Keynote: Cory Doctorow: How Stupid Laws and Benevolent Dictators can Ruin the Decentralized Web, too

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  1. Cory Doctorow: How Stupid Laws & Benevolent Dictators can Ruin the Decentralized Web, too

    A talk given at the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit:

    This talk, which opened the second half of the day, was about “Ulysses pacts“: bargains you make with yourself when your willpower is strong to prevent giving into temptation later when you are tired or demoralized, and how these have benefited the web to date, and how new, better ones can protect the decentralized web of the future.

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  2. Mitchell Baker - “Welcome to the Decentralized Web Summit” : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

    Mitchell Baker’s Welcome at the first Decentralized Web Summit at the Internet Archive in San Francisco.

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  3. Decentralized Web Summit - Live From The Internet Archive

    We are bringing together a diverse group of Web architects, activists, engineers, archivists, scholars, journalists, and other stakeholders to explore the technology required to build a Decentralized Web and its impact.

    Speaker include: Mitchell Baker, Vint Cerf, Cory Doctorow, Brewster Kahle, Tim Berners-Lee

    Join the conversation by Tweeting: #DWebSummit

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  4. Decentralized Web Summit 2018 - Opening Night Party

    Close your eyes. If you had unlimited time and resources to create any new tool, what would it be?

    When Richard Hendricks, the fictional founder of a Silicon Valley start-up, was confronted with that question, his answer? A Decentralized Internet. An internet that would run on all the unused compute power in our phones. An internet that wouldn’t spy on us, or market us, or be prone to hacking.

    If decentralization is becoming a meme, one of the individuals responsible for that may be Mike Judge, co-creator of the HBO series Silicon Valley. Mike is the famed writer/director of Idiocracy, Office Space, and King of the Hill. Judge will sit down with master polemicist, Cory Doctorow, for a wide ranging conversation about technology, entertainment and of course…the decentralized internet that we all deserve.

    NOTE: The Internet Archive does not have the rights to stream the clips of HBO’s Silicon Valley. You can watch the key moment here:

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  5. Closing Remarks: What happens next?

    Brewster Kahle is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, as well as a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.

    The current Web is not private or censorship-free. It lacks a memory, a way to preserve our culture’s digital record through time. The Decentralized Web aims to make the Web open, secure and free of censorship by distributing data, processing, and hosting across millions of computers around the world, with no centralized control.

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  6. Guarding the Decentralized Web from its founders’ human frailty / Boing Boing

    Earlier this month, I gave the afternoon keynote at the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit, speaking about how the people who are building a new kind of decentralized web can guard against their own future moments of weakness and prevent themselves from rationalizing away the kinds of compromises that led to the centralization of today’s web.

    The talk was very well-received — it got a standing ovation — and I’ve heard from a lot of people about it since. The video was heretofore only available as a slice of a 9-hour Youtube archive of the day’s proceeding, but thanks to Jeff Kaplan and the Internet Archive, I’ve now got a cut of just my talk, which is on the Internet Archive for your downloading pleasure and mirrored at Youtube (There’s also an MP3).

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  7. Panel: As we build a Decentralized Web, what values do we want written in the code?

    Panel: As we build a Decentralized Web, what values do we want written in the code? Moderator: Amber Case

    It’s easy as engineers to concentrate on the code and not on those we are building for. What are the values we should be trying to embed in the code? What are the principles we can agree upon about the way this Web should be governed? We hear from the perspectives of an archivist, an engineer, a researcher and an official of the W3C – to see if there is an alignment around values and the ways to express them through technology.

    Participants: Primavera De Filippi Max Ogden Wendy Seltzer Peter Van Garderen

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  8. #675: Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle on the Future of the Decentralized Web | Voices of VR Podcast

    Brewster Kahle told me that the average of a web page on the Internet is 100 days before it either changes or disappears completely. Kahle realized that you can’t run a culture when you have no institutional memory, and so he started the Internet Archive in order to preserve our online cultural heritage that turns out to be extremely ephemeral.

    But then the Snowden revelations came, which showed Kahle how the open web has been transformed into an engine of mass surveillance for governments. Then Cambridge Analytica happen, which showed how advertising platforms could be transformed into bespoke instruments of information warfare by hostile foreign nations. These issues of mass surveillance, privacy, & censorship illustrated to Kahle the dangers of the consolidation of power within centralized governments and corporations.

    This motivated Kahle to do something about it. He saw how brittle online information can already be, but it’s even worse now with the rise of fake news, governmental censorship, and information warfare. Foundations including Mozilla Foundation, Open Society, Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Ford Foundation asked Kahle what his “Moonshot for the Internet” would be, and his answer was to build the decentralized web.

    The Internet Archive sponsored the first Decentralized Web Summit in 2016, and this second gathering in 2018 represents a critical mass of some of the most key architects coming together to build A New Internet™. The fact that this is the narrative focus HBO’s Silicon Valley was not lost on the crowd gathered a few weeks ago as creator Mike Judge was featured in the opening session talking about how fact meets fiction in his show.

    But I had a chance to talk with Kahle about the underlying motivation for why he wants to build a decentralized web, how the Internet Archive wants to help create a web that’s more self-archiving and resilient to censorship, but also what he’s doing personally to support different decentralized web initiatives including building a decentralized version of the Internet archive at


    This is a listener-supported podcast through the Voices of VR Patreon.

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  9. Decentralized Web Summit Day 2

    Lightning Talks and Workshops The day after the Decentralized Web Summit, we will be hosting a Decentralized Web meetup, streamed live here.

    SESSION A: Lightning Talks and Workshops Lightning talks in the Greatroom. Facilitated by Primavera De Filippi. Each presenter will give a 5-minute overview, followed by 5 minutes of Q & A.

    For a full days schedule, please visit:

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  10. Closing Keynote For Grand Reopening Of The Public Domain Cory Doctorow At Internet Archive : Cory Doctorow : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

    My closing keynote at the Grand Reopening of the Public Domain event sponsored by Creative Commons and held at the Internet Archive in San Francisco,…

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