At Common Action Forum we believe that the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is essential for the achievement of a more conscious and participatory civil society in the face of major global challenges.
The Internet as we know it today, although the offspring of militarism, was born of a collective, intellectual and academic effort, made possible only thanks to public funding. To a large extent, it was developed under the inspiration of open source, peer-to-peer (P2P) networking models and cryptographic systems. The network’s vocation was to become a tool for democratization.
Today, the promise of digital autonomy, with the appropriation of this common platform by technological giants in general, and social networks in particular, has been transformed into a device for social control. We live in a reality in which the digital sphere, structured by opaque algorithms, not only dynamizes physical interactions and analog processes but also creates a hybrid space, which aggregates and transforms all the subjects involved.
CAF supports practices and models of technological development that are open, critical, transparent and fair; in which citizens are in charge of its opportunities and risks. We advocate for a network centered on intellectual exchange, connection and democratic debate, instead as opposed to the current digital extractivist logic.
It is for all of the above that we will only exist nominally on platforms that cannot conform to these principles. Mentions to our profile and content will always be available. We invite you to visit our website, to explore its contents and to subscribe to our newsletter, to be always informed of our updates.