No doubt you’re aware you can transfer, back up and share files. For those who own an Apple device, iCloud has probably nagged your ear off. Others might like Google Drive, Dropbox or SkyDrive or even Mega.
The controversy of the Internet currently are the private commercial agendas which can afford to lobby government. They promote ‘social’ or rather willing participation in the e-society. Twitter at any moment might drop a link or idea that entertains us. To a lesser degree it inspires us to change belief and behaviour. However, the changes possible, are bounded by the choices available. Another way to describe the e-society (which is a broad libertarian ideal) might be: providing commercially profitable entertainment to the the “iWant, iClick, iGet’ consumer culture.
This is why BTsync is significant. First it is provided by BitTorrent (which is actually an organisation) for FREE. Secondly it allows people to share folders between devices, where the data is not held by a third party. Of course, there have been numerous incidents where user-data has found its way to public places, even more where hacking has enabled it. Then there are also the view that massive corporations such as Apple, Google, Facebook etc are more than willing so sell data – and that government policy is being re-organised to enable un-matched levels of surveillance on and by ordinary citizens.
When information processes make communication easier and more meaningful, they have the potential to improve many things. There is no reason to assume that only commercial-agendas can facilitate this. In fact, the most significant ‘benefit-ware’ has been produced by ordinary people for free. The worst instances has resulted in loss of privacy and increased personal cost and pressure to participate.
I realise this is a round about way of talking about an alternative to Dropbox, especially one associated more with piracy and hacktivism. This is perhaps the greatest fallacy of the post dot-com era – that ‘good’ is a brand and bad is everything (and everyone else).
BTsync + your own VPN makes a lot more sense that iCloud to me right now
2 thoughts on “Bye bye corporate box”
I love the idea Dean, thanks for sharing it. I’ve been looking for alternatives to Google Drive and Dropbox for a while, for exactly the reasons you cite. After Delicious and Google Reader, I have become very suspicious of relying on 3rd parties to store my data, and have been investigating some private cloud options for a while.
Thanks David. Im a massive fan of personal-anonymous production these days. I think the brand-bubble is bursting and government interest in snooping is concerning enough to consider alternatives.
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