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Found at: sdf.org:70/users/sysdharma/phlog/2018.03.18

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 Decentralization
 2018.03.18 16:49:18 CET
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 I'm a supporter of decentralization. Not only because of the risks
 associated with monopolies and monocultures, but primarily because I
 enjoy the organic nature of do-it-yourself self-hosted content.
 Social networks have made it very easy to reduce a member to a fixed
 number of dimensions and interaction down to pre-conceived ideas
 about what members want. This minimizes the learning curve when
 joining, at the long-term cost of minimizing oneself. Decentralized
 protocols offer an alternative by specifying *how* things are shared
 instead of *what* things are shared.
 Unfortunately, most users make decisions with short-term gains in
 sight and migrate when frustrated later. This is my explanation for
 the rise-climax-decline of successive social networks, with Facebook
 now trying to delay kismet.
 I've seen a number of recent phlog posts about decentralization of
 Gopher servers and I'm all for it. One of my pet projects, which is
 unfortunately halted at the moment, is a IPFS-based Gopher server.
 All the mirroring is done automatically, anyone can spin up a server
 and deliver the same content as everyone else. The server becomes
 simply a gateway to the individual expression of members.
 One thing I do wish we had in Gopherspace is RSS. This would make it
 much easier to aggregate, follow and consume content by others, while
 making decentralization even easier.
 Just writing about these things get me excited again about working on
 that project of mine.
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