Jason Barrett Prado

I wrote a thing about decentralizing the internet ! newsocialist.org.uk/decentrali
But in the U.K. they spell it with an ‘s’ it’s weird

@jasonpjason I don't think web 2.0 succeeded because it was "just better". Facebook has the worst user experience of any online system that I use. It takes significant effort just to type a line of text without dropping characters or to attach an image.

The centralized systems succeeded because:

1. It was technically feasible. In the 1990s it wasn't technically feasible to build a database with billions of users. The average hard drive was a few hundred megabytes and the bandwidth wasn't good enough.

2. It's much easier for an engineer to build a centralized system than a decentralized or distributed one.

3. The web 2.0 companies used lock-in tactics comparable to Microsoft's earlier methods. The master stroke was the invention of the app store.

"If AI and automation technology were developed in the open, the benefits of automation would be more likely to accrue to the populace at large. Platforms could still form monopolies given the data they possess, but AI platforms could also be required to release their AI models to the commons."

AI has been largely developed in the open anyway. If you want to know how particular kinds of neural net work then the relevant papers are usually easily available.

Most of the value generated by AI isn't the trained models. It's the data. Ensuring that the data sets used to train AI systems are transparent and publicly audited would be a better idea.

Another idea.

In a place like the UK most households now have an internet router. If there are regulations aimed at decentralization one way to do that might be to regulate router specifications supplied by ISPs. The router should be capable of hosting some minimal set of internet services. eg. an xmpp server, cloud system such as nextcloud, etc.

@jasonpjason That's like when American's say, "I never thought *I* had an accent before..."


Unless you use the OED, ‘the definitive record of the English language’, then it follows the greek root origin (i.e. ‘-ize’). ;)

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