life_sharing is an anagram of “file sharing”. life_sharing is a computer sharing its hard-disk with the whole world, making all its contents accessible via Internet. “All” does´t mean a directory of the hard-disk but the whole content of the computer: programs, system (all the software used is open source), desktop, archives, tools, ongoing projects, mailboxes and so on. From the moment life_sharing started, every Internet user has free access twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year to 0100101110101101.ORG´s computer: they can rummage through archives, search for texts or files they´re interested in, check the software, watch the “live” evolution of projects and even read 0100101110101101.ORG´s private mail.
Users can access the contents through their browser, thus no particular technical abilities is required, only the basic notions necessary to surf the web. The computer contents are not periodically uploaded – thing that is usually necessary to update a web site – because 0100101110101101.ORG is working directly on the shared computer – the web server – so that users follow the development of the work in real time, they are always present and up-todate.
The idea is both simple and full of implications that go beyond the concept of a work of art being an object of contemplation, and raises political, sociological, philosophical and informational issues. life_sharing determines and underlines problems and contradictions that are no loner aesthetic, they are ethical.
The first of these problems is evidently privacy. life_sharing represents a radical subversion of the concept of privacy, a clear inversion of the perspective from which it has always been considered and discussed. life_sharing is the “empirical” demonstration that on the Internet is possible to experiment new forms of interaction and networking, on the condition that we are willing to leave evidently obsolete practices behind us. It is not a utopia, it is a practice that, once started, is going to become part of our everyday life.
Another issue raised by life_sharing is the intellectual property question: the proposal is not a complete abolition of copyright, but its substitution with the GPL (Gnu General Public License – http://www.gnu.org).
Extract from the Gnu General Public License:
“Licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GPL is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free software – to make sure the software is free for all its users. This General Public License applies to most of the Free Software Foundation´s software and to any other program whose authors commit to using it. You can apply to it to your programs too. When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price. Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for this service if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it in new free programs; and that you know you can do this things. To protect your rights, we need to make restrictions that forbid anyone to deny you these rights or to ask you to surrender the rights. These restrictions translate to certain responsibilities for you if you distribute copies of the software, or if you modify it.”
Untill now, the GPL, has been applied only to programs, with great succes both economical and “cultural”. 0100101110101101.ORG wish to apply the open source model (so a license directly inspired by the GPL) also to works of art. This statement is a concrete proposal: to truly share intellectual properties, beginning from our own, every day.