peer
  • an equal in civil standing or rank

PLEASE NOTE:  This document is a work in progress. I welcome any and all comments and ideas.
Terminology may be very out of date and/or inaccurate (wrong). 

A proposal for a p2p computing paradigm.

An open computing environment should be built to support our decentralized future. This computing environment needs a focused, simple user experience and a p2p stack that actually works. 

We should build this system to foster personal control over data and reduce the incentive structure present is much software today that turns users into the product leading to more addictive experiences.

This document describes the theory, parts and practical technologies that need to be built to bring this world to life.


 
Sections
+peer: Pre-amble 
+peer: A-Proposal 
+peer: The-Stack 
+peer: A-Dynamic-Land 

last updated 10.19.17
todo:
  • reduce wordyness
  • it’s boring
  • clearer sense of what I’m trying to describe
  • understand the space better
  • theory and philosophy of rhizomatic networks 
  • theory of decentralization
  • explain crypto aspects 
  • explain positive financial feedback loops (is this necessary or good)
 

Pre-amble

When we consider a persons relationship to their technology, it exists mostly through the lens of major companies. However, people’s digital spaces are just as important as the objects with which they decorate their homes and bodies. Increasingly, those digital things will be making their way into our ‘real’ world. Data controlled by corporate actors reduces people’s agency to make choices for themselves especially when the ‘real’ and ‘digital’ collide.

There are consequences to the current method of delivering software for users because of the ad supported model. People are products of major software corporations like Facebook and as a result the incentive structure promotes addictive software. A p2p web has the potential to disrupt this model by fostering social networks and experiences where people truly own their data may get to control both financial value of their own data.

Considering the apparent trajectory of digital space, we should work as hard as possible to build a world that helps people take actual ownership over their data and promotes a shared stake in the world. We want to see a future that asks people to consider their technology as a culturally shared space, not just figuratively, but literally through the protocols that exist to support the digital spaces they occupy. 

It is difficult to work against forces of capitalism, therefore peer may include a transactional aspect integrated into the user experience as a fundamental layer. As blockchain technologies continue to mature, they offer the structure that can disrupt many forms of transactions that are prevented or not possible through todays current web. This positive feedback loop would take the form of increased personal financial control and compensation for participating as a peer

The next 30 years

Why does a peered web make sense for our near future? 


There are three major pieces of technology being developed primarily for consumption in the first world urban environment by silicon valley and its collaborators. Those are: