There’s more to decentralisation than blockchains and bitcoin

Decentralisation has gone mainstream

First, what does decentralisation actually mean?

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Characterististics of decentralisation

Why decentralise?

Understanding the problem

An alternative

  • Choice, diversity and competition — where many different business models and structures co-exist beyond the ‘winner takes all’ surveillance capitalism model (which depends on closed networks which don’t integrate or talk to each other). Centralised models, especially with data selling / advertising business models, have been deeply explored and within any new vertical often one or two winners take all and price out new competitors. This is uninspiring compared to the wealth of innovation that might be possible with local organisations tailoring their offering to particular sectors, cultures, interests and preferences. The same open source software can be provided in different configurations and alternative service standards to fit different user needs, budget and cultural context. It’s a world where providing ethical and environmentally friendly products and delivery services is possible and discoverable.
  • Resilience — where our valuable data and services are persistent and safe from companies being bought, new management decisions, natural disaster or hacking. No more losing your journal or portfolio gallery when a company is bought up by a monopoly.
  • Autonomy and privacy — where we control what kinds of terms and conditions we’re willing to agree to. A world where people can opt out of data sharing or choose to pay for their social network — choosing security and no adverts while still being able to communicate with friends using different providers. A world where end-to-end encryption works seamlessly.

How do we make it happen?

Conclusion

Can I get involved?

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Digital Strategist. Product person. @redecentralize founder. Open Knowledge Trustee. I love technology, ideas and figuring out how things can be better.

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Irina Bolychevsky

Irina Bolychevsky

Digital Strategist. Product person. @redecentralize founder. Open Knowledge Trustee. I love technology, ideas and figuring out how things can be better.

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