A Friend of a Friend was lost to the ignorance of convenience

Posted on 2020-01-23 by lars
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I liked the idea of FoaF, I met Henry Story and he awoke my curiosity for FoaF and with it WebID, I even had a splendit research proposal written with him and a group of people from NGO and researcher. And for a short time I felt as if we actually could change the way of doing social networks for the better. As if we could honour the distributed idea of the Internet, something that has been forgotten under the ashes of gazillion monolithic pounds of search engines, web-forums, proprietary instant messenging, and closed-silo social networks.

If you know what could have been, the current web feels like a, I give you that: golden, cage — with 24/7 surveillance and authoritarian government.

I had, and sometimes still have, hope for a better Internet. One where you wheren’t forced to either feed some multi-billion-dollar profit to line the pockets of some ethically challenged group of businessmen to raise them to almost unimaginally power — or — to lose contact with your friends and familiy and withdraw from a major part of social, cultural and even political interaction. Believe it or not, somehow our data pays for gigantic server farms that consume electric power at a magnitude comparable to small nation-states. What do you think who foots that bill and for what reason?

Well, the least you can do is read this epitaph and learn about what could be possible: Friend of a Friend: The Facebook That Could Have Been.