New essay: Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of FLOSS

Recently, @rra and I have been working on an essay highlighting questions about the #Fediverse and how these are getting entangled with #FLOSS practices. From software production to structure and governance within alternative social media, online communities and politics.

The text follows a multi theses model, to map the different things we've been looking at and publish the current state of our research.

It is the closing chapter of a new publication from INC/Transmediale (

PDF of the text:

Feedback welcome. We're planning to publish an online version with more references!


@320x200 @rra

Nice essay.

I liked your description of one of the dynamics on the fediverse being 'conflictual consensus'.

The anarchic nature of the whole network and lack of a centralised authority allows for loose coupling and co-operative efforts between diverse communities when both agree to it.

@dublinux @rra Thanks! To be precise, the term conflictual consensus was not coined by us, it's one of the term coming from Mouffe's jargon related to her agonistic pluralism political theory, which we thought was quite fitting to make sense of what is/can/could happen on the fedi.

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