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  1. #infos
  2. auth-name : holger krekel
  3. tag : decentralization, edges, questions
  4. advance costs : N
  5. need room : Y
  6. Location : Freiburg, Germany
  7. Can host ppl : na
  8. # Secession from the broadcast
  9. It's time to travel to the edges because this is where the interesting stuff
  10. happens. "What is popular" is rarely a question that helps finding edges.
  11. I'd like to recap what i learned in 15 months of my re-juvenated and
  12. re-energized quest into decentralization and what it might mean.
  13. For one, I'd like to forward a question from Gene Youngblood's
  14. [Secession from the broadcast lecture][1]: "how can we create on the
  15. same scale as we can destroy?". Gene suggests we need to move away from
  16. the "audience nation" by becoming "political actors" instead of
  17. "interested spectators of action".
  18. Second, I paraphrase a thought from Adam Ierymenko's [I want to
  19. believe][2]: If full decentralization is technically too hard currently,
  20. can we construct and make use of a "Blind Idiot God" (BIG) instance
  21. which co-ordinates some communication but can not abuse it or even
  22. understand what's going on precisely?
  23. Lastly, I wonder how can we create sustained systems and services if we
  24. don't want the centralized web service cash cow control model?
  25. As Laura Kolbag [3] pointed out recently in Nuernberg, paying
  26. for software might not be so bad if the "free to use" models
  27. mean surveillance and centralized control. And she notes
  28. that design and useability should drive open source developments
  29. instead of features and options.
  30. The edges are where we encounter the others, those who are somehow unlike.
  31. It's a place where i easily run into fears and look for friends. At the edges
  32. there is no central authority suggesting what to think or do next. And
  33. the number of people at the edges is always lower than in the center.
  34. But that's fine, this is how things get moving as i've experienced
  35. myself a number of times now.
  36. [1]
  37. [2]
  38. [3]