Talk: Workshop: Hands-on decentralization with PageKite

Free Software in Politics
Saturday 12th of November, 2011

by Bjarni RĂșnar Einarsson

PageKite is Free Software that makes it easy to run a public website or other server software on a personal device - including mobile devices like laptops, netbooks or even smartphones.

This transforms the WWW into a decentralized, peer-to-peer platform, where individuals are no longer dependent on 3rd party hosting, "privacy policies" or "terms of service" to take part in the web.

The goal for this workshop is to bring all the participants' computers on-line and make them part of the WWW. We will explore a few common use-cases and discuss the pros and cons of a fully decentralized WWW.

Participants should bring their laptops! Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux/BSD are all supported.

The exact topics discussed will depend on what people are interested in, but the schedule will be roughly as follows: 1. Brief intro to PageKite, get everyone up and running (5-10 minutes) 2. Work together on launching our local servers (20 minutes) 3. Show and tell, general discussions (10-15 minutes)

Examples of things we could do: 1. Make a folder on your Desktop a live part of the WWW 2. Show off works-in-progress (web developers, designers, artists...) 3. Run your own Diaspora or OwnCloud node 4. Expose SSH/VNC/RDP to allow remote access/administration 5. VLC + PageKite = instant webcam 6. Join's "distributed twitter replacement"

Note: Due to time constraints, if you want to run a complicated webapp (like Diaspora, for example) on your laptop, then it would probably be a good idea to pre-install the software first so we can focus on integration with PageKite.

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