20 years ago we had the vision

15 years ago we wrote the whitepaper
(before Facebook)

3 years ago we filed the patent

Now the core technology is working

Planetwork is the network for the Planet

for collaboration, organizing and outreach among networks of groups who share purpose aligned with the global imperatives of our time:

  • Restore the Climate
  • Preserve biodiversity and nature
  • Create conditions for right livelihood for all people

Planetwork will provide the online infrastructure for groups
to more effectively organize around shared purpose

  • Interoperable
  • Distribiuted
  • Purpose-based
  • No targeted ads
  • No tracking
  • No noise
  • Factually verified news and content
  • User controlled marketing
  • All on the same user interface
Planetwork is building a distributed network on the JLINC protocol.  

JLINC is a new technology that allows separate systems to interoperate with each other across the Internet by sharing data under automated agreements.  

The first implementation of JLINC was designed to give individual people control over their own data under new personal data rights laws in the EU.

The JLINC open internet exchange protocol, JLINX is held by the non-profit Planetwork.
Planetwork is a new kind of collaborative platform, one that doesn’t spy on you or manipulate you –
you control it.
Each user controls their own data, groups, news, content, communication and marketing preferences. Each group hosts collaboratively filtered news and content. Up-voting raises the importance of content within a group's feed. 

The Planetwork ecosystem is designed to work like the intelligent nervous system of the planet, allowing groups to function like cells that elevate and share information to bring forward solutions to the most pressing issues.
Planetwork is bringing together the tools and infrastructure needed to interconnect purposeful networks on JLINC.
  • Messaging (integrated with Telegram)
  • News content feed on each group page
  • Member posts
  • RSS integration with group news feed
  • Content up voting
  • Multi-platform integration
  • Add your wish here
JLINC can also provide data provenance for news, a digitally signed chain of custody for information online. That same chain of agreements includes a payment model that can restore journalism.
There have been other attempts at new social networks that have all failed.

How is Planetwork any different? 

The founders of Planetwork have been studying and working on these issues since 1998, when they started organizing the first small invitational gathering in the San Francisco Presidio.  

In May 2000 they convened the first international conference focused on using IT for global ecology. That seminal event in San Francisco spawned the LinkTank, an invitational network made up of over 50 information technology and media professionals, who met for two years in San Francisco and NewYork, and in 2002 commissioned the Augmented Social Network (ASN) whitepaper, presented at the Planetwork conference in 2003. 

One of the key insight from the LinkTank Principles was that any truly global network must also be truly decentralized; like Einstein’s universe, its center must be everywhere and nowhere. The LinkTank statement of purpose remains unrealized and more needed than ever:

We are dedicated to the creation and maintenance of a digital communications platform, operated as a public interest utility, that will strengthen civil society by enabling people to connect, communicate, make transactions, and self-organize in a manner that is consistent with the highest principles of democracy and reflects an enlightened understanding of the fragile beauty of our planet. We will bring together, develop, promote, and hold as a global public commons, software tools and infrastructure that facilitate the emergence, growth, and vitality of networks of individuals and organizations who share ecological and social justice values, as articulated in the Earth Charter

It was much easier to build centralized platforms, and the first ones to scale dominated and made it impossible for any others to challenge them.

When Planetwork originally pitched the ASN idea to the Soros Foundation in 2002, they had just embraced open source software, and could not even understand, much less imagine, the idea of an online social network for civil society. 

Now, 15 years later, all of the implications that the members of the LinkTank foresaw have come to pass, everyone is familiar with social networks, and increasingly understand the failures of running them on large commercial platforms.

At the same time, the blockchain has come to represent the idea of decentralized systems for many, but the template established by Bitcoin based on tokenized assets has not actually proven to be effective for building community, perhaps in part because many efforts have been co-opted by the promise of get-rich-quick ICO’s that absorbed much of the sincere motivation in the boom, and now bust, cycle. 

Through it all, founders of Planetwork have continued to focus on the core question. What are the real keys to building truly distributed systems for online exchange of information for society, as well as new models of commence? 

In 2015, while building a collaborative communication platform called Spherical, two of them realized how to create simple elegant automated data exchange agreements that they called “link contracts” and filed a patent on JLINC.