When the FreedomBox was announced a while ago, I was pretty excited. And the project is moving ahead nicely.
Glynsky still does not understand the issue.
So, for his benefit, here is a short explanation and an update.
In the beginning there were large mainframe computers, used by specialists.
Next, people were sitting in front of computer terminals, connected to those mainframes. But they were only entering or reading data, dumb “users”. The language tells a lot here.
IT was a system of “masters” and “slaves”. And the user was the slave of the mainframe and its administrators.
Then home computers and PCs were introduced, mostly XT and AT.
With that the first steps of freedom arrived. The user grew to become his/her own administrator.
When PCs were introduced on larger scale in business, many companies turned the PC into stupid terminals. Banks were famous for this. Instead of unleashing the power of the PC and enabling their employees, they remained in the “master and slave” world.
Jumping forward to the internet.
In its beginnings it was a decentralized network of “masters”. Every connected computer was equally “client” and “server”. Note the change in language.
But over time, platforms were developed, leading back to centralization. Slowly, the formerly free PC and their owners became users and slaves again. Slaves of platforms. Like in the terminal days, the user sits in front of his/her PC and enters and reads data from a master, in this case a platform.
Dominant platforms are Google for search; Facebook, Twitter, WordPress for publishing; Facebook, Gmail for communication.
The last two years have demonstrated the weakness of that structure. Censorship, privacy issues, spying governments, all this got easy with centralization, domineering platforms.
The Freedombox will change that. How?
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