New Design Congress

Wolves at the Door

Posted 20 Jul 2020

Presenting This is Fine: Optimism & Emergency in the P2P Network on the tensions and future catastrophe of a clash between power and emergent collectivism. There is renewed life in peer-to-peer technologies driven by the desire for community self-determination and global uncertainty. As we enter the 2020s and these peer-to-peer communities grow, they are on the verge of outright conflict with incumbent powers for the control of the digital public space. Moments like last week’s alleged insider-job at Twitter revived calls to adopt these decentralised alternatives. But the alternatives aren't prepared for the wolves that howl at the door.