Freedom from the web’s monopolies

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Proposal
Short Form
Intermediate

Excerpt

The web is not as open as it used to be: monopoly platforms formed new proprietary layers on top of it. Apps always have storage attached to it, forming a package deal of »you get our app, we get your data«.

Description

We need to improve the web infrastructure by separating web application logic from per-user data storage: Users should be able to use web services they love but keep their life stored in one place they control. At the same time, application developers shouldn’t need to bother about providing data storage.

We also believe that freedom on the web is not achieved by freely licensed web applications running on servers you can’t control. That’s why applications should be pure Javascript which runs client-side, all in the browser. It doesn’t matter if free or proprietary – everything can be inspected and verified.

We are a non-profit movement aiming to re-decentralize the web, and you can help. You as app developers, you as hackers, you as citizens of a web that silently became centralized. Power to the web, power to the people.

In this session I’ll present the remoteStorage standard efforts and how we aim to give people freedom, flexibility, and data ownership on the web.

Speaking experience

Previously I presented this at the CCC Berlin lightning talks, of which the video is at http://unhosted.org (the "next" is mandatory), International PHP Conference and loads of Barcamps and user groups in Europe and Israel.

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