Sunday, June 29, 2014

A New Spin on Internet Citizenship

For awhile now, I have been tinkering with the idea of developing an operating system for empowering online citizens. This idea aligns with my most recent research and graduate work in public administration and nonprofit management. The main focus is to provide the necessary tools for citizens to engage with outside individuals and organizations with privacy and security at the forefront. My reasoning for focusing upon privacy and security first links to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs which I studied a few semesters ago. Abraham Maslow proposed that all individuals seek five stages in life: physiological, safety, social, esteem, and self-actualization.

Referencing Maslow's work, I focused on the two primary areas, privacy and security, for enabling internet citizens or netizens. However, instead of creating an operating system from scratch, I selected the Fedora Spins Project for developing a linux-based system. The initial specification for the new spin is located here. My goal for this project, Fedora Netizen, is to have an operational operating system for citizens to download and use from a USB stick or install entirely on their Mac, PC, or other internet enabled device.