Freedom from the web’s monopolies*
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«.
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 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.
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.
Jan-Christoph Borchardt works at the intersection of free culture, unobtrusive design and human interaction. He improves the user experience of free & open source web applications, now mainly as Design Dictator for the Unhosted movement. Previously he designed ownCloud and started Libre Projects, a directory of free software web applications. Also known as »the Tyler Durden of JS usergroups«, he started Tel Aviv JS & StuttgartJS and gave talks at many more.
- Title: Coordinating Usability Testing in Free Software
- Track: Cooking
- Room: B201
- Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm
Freedom 4: The freedom to use the program effectively, efficiently and satisfactory.
For a software to truly be free, people need to be able to easily use it without help. A primer to usability testing in a distributed and independent development environment.
- Speakers: Jan-Christoph Borchardt