Redecentralize Conference 2015
Taking back the net

A weekend to learn, connect and make technology that shapes society.

17-18 October 2015 | London | #redecentralize

Videos of sessions

16. Ideas and Reactions

Ryan Taylor asks people at the conference to describe what it is and if they recommend it.

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15. Day Two Closing Panel

Johanna Kollman, Sarah Gold, Vinay Gupta and Ira Bolychevsky tell us their highlights from the conference, and what they'd like to see happen in the future. Plus thanks!

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14. IPFS

Ian Preston gives an overview and live demonstration of the InterPlanetary File System, IPFS.

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13. Ten Years of Standards Failure

Harry Halpin and Blaine Cooke go through the history of standards for social networks and identiy, and why they failed.

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12. Tales from the Vegan Movement

Johanna Kollman gives lessons from vegan activism on how the decentralization movement can get non-technical people to care.

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11. Solid

Andrei Sambra and Nicola Greco describe Solid (social linked data), a project led by web creator Tim Berners-Lee to change the way apps are made so people control their data.

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10. hi:project

Philip Sheldrake describes the hi:project, which aims to decentralize the creation of user interfaces so they fit better to humans. Includes insights from marketing Firefox.

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9. Day Two Lightning Talks

Nikolai for calling it 'decent'; Mick on research questions; Hugh on community currency in a box; Richard Pope on an open replacement for Google Now; Tim Retout on open mail and spam; Co-operative ownership of Internet services.

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8. Day Two Unconference Pitches

Everyone pitches sessions for the second day of the unconference.

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7. Day One Closing Panel

What are the best projects? What as a community will make this work? Ira Bolychevsky, Francis Irving and Blaine Cook from Redecentralize discuss, chaired by David Miller

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6. Decentralizing in the Real World

Jutta Steiner talks through real world uses of Ethereum, in particular supply chain management.

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5. WTF Is Ethereum Really?

Gavin Wood explains what Ethereum is, including its unusual properties as a singular, global computer.

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4. Cyperpunk to Blockchains

Vinay Gupta gives the cultural history of crypto, explaining where Ethereum comes from. Why does the only crypto used so far enable trade? Can we have democratic respresentation for users of decentralized systems?

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3. Keeping Data for 80 Years (PIES)

dr electronic max @emax talks about PIES - Personal Information Environments, and keeping data for a lifetime.

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2. Lightning Talks + Digital Bill of Rights

Andrei - SoLID, Nick - Running your own Email, Odvar -, Hugh - CClite and blockchains, Tristan - Cozy Cloud, Christoph -, Blaine - Formats and standards, Eva - Digital Bill of Rights / Cybersalon

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1. Intro and Pitches

Ira introduces the Redecentralize Conference 2015, and then everyone pitches sessions that they want to happen.

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The Redecentralize conference brings together people working on decentralization projects with others outside the movement - to drive adoption and sustainability of decentralized alternatives. We'll be showcasing projects, looking at open strategies, marketing, design and business models.

When & where?

Dates are 17th & 18th October — in London, UK

Venue: ThoughtWorks, 76 Wardour Street London, W1F 0UR

Who should come?

  • People working on decentralized/open/private projects!
  • Product managers
  • Designers
  • Academics
  • Lawyers
  • Developers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Journalists
  • Brand & Marketing specialists

Why is this important?

When the web was created, it was open, free and decentralized. Anyone could share information and connect. Now it's home to vast monopolies. Many people's primary internet experience is limited to facebook. Even email runs on proprietary platforms.

We lack genuine choice and the freedom to disagree with their terms and conditions. It is time to push back and build alternatives... and ensure a future with competition, innovation, resilience, open standards and privacy.

Get involved

Redecentralize Conference is run and organised by a fittingly decentralized group of volunteers.

This year's event is being organised by: @shevski, @thatdavidmiller, @ntoll, @willschiller, @frabcus, @refset, @blaine and @jospoortvliet (so far!)

Fancy helping? Reach out to the team via, email the mailing list or make a PR

Code of conduct

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.