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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @03:13PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @03:13PM (#772882)

    "A decentralized network will never work, people tend to centralize."

    Funny how quickly people concede a premise. I can think of a half dozen off the top of my head: DNS, NNTP, Torrent, Freenet, LDAP, ARP, Multicast, all routing protocols, and really all cloud services are decentralized in administration, though do not appear so at the UI level. Shall I go on?

    The perception of centralization is not centralization. People don't centralize, they delude themselves. What you're talking about is alliance, not hegemony. Engineers go a long way to ensure that the misconceptions of the ignorant are not revealed to them. This is by neccessity. Some people react badly when the curtain gets pulled back and there is no god to explain their experiences.