Information Technologies Law

History of the Netstates

In April 2012 ‘Year 2112. States become Netstates’ was published. It is a fiction story about a future where (most) of the states has no territory at all  because they became advanced forms of social networks.

In October of this same year the concept  of Netstates was introduced  in the Complutense  University of Madrid (Spain) as a paper to the Congress  ‘Liberties,  transparency and politics in Internet’  titled ‘The transition of social networking towards a new concept of aterritorial states’ and finally published on the same title as an chapter of the book ‘Freedom of information on the Internet: threats and safeguards’ Madrid 2013.

In December of 2013 one of the most important ideas of the concept ‘Netstates’, the participatory surveys,  has been promoted by the Town Council of Zaragoza (Spain) to be a social responsible enterprise under the Privacy and Society of the Knowledge Foundation to create new ways to participation of the citizens in the life of associations or any form of organization based on people linked to objectives held in common.

The core of the idea is the participation of the citizens (or members of associations or whatever) make better any organization,  and it is very simple: Many minds get better ideas than a few of them.

Today the Internet or other sistems of social communication allow ways of political participation never foreseen.