Quotes

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“Another world is not only possible, she's on the way and, on a quiet day, if you listen very carefully you can hear her breathe.”

–Arundhati Roy, From a speech entitled Confronting Empire given at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil on 28 January 2003; Source: Wikiquote page on Arundhati Roy; License: Attribution–ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY–SA 3.0)



“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

–Buckminster Fuller, As quoted in Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure (1999), by Daniel Quinn, p. 137; Source: Wikiquote page on Buckminster Fuller; License: Attribution–ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY–SA 3.0)



“When you turn on your computer, you're making a political statement.”


“If, like most people, your computer boots Microsoft Windows, the statement you're making is that transnational corporations should control access to the most powerful public media that ever existed. You're passively accepting, too, that non–industrial nations should be kept from developing, and helping to preserve a monoculture that threatens the existence of minority languages. At a personal level, you're accepting that these same corporations should control your access to educational and government services and have a right to install lock–down technologies on your computer without your permission — to say nothing of controlling what other software you can use and how you use it.”


“Most people, of course, never think of these implications. When confronted, some will claim that none of this matters. Most, even social activists, accept the situation because they don't know of any alternative.”


“Yet an alternative does exist, and it's becoming more viable by the day.”


“It's called Free Software. It has already built and still runs most of the internet. Now, increasingly, Free Software is finding its way on to the desktops of those who want their ethics to extend to their computers.”

Source: “Free software!”: You can't usually do the right thing without inconveniencing yourself. Bruce Byfield reckons free software is a rare opportunity. Featured in Issue 395 of the New Internationalist magazine; License: Attribution–NonCommercial–NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY–NC–ND 3.0)




Reasons for Decentralization

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Break Out of Surveillance

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Overall Web hosting framework

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Online File Storage and Sharing Alternatives to Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive etc.

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Privacy–Respecting and/or Decentralized Search Engines

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Alternative Social Networking

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Alternatives to Google Maps, etc. (Online and Offline)

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Facebook Live Alternatives

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Cisco WebEx, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, etc. Alternatives

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Polls (Alternatives to Doodle Polls)

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Online Surveys (Alternatives to Google Forms, SurveyMonkey, etc.)

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Collaborative Editing (Google, Microsoft, etc. Collaborative Editing Alternatives)

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Collaborative Editing / Online Spreadsheets (Google, Microsoft, etc. Collaborative Editing Alternatives)

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Alternatives to Trello, Jira, etc. (Project Management software)

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Team Project Collaboration (Mostly for Developers)

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