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The StackOn Software and Sovereignty$
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Benjamin H. Bratton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029575

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029575.001.0001

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Platform and Stack, Model and Machine

Platform and Stack, Model and Machine

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(p.41) Platform and Stack, Model and Machine
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The Stack
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Benjamin H. Bratton

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029575.003.0003

This chapter introduces The Stack model in detail. The Stack is a platform, and despite our familiarity with that word, we do not have sufficient understanding of platforms as technical and institutional systems. Comparing them to States and Markets, we can appreciate how they enable unique kinds of sovereignty, both geographic and subjective. This chapter considers some key historical examples of computing platforms used to model and reform entire societies and economies, and considers these as precedent lessons our Stack model. It discusses the technical structure of software and hardware stacks, and abstracts them as a general model for complex systems architectures. The chapter also introduces the six layers of The Stack, Earth layer, Cloud layer, City layer, Address layer, Interface layer, and User layer.

Keywords:   Platforms, Systems Theory, Cybernetics, Economic Models, Economic Planning, Network Architecture, Cyberinfrastructure

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