Freetheinter.net is an experimental dynamic infrastructure system that allows anyone to host their own network services using the devices and connections they already have. It was created in recognition of the severe need for individuals to take control of their own social interactions and information online.

Instead of individuals existing as tiny components of massive centralized services, individuals are elevated to the centerpiece of their online presence. Instead of services accumulating users, users accumulate services.

Once the basic design of automated self-hosted infrastructure has been completed, the first application is to implement a simple text-based social sharing system. This will serve as a technology proof-of-concept and realize the constraints of these systems.

Centrally controlled implementations of social networks are severaly handicapped by the very nature of being closed and controlled by a self-interested entity. Because control of information grants ultimate control of society, replacing social networks with user controlled systems is the only way for individuals to meaningfully control society.

Personal social infrastructure

As consumer hardware and internet connections have improved, so has the capacity to self-host services. In many places in the world, most small groups of people already pay for devices and connections that are sufficient to handle the hosting requirements of the bulk of their social interactions.

Freetheinter.net’s goal is to build a system that enables everyone to host the services they need to interact online.

…but why?

Abuse of authority

Individuals have had difficulty cooridinating well enough to solve many important problems such as infrastructure development, scientific research, military and defense development, resource distribution, tax collection, law enforcement, information distribution, policy creation, etc. In order to address these issues, institutions of power were created to ensure these needs were addressed in a coherent way:

  • elected officials
  • corporations
  • police
  • news media
  • banks

Unfortunately, these kinds of institutions are very attractive to those who hunger for power. The result is that over time, institutions are overrun and twisted to serve self-interested, power hungry entities rather than contribute to the helpful purposes for which they were created.

These authorities abuse the power they are given to gain more power and enrich themselves.

…how do they do it?

Information control

In the information age, control of information is control of society.

There is currently a bias that allows centralized power structures to play an outsized role in the spread of information. This bias is used to amplify the goals of a select few above everyone else.

For example:

  • The vast majority of news corporations are owned by just a few entities. These entities carefully craft their content to support their agenda. Most consumers have no clear way to determine what is true, so on average tend to favor these biased presentations.
  • Corporations fund election campaigns in exchange for policy influence.
  • Social networks perform deep analysis of user interactions and behavior, and sell access to their users and their data to increase revenue.

The result is that people largely make decisions using untrustworthy data that has much more influence than it deserves.

…so how will we do it?

We must find a better way for individuals to filter information and arrive at a shared consensus with one-another.

See the plan for project-level details.

If you’d like to support this project, you can donate using bitcoin: