Starfish: A Vision of a Distributed Network
Raffael Kéménczy (http://kemenczy.at/) is proposing a roadmap towards a distributed net that will populate what has been called by someone else the "last square mile", with our own wireless links. The network so established between our computers and phones will first of all function to interconnect us locally, allowing and stimulating local activity, exchange and interaction, as well as linking us into what today we know as the internet.
Control of both hardware and software will be with us, not with those large corporations that want us as "consumers" of their offerings while parking our private data on their "cloud servers".
(http://kemenczy.at/index.php/starfish) The most prominent internet services such as search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing), public information repositories (Wikipedia) and social networks (Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn) are highly centralised. Blogging platforms, cloud computing and online storage add to the amount of information and processing power which is not under direct user control but entrusted to third parties. This makes internet users dependant on suppliers of all these services in addition to their internet service providers. Furthermore, it raises concerns about security, privacy, network neutrality and freedom of speech, all of which might be violated intentionally, by accident or even by design.
The majority of internet users is unaware of the basic logic behind the seemingly all-knowing search engine Google, and its exact algorithm is a well-kept secret. Yet if information is not being listed on the first page, few users will ever stumble upon it. The world's biggest social network is being entrusted with private details such as addresses, phone numbers and birthdays. Due to its very nature it also contains detailed information about any contacts and networks one belongs to. Upon including private pictures and the propensity of users to share their current location one might start wondering about the use cases of this veritable Face-book. Other examples of centralised services include Flickr, YouTube and blogspot.
The business of having users cede their sovereignty over information sources, publishing methods and private information is highly lucrative but renders users dependent and potentially vulnerable to exploitation by such entities. However, there is an alternative.
Thank you so much Sepp, thanks for also publishing this on the regular blog, say on the 29th?