People used to own their own websites in the pre-social media phase.

The ISP model was web hosting. Everyone would be a publisher. Everyone would have their own website.

Now the model is: you provide the content for someone else's website, for free. You don't own it, and it is used for a comprehensive surveillance system like the world has never seen to not only observe, but to manipulate and influence your affect and conduct. It is aggregated and used by every government and large corp.

@hhardy01 With IPv6 it's possible to do this. Let's make selfhosting a trend again!

I wonder if there is a product available (e.g. an rpi) which is preloaded with software that let's non-techy users to create websites / services and have a plugNplay experience.
@hhardy01 i haven't used it, but the platform should be non-proprietary, aimed at home users and should run on low powered devices.

@nekomata @hhardy01
There is the FreedomBox ( - but the emphasis is so much on privacy over simplicity that I would not want to try to get my aunt (for example) to use it.

I'd say the freedom box is pretty simple to use and configure (most services are pretty much a click to activate), and lot easier to maintain than some of the alternatives. Dropping files to your user's public web directory could be made more intuitive though.
@nekomata @hhardy01

@gamayun @nekomata @hhardy01
I like the Freedombox a lot, but there is a long way to go to be easy to install. I would not want to try to talk somebody non technical through section 4 of How to Get started in its manual - I was fine with it, but I am an IT guy who has used Ethernet since it was invented (real 10Mb yellow peril). The home network case is probably more difficult to set up as a package than a hosted system out on the internet, and both are worthy goals.

@gamayun @nekomata @hhardy01
The 10Base5 Ethernet came with not only the hardware, and full details of how it worked, but why the minimum frame length was 72 bytes, as that guaranteed that the frame would propagate to every receiver on the cable, derived from the physical transmission speed in the cable. Knowing the whole system was comprehensible in theory appeals. Contrast with 'put your data here, and it will arrive here' but you are not allowed to know how, trust us'. - hence FreedomBox

@hhardy01 also notice how owning anything is becoming deprecated/discouraged. From houses to cars to your data, everything is becoming a service.

@hhardy01 - I have been thinking about this, and have written about a way this could be done, for s small organisation, in this case a Garden Club

You can rent a virtual server for as little as $5/month. I'm doing it.

We see Tor and I2P as a shining beacon. Yes they exist in the darkness but thats what a lighthouse does, they illuminate dark spaces.

We know people using the #unpermissionedInternet to publish great stuff for their #artform and business etc. We believe that more individuals need to do this.

We might even claw back a Web Of Trust in the process.


All that effort from so many people to provide all the value to billionaire a33h0l3s.

@hhardy01 ISP failed at making it easy and interconnect. So that, offering people a easy way to publish their personal page seen by crowds was the winner.

@hhardy01 Yeah, but did you see the sites back then? I'll give all my privacy away and then some more just to unsee them 😂

Still, that's what the masses cling to, the new television, an even greater pacifier for the people. At the very least Big Data threw enough feces at the wall that some of it stuck and has proven to be useful or convenient.

There is a reason mastodon is an alternative to twitter and not the other way around.

We'll see whether the decentralized approach will prevail.


Lol, well yes, at one time I ran one of the [possibly] largest 500 web sites in the world in terms of GB of available content back then. :)

"Ocean World Wide Web Server Home Page"

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