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posted by takyon on Monday December 10 2018, @04:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the giant-leap dept.

Aral Balkan has a blog post about taking small steps to end surveillance capitalism. In particular he focuses on the need for federated services. He points out that the move to re-decentralize the WWW is difficult and needs to start at the beginning, using a comparison of Apple's original computers to their latest generation of tablets as an illustration.

Five years ago, when I decided to devote myself to tackling the problem of surveillance capitalism, it was clear what we needed: convenient and beautiful ethical everyday things that provide seamless experiences1 on fully free-as-in-freedom stacks.

This is as true today as it was then and it will remain so. The only way to compete with unethical products built by organisations that have control over hardware + software + services is to create ethical organisations that have control over hardware + software + services and thus have at least the possibility to craft competitive experiences. We remove our eyes from this goal at our peril.

Related: Tim Berners-Lee Launches Inrupt, Aims to Create a Decentralized Web


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  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Monday December 10 2018, @06:22PM (3 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday December 10 2018, @06:22PM (#772464) Journal

    The problem is not that decentralization has failed, but rather the problem is that the email protocols have been abandoned and essentially do not exist anymore.

    Like Soylent Green and everything else, the problem is people! People!

    Some things do need to be "centralized" (standardized), like weights and measures, and communication protocols. They just need to be scientifically logical and widely agreed upon, and of course open, in the public domain, where nobody can get the advantage. If we can make surveillance a two way affair, the state/corp might be a bit more respectful about it.

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    Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10 2018, @06:43PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10 2018, @06:43PM (#772482)

    Consider that we're now trying to get rid of that lump of metal in Paris that is used to define the Kilogram.

    If you can define weights and measures in terms of fundamental aspects of the Universe, then you free humanity from relying on a central authority; anyone, anywhere, can create and calibrate instruments independently.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10 2018, @08:06PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10 2018, @08:06PM (#772529)

      You people are such jerks!

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @05:36PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @05:36PM (#772953)

        Dont sweat downmods around here, sometimes it is just one person with bad reading skills.