Growing your idea into a business is a difficult path to take. Some time ago we had a webinar on #opensource software/hardware business management and fundraising. NGI TETRA also organizes more general business/organization bootcamps, which next week will start another one for #NextGenerationInternet funded projects (also including #FSFE to include FLOSS licensing discussion). Check it out, there are still some places open: https://business.ngi.eu/join-now/events/tetra-scale-up-bootcamp-2/
@NGIZero And then people ask me why I think NGI is bullshit. It’s because of crap like this.
Why do you need an accelerator? Why do you need to “scale up” free and open source? That’s the Silicon Valley / venture capital model. And so fitting that you have venture capitalists on board.
I wish you were what you say you are but you aren’t. And that’s what really upsets me.
You have your own tools with which to have agency in the digital network age.
1. A family is a collection of people.
2. A village is a collection of people.
3. A city is a collection of people.
4. A state is a collection of people.
5. Humankind is a collection of people.
Small Tech models the person so people don’t have to be “run”; so they can run themselves.
@michal @NGIZero The problem with centralised models is that they model organisations, not people. And that creates a hierarchy where the power, tools, and agency lie with organisations (corporations, cities, nation states, etc.) and not with people. Where people are modeled into such system, it is done so as “the other” (users, customers, citizens) by a privileged few (designers, developers, executives, governments) with varying degrees of democratic legitimacy. Small Tech models people.
@aral @michal @NGIZero this thinking is limited in that we cannot exist as "individuals" only as community. So what makes it possible for us to be "human" is community. And yes this argument is as old as cheese so better to build bridges than fight as the world burns #climatechaos
We need to build code that is nurturing to "individuals" AND works for "community" the only thing "active" in tech that comes close to this is the Activertypub networks #OMN
@hamishcampbell @michal @NGIZero Again: communities are made up of individuals. Unless you model the individual as the atomic unit within your design and privilege the individual with power and agency within your system, you are modeling the organisation and giving whoever runs the organisation power and agency over other people.
Case in point: whoever runs a Mastodon instance is the king of that instance. Not so with Small Web, where each node is individually owned and controlled by a person.
Hmmm... it *sounds* good to say that, but when has it ever been true that each individual has owned the means of communication in a community?
❌ Messenger apps
Most people see these as services. And we should fight for them to be as beat they can be for everyone.
Not sure the answer is for everyone to run the equivalent of their own postal or telephone services?
@dajbelshaw @aral @hamishcampbell @michal @NGIZero I'm not sure that comparison works well... nobody is suggesting that everyone runs their own internet, just as nobody should run their own postal service. But are we suggesting that it's a good idea for everyone to hire the same folk to put our thoughts on paper, stamp and envelope them? No.
The exact line at which we delineate the shared medium from the private instance is...
Email provides a good example... SMTP doesn't really permit for mail to be cached locally until it's possible to send. It's pretty binary, send or don't. This is functionality that offers this is technically part of a local mail spool, one of several mail server functions. It's just that this has moved into mail software for easier setup.
@jens @dajbelshaw @aral @michal @NGIZero is... A good mix of individual and community that #44opens links to each other in a #KISS way, with meany approaches that share a commons. At the moment this is a tribalistic/anaco/monarchy call the #fedivers it's so far from perfect that it kinda works. Next step is messy governance https://unite.openworlds.info/Open-Media-Network/openwebgovernancebody/wiki so it can move on to the toddler phase and stand on its own feet.
That the #fedivers exists and works is because it's federated client server. It would not exist with out the server part as the would be no idea of "community".
You can argue about this being a mistake, you can certainly say it does this badly, you can add P2P. But it is a "culture" made up of "community" it's were the value springs :)
Those are all utilities. All the infrastructure required to build/support utilities has always been funded by public money in all countries, if only to be leased/sold to a private player later.
The BigTech building their own infra is very recent, and if you look at the hairy details of this "centralised" system, if becomes clear that it is a myth with some countries even asking them to have local data centers if they serve more than 1m users.
A different picture emerges when one looks at "non-serviceable" areas (places where poorer communities live). The digital communication in these places is completely dependent on community ownership, small tech, Libre+
Also, centralised mammoths might find it difficult to navigate the climate crisis. Who knows!
All I know really well is that the mad rush for "scaling" is not working for the majority of people on this planet right now.
I would afford some interpretive liberty for concepts like "community" and "ownership" here. Different pieces of the solution could be owned (or the expertise for it, etc.) by individuals who form the community. Not very different from how a corporate functions in that regard. Division of labour is not the enemy, exploitation of labour and consumers/communities is.
But you would be right to see the last 100 years or more of a balence between "community" and individual and the last 40 years of the #deathcult as the "individual" and the desinergration of community.
@hamishcampbell @aral @michal @NGIZero I think we are at a dangerous time in communications technology. What we're facing, I think, is the prospect of full centralization under some corp/gov synthesis, and the complete elimination of what was once the "open web". Data centres become the mainframes, and everything else will be a terminal into them with next to no local compute. We're not far off from that now, and it can all be justified as "efficiency".
So we need to have a diversity of ways that people can "run their own stuff", individually or as small collectives.
@bob not "efficiency": "for the children". because parents do not know how to protect children. they are computer illiterate.
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