You have something to hide. Whether it be simply secrets you don't want certain groups to know, or personal information you don't want potential stalkers to find.

Some people want to hurt you, given the opportunity. Information is power. When someone has deep knolwdge about you, they can possess power over you.


That's why we are trained from young ages to only tell personal information to people we trust, to those we know won't abuse that trust. We might be skeptical when a stranger asks for our full names, but we may freely share our address with close friends.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon are not your friends, but they aren't unknown strangers either. Instead, they have a proven track record of misusing the trust you give them.

When a friend has shared your deepest secrets said with security with others, you are inclined to distrust them in the future.

Data-based companies have proven themselves to be untrustworthy with your secrets, using them for their own profit, selling them to others, and using them to manipulate you.

Yet many still trust them, implicitly or explicitly. We aren't inclined to think about our dealing with companies the same way we do about real people.

Our computing should be done by people we trust. Our information should only be accessible by those who we know to be trustworthy. Big companies will never be that way, because we can't have personal relationships with them. There is no basis for real trust.

Who can we trust? Well, generally we trust ourselves with our personal information. If we are the only one with knowledge about ourselves, we have power over ourselves.

But for most, the answer isn't to take all computing into one's own hands. People don't necessarily know how to do so. A wonderful aspect of society is the ability to work together. Everyone can contribute their strengths to compensate for the weaknesses of others.


The federation decentralization model can achieve this. Communities are able to run their own social media, their own data storage platforms, their own communication systems, choosing who to trust and depend on.

I can use my skills to manage systems for my friends and family, and other communities can do the same. This model balances the need for ease-of-use while still enabling people to choose who to trust.

This is communal software. This is cooperative technology. It is built on trust and collaboration rather than power and domination.


@josias Remarkable eloquence for one as young as you are. :P

@josias now if only we can put the DNS, email servers, and the backbone of the internet back in our control then that would be awesome. Especially the latter, I really wish everyone had a small antenna on their roof so our routers or devices served as the backbone/connectivity for the internet. Ofc, I could also see this going badly.

@jordan31 @josias well first step would be removing the wifi password...

@Aslanmane @josias lol wouldn't work like I mean, but yeah its a step regardless. Though I won't be taking it anytime soon, I'll let someone much braver than me tread those waters.

@josias I've long thought this is how #Fediverse technology should be used, with schools, businesses and states leading the charge, all running their own custom nodes.
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