“Sovereign Computing”

Interesting idea, in the vein of Diaspora (http://diasporaproject.org/) — start redesigning major Internet applications so they work in a decentralized way.

From a security perspective this is wonderful. Decentralization means no single point of failure or weakness for the adversary to attack. This can be surprisingly critical for cultural things: I suspect decentralization is a key reason certain anti-authoritarian movements have survived so long.

Still, I’m not a huge fan of the overly political verbiage the ‘Sovereign Computing’ organizers use — but then again I’m not a big fan of politics overall. (Like I once said, far-left and far-right both end up far away from freedom.)

http://sneer.me/
http://sovcomp.net/
http://www.advogato.org/article/808.html

“Even if I resort to the whole Free Software arsenal available to me, without spending months programming, even I who was raised amongst computers, cannot freely share information and hardware resources with my friends.

That is ridiculous.

Some friends and I are developing applications, which, besides being free, make it trivial for just any person to attain computing sovereignty.

“Why are you doing that?”

Because we can.

We are programmers. It is practically our duty to put an end to the circus it is to use the Internet today. “

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