“Notational Velocity”:http://notational.net/ developer Zachary Schneirov:
And of course there are far more basic options available once we move away from the notion of â€œconsumersâ€ and â€œservice providersâ€. Thereâ€™s absolutely no reason a community group, organization, or collection of friends couldnâ€™t share everything they needed using protocols and servers that have existed almost since the dawn of UNIX. And with federated protocols like XMPP (on which Google Wave was built) thereâ€™s also no reason that such services couldnâ€™t â€œscaleâ€ to include progressively larger circles of contact. In the end, the need for profit can only ever add unnecessary and unwanted side-effects to our medium of communication, whether itâ€™s omnipresent and invisible tracking of everything we read and say, a visual landscape overrun with advertisements, or software that disappears and takes our data with it once we stop paying rent. The â€œcloudâ€ model is becoming popular first and foremost because it enables new forms of profit. However with just a tiny amount of work and responsibility, we can make the Cloudâ€™s few advantages redundant, re-possess our information, and finally move to an era of worldwide, decentralized, participatory digital democracy.