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Cloud Politics (or, Social Disobediance)

Posted on October 07, 2011

I’ve dubbed the events going on this last month and right now, the shutdown of Wall Street, as “Cloud Politics.”

I’m borrowing the term from Cloud Computing. Here’s why I think this specific movement is a very cool way to go about getting things done.

In cloud computing, there is no single point of failure. There are multiples of every component. If a component fails, another takes its place seamlessly.

In Cloud Politics, there is no single point of failure. If someone is arrested, silenced, or otherwise removed from participation in the protest, another can take its place. Without a formal leader or a formal set of demands, there is no single point of failure.

In cloud computing, you don’t know where the resources you are using actually exist. They may and usually are geographically diverse.

In Cloud Politics, resources are spread around the country. Sure, things started in one location, but have spread. Silencing one area will just cause others to gain attention and attendance.

In cloud computing, there are many different types of components, working with each other, to make the whole system work.

In Cloud Politics, there are many different people stepping up to serve many different roles. Some see their contribution as aiding those with minor injuries, others with transportation, others with food or other donations. Without a strong ego, or a strong leader, this sort of cooperation can only occur from the lowest levels up, not the other way around.

In cloud computing, the system gets stronger and more resilient to failure the more components are added.

In Cloud Politics, the more people, the stronger the movement.