ShiftSpace is an open source browser plugin for collaboratively annotating, editing and shifting the web. While the Internet's design is widely understood to be open and distributed, control over how users interact online has given us largely centralized and closed systems. The web has followed the physical transformation of the city's social center from the (public) town square to the (private) mall. ShiftSpace attempts to subvert this trend by providing a new public space on the web.

After installing a browser plugin, by pressing the [shift] + [space] keys, a ShiftSpace user can invoke a new meta layer above any web page to browse and create additional interpretations, contextualizations and interventions ‚ which we call Shifts. Users can choose between several authoring tools we're working to develop ‚ which we call Spaces. Some are utilitarian (like Notes and Highlights) and some are more experimental interventionist (like ImageSwap and SourceShift). Users are invited to create & share Shifts and to build new Spaces. The developping team believes not only in 'User Generated Content' but in a 'User Generated Interface'.