Decentralized Communication

The Internet: the greatest threat to elite domination

Printing press

The emergence of the Internet poses a greater threat to the control of humanity by a small elite class than the appearance of the printing press did in the fifteenth century. Because the elite were able to turn the printing press to their benefit by dominating the publishing industry, they thought they could do the same with the Internet. The benefit of secretly monitoring everyone’s communications seemed to outweigh the risks, which they limit by controlling the domain name system (DNS) and the Internet infrastructure itself through government agencies and telecommunications corporations. They can blacklist any website domain name and can surveil, regulate or block transmissions through the infrastructure.

But now the elite are genuinely frightened by the success of alternative news media such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked that: “We are in an information war, and we’re losing that war.” Senator Jay Rockefeller asked, “Would it have been better if we had never invented the Internet?” And so the elite have been taking steps to assert their control through censoring, eliminating anonymity and threatening to shut down the Internet with a “kill switch”.

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Many who value freedom have realized the great boon the Internet is to humanity and are working to free it from government and corporate control. Through sharing of information the people of the world can become informed and educated; they can be given tools to lift themselves out of ignorance and poverty. People from different cultures can learn through direct communication how much alike we all are and how much common interest we have in peace and prosperity.

11 ways to support Internet freedom

1. Use encrypted email to thwart government spying. If you already use the open source Thunderbird email client, install the enigmail add-on.
2. Use Startpage to use the Google web search tool anonymously. Startpage does NOT collect or share ANY personal information!
3. Withdraw your support from corporate-controlled social websites like Facebook or the new Google+. Read Silver Shield’s article Delete Facebook. Eric Schmidt of Google recently admitted that Google wants to own your identity on the internet.
4. Oppose any legislative attempts to restrict the internet, such as internet taxes, and support net neutrality through groups such as Save The Internet: Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications.
5. Support the Electronic Frontier Foundation: When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense.
6. Support projects that support Internet anonymity, such as the Tor project by hosting a Tor relay, if you are bold enough to take the risk: Activists worldwide use Tor to protect their anonymity online and to circumvent Internet censorship. But they all rely on a limited number of user-provided “relays” to protect themselves and communicate with others.
7. Support the Free Software Foundation (FSF): As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us.
8. Support projects aligned with the recent U.N. declaration that Internet access is a human right, such as the Buy This Satellite project, which seeks to bring free internet access to areas of the world that need it most: We believe that Internet access is a tool that allows people to help themselves — a tool so vital that it should be considered a universal human right.
9. Support the development and spread of open source decentralized social software alternatives to Facebook and Twitter:

OneSwarmprivacy preserving peer-to-peer file sharing.

StatusNeta content management system (CMS) that could leave Twitter in the dust.

GNU Socialbased on StatusNet and promoted by FSF (under development).

Diasporaa social platform in alpha development.










10. Support projects which are building a decentralized Internet infrastructure, outside government and corporate control. Here are a few of many such projects:

Freedom Box Foundationbased on the ideas proposed in this inspirational talk by Eben Moglen. A project to develop software that will enable tiny inexpensive plug computers to function as private servers which can connect directly and automatically to others through a decentralized wireless mesh network.

Free Network Foundation

  • We are an organization committed to the tenets of free information, free culture, and free society.
  • We hold that advances in information technology provide humanity with the ability to effectively face global challenges.
  • We contend that our very ability to mobilize, organize, and bring about change depends on our ability to communicate.
  • We see that our ability to communicate is purchased from a handful of powerful entities.
  • We know that we cannot depend on these entities to support movement away from a status quo from which they are the beneficiaries.
  • We believe that access to a free network is a human right, and a necessary tool for environmental and social justice.
  • We envision communications infrastructure that is owned and operated cooperatively, by the whole of humanity, rather than by corporations and states.
  • We are using the power of peer-to-peer technologies to create a global network which is immune to censorship and resistant to breakdown.
  • We promote freedoms, support innovations and advocate technologies that enhance and enable digital self-determination.

LifeNetwireless mesh network software, making use of standard digital devices and so not needing a dedicated freedom box. Well along in development and already useable, but missing some anonymity and privacy features because it is designed primarily for emergencies and disasters.

Commotion Wirelesswireless mesh network software, specifically designed to bypass government and corporate control. This project is surprisingly supported by the US State Department (there must be some “white hats” still in government — or is this an infiltration?) and is in an early stage of development.

11. Consider attending ContactCon, an upcoming event in NYC, October 20, 2011: Contact is a working festival of innovation where the net’s leading minds and entrepreneurs can connect with the people who are building the social technologies of tomorrow.

This is the seventh article in a series of eleven on the theme of decentralization: Fractal Sovereignty, Decentralized Manufacturing, Decentralized Money, Decentralized Education, Decentralized Agriculture, Decentralized Government, Decentralized Communication, Decentralized Security, Decentralized Energy, Decentralized Medicine and Decentralized Religion.

8 comments to Decentralized Communication

  • JB

    Re: point 8. Any UN declaration comes with a GLOBAL caveat emptor.
    The UN DOES NOT have our best interests in mind.

  • none

    “The UN DOES NOT have our best interests in mind.”

    I agree.

    “wireless mesh network software, specifically designed to bypass government and corporate control. This project is surprisingly supported by the US State Department (there must be some “white hats” still in government — or is this an infiltration?) and is in an early stage of development.”


    Suppose someone has a radio station and he’d say “Nobody can control my transmissions!” Would you agree…? xD The principle is the same one.

    And b.t.w.: As long as my e-mail is required for a simple reply here, I don’t believe one word of whatever you could suggest concerning freedom in the internet!

  • Shankar P

    Computer – Best invention Ever

    Internet – Best thing that happened to the Human Race, – Best site in the Internet,

    Chris Duane – The best guy(Thanks man for everything).

    Shankar P
    (TN, India)

  • Citizen Doctor

    “And b.t.w.: As long as my e-mail is required for a simple reply here, I don’t believe one word of whatever you could suggest concerning freedom in the internet!”

    Sorry about that! It’s a built-in feature of the WordPress software this blog uses. I’m wary about this too and so have some dummy anonymous email addresses available to use in this situation. Regardless, it’s not a good idea to automatically believe anything anyone says about anything, ever. That’s part of what sovereignty is about. The links provided in the article are simply suggestions and guides for you to do your own research.

  • Twisted titan

    I agree with the others…………

    I am not a fan of any bigtime organizations……but i havent done any personal due diligence on them

    But anytime i hear saying “We need to support the UN ( fill in the blank) the very hackles on my neck go into overdrive

  • Citizen Doctor

    But anytime i hear saying “We need to support the UN ( fill in the blank) the very hackles on my neck go into overdrive — Twisted titan

    Notice that I suggested supporting “projects aligned with the recent U.N. declaration“, which is very different from a suggestion to support the U.N. as an organization. From the referenced Wired article:

    The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    This is a courageous stand by the Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, a human rights activist for 25 years and founder of the Guatemalan NGO Center for Legal Action for Human Rights, whom I support. I think it’s important to support people who are trying to do the right thing from within the corrupt establishment: the “white hats” like Representative Ron Paul. I support Ron Paul and his initiatives, yet I do not support most of the activities of the U.S. federal government.

    Ideas and people should be judged on their merits: “For each tree is known by its own fruit.” — Luke 6:44.

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