Decentralizing the Website of a Movement

Hello, my name is Alex, and for my internship for my Masters degree (November – begin January) I will be helping the Permanent Future Lab decentralize their website. My research question for this internship is ‘what is the most optimal way to decentralize a website for a movement?’. I hope this research contributes to other decentralized movements that are interested in this topic.

The Permanent Future Lab (PFlab) is a publicly accessible location where all forms of new technology are shared. There are a number of PFLab locations in the Netherlands and one in Bali. These locations are open for anyone without a monetary contribution and anyone can discover, play and exchange ideas through technology or by learning from others. Examples of technology at these labs are a 3D-Printer, an EEG-Headset, paper robots and an invention kit.

I will be comparing a number of alternatives for decentralization (Zeronet, LBRY, .bit domain names, among others) and see which solution fits the Permanent Future Lab best. If no solution provides a good fit a self-made option will be considered.

I will be present at the different PFLab locations to test whether the average end-user thinks a certain method is user friendly. At the end of my internship I will present an advice rapport and publish it under a Creative Commons license.

I will be typing my advice rapport in this Google Docs file, which allows anyone to see the progress, learn from it and contribute by commenting. My university does not allow for edits to the document, the advice rapport has to be written by me completely in order to pass the internship.

Additional information on this topic is welcome. If you have information on or experience with the decentralization of websites please send me an email.

Could you please comment on whether my research is clear to you and what your views are on my research goal?

Travelling to the PFLab locations will cost me money, so I would like to ask you to consider donating me Bitcoin in order to support my research. My Bitcoin address is: 12DrbY6cgwmntxNU3Ho2JcUxpPRqQhoCAp . Thanks in advance.