Chelsea Barabas, Neha Narula, Ethan Zuckerman; Defending Internet Freedom Through Decentralization: Back to the Future?;a book?; The Center for Civic Media & The Digital Currency Initiative; MIT Media Lab; 2017; 113 pages.
tl;dr → theoretical; mentions Bitcoin on page 2; offers a cook’s tour of the boosterist community and their projects: Freedom Box, Diaspora, Mastodon, Blockstack, Interplanetary File System (IPFS), Solid, Appcoins, Steemit.
Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- The Rise of the Centralized Web
- Risks Posed by the Centralized Web
- Structural Interventions as a Possible Solution
- Section II: Federation
- Freedom Box
- Section III: Open Protocols
- Section IV: Appcoins
- Wait and see, only time will tell.
<quote>A precondition for the success of these distributed
platforms is a shift towards user-controlled data,</quote>
- Fund the projects (the best-of-breed exemplars, below, and more)
e.g. Let’s Encrypt.
- The fascination, gee whiz!; it’s simply phenomenal!
- circumvent Venture Capital funding.
- business model: unspecified, but definitely “not advertising”
- A fool and his money are soon parted:
- <quote>However, this space also has a lot of potential for scams, and it might be unreasonable to expect users to manage a financial stake in many different networks.</quote>
- Let’s Encrypt
- Digitial Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
- Freedom Box
- Interplanetary File System (IPFS)
- User and developer adoption
- Monetization and incentives
There are 201, presented as footnotes.