• freeing dotcoms from predatory investors

    by  • April 29, 2013 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    ((long series of tweets – you want to read this in reverse order, if at all – I’m keeping it for later))

    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    We can simply work-and-buy our way back out of this mess. It’s worked on the Desktop w. Linux, it can work on the network. Next round!!! :-)
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    To maintain an equivalent quality of service, we’d have to cover the costs ourselves. It might cost as much as your internet connection does
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Things like Youtube don’t just happen. They’re extracting enough value from watching You watch Youtube to store all the world’s video there.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    We’ve gone through an age in which Capital controlled Culture, after an age where Church controlled Culture. Go beyond that now, it’s safe!
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Get the State and Capitalism back out of your internet. We did it for the individual machine (Linux), now we have to #DisinfectTheNetwork.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    You have to kill a few things along the way: DNS & domain names, non-encrypted messaging, account-based services. Nothing important ;-)
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    Arthur Doohan @artied 11h

    @leashless Errr…No!…”Software as a Service” is a series of constantly reflated bubbles…the ‘net’ is mainly hardware & some code…
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Such a mechanism could protect our culture from the travails of Bubble Capitalism so that a dotcom crash didn’t wipe out our trust networks.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    You put these pieces together, and you get a simple system: privacy, #peoplescloud, Free Culture only. You don’t carry stolen goods. Ever.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    .@stevie_qpr Or put millions back into productive work. Cultural stagnation driven by taking brilliant tech minds and having them sell ads?
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    When your *culture* is built in Bubbles – Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram – bursting bubbles dying erase memory #posterous http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Posterous …
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    My connection to all of you is owned by the Bubble. When the money runs out, it fades away. We can’t build culture/society on Bubble-capital
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    That means that the tools you use are suspended in a Bubble which will burst. One day investors will notice Twitter’s not making money.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    A Bubble is people pouring money into something that is not worth what they paid for it. The net is a series of bubbles, constantly reflated
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    It would be less realistic to talk about destroying the engines of Control Capitalism were it not in the midst of self destruction already!
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    But to get there from here requires human unity and self-discipline. It requires people to pay their dues as Citizens, not lie kept slaves.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Good Anarchy is not the absence of order, it’s the absence of paid thugs to impose that order. Free Content on a Free Network is very doable
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Freedom implies Responsibility. Free areas *must* be effectively self-policing. Bad anarchy is simply warlordism, feudalism, not freedom.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    You can have Free Culture on a Free Network, but as soon as you break the law on a mass scale, the State shuts the show (and Rights) down.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    If we build a non-Corporate replacement for the current advertising-driven model of the web, in which we have Privacy, we must not steal.
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    urbanpermaculture @permagriculture 11h

    @leashless Still waiting 4 #Ethical #Hacker to write the virus that just silently installs: http://adblockplus.org/ & http://www.abine.com/dntdetail.php
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Privacy is a Right which requires matching responsibilities: one must not steal, evade taxes or otherwise manipulate using one’s privacy.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    We can make an ethical choice to move away from Architectures of Enslavement to Architectures of Freedom. We did it for the Desktop and won.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    It would take tools and discipline to divorce from the Corporate Web. But we divorced from Apple/Microsoft when Linux became mature. More!
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    The Unions taught us how to take ground and fight for it. They fought for a fair share of the Commons of Trade. When Unions broke, we broke.
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    Scribe @6loss 11h

    @leashless Maybe “seeing” is the problem. Most commons are under the radar. Google, Twitter, Facebook etc are all just global surveillance.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Academia and Free Software were already sharing cultures, there was just nothing on the internet to steal. MP3 has not yet been invented.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    The extension of most-white mostly-rich Academic privilege is what bought the Internet its initial Freedoms: speech, free expression etc.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    We forget that the Internet was originally deployed with government money: tiny military use, then much broader academic use. It was Free.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    I don’t know where we’ve seen political organization to recapture a lost commons (net *was* universities, *became* private companies.)
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    It is convenient to have servants: far away programmers work on your behalf to bring you this message. But their investors are your masters.
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    Douglas Edwards @SebastosPublius 11h

    .@leashless I for one would much prefer the #peoplescloud to #spyvertising.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    You must build the Architecture of Freedom in a way that moves with each generation’s particular threats. Our threat is pervasive monitoring
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    That’s how Free Software strikes back against the capture of the Web by commerce and spyware companies: #peoplescloud democratizes servers.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    You write software. Your users run the software. The users provide services for each-other using their spare computer power: not a company.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Imagine simply killing the dotcom. Nobody uses them any more: 8bit privacy holes. People use peer-cloud network apps for news, social, etc.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    Bitcoin and Bittorrent have shown us *clearly* that you can do #peoplescloud for key infrastructure and have it work just fine. Ace start!
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    I think it’s Too Late for the web: the Server Farm and the Global Picture have to be paid for to exist. It’s not too late for the Internet.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    But we could reconcile this to a different equilibrium: the Library (tax-funded), the Movie (ticket-funded), rather than advertising-funded.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    I’m not sure that re-implementing the TV/Magazine model on the Internet is really safe given what we know about Big Data and Neuromarketing.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    You pay for Facebook, Google, Twitter and everything else by *letting companies understand you well enough to push your “buy” buttons*.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 11h

    When you use somebody else’s resources, you must pay them. Now we pay for information *with* information: used to manipulate us with adverts
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    “I saw the best minds of my generation writing spam filters” as the man said https://plus.google.com/+KevinKelly/posts/NxCMjiQXTZY …
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    And it’s not until we face the facts – a dotcom has the same cultural value as a new TV show in almost all cases – that we can see again
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    A Web which does not exploit you is a Web which cannot make you rich. It’s just pulling money from other advertising channels (TV) anyway.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    But to get there, you have to sacrifice the idea of getting rich on the internet. That’s only possible through advertising, to 99% certainty
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    If a substantial part of the content-worth-having is not on the Web, but is on a #peoplescloud-based replacement with privacy restored?
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    Even if you wind up with a largely opaque network as a result of peer-publish and crypto, that personal recommender network is preserved.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    Search is inherently a low-value activity. All the real *value* comes from People who collect, recommend, add-value, *personalize* for you.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    You need to solve three problems to make that works. 1) what are things called? 2) where can I find them? 3) equity (for creators+carriers)
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    (Spyware installed on your machine is illegal. Facebook, Google etc. are “legal spyware” because the spyware you use is on *their* machine.)
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    We’re within a short technological march of being able to do a P2P #peoplescloud which would be impossible to monitor by spyware companies.
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    Vinay Gupta @leashless 12h

    What if we killed The Web? Keep the browser, keep the internet, but throw away the server farms and ad-driven big bucks start-up ecology?

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.

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    One Response to freeing dotcoms from predatory investors

    1. May 4, 2013 at 4:28 am

      Yes. Very good.

      You going the freedom box route? The bittorrent sync route? Something else?

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