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Even though the Internet and many of its early services come from a peer-to- peer based design, many of today's popular Internet services are built in a centralized fashion. Emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing make it easier to scale web-based applications up to millions of users. So not only new services, but also traditional applications are moving into the "cloud" and their software can only be used "as a service".

This talk will illustrate the trend towards centralised services and explain the reasons for this trend. More importantly, it will show how power is accumulated by service providers and what problems arise from this for users.

It will conclude with some solutions and strategies that can help users to remain in control of their computing and their data.

Even though the Internet and many of its early services come from a peer-to- peer based design, many of today's popular Internet services are built in a centralized fashion. Emerging technologies such as Cloud Computing make it easier to scale web-based applications up to millions of users. So not only new services, but also traditional applications are moving into the "cloud" and their software can only be used "as a service".

This talk will illustrate the trend towards centralised services and explain the reasons for this trend. More importantly, it will show how power is accumulated by service providers and what problems arise from this for users.

It will conclude with some solutions and strategies that can help users to remain in control of their computing and their data.

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Centralised Internet Services and Problems of Power

  1. 1. Centralised Internet Services and Problems of Power Torsten Grote <Torsten.Grote@fsfe.org> Free Software Foundation Europe 2010-11-06 grote @ identi.ca blogs.fsfe.org/torsten.grote
  2. 2. Programs + Applications ↓ Services
  3. 3. Software as a Service (SaaS)
  4. 4. Why?
  5. 5. Omnipresence
  6. 6. Easy to Use
  7. 7. Deployment
  8. 8. Sounds great,! doesn’t it?
  9. 9. Sounds great,! doesn’t it?
  10. 10. Control Data Failure Exclusion
  11. 11. Control Data Failure Exclusion
  12. 12. Control Data Failure Exclusion
  13. 13. Control Data Failure Exclusion
  14. 14. use study share improve
  15. 15. Freedom Boxes
  16. 16. Distributed Software (Design) ↓ Distributed Power
  17. 17. own installations with free software full data exportability at any time + distributed design open standards
  18. 18. own installations with free software full data exportability at any time + distributed design open standards
  19. 19. Think!
  20. 20. Divide and Re-Conquer Building Socially Responsible Social Networks Sat, 14:15 - 15:00, Room 2 Web Search By The People, For The People Sun, 16:15 - 17:00, Room 2 GNU social and GNU FM Sun, 17:15 - 18:00, Room 2 Infrastructure Distributed email system Sun, 11:30 - 12:00, Room 2
  21. 21. Act!
  22. 22. https://wiki.fsfe.org/CloudComputing Thank You! Questions?
  23. 23. https://wiki.fsfe.org/CloudComputing Thank You! Questions?
  24. 24. https://wiki.fsfe.org/CloudComputing Thank You! Questions?
  25. 25. Wem geh¨ort mein soziales Netzwerk? DIASPORA* http://www.joindiaspora.com Appleseed http://opensource.appleseedproject.org GNU Social http://www.gnu.org/software/social/ OneSocialWeb http://onesocialweb.org The Friend of a Friend (FOAF) project http://www.foaf-project.org Peerscape http://www.peerscape.org
  26. 26. Micro-Blogging StatusNet (Identi.ca) http://status.net Sofortnachrichten XMPP (Jabber) http://xmpp.org Verteilte Speichermedien GNUnet http://gnunet.org BitTorrent (DHT) http://www.bittorrent.org ownCloud http://owncloud.org

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