I am part of a forum that is pretty high quality (Howard Rheingold's
Brainstorms) and found a few very interesting tidbits.
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And another interesting find.
Extending the Public Sphere through Cyberspace: The Case of Minnesota
Over the last decade a lot has been said about the possibilities of the
Internet enhancing the public sphere. The two-way, decentralized
communications within cyberspace are seen as offering the basis by which
to facilitate rational-critical discourse and hence develop public
opinion that can hold state power accountable. However, this potential
has largely gone unrealized. Instead, cyber-interaction is dominated by
commercial activity, private conversation, and individualized forms of
politics. In this paper I investigate how the present Internet may be
used to more fully facilitate the public sphere. To do this I evaluate
Minnesota E-Democracy, an Internet-based initiative that attempts to
develop online public discourse. Drawing upon a model of the public
sphere developed from Jürgen Habermas' work, I show how the initiative
structures discourse to overcome many of the problems that presently
limit democratic deliberation online. While some significant limitations
do remain, I conclude that Minnesota E-Democracy provides a basis from
which online deliberative initiatives can, given adequate resourcing and
further research, extend the public sphere through the Internet.
And this I found on an unrelated search:
* xmLP - Literate Programming in XML (a programming methodology)
* NewsML Toolkit (XML DTD for news stories and metadata,
Interesting to compare the RSS implementation Meercat used by O'Reilly
to NewsML. Different approaches to similar goals.
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