What topics are we focusing on?
In order to achieve a greater level of independence and freedom on the web, we help you understand and learn how to use a certain set of tools, skills and principles.
The skills we would like to help you acquire range from basic knowledge, like what is the internet, where does my data go, how to browse the web safely and ad-free, to more advanced concepts like email encryption, safe online data sharing and collaboration, online anonymity, …
Whatever your level of IT knownledge, we will make sure that you go back home having learned something and acquired a helpful new skill.
The IndieWeb is a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’ that allows you to be the hub of your own web presence.
We should all own the content we’re creating, rather than just posting to third-party content silos. Publish on your own domain, and syndicate out to silos. This is the basis of the “Indie Web” movement. ~IndieWebCamp
If you use Facebook/Gmail/Google Drive/Dropbox/Twitter/…, you don’t own your posts and shared content, your conversations with your friends, your emails, your contacts, your calendar, your status updates, your shared files, and so on…
The companies who host these services own your data. And since your digital data, your digital life, is so much part of who you are today, these companies essentially own a part of you.
Self-hosting addresses this issue by allowing people to host their content on their own platforms, on their own terms, and to remain fully in ownership and control over their data.
In our western democracies, most people view their privacy as a basic human right. Generally speaking, in real life, the idea that the state could spy on you, gather information on you, listen to your phone calls, open your mail, monitor where you go and who you talk to, is compared to the Cold War practices of the Stasi, East Germany’s secret service.
Yet, this is exactly what is happening today and nobody seems to care.
It is a fundamental requirement, if we want to continue living in a democracy with freedom of movement and expression, that we take a step back and assess the current state of privacy invasion. And fight to reclaim this right. For if we don’t, we’re handing out the stick with which future authoritarian regimes will be able to beat us.
Encryption, is the process of changing information in such a way as to make it unreadable by anyone except those possessing special knowledge (usually referred to as a “key”) that allows them to change the information back to its original, readable form.
Encryption is important because it allows you to securely protect data that you don’t want anyone else to have access to. Businesses use it to protect corporate secrets, governments use it to secure classified information, and many individuals use it to protect personal information to guard against things like identity theft and government spying.
We must not allow anybody to take control of the internet, no matter how well their intentions seem. No one party should have control over how we communicate, what we learn, how we perceive the world, and decide on elections and markets.
However, with an internet that’s more and more centralized around a small number of important actors, that is exactly what’s happening.
It is our duty to reinvest in decentralized solutions in order to maintain the crucial neutrality of the internet.