Welcome to the latest monthly roundup of my explorations at the intersection of ecosocialism and ICT. I look at the problems of and positive actions that embody , along with a look at the systemic side of things and how we can transition from (digital) capitalism to (digital) ecosocialism.

It all comes from the angle of – expropriating information and communications technology from and returning it to the people.

1. Systems

” says Simon Sharpe. It’s been clear for a while that isn’t a good frame for how individuals can contribute to a climate transition. In his article Sharpe reiterates that idea, and suggests that its better to think about one’s instead.

Sharpe talks about leverage at a few different levels : the individual, the organisational, and the national, and, in another article, discusses leverage points at the sectoral level:

In any individual sector, we can identify leverage points: actions that are relatively low cost or low difficulty but that have a high impact in accelerating the transition.

He also talks about super-leverage points:

In the whole system, we can identify super-leverage points: we define these as actions that are high leverage in the sectors where they are taken, and that influence transitions in other sectors in a way that is positive in direction, high in impact, and reasonably high in probability.

Leverage points are a key part of .

how do we change the structure of systems to produce more of what we want and less of that which is undesirable?

What are the leverage points in ICT? What are the super-leverage points? How do we change the structure of ICT to produce more of what we want and less of that which is undesirable?

From an ecosocialist standpoint, we want more digital ecosocialism and less digital capitalism. We want to identify actions in ICT which can have a positive, impactful, and highly probable influence on agency, social equity and planetary stability. I started to review work on this in . Some sources of inspiration:

Together, these contain quite a number of actions and initiatives and possible leverage points1. There’s a few common themes that stick out – things like /(re) of infrastructure and platforms; , and ; libre and open software, data and access. And the notion of as a triumvarate of types of leverage. But it’s not clear which of these, if any, are key leverage points, or even super-leverage points.

A systemic analysis of how they all connect together could help.  I recently came across ““, which has an interesting methodology for surfacing leverage points within a sector. It would be interesting to see how the same could be applied to ICT. It all starts off with a , so that will be where to look next. The references above each contain their own informal, qualitative model of ICT, so a starting point will be to look through them again with that lens.

2. Problems

Some problems from digital capitalism recently in the news. To help map them out, I’m tagging them with some of the criteria I in my OU research.

3. Actions

Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.

– Karl Marx

Some latest news on concrete actions that are part of an ecosocialist ICT movement.

4. Inputs

Finally, a few other things I’ve been reading, listening to, and watching that are adjacent to the topics of ecosocialism and ICT.

4.1. Reading

4.2. Listening

5. Until next time

That’s it! See you next month. Until then, you can find latest streams of thoughts over at my website.


1 Which I’ve partially documented in a ramshackle way in my digital garden at , and am currently trying to put a bit more structure around in Anytype.

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