultimately spend more in service.)"

"On the last day of the forum, Gil joined a panel with Lessig, Barlow, the Mexican sociologist Manuel Costells, and others, and delivered a written speech with simple grace and passion, underscoring the need for digital inclusion. “I am making a positive attempt to understand complexity,” he said. “I’m a minister; I’m a musician; I’m a hacker, in spirit and in my heart.” The battle in technology, and economic and social life (along with the battle for cultural diversity), he added, “is the most important battle of our time.” The standing-room-only crowd of programmers cheered. “It is my first action as minister of culture to expand the space for invention and creation.”

Given these goals, Living Platform itself may play a substantial role in developing this agenda and terminology, especially in FPVA countries and G20 countries.