World 2.0: Twitter Governance [the simple model]
The Greek verb ÎºÏ…Î²ÎµÏÎ½Î¬Ï‰ [kubernÃ¡o] which means to steer was used for the first time in a metaphorical sense by Plato. As we are moving into network society, we need to ask, what are the conditions of possibility of steering? The simple answer is Larry Lessig’s â€œcode is lawâ€ (1998), which argues that governance can be encoded into natural law, as in the first rule of twittering: â€œthou shalt not write more than 140 charactersâ€ where enforcement is automatic â€œthou shalt not be heard if you express yourself in more than 140 characters.â€
So in our simplest model of governance in network society, code, law, and enforcement are one.