About us

Information technology plays an increasingly important role in the way we create, communicate, and collaborate. As this happens, our autonomy is increasingly affected by the degree and nature of our control over these technologies. Over the past thirty years, the free software movement has successfully worked to protect this autonomy.

However, the last decade has witnessed a rise in the role of computing as a service, a massive increase in the use of web applications, the migration of personal computing tasks to data-centers, and the creation of new classes of service-based applications. Through this process, some of the thinking, licenses, tools, and strategies of the free and open source software movements have become poorly suited to the challenges posed by these network services.

Autonomo.us is a group of developers, entrepreneurs, hackers and activists — many of us create network services. All of us are concerned about their effects on user freedom and autonomy. Autonomo.us is designed as a forum to explore the problems and issues raised by network technologies.

What does freedom mean for the users and developers of web services? What is at risk? What should the free and open source software community do to ensure that software, and its users, stay free in this new technological environment?

We are working closely with organizations including the Free Software Foundation to help inform them on these issues and establish informed position on software freedom and network services. Our goal, however, is to push the boundaries and explore the grey areas, and as such, we do not claim to represent the views of organizations or individuals affiliated or participating in this site.

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  1. To whom it may concern,
    I’m seeking out potential venues for promoting an open source, decentralized/distributed routing infrastructure with hopes of replacing the Internet as we know it. The project is called Maidsafe (http://maidsafe.net) and they’re finalizing the protocol (SAFE) along with the first application using it. The white paper should also be released very soon.
    I’ve noticed a lack of activity on this site in the past year or so and am wondering if this community is still active and whether or not there is interest collaboration and/or cooperation. The Maidsafe team wants to interact with developers around the globe to create APIs and applications to support the SAFE protocol.

    Thanks for your time and I look forward to a response.
    -Paige Peterson

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