Originally Posted by Dien Rice
Many people have lamented (and still lament) the future of the "open web"...
The "open" web is everything that is not the "closed" web. The "closed" web are the walled gardens... Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, and even smartphone apps...
Have you heard of the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InterP...ry_File_System
The easiest way to explain it is: it's like living in the BitTorrent world. Imagine if you didn't have to pay web hosting fees? Your website lives because thousands of other computers have little pieces of it that get collected from an url with a special protocol. It doesn't matter if one computer is down, because there are plenty of other ones with the same piece to your site.
Then there are federated servers. Servers positioned around the world that are dedicated to hosting one program like the Discord servers. If I'm not mistaken it's what powers Mastodon and Diaspora.
If I had a dedicated computer and some extra bandwidth, I could download a copy of Mastodon, join the network and run my own server -- free of charge.
Gee, I think we're getting close to living in a Matrix...