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Create a charter for the blockchain internet this week

Ethereum app developers want to lay some ground rules for the internet's next frontier.

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The end of this week is a big one for making charters.
On Thursday, Brooklyn Law School is hosting a daylong event called “From Runnymede to Philadelphia to Cyberspace: The Enduring Legacy of Magna Carta.” One of the sessions during that event is “Building a Magna Carta for the Digital Era,” a collective effort.
According to the itinerary, this session will finally create a document for planetary relations on the web:

In 2015, 800 years after Magna Carta, we begin to harness our collective experience, knowledge, wisdom, and judgment to “hack” a Citizens’ Charter for Cyberspace. We will collaborate on the principles and language for such a Charter, and the creation of a living, breathing document for the next phase in human and planetary relations.

Now, we all know that blockchains are the next frontier for planetary relations, and as such, East Williamsburg-based applications developers ConsenSys will be building off Brooklyn Law’s event and hosting a two-day charter hackathon of their own:
ConsenSys builds apps for the new blockchain platform, Ethereum, which we recently explored here. Though Ethereum, when it’s fully live, will (by design) have little in the way of governance, even an open platform can do well to have some guidelines.
“After one of our decentralized application hackathons, David Solomonoff of the the NY Internet Society came to use with the idea of organizing a hackathon to implement a legal document that’s inspired by the Magna Carta but for ‘digital rights of man’ with smart contracts using blockchain technology,” explained Carolyn Reckhow, who does communications for ConsenSys.
Following the hackathon Saturday evening will be a demonstration of what the participants came up with at Demos of Citizen’s Charter of Cyberspace Hackathon.
“When the blockchain tools are ready, hopefully we can publish this online and establish a stakeholder community that can make constant suggestions and revisions in a GitHub-like model of collaboration,” Reckhow said.

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