Rise of the Indie Web

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B202/203


Meet the pioneers of the new Indie Web, learn what's changed, and how you too can reclaim your content, your data, your online identity. Join our panelists as they debate a variety of different approaches and learn how you too can get started and join the new Indie Web.


10 years ago nearly everyone with a blog was known by their own personal site or URL. What happened?

Over time we shifted our creative energies to the emergent “social web”, sharecropped our content like so many serfs across Flickr/Twitter/Facebook, and watched while our work was framed with ads (or placed inside them!), sold like so much cattle, or often shut down with permalinks and conversations lost forever: Geocities, Etherpad, Pownce, Vox and others. Never forget.

We’ve had enough and we’re taking it back. Our content, our data, our online identities. We’re rebuilding the Indie Web, this time with conduits to social silos so we can control our creative destinies without abandoning our friends.

This panel will discuss a variety of different approaches. Learn how you too can get started and join the new Indie Web.

Speaking experience

SXSW, W3C, Web 2.0, OpenWebCamp, YUIConf, Web Directions, Voices That Matter: Web Design, An Event Apart, dConstruct, WordCamp, Supernova, Future of Web Apps, @media, ETech. More links, slides and videos:
This talk was given as a packed room solo "core conversation" at SXSW 2012. It's proposed as a panel discussion / technical debate with audience participation for OSBridge.