Planetwork

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 online infrastructure for groups
to more effectively organize around shared purpose

  • Interoperable
  • Distributed
  • No targeted ads
  • No tracking
  • No noise
  • Verified news and content
  • User controlled marketing
  • Group collaboration tools
  • All on the same open interoperable user interfaces
JLINX
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. JLINC is not a blockchain, or an ICO, but can record an audit trail on any database, ledger or blockchain.

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 Internet data exchange protocol (JLINX) is held by Planetwork Foundation.
Planetwork supports 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 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.net will offer the infrastructure to interconnect purposeful networks using JLINC
  • Interconnect data between services
  • News feed for group pages
  • Interoperable user profile data
  • Permissioned sharing across groups
  • Content curation, up-voting in context
  • Multi-platform integration
  • Extensible permissioned data
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JLINC can also provide a developer-friendly way to achieve news provenance, a digitally signed chain of custody for information online. That same chain of agreements can support payment models that help restore journalism.
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Background
 
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 allowing them to be controlled by large commercial platforms.

At the same time, the word 'blockchain' has come to represent the very idea of decentralized systems, but many are gradually coming to understand that additional layers are also needed to build working systems, and that the template established by Bitcoin, where all solutions are based on tokenized assets may not actually be the most effective model for building community. Many sincere efforts have also been distracted, or co-opted, by the promise of get-rich-quick ICO’s that absorbed much of the motivation in a boom, and now bust, cycle. 

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

In 2015, while working on another project, Victor and Jim realized how to create simple automated Internet data exchange agreements in JSON that they called “link contracts”.

JLINC is neither a blockchain nor an ICO, but uses some of the same key innovations in a new way to provide “automated cryptographically signed contracts” that control the exchange and use of data between separate databases at separate domains across the Internet. The JLINC open protocol is held by Planetwork Foundation at JLINC.org.