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Transitioning to a Culture of Digital Sovereignty

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Collectively Enabling or Disabling the Dominating Surveillance System

The need for this transition arises from a collective need for healthier digital practices amidst the widespread dominance of BigTech companies. For decades, users have relied on the seemingly convenient and cost-effective offerings of these tech giants to store emails, files, and and share media on social platforms.

However, events of recent years have shed light on the alarming consequences of this pattern. As Yanis Varoufakis aptly terms them, the ‘Techno-Feudals’ exert an increasingly pervasive control over our governments, organizations, markets, and information circulation. Most significantly, they influence individuals’ social behavior using social media algorithms, heralding a dystopian era of surveillance at unprecedented levels.

We collectively create results nobody wants.
–  Otto Scharmer

The repercussions of this hegemony extend far beyond mere convenience, threatening the very fabric of privacy, autonomy, and healthy social systems. It’s evident that the current trajectory is unhealthy and calls for a shift towards decentralized and more secure alternatives.

By embracing this transition, individuals not only claim more control over their digital lives but also contribute towards a more healthy, equitable and transparent digital landscape.

Cloud: “An automated system to shape human behaviour.” – Yanis Varoufakis (to be expanded)

We reside in an era where data wields substantial political and economic influence. Tech giants provide free or highly affordable digital services as they’ve mastered the art of monetizing and leveraging data for significant profit and widespread influence. As a result, our usage of these services inadvertently empowers them to sway global markets and mold the social behavior of upcoming generations, often in alignment with the hidden agendas of groups that prioritize interests misaligned with the well-being of humanity and the planet.

What else is possible?

Leveraging the power of open-source software and the accessibility of cloud computing to create islands of sanity.

With platforms like NextCloud, individuals and groups have the opportunity to join little islands of digital sovereignty. They can store their digital assets and collaborate with others without perpetuating the surveillance ecosystem of tech giants. These islands offer a space where privacy and autonomy are prioritized, where individuals can reclaim control over their digital lives and stop contributing to the surveilance system.

With embracing these alternatives, the possibility of a healthier digital future becomes increasingly tangible.

a lighthouse on a small island in the middle of the ocean

What is needed to build an island?

Computing Power

Hardware / Virtual Private Server
A share of a computer that is connected to the Internet, providing computing power for running the softwares that are needed.

Operating system

Open Source Linux Server
The operating system as a base for running basic server tasks, which includes a website and email server.

Cloud Platform

NextCloud Hub
File storage, collaboration tools, calendar, contacts, and more, providing users control over their data and privacy.

Setup & Configuration

Development
It needs a set of skills known as SysAdmin (System Administration) which includes setting up the operating system, required servers and other components of a well functioning including security, monitoring and backup.

Administration

Facilitating Processes
Administrative tasks are required to take care of financial interactions, information circulation and support.

Technical Maintenance

NextCloud Hub
Like any other IT system, there needs to be regular monitoring, maintenance and software updating to keep the system healthy, secure and up to date.

What is needed for transitioning?

Effort & Dedication for Transition

Transferring Data & Learning
Two types of effort are essential: initially, transferring emails and files to the new system, and then, adapting to its applications and interfaces. The required effort varies based on the complexity of the old system and the user’s technological proficiency.

Extra Costs

Sharing the Costs
System users collectively shoulder setup costs, monthly fees for computing capacity, essential services, and dedicated human resources for ongoing maintenance and administration, tailored to the system’s size and user base.

Example cost estimation

One Off Setup

Task / ItemCost (€)40 Users60 Users80 Users100 Users200 Users
Development Work & Resources
Including 2 months of server and related services costs
2200
55
37
27.5
22
11
User Acocunt Setup / User
10
10
10
10
10
Total Initial Cost / User
65
47
37.5
32
22

Monthly

Task / ItemCost (€)40 Users60 Users80 Users100 Users200 Users
Computing Power (Server)
32 GB / 12 Cores / 1 TB SSD (40 / 60)
64 GB / 16 Cores / 2 TB SSD (80 / 100)
128 GB / 24 Cores / 4 TB (200)
35
60
110
Email Delivery Service
40’000 emails per month
15
Backup Storage
10TB
25
General Monitoring & Maintenance
4 hours of system administration
180
SUM
255
255
255
280
280
330
SUM / User
6.25
4.2
3.4
2.75
1.65
File Storage / User
250GB
3
3
3
3
3
Maintenance / User
2
2
2
2
2
Administration / User
5
5
5
5
5
Total / User (€)
16.25
14.2
13.4
12.75
11.65
Is it time to transition to healthier digital eco-systems?
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