Worldwide Wednesday: Chile’s Socialist “Internet”

Decades before DOT COM, there was Project Cybersyn, “a ‘nervous system’ for the economy in which workers, community members and the government were to be connected together transmitting the resources they had on offer, their desires and needs via an interactive national communications network. [In the 1970s] the whole idea would seem, frankly, eccentrically ambitious, even potty, if today the internet were not such a quotidian experience.”

Find out more about how Salvador Allende and British left-wing operations research scientist and management consultant Stafford Beer did an ambitious, economy-wide experiment called the ‘socialist internet’. Read more here. http://www.redpepper.org.uk/allendes-socialist-internet/

and here:

http://syncho.com/index.html
http://cybersyn.cl/ingles/home.html
http://guardian.co.uk/technology/2003/sep/08/sciencenews.chile