FSCONS 2010 Themes/Divide and Re-conquer

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More and more people use centralised services for their daily tasks. To send each other messages they use centralised social networks. Most people only use a few providers for publishing videos and pictures. When we are searching for information there is a small amount of different search engine providers. In democratic societies power is divided and distributed. The topic of this track is why we need more decentralised Free Software services and which solutions already exist.


The responsibility is defined generally for all themes in the FSCONS 2010 Themes page.


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There's room in this for 2x30 and 3x45.


History of the Internet ~30m

In the beginning the internet was a distributed peer to peer network. The usenet, e-mail, and other services were build to work decentralised. What can we learn from the past?

The change to centralisation ~30m

How did centralisation happen, in which fields is it happening and why? Why is this bad for Free Software and what can we do?


Probably 3 talks, perhaps bundled in the topics. I'll contact some people and than decide which talk we will take.

Distributed search engines: Search engines under our control. Example of Yacy (and others?) ~45m


Distributed files: GNUnet, the torrent "cloud" ~45m

(There will be either Messages and Social networks or we will put them together in once communication talk. ~45m)

Sending messages

  • Distributed Messaging: E-Mail systems are not dead. Why the Free Software solution kolab is an alternative to centralised web mailers.
  • Microbloging: Statusnet as solution for decentralised microblogging.
  • Instant messaging: Jabber as successful example.

Social Networks