I seem to have joined a movement

The IndieWeb movement is about owning your own website, while using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to share and stay in touch with friends and colleagues. Leaders include Ward Cunningham, who invented the wiki; Kevin Marks, former VP Web services at British Telecom; and LiveJournal founder Brad Fitzpatrick, who now works at Google.

They call it the Indie Web movement, an effort to create a web that’s not so dependent on tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and, yes, Google — a web that belongs not to one individual or one company, but to everyone. “I don’t trust myself,” says Fitzpatrick. “And I don’t trust companies.” The movement grew out of an egalitarian online project launched by Fitzpatrick, before he made the move to Google. And over the past few years, it has roped in about 100 other coders from around the world.

Initially, with projects like Diaspora, Indie Web looked to replace so-called “silos” like Facebook and Twitter. But advocates now see that’s unreasonable. “We want to keep in touch with our friends,” says Indie Webber Tantek Çelik. “It’s not practical to go live alone on an island.”

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This blog is on WordPress.com, a hosted service, but it seems IndieWeb-friendly. The software is open source, and not only can you export your data to move your blog elsewhere, for $129 WordPress.com will do it for you.

4 thoughts on “I seem to have joined a movement

  1. Mitch Wagner Post author

    Eric S. Johansson: +Mitch Wagner bandwidth is a faux concern. The asymmetrical upstream/downstream is an artifact of the current Internet service providers seeing the customers as consumers only. After all, who needs upstream if all you do is stream movies. In a world where people produce content as well as consuming, the need for symmetrical bandwidth increases.but even with the current infrastructure, you can still service a reasonable number of requests with a 4 MB a second upstream link. It wasn’t that long ago that a high-speed connection was a T-1 at 1.5 Mb a second. An ordinary T1 was capable of servicing thousands of clients an hour.a bigger concern would be whether or not you can afford a big enough computer to run WordPress without crumbling and still stuff a T1 full.the other thing to consider is who can shut you off. Whenever you use a centralized service, the person that owns that service can turn you off for any reason they want from technical failure to no more money to we don’t like you. You can make the same argument more strongly for last mile infrastructure  his leads me to the extension of First Amendment rights with regarding to communication infrastructure.As I understand it, the simplest view of First Amendment rights is the freedom to speak and the freedom to listen without interference by any state owned/governed/influenced party. Yes, this is one of the reasons why the NSA revelations of so corrosive. They create a chilling speech effect with regards to online speech.Other chilling effects include the threat of loss of service i.e. banned from social media and the revocation of service from hosting site. You can minimize the chilling effect if you own your own gear and content. I know that many people cannot manage their own equipment but that’s only because we techies have made it too complicated.we have a long way to go to create a truly indie web.via plus.google.com

  2. Mitch Wagner Post author

    Eric S. Johansson: this is a great place to start. However if you really want to be independent, you should own the means of production, i.e. your own serverMany folks don’t know this but smart edges with lots and lots of nodes was the original design of the Internet. So if you really want an independent web, run your own Web server.via plus.google.com


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