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Paradigm shifts for the decentralized Web

(ruben.verborgh.org)
As separate markets for data and apps emerge, Web development needs to adopt a new shape.

Interesting article on the Solid (Social linked data) platform.  It describes a lot of the decentralisation concepts that are explored and implemented in the indieweb movement (surprised the article doesn’t mention indieweb, in fact, given the W3C link), but comes at it from a Linked Data angle.  The language around markets and competition doesn’t really appeal to my personal politics, but good to see the philosophy of moving away from centralised silos being explored in different ways.

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Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System?

(Fast Company)
To stop society’s unsustainable demand for ever-more resources, we need to decentralize and localize our economy. Combining the new ledger technology with UBI may be the way to make that happen.

I’m not clued up enough to know what the final result of the blockchain hype vs antihype ping pong match will be. Ditto UBI. This article is about both. Nevertheless, regardless of the means, I like the ends they’re aiming for: decentralization, degrowth, reinvigorated local communities, post-capitalism. https://www.fastcompany.com/40482312/can-basic-income-plus-the-blockchain-build-a-new-economic-system

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Our Consumption Model Is Broken. Here’s How To Build A New One.

by Ali El Idrissi(NewCo Shift)
On August 2, 2017, we started using more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year. Every natural resource we used from that day onward resulted in “ecological overspending.”

Summary

  • Our consumption patterns have huge environmental, social and health impacts.
  • Consumption is a corporate strategy.
  • We need a systemic change, not just tweaks to consumerism.

Thoughts

Good article, backed up by plenty of stats.  But it’s stronger on the “our consumption model is broken” part, a bit weak on “here’s how to build a new one.” The plan for system change doesn’t feel very fleshed out, with some loose suggestions, and not much as to how we actually achieve the suggestions.  Maybe that’s explored further elsewhere.

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