Socially Engaged Art & Digital Practice: Public Space on the Internet

September 24, 2018 Socially Engaged Art

Last week we talked about the importance of public spaces, and whether or not you can have a public space on the internet.  In my opinion, everything on the internet is public to at least some degree.  Without taking steps to  protect your space on the internet, you can assume that everything you’re doing is accessible to anyone.  

As part of this week’s assignment, we were to create a public space on the internet, and I decided to use a discord server.  Discord was built to bring gamers together. It’s developed by (in their own words), a small group of passionate gamers whose mission is to bring people together around games.   

Discord is the public space on the internet I use the most when online, and I thought it’d be a good place to start.  In the interest of making it as open as possible, there’s no locked channels. Which means that anyone who has an account, and the link, can access all channels, including voice chat.  Users can, once they’ve joined choose to appear on or offline, but the choice is theirs. With the ability to use on multiple platforms, it has the ability to reach (and connect) a large number of people. Currently, there is 14,000,000 players, 6,250,000 peak current players, and 315,000,000 messages sent daily.