And, of course, you can go beyond attempting to simply mitigate economies of scale in systems designed to encourage them by designing systems that are inherently _hostile_ to economies of scale.
Through designing systems that use single-tenant servers owned and controlled by individuals as always-on nodes to provide findability and availability in an otherwise peer-to-peer topology.
If you don’t want to become that which you despise, you must design your systems accordingly.
Multi-user federated servers are inherently open to economies of scale and thus to embrace, extend & extinguish.
Fediverse servers should be designed _so they cannot scale beyond a certain size_ to ensure no node becomes a centre.
If your aim is to devolve wealth/power/control, vertical scale is your failure mode. If you want to raise mini Zuckerbergs, by all means, scale on…
Small is Beautiful live stream tomorrow at 5PM IST (UTC+1):
What we’ve learned so far: lessons from eight(ish) years of working against the grain of mainstream technology.
Watching someone play Diablo on my TV thanks to a single-tenant Small Web app called Owncast mostly developed by one person.
And tonight I’m being interviewed by a Turkish journalist for whom I set up a backup Owncast server in case her main YouTube channel gets censored by the Turkish government.
Imagine what we could achieve if we actually funded these efforts.
If you missed yesterday’s Small Is Beautiful, the video is now up:
This month, we extend a friendly middle finger to web3 with the web0 manifesto, talk about Laura’s presentation for Ikea on ethical design, and introduce you to NodeKit.
Just finished the “slides” for today’s Small Is Beautiful where we’ll be talking about web0 and Laura’s presentation at Ikea, and I’ll demoing a very early NodeKit for the first time.
(Note: these are green-screened onto the video.)
Join us live in one and a half hours – at 5PM Irish Time (UTC) – for Small Is Beautiful.
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