Rosenzweig: The federation fallacy

Post Syndicated from corbet original

Here’s a
lengthy piece from Alyssa Rosenzweig
on preserving freedom despite the
inevitable centralization of successful information services.
Indeed, it seems all networked systems tend towards centralisation
as the natural consequence of growth. Some systems, both legitimate and
illegitimate, are intentionally designed for centralisation. Other systems,
like those in the Mastodon universe, are specifically designed to avoid
centralisation, but even these succumb to the centralised black hole as
their user bases grow towards the event horizon.