Our plan B to save the Internet we love.
The Slow Web Initiative is a think tank focused on the Internet Ethical Renaissance.
We live in a world where a handful of companies control everything we do, own, and share online. Technology that was a useful companion has morphed into a data-hungry and surveillance embedded hostile environment.
We are at a crossroads and must take another direction: It is time to rearchitect the Internet so that we own and control our digital belongings, our data, our feeds, and our identities.
Once upon a time, when the Internet meant freedom, our intimacy was not threatened by algorithms; we could move our content from one service or one device to another.
To recreate that lost feeling, we have launched Polite, the first "self-sovereignty" platform for our content and our culture.
Why do we need a Slow Web?
Most platforms put their needs over their user's best interests. By making monetization, data harvesting, and the constant capture of our attention their only priorities, they made technology indigestible and unsufferable.
The Slow Web embodies the idea that we can use technology again for our benefit, to develop healthy habits. An equivalent of "Organic Food" for Technology.
We believe Slow Web will play an important part in the healing process of the Internet.
The Slow Web principles:
The right to Transparency.
Design products that do not hide what they do with our content and personal data.
The right to Non-manipulative design.
Create products that are not pushing us to do things we had not intended to do.
The right to full Privacy.
Combine strong Privacy while keeping the full benefits of the product.
The right to Leave.
Give users the power to quit a service, remove all their data, and terminate the relationship without any hassle.
"Humanity first, Big Tech second."
Inspired by Tariq Krim's work, the Slow Web Initiative has gathered a small group of developers, designers, and legal experts to look for better and ethical alternatives to technology's unrestrained growth.
Our mission is to promote a new way of designing transparent and ethical online services and platforms to the end-user.
We believe that lighter and surveillance-free software is also good for limiting the energy impact on climate change. (entropy reducing computing)
Behind the apparent simplicity of the digital economy, there is a new geopolitical complexity that we help our clients unravel: The Tech Cold War, Deplatformization, GDPR vs. Cloud Act, the opportunities around Data residency, Data portability, and self-sovereignty.
We advise companies, institutions, and governments to help them transition to a digital sovereign model that relies less on big Tech and more on locally grown technology providers.