Discussing Internet politics: Galloway’s Protocol.

By: Roman Tol
On: November 22, 2006
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Galloway’s Protocol addresses how control exists after decentralization, that is, in specific places where decentralization is done and gone and distribution has set in as the dominant network diagram. Galloway suggests protocol is an answer for that.

In part I of the book Galloway states that the protocols that underlie the Internet are not politically neutral. They regulate physical media, sculpt cultural formations, and exercise political control. In part III Galloway comes back to this point. He writes that if the network itself is political from the start, then any artistic practice within that network must engage political or feign ignorance.

So my question is, what is the dominant political ideology that is embedded in protocols that underlie the Internet?

2 Responses to “Discussing Internet politics: Galloway’s Protocol.”
  • November 25, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Do you mean all Internet protocols? Because there are hundreds, if not, thousands. See: Official Internet Protocol Standards. Or are you referring to the more common ones such as:

    * HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol)
    * POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3).
    * SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol).
    * FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
    * IP (Internet Protocol).
    * DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol).
    * IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol).

    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocol_%28computing%29#Common_Protocols

    Which doesn’t make it any easier since some of these protocols originated from the Internet Engineering Task Force and others from the Word Wide Web Consortium (Berners Lee and the HTTP protocol).

  • November 28, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    I understood there were no specific political ideologies, but more so a danger for political forces. But maybe I’m wrong, and capitalism is taking over!

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