We Will Be Legion: Decentralizing the Web

Presented at HOPE Number Nine (2012), July 13, 2012, 6 p.m. (60 minutes)

The popularity of massive centralized services presents challenges for collective privacy, a full diversity of viewpoints, and customized online identities. Decentralized or federated services are gaining popularity as the answer for users concerned about the one-size-fits-all web. There is significant work to be done on both the technical and social aspects of federation. Deb will discuss current alternatives, near to ready projects, and the ones we might want to start thinking about building.


  • Deb Nicholson
    Deb Nicholson works at the intersection of technology and social justice. She has been a free speech advocate, economic justice organizer, and civil liberties defender. She is currently the community manager at Media Goblin, a decentralized media hosting project. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a nonprofit dedicated to providing tools and education for potential new Free Software contributors and is an advisor to The Ada Initiative, an organization supporting women in open technology and culture.


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