Despite making Android an open source project in 2007, Google replaced some OS elements with proprietary software when Android gained popularity. /e/ Foundation has replaced the proprietary apps and services with MicroG, an open source alternative framework which minimizes tracking and device activity.
Simply, open source software is software that is licensed in a way that allows people to freely use, study, modify, and distribute the software. These open source licenses differ greatly from proprietary software licenses, where only the original owner can copy, alter, or distribute the software.
Since open source refers to a wide variety of software programs, the use cases vary greatly. However, a Red Hat open source enterprise report found open source software is critical to infrastructure networks.
95% of respondents said open source software was strategically important to the enterprise’s overall infrastructure strategy, up from 89% in 2019. Only 42% of respondents report using proprietary software, down from 55% in 2019 and respondents expect that to keep falling — this number is expected to be down to just 32% in two years.
We hope European institutions will support blockchain and other decentralized technologies so that they may contribute their transformative potential towards social justice. In the meanwhile, we are continuing to work with this vision in the P2P Models project, letting our work be guided by this technology so that it may foster collaboration, the commons, and social justice in general. We try to recognize the socio-political potential of the technology we use, without falling in techno-determinist visions. Therefore, when we work with communities we focus on co-designing with them, so that they are the ones leading the technology, rather than the other way around.
Outreachy is a paid technology internship program that runs twice a year for three months. During that time, interns can work in areas like programming, user experience, documentation, illustration and graphic design, or data science. In this technology internship program, participants work remotely with experienced mentors from prominent FOSS communities like Git, Mozilla, Linux kernel, GNOME, Wikimedia, and many others.
Internet today is about gatekeepers. For instance, if you want to access a website, it requires going through multiple middlemen. First, a domain name server, then a server hosting company, which usually directs you to a third party, i.e; a web hosting service and this happens every time you try to open a website on the internet. These gatekeepers, however, are quite vulnerable to cyber-attacks and also make censorship & surveillance very easy.
By using decentralized internet, we can make sure that the content is accessible to everyone, at all times, and without the intervention of any powerful & unjust middlemen. With this form of internet, we can also exercise our freedom and fight against censorship and unwanted surveillance.
The notion of an “open web” is one that is defined by and for all of its users — not by governments or institutions, nor by private companies and select individuals. While the novel services that we rely on today have played a significant role in boosting digitalization and interconnectedness, they’ve also benefited an exclusive few. Today’s existing data sharing systems for the purposes of consumer targeting are ultimately determined by closed, centralized ecosystems — each offering limited visibility and inefficiencies due to the pipeline of intermediaries involved. With advertising largely funding the many platforms, services, and infrastructures that we rely on today, what’s needed is a neutral, decentralized infrastructure that can ensure the same levels of personalization and compliance that we see in a “walled” environment.
Today much of our data is exploited and thus privacy as well because many companies (Big Tech being the biggest offenders) collect our cookies or our browsing data and have invasive tracking to serve us personalized or targeted ads and to sell user data to third parties.
Recent regulations like CCPA (California Consumer Protection Act) and policy changes by Big Tech are improvements but the open web is still largely fueled by surveillance capitalism.
Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web (WWW), is exploring the idea of a new decentralised version of the web, along with other internet scientists, report New York Times. The Decentralized Web Summit was held from June 8-9 in San Francisco, and envisions a web which is not controlled by corporations or governments across the world.