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The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

September 10, 2014

The Revolution Will Not Be Centralized

As presented at SpringOne/2GX 2014 in Dallas, TX. Video available at http://www.infoq.com/presentations/spring-data-gemfire-7-5


September 10, 2014

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  1. like what? • Email (GMail -> Bitmessage) • Storage (Dropbox

    -> Storj) • Money (USD, EUR -> Bitcoin) • Social media (Twitter -> Twister) • Even companies themselves (status quo -> DAOs, DACs)
  2. why bother? • Freedom (of choice; from censorship) • Privacy

    (deciding what to share, with whom) • Prosperity (fewer middlemen, fewer fees) • Resiliency (fewer single points of failure) • Competition (leading to better choices for users)
  3. Privacy isn't about having something to hide. It's about control.

    Either you have it, or someone else does.
  4. ! "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with

    his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks." ! ~Article 12, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
  5. ! "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase

    a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." ! ~Benjamin Franklin
  6. "Don't blame the NSA for being the first to buy

    a hammer off a store shelf." ~ Jeff Garzik
  7. "It’s time to start paying for privacy, to support services

    we love, and to abandon those that are free, but sell us—the users and our attention—as the product."
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  9. The Four Freedoms 1. The freedom to run the program

    as you wish, for any purpose. 2. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. 3. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor. 4. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  10. things you can do • Patronize "small businesses" on the

    web like pinboard • Or start one :) • Run a full bitcoin node • Run a Tor exit node • Read up, dive in: http://chris.beams.io/posts/bitcoin/
  11. "In order to change an existing paradigm you do not

    struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called." ~ Buckminster Fuller ~