We’re at the start of a new information revolution.
The last one was the printing press. It took centuries
for us to work out how to use it fairly. Concepts like copyright, the
novel and libraries were formed, which we all take for granted now.
Although it seems like lots has happened... personal computers, the world
wide web, smart phones… Really, it’s only just begun.
The original Internet was decentralized. Anyone could set up parts of it.
That’s why it won.
For various reasons, control of our information technologies is
increasingly falling into a few hands. Some big companies and Governments.
We want it to become decentralized. Again.
Why should anyone care?
Motivations vary. These four keep coming up:
Resilience - whether there’s a hurricane, a severed
trans-atlantic cable or just a train line with a poor connection, we’d
like to be able to carry on making phone calls and sharing documents.
Privacy - as a company keeping our commercial secrets,
or as an individual concerned about our government overstepping the
line, we'd like our most personal messages not to be held in distant
Competition - instead of being buyers forced to buy
books from one store, or sellers forced to use one payment processor,
we'd like democratic digital marketplaces and currencies.
Fun - innovation on the network is slowing down, and
increasingly either superficial or limited to large companies. Instead,
we'd like our community to form new protocols so that creative new
services can be built.
What’s Redecentralize.org going to do?
Our goal is to get decentralized products into the hands of billions.
We help build the communities and networks needed to make that happen.
We’re not going to build technology or products ourselves.
We will do things like …
help market the concepts, the people, the products
build a shared language for decentralization
host events and online communities
speak about the movement in the media
research what business models will work
attract financiers whether VCs, Government or the crowd