Decentralized Web Summit

I spent the last few days at the Decentralized Web Summit, a small gathering of like-minded hackers, thinkers, and activists from all over. I don’t go to a lot of conferences, but this one was inspiring and exciting. Even the mainstream press noticed. I’ll see if I can describe why.

I spent some time in the peer-to-peer community during the first dot com boom. I hung out with the p2p-hackers and CodeCon folks, co-created a toy P2P network and contributed to others, idolized Nullsoft and Bram Cohen and anonymous remailers, and generally yearned to be free of The Man in the middle. By the time BitTorrent hit it big, P2P seemed unstoppable, even inevitable. Continue reading