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  1. Hallå Kitteh (clacke@social.heldscal.la)'s status on Wednesday, 04-Apr-2018 13:42:09 UTC Hallå Kitteh Hallå Kitteh
    @ebel @pettter @rysiek @herrabre @bjoern

    > Just as Systematic Colonization was developed to establish the capitalist mode of production in the colonies, anti-disintermediation was [developed] to colonize cyberspace. The basic strategy of anti-disintermediation was formulated by economists like Carl Shapiro and Hal R. Varian. Their influential book Information Rules encourages platform owners to pursue "lock-in." As Varian explains, "Since information technology products work in systems, switching any single product can cost users dearly. The lock-in that results from such switching costs confers a huge competitive advantage to firms that manage their installed base of customers effectively."

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    > Central to the counter-anti-disintermediationist design is the End-to-End principle: platforms must not depend on servers and admins, even when cooperatively run, but must, to the greatest degree possible, run on the computers of the platform’s users. The computational capacity and network access of the users’ own computers must collectively make up the resources of the platform, such that, on average, each new user adds net resources to the platform. By keeping the computational capacity in the hands of the users, we prevent the communication platform from becoming capital, and we prevent the users from being instrumentalized as an audience commodity.

    TL;DR: Kill the server-web as the backbone of personal communications.

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