This Is Me

The past months have been a whirlwind of scandals, Zuckerberg testimony, and Twitter discussion about privacy online and the prospects for competitors to the major internet platforms. Much of the conversation on competition has centered on the prospects for data portability and standardized interoperability, to make it easier for users of one social network to pull up stakes and move to another and bring their data and access to their friends with them.
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Decentralization 2017

Earlier this year, a group out of the MIT Media Lab published a research paper called “Defending Internet Freedom through Decentralization: Back to the Future?” which is well worth reading. The paper recognizes the threat to the open internet posed by the growing centralization of services and data within a handful of companies. The same group, consisting of Chelsea Barabas, Neha Narula, and Ethan Zuckerman, also published an opinion piece in Wired called “Decentralized Social Networks Sound Great.
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Introduction

Its all too easy as 2017 draws to a close to simply call the whole civilization thing a failed experiment and plan to hibernate for 2018 (at least). The world, it appears, is coming apart at the seams. In politics, we seem more divided than at any time in the past few generations. This is true here in the US, of course, but also abroad in Brexit, the Russian “liberation” of Crimea, and the flaring up of feelings of independence in Catalonia.
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Ross Schulman

Lawyer/coder on a mission to redecentralize the internet and fix post-capitalism… Then get lunch.

Washington, DC