Been thinking lately that it could be a good municipal function to provide people with access to an 'online home', analogous to ensuring provision of physical homes.

In the same way it could be social, affordable, in a co-op, heck even (hopefully not) private/rented. The municipality provides some infrastructure and regulations to make sure there's a home for everyone, but equally you can build your own home or move into an intentional community if you want, and have the wherewithal to do so.

Not talking about a StateBook - if the state has any function in it, I think it should be regulating for open protocols and standards, or even just bare minimum access to data and data portability (

I'm thinking more like Indienet - ( - the project in Ghent (coordinated by @aral) to provide each denizen with their own connected node in a wider p2p/federated network.


I mean municipal more in the sense of libertarian municipalism, self-determination and federation of villages, towns, cities.

Obviously access to physical housing is a mess, at least where I'm currently living, so maybe not the best reference point. But I'm finding it an interesting framing.

Every Facebook or Twitter profile is currently a home on the web, and it's as if billions of people all have the same corrupt landlord.

This is kind of implicitly assuming that everyone *needs* a home on the web. That is certainly a debatable point. It is definitely becoming more of a part of the fabric of everyday life, and you could argue that it shouldn't be.

I vacillate on this a bit but overall I tend to think that the benefits can outweigh the negatives, once it has a social motive and not a profit motive.

@neil you don't need that much money to get yourself an online home

@dtluna True, more of a skills thing than a financial thing here. Most people just want to login to an account, they don't want to think about servers and hosting.

@neil sure, but if you don't free yourself, nobody's coming to free you.
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