fOSSa 2015

Amphithéâtre Ricordeau - Faculté d'Ondotologie - Nantes

23 - 25 septembre 2015

Day 3 - Citizen Clouds: Towards a more decentralized internet? Friday 25th September 2015

img-exposeNicolasLoeuilletFossa2015 The talk of Nicolas Loeuillet

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Framabag, Wallabag, together let’s decentralize internet ! (time: 18:21 mn)

Nicolas Loeuillet
, Web developer, creator of wallabag



Dégooglisons Internet (Ungooglize Internet) is a project by Framasoft, a non-profit promoting free and open source software and culture. Degooglisons Internet has 3 goals:

  1. Rise the level of awareness among mainstream Internet users about the risks of excessive centralization of the web by corporate giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft.
  2. Provide a proof of concept that free and open source software is a sustainable solution to the problem. Framasoft launched a campaign to provide and promote free and libre alternatives, respecting data and user privacy. For every service mass-collecting user data (eg. Facebook,Google Docs, Dropbox, Skype, etc.), Framasoft is offering free/libre, ethic and decentralized alternatives.
  3. Spread knowledge, practice and services with tutorials and federate alternate independent hosting services. The more free/libre services will be provided, the more decentralized the internet will remain. img-flecheHaut


Debate: CitizenClouds? Towards a more decentralized internet? (time: 34:42 mn)

animated by Daniel Kaplan
, the founder and CEO of the Next Generation Internet Foundation FING


Nicolas Loeuillet ; Pascal Molli ; Thierry Priol ; Tristan Nitot ; Daniel Kaplan   img-flecheHaut


Nowadays, Internet services rely mainly on centralized physical infrastructures, such as large scale datacenters as it  greatly simplifies the deployment of software services since such physical infrastructures are always online but this is at a cost of being a single point of failure and privacy issues.

Recent trends in industry have seen the creation of  multiple data centers geographically scattered and interconnected with fast private networks to better serve the user needs and cope well in case of power outage, network failures, or natural disasters.

These trends can be further developed so that cloud services can be hosted at home using low-power and persistent computing systems. Such an approach has always been possible in theory using personal computers. However, energy consumption, and thus  energy cost prevented it to practically happen.

Rapid evolution of smartphone technologies is changing the situation very quickly. It is nowadays feasible to design very low power computing systems using smartphone components (such as ARM based processors or Intel based low power processors). 2015 has seen a spectacular number of announcements for PC sticks, mini or nano-PCs. Such machines consume few watts (typically 3-5 watts), while providing very good performance when using multicore processors and thus can be always-on with an energy cost below 10€ per year.

  • It is thus possible to have always-on computing systems at home hosting internet services allowing citizens to have a better control over their data without the need to delegate the management of their sensitive information to public cloud providers.
  • Will 2015 be the rise of Citizen clouds ? img-flecheHaut
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