Regarding the Indie Web


What is the Indie Web?

It’s not a place. It’s not social network. It’s not a website, Slack channel or secret club. It’s not on the dark web. It’s not a new protocol. It’s not a new format. It’s not an app or specific software.

Fundamentally, the Indie Web is an idea!

The idea is that any person can and should have their own website on their own domain that they own and control.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I believe that as a culture we must expand our definition of human rights to include two more things.

  1. All humans have the right to access, read and participate on the Internet free of restriction, censorship and surveillance.
  2. All humans have the right to own a website that they have complete control of free from censorship for the entirety of their life and that is preserved after their death.

The Indie Web is a small step forward toward these goals.

Originally published at on June 5, 2016.

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