Sovereign Computing: Data Ownership Vs. Data Tracking
In the latest episode of Ready-Radio, John and David Croisant from Start 9 – Sovereign Computing summarized the evolution and essential principles of servers in the realm of computing. They clarified that a server is essentially a computer designed to process requests from other devices, such as phones or laptops. This includes various servers, like web servers hosting websites and file servers used for data storage.
Typically, these servers operate as standalone units focused solely on managing incoming requests, functioning as remote-controlled systems.
The significance of servers in our daily lives is vast, comparable to the impact of personal computing, though less widely recognized. Servers are integral to numerous everyday activities. For instance, when you pump gas, the transaction is processed through a payment server.
Early Days of the Internet
Reflecting on the early days of the Internet, long-time users might remember a time when search engines weren’t the go-to solution for finding information online. Initially, individuals managed their own websites, and finding someone’s website was mainly dependent on word-of-mouth and personal networks, unlike today’s search engine-driven accessibility.
However, major tech companies’ trend towards server centralization has marked a departure from the Internet’s earlier decentralized nature. This shift towards centralization, while convenient, comes with notable compromises. Big tech companies have leveraged this centralized framework to inundate users with advertisements and to track their online behavior.
This data tracking is often employed to construct detailed user profiles, which are then monetized through sales to other entities. They can inject spyware via the government and things of that nature. So, a lot of trade-offs come with that convenience factor.
Take a listen to John and David and find out how you can benefit from having your own web server.
“Let’s say that you’re out at an event with your family, and you’re taking some pictures on your phone, and so you’ve created these pictures. They belong to no one but you. And often, the first thing that happens is if you’re using a phone and you’re using a service like iCloud, Google Drive, or Microsoft equivalent.
What happens is that image goes directly to the cloud, which just means somebody else’s computer and you’ve already signed some 600-page terms of service and conditions that basically says that it now belongs to them. And so the first thing we do with our digital property is give it to someone else, right, and allow them to administer that property with all the trade-offs that we mentioned earlier.
And so what we want to do is make it just as easy as that process for that data to go to your own server in your home or your small business or wherever you want it … to have the option to own that data since it was yours to begin with.” – David Croisant
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