Scuttlebutt in slang usage means rumor or gossip, deriving from the nautical term for the cask used to serve water (or, later, a water fountain)
A decentralized friend network
Decentralization is an attempt to rewrite the rules of networks so that our communities and infrastructure can be collectively owned
Paul Frazee
A centralized social network


  • Feeds are chains of immutable messages
  • No global ledger consensus
  • Public and private messages
  • Data is gossipped between peers and stored locally
  • Larger files stored as blobs


  1. Replication over local network
  2. Pubs
  3. Onion hidden service
  4. Sneakernet



  1. Pull based userbase
  2. Free listening
  3. Block feed / user

The above is subjective

Algoritmic Sovereignty?

Status quo

  • Controlled by the few
  • No algorithmic transparancy
  • Almost no data transparency
  • Data you willingly provide
  • Data they collect in secret


  • Everything open source
  • Data stored locally
  • Read and change any code or algorithm
  • UI - multiple clients and philosophies

Demo: interesting posts

Digital high modernism

  • Global surveillance
  • Chinese social credit system
  • NSA - Snowden
  • Silicon Valley - Google, facebook, twitter etc.
  • Same as during the industrial revolution


  • System with humans as an essencial part
  • Trust is delegated and fluid
  • Possible to build systems with subjectivity built in

Thank you!

Background reading

  • Infocivics - Paul Frazee
  • The Future Will Be Technical - Zach Mandeville
  • Seeing Like a State - James C. Scott
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years - David Graeber
  • Walkway - Cory Doctorow
  • The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin