Paul Walker on 25 Oct 2014 06:20:18 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Spark Core (corrected)

Something I've been thinking about a lot lately, in general terms. It seems like handing all of our data over to these giant entities (Apple, Google, NSA, etc) is a bad idea. The shift in paradigm from an internet that empowers and connects, to one that monitors and controls, is palpable.

I would love to see more "cloud"-based platforms that offered the following:

Default anonymity (data is anonymized on storage and never connected with a user's identity)
Default encryption (data is encrypted from client to server and ever after)
Distributed models (peer based solutions for hosting and storage)

All of these things seem technically achievable, but it's perhaps not obvious where the incentive lies for entities providing the technical infrastructure (development, support, hosting, etc) and so the onus is placed on the user, the majority of whom lack the technical skill / time / patience etc to craft or implement alternatives (to google docs, or dropbox, for instance) so we are stuck with the monolithic model.


On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 8:31 PM, Rich Freeman <> wrote:
On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM, Keith C. Perry
<> wrote:
> The whole "cloud" thing irks me.  I get that most people don't have the
> resources or skills to run their own servers but for me, I'm always
> concerned with the obsession of public hosted solutions vs. non-hosted or
> private hosted.

Agree that it is just one more hosting model, though in many ways
cloud is as much a philosophy as anything else.  I'd actually like to
see more FOSS cloud-based software, as in the cloud part is FOSS and
can be hosted anywhere you want it hosted.  Etherpad is nice and all,
but it would be nice to have an FOSS alternative to Google Docs (and
Libreoffice isn't it).

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