1/ I just published a massive article called "Recovering Our Lost Free Will Online: Tools and Techniques That Are Available Now" https://changelog.complete.org/archives/10231-recovering-our-lost-free-will-online-tools-and-techniques-that-are-available-now
I will summarize some key points in this thread, but please do check out the article.
3/ Recovering free will online
Free our physical and data link layers. You don't have to use Internet from a phone company. Try #LoRA or #XBee radios, or 5GHz point-to-point. Or, heck, NNCP over USB sticks in a car. #Meshtastic is an off-the-grid IM system that does this. What else could you do if you dream big here?
6/ Recovering free will online
We have so many walled gardens, from Github to Facebook. It doesn't have to be this way.
#Mastodon itself is a powerful example.
7/ Recovering free will online
What about freedom from manipulation? Isn't that, fundamentally, what the attention economy is all about?
If we could dramatically lower the cost of running services and the barrier to entry, would that make non-profits more common? Would it weaken the ad economy? Think of the possibilities.
9/ Recovering free will online
Let's look at the tech. For data link and networking, of course there are #LoRA, and #XBee. #meshtastic is atop #LoRA. #Briar can form a #Bluetooth mesh. #NNCP is a powerful delay-tolerant network. #cjdns and #Hyperboria form mesh networks, optionally using the existing Internet as a backhaul; their goal is nothing less than replacing the Internet. #Tor of course provides some of this too, at a different layer.
12/ Recovering free will online
My points are: 1) to get you to dream big, and 2) to show you how those dreams may already be reality, or very close.
For people who care about, support, or build Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS).