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Jon Rappoport - The artist against the system down through time

Jon Rappoport - The artist against the system down through time | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The artist rebels. In rebelling, he reveals the uniqueness of the individual. He doesn’t pay lip service to this uniqueness. He demonstrates it.

 

The artist destroys the Matrix, over and over.

 

Whether in art, science, philosophy, healing, or any other field of human endeavor, the person who lives by and through imagination creates new realities. As the artist, he challenges the status quo on every level.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Jesus was an artist. He was one of the misfits of his time - challenging authority and imagining a different world.

 

And remember - the individual is supreme and finds his way through intuition 

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Zero Marginal Thinking: Jeremy Rifkin gets it all wrong

Zero Marginal Thinking: Jeremy Rifkin gets it all wrong | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In this book, Rifkin is fascinated by the phenomenon of goods for which the marginal cost of production is zero, or so close to zero that it can be ignored.


All of the present-day examples of these he points at are information goods – software, music, visual art, novels.


He joins this to the overarching obsession of all his books, which are variations on a theme of “Let us write an epitaph for capitalism”.


In doing so, Rifkin effectively ignores what capitalists do and what capitalism actually is. “Capital” is wealth paying for setup costs.


Even for pure information goods those costs can be quite high. Music is a good example; it has zero marginal cost to reproduce, but the first copy is expensive.


Musicians must own costly instruments, be paid to perform, and require other capital goods such as recording studios. If those setup costs are not reliably priced into the final good, production of music will not remain economically viable.

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Here is a contrary view to what is making the rounds on Jeremy Rifkin's latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society.

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Reinventing Organizations - a whole new organisational paradigm is emerging... YouTube Video (1h 43min)

A talk by Frederic Laloux about "Reinventing Organizations", a research and book that is turning into an international phenomenon. 

Increasingly, employees and managers (but also doctors, nurses, teachers, etc.) are disillusioned with the way we run organizations today. We all somehow sense that there simply must be better ways to run our businesses, nonprofits, schools and hospitals. 

This hopeful talk shares the key insights from groundbreaking research into the emergence, in different parts of the world, of truly powerful and soulful organizations that have made a radical leap beyond today's management thinking.

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This is an important talk.

Are we finding a way to organise ourselves in radically different kinds of companies?

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Exarchia, a countercultural island in downtown Athens | Video (12 min)

Exarchia, a countercultural island in downtown Athens | Video (12 min) | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Exarchia is a district of Athens that is home to leftists and anarchists, poor people and intellectuals.


Greece's economic crisis hit it hard.


But solidarity and a culture of autonomy mean people have got together to help themselves and each other.

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These people are living a new kind of economy, where contribution, rather than exchange, is most valued.

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Michael Trout, the originator of Foundups: "Did Ethereum raise over $15M off my idea? I think so."

Michael Trout, the originator of Foundups: "Did Ethereum raise over $15M off my idea? I think so." | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Ethereum is brilliant!  It's utterly amazing and what really hurts is I know I am responsible for helping to inspire it. You see, Ethereum is my Open !nnovation Framework built on the bitcoin 2.0 framework.


Everything that they claim it will be able to do in their Use Cases section of their video are things that I shared in 2010 about what would be possible on O!F with one of their founders... who stated:

"Your vision completes what we are setting up."-- Mihai Alisie, Ethereum

All I want is an opportunity to see my vision through and in doing so maybe even play a role in helping to save our planet... What would you do in my shoes? I want ethereum to succeed. We need ethereum.


All I am asking is that they invest a little of that they secured in to helping me launch foundups... that is all I want to happen. I think $1M is fare and reasonable for amount out of the $15M that was raised... you?

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My comment:  

You have a point, Michael, but you don't have a legal right to demand ethereum help you launch foundups and even if you had that right, you don't have the capacity to enforce it (patents, copyrights, lawyers and all that ... huge costs).  

So what to do? I say let it go.  

Promote foundups on any lines you can, go with Patreon. Do what you can personally control and do not expect others with their own commercial agenda to help you out of their good heart or because they should for moral reasons.  


You can make it! Ethereum is but one tool (a very important one though) for making your idea of foundups become reality. It won't lose its usability just because you can't get them to support you directly. But it might if you push too hard.  


In the end it will be the people you convince that foundups are the way to go that are the ones to make them become part of real life.

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An Airbnb or Uber for the Electricity Grid?

An Airbnb or Uber for the Electricity Grid? | Networked Society | Scoop.it

As Thomas Friedmanreported in the New York Times, the shared economy is booming, with companies likeUber and Airbnb continuing to disrupt the incumbent taxi service and hotel sectors.


The Ubers and Airbnbs of the world tap the huge value of underutilized assets and create millions of dollars of value for users in the process. Shared economy companies unbundle existing assets and enable value exchange out of those assets, with close to zero marginal capital cost since the users themselves own the actual physical assets, whether a car or a home.


Could the electricity grid be next to go the way of a sharing economy?

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An interesting thought. It would certainly boost local distributed energy production if there was a simple way to sell your energy to people who want it ... directly.

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The Server needs to die to save the Internet - MaidSafe getting serious about decentralised data storage

The Server needs to die to save the Internet - MaidSafe getting serious about decentralised data storage | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A UK startup called MaidSafe, based in the small town of Troon in Scotland, reckons the myriad problems with today’s Internet can be linked to a design quirk of its underlying architecture. And that the answer to solving the web’s most perennial issues, such as finding sustainable digital business models for content, safeguarding user data and privacy, and thwarting hacking, malware and overreaching surveillance, is to begin again – with a whole new re-architected Internet.

So what exactly is this startup building? MaidSafe’s Nick Lambert summarizes the product as “a fully cross-platform, fully decentralized autonomous data and communications network”. What that means in practice is a network that does away with an intermediary layer of servers and datacenters — replacing that with peer-to-peer infrastructure.


Basically, the users of the network are also acting as the network infrastructure by donating a portion of their spare hard drive capacity – with built in incentives for them to do so in the form of a network specific cryptocurrency (called SafeCoin).
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De-centralizing communications and data ... MaidSafe is an ambitious project to make the internet safe, resilient and self-healing. Coming soon...

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How Blueberries and a Tiny Town in Alaska Could Change the World

How Blueberries and a Tiny Town in Alaska Could Change the World | Networked Society | Scoop.it

One of the most significant developments taking shape when it comes to global sustainability and community resilience will soon transform a little-known community called Chuathbaluk, tucked away in a beautiful, yet completely remote and isolated, area of southwestern Alaska, along the 700-mile-long Kuskokwim river.


If you like The Venus Project, The Zeitgeist Movement, One Community Global, New Earth Nation, or are interested in the viability of a resource based economy or a host of other projects and organizations taking us toward a more sustainable world, then you’ll love A.R.K. and what they are doing in Alaska.

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They are trying to find a way to make a small community sustainable in a changing world and at the same time build a culture and way of living to be proud of...

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Libya Uses World's First Mobile Voter Registration System for Parliament Elections

Libya Uses World's First Mobile Voter Registration System for Parliament Elections | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In just six months, a small staff of 20 people using open source tools, built a complex, first-of-its-kind mobile registration system in Libya, a transitioning country beset with violence.


Today, Libyans will vote for a new parliament and 1.5 million citizens have registered. Since the fall of Libya's long-ruling dictator, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the violence and tribal clashes that plague the country have overshadowed the work of a new government straining to rebuild it through innovation and openness.


Building the world’s first mobile registration system in a transitioning country like Libya was a daunting task, says Panthea Lee, co-founder of the social impact firm, Reboot. Libya needed to create an inclusive process while also encouraging people who have long lived under a repressive regime to cast their vote.


Reboot managed a team of technologists from around the world to build a system that could be used both in-country as well as by the 800,000 diaspora Libyans scattered across 13 countries around the world...

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Good for Libya - showing what can be done with technology that is widely available in all countries. 

- Why doesn't anyone in the industrialized West think of something like this, with all the resources we have?

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All Our Patents Belong To You - Tesla Motors opens its electric car patents to competitors!

All Our Patents Belong To You - Tesla Motors opens its electric car patents to competitors! | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.


Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Hat off to Tesla Motors - they just open sourced their patents... there's no excuse any more for not making top notch electric vehicles!

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, June 13, 7:51 AM

GREAT NEWS

 

Tesla Motors electric car technology is now open sourced. Any one with car and electric motor making skill can assemble it. Tesla engine and power train mounted on hemp body is one sustainable solution to energy crisis.

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Scientific Publishing with real peer review: Frustrated Scholar Creates New Way to Fund and Publish Academic Work

Scientific Publishing with real peer review: Frustrated Scholar Creates New Way to Fund and Publish Academic Work | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The site is intended as a publishing and funding platform for academics, kind of like a Kickstarter for scholarly work. Among its features is that it allows donors to support projects with either Bitcoin or Dogecoin, two popular cryptocurrencies.


Onarbor is designed to circumvent the traditional mechanisms of peer review by fostering a community of user-reviewers modeled on the popular tech-help website Stack Overflow. There, users earn reputation points based on the quality of their responses.


Mr. Peterson thinks this crowdsourced review system will be more efficient and more comprehensive than the traditional method. “It’s algorithmic reputation building. It’s far better than three people in a room deciding whether or not they like your work,” he says. “It’s the sum of thousands of thousands of people saying your work is good or bad.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Scientific peer review is where the gatekeepers of orthodoxy have a field day.


To bypass that obstacle, Tim Petersen created a site


https://onarbor.com/


that combines crowdfunding for scientific work with publishing and review by real peers - the people who read the work. 

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impossible: kickstarting the gift economy?

impossible: kickstarting the gift economy? | Networked Society | Scoop.it

be part of the gift culture with impossible: a social giving network that let's you wish and shows you wishes you may be able to grant.


"with people on impossible everywhere from Poland to the Philippines, from Bangalore to Britain, we are growing a wonderfully diverse community..."

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impossible.com - it looks like a great initiative that could grow into something very big ... a site where wishes and offers have a place to meet.

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Robert Steele at LIBTECH New York City: The Open Source Everything Manifesto

Robert Steele at LIBTECH New York City: The Open Source Everything Manifesto | Networked Society | Scoop.it

LIBTECH Conference - Title of Presentation: The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, & Trust


What is to be done? As briefly as possible, I see four huge positives that are within our grasp.


First is the indigenous or native American concept of bottom up consensus leadership that takes the long view based on ethical evidence-based decision support: open source leadership.


The other three slides show


- the eight tribes of information that do not share information now;


- a concept for creating mostly public intelligence from my colleague Jan Herring; and


- a strategy for creating a prosperous world at peace.


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Openness in everything - the world would truly be a better place...

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The Economics of Happiness (2010) | Watch this 1-hour documentary Online

The Economics of Happiness (2010) | Watch this 1-hour documentary Online | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking.


It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment.


There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

There are a lot of stresses economic globalization introduces into our personal lives, while inducing us to wreck the environment in the name of that overriding necessity: growth and profits. 

It's not working...

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Ello - an ad-free social network in beta testing

Ello - an ad-free social network in beta testing | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Ello is a beautiful, simple, and ad-free social network.


The Ello interface supports posting and private messaging. Ello allows users to share images, video, text, and sound files in an elegant environment that makes it fast and easy to read, post, and search content submitted by friends.


Ello does not mine user data and there are no advertisements.


Clutter management tools help users filter noise and minimize unwanted content while helping users focus on the posts that matter most.


"Ello is currently invitation-only. To join Ello, you need to know someone that is already on the network.


Alternatively, you can request an invitation by visiting the Ello Home Page."

 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This social network promises not to use or sell your data, and it has a no-ad policy. 


Here is an article about Ello:

Mad Genius Creates Ello, the Elegant Anti-Facebook

There have also been critical voices of Ello. Here is one of them...

https://aralbalkan.com/notes/ello-goodbye/
 
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AXIOM Beta: The first open digital cinema camera

AXIOM Beta: The first open digital cinema camera | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Creating the first free software and open hardware digital cinema camera.
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An open source film camera being developed...  

Is film making going to have its own open source hardware? 

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Mesh networks could bridge the gap between internet capacity and demand

Mesh networks could bridge the gap between internet capacity and demand | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Internet providers are about to face a connectivity crisis. Micha Benoliel, CEO of Open Garden, says software-based mesh networking is the solution. According to Benoliel, soon every smartphone, tablet, computer and wearable device will become a node in the global internet.


The humble smartphone’s ease of use, connectivity and widespread adoption puts it in a good position to bring reliable internet access to everyone. Considering that most smartphones already have the components to act as routers, one can imagine a new generation of networks, where each device becomes an active part of the network.


Mesh networks, as they’re called, are built out of a patchwork of wireless-enabled devices — smartphones, tablets, computers, even wearable devices that connect with one another directly in a peer-to-peer mode.


These networks configure the data-sharing capabilities within those devices, so that the devices can share and receive not just data, but the connection itself, becoming pieces of the network’s piping.


A group of devices linked along a mesh network becomes an incredibly powerful intranet. And if one of the network devices connects to the internet, they can share that access across all the other devices as well.


It’s like crowdsourcing the network.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Directly mesh networking mobile phones to share data and connectivity with the internet... it's coming, and it will make the network more resilient.

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Ethereum: a social operating system meets Foundups

Ethereum: a social operating system meets Foundups | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Foundups® is a decentralized bottom-up open business model for the People, by the People; replacing the top-down closed startups business model of the few.


Below is a talk on it and I even talk a bit on what PLAY FOUNDUPS® gamified app will be like at the end...

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Foundups - a solution to the exclusively profit-oriented culture of the startup. 

It's something to watch. There will be more information on this stuff. 

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Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite

Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite | Networked Society | Scoop.it
For the first time in history, an independent crew is taking control of a NASA satellite and running a crowdfunded mission.


Their mission control console is a refurbished flat screen and some parts found on eBay. Yes, this is really happening.


The satellite had been built for longevity with very simple technology. To get it back would simply be like trying to make concrete with the original Roman recipe. In other words, they’d need a few outdated parts, but it could definitely be done.


“What’s so hard about that?” Mr. Cowing remembers asking.


Two weeks later, they began a crowdfunding campaign that would beat its $125,000 goal and go on to raise $160,000. Within another six weeks, a small team was in Puerto Rico, running around Arecibo Observatory running tests, hoisting a transmitter into place with a helicopter, ready to make contact.


In the mean time, they’ll be constantly taking in solar weather data — and then sharing it with everyone.


An Open Source Satellite


Until now, when NASA wanted to conduct research, they’d collect data and disappear with it for a few months before publishing. But the data from ISEE-3 is going to be available to anyone who wants access to it. It’s a spacecraft funded by the public, and available for the public.


“We’re allowing anybody who is interested and has a computer to be able to do something with the data,” Mr. Cowing said.

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Can an abandoned satellite still be useful? A group of open source enthusiasts think so, and they are ready to prove it... they will share their solar weather data.

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Real Money, Real Power: Participatory Budgeting lays the base for real democracy

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives ordinary people real power over real money, letting them work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit organization that works with governments and organizations to develop participatory budgeting processes. Our mission is to empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue. Find out more atparticipatorybudgeting.org

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A much needed effort to start democracy from the bottom up...

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The future of the open Internet is decentralized

The future of the open Internet is decentralized | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This movement toward a decentralized Internet—to a truly free space, where anyone can communicate privately with anyone else without censorship—does not originate from the White House, Pentagon, or the halls of the United Nations.

Instead, as has so often been the case with Internet evolutions, groups of hackers, technologists, and idealists are tucked away in the cracks and shadows, slaving away to make this dream a reality.


One of the people leading the charge towards decentralization is David Irvine, founder of MaidSafe, who created a unique method of securely distributing data in a way that makes it virtually impossible to stop its flow...

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The more surveillance and censorship, the more the internet will adapt to route around them...

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Open Wireless Movement

Open Wireless Movement | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Imagine a future with ubiquitous open Internet. We're working with a coalition of volunteer engineers to build technologies that will let users open their wireless networks without compromising their security or sacrificing bandwidth. And we're working with advocates to help change the way people and businesses think about Internet service.
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The trend now...

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Small Farmers Are Feeding The World on Less Land

Small Farmers Are Feeding The World on Less Land | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Small-scale farmers are producing the majority of the world's food on just 25% of farmland. GRAIN report says small farms are more productive than large scale industrial monocultures.


– in Belarus, on 17% of the land, small farmers are producing 87.5% of fruit and berries, 82% of potatoes, 80% vegetables and 32% of eggs


– in Kenya, with just 37% of the country's farmland, small farms produce 73% of the agricultural output


– in El Savador, small farmers manage 29% of the land and yet produce 90% of the country's beans, 84% maize and 51% pork.


These are just a few examples showing how important these small farms are to each country.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

So much for "we need GMOs to feed the world". 

What we need is more small farmers working in the traditional way, rather than genetically modified crops that occupy a lot of farmland, need a lot of poison sprays, and produce food that can hardly be called that.

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, June 17, 3:29 AM

SMALL FARMS AND INTELLIGENT FARMERS

 

That's what is required to feed the world, not GMOs, not fertilizers or pesticides. Russia was driven to starvation level during early 1990s, Families took to growing food in their backyards. Today most of its fruits and veggies still come from small farms.

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These Guys Are Creating A Whole New Internet Using Bitcoin And They Are Having Surprising Success

These Guys Are Creating A Whole New Internet Using Bitcoin And They Are Having Surprising Success | Networked Society | Scoop.it

What if you were to give the internet a makeover, changing it so that it's absolutely safe from hackers and government snooping, but still good for apps?


David Irvine: 

We are providing the infrastructure that enables application developers to build all the applications and services that exist on the Internet today, but doing so in a way that removes the need for servers or data centers of any kind.


The servers and data centers are replaced by users' computers, which are contributing their unused resources to make up this new decentralized internet.


This change in architecture has many advantages including: Total anonymity, security and better performance...

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A secure, serverless internet where our computers become "the network"? 

They're working on it and first public tests are expected in September this year.  

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Everything Is Broken - The NSA is doing so well because software is bullshit...

Everything Is Broken - The NSA is doing so well because software is bullshit... | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers.
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This may be a long article, but everyone who is using a computer should make time to read it.  

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Re-decentralizing the internet: pieces of the puzzle for a real peer-to-peer net start to come together...

Re-decentralizing the internet: pieces of the puzzle for a real peer-to-peer net start to come together... | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Redecentralize.org is an effort to find and promote projects that will help bring the internet back into its ‘native’ state, which is that of a decentralized, distributed network dominated by its users, not by central servers or grotesquely overgrown data silos.


The group, consisting of Irina Bolychevksy (@shevski), Ross Jones (@rossjones) and Francis Irving (@frabcus) has done several video interviews – 14 so far – which are posted on their site.


The videos of those interviews (google hangouts) are about 20 minutes long and each one asks a developer of a distributed or p2p software project to explain what it is they are working on, and how it will help bring the internet back to being more distributed than it presently is...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

In the beginning, the internet was flat. Every server would communicate directly with every other server. Then came centralization. Today we go to google for search results, we go to facebook to catch up with our friends, and most people go to netflix to get their fix of entertainment. And in the middle of it all, the NSA sucks up our communications data, sitting on the crossroads of broadband and fixing up servers with "backdoors".   

That is not how it's supposed to be.  Here are some of the people working to make the internet once again a distributed, peer-to-peer resource of direct communication.

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