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The Clouds (crowd-Sourced computing) take data from you to create value for THEMSELVES. Citizen Synergy (crowd-Owned computing) enables you to retain the data and create value for YOURSELF.
With almost everyone on earth being fed a diet of FREE services by Cloud Computing for so many years, it would be difficult to move people away from the Cloud, unless there is something that is BETTER THAN FREE.
The increasing transfer of the world's information assets (and thus power) from so many to so few is occurring because the Cloud does bring significant INITIAL BENEFITS to the end users:
- The Cloud is FAST to join and submit your data into BUT have you tried leaving or taking your data out ? Deleting your data is not so fast ?
- The Cloud is EASY to use if your follow their rules BUT have you tried changing their operation ? Complaining is not so easy ?
- The Cloud is CHEAP when you start BUT what about after you are hooked ? The premium versions are not so cheap ?
Something that needs to be FASTER, EASIER and CHEAPER than the Cloud but WITHOUT manipulating the users' world view NOR selling users' data.
The trillion dollar question is HOW ?
The obvious solution to the problems with Centralisation of computing in the Cloud is its Decentralisation, a similar process happened about half a century ago.
In the 1970s Personal Computer
distributes the centralised computing power of the Mainframe to the masses.
In the 2020s Citizen Computing
distributes the centralised computing power of the Cloud to the masses.
In the 1970s there was NO computing power at home because there was no computing infrastructure there, so pushing out computer hardware is a great step in decentralisation.
In the 2020s there are plenty computing infrastructure at home (e.g. phones, laptops, wifi, broadband etc.) but still NO computing power, those home computing infrastructure are just dumb interfaces to the REAL computing power in the Cloud.
Now computing infrastructure is no longer scarce, what is scarce is the CONTROL of those computing infrastructure.
With exponential explosion of information in the past decades, the Cloud Infrastructure provides end users with a cheap and easy way of interacting with the increasing amount of information around the world BUT by doing so the Cloud also controls the world's information.
With numerous massive data centres around the world, there is NO WAY for citizen Computing to match the scale of the economies of the Cloud using traditional infrastructure.
But what if we turn the traditional control flow UPSIDE DOWN ?
Instead of having to support thousands, the "upside down" citizen infrastructure only has to support one.
For each application and each user, there is an application-specific user-driven infrastructure which is highly diverse, globally distributed, fully encrypted and self-heals.
By leveraging off each other's infrastructure, citizen computing users have access to a wide range of infrastructure to suit their specific needs - pick a site in the neighbourhood for low latency daily use, pick a site in another city for disaster recovery.
Unlike Cloud data centres with thousands computers inside, there is no special cooling, no security guard, no redundant power, no fibre loops required.
The principle of Separation of Powers is important in the functioning of a government, the same principle is used in handling information assets.
Concentration of data means concentration of power, there is actually NO need to create massive concentrate data in most cases. 5 friends sharing photos between themselves do NOT need to share them on a Cloud platform with 500 million other users and a lawyer should NOT share a file with a client on a Cloud platform with 20 million other files.
Instead of all data processed by one infrastructure, different data need to be processed by separate infrastructures that are appropriate for them.
In Citizen Synergy Computing the principle of separation of powers is enforced by handling information assets in three separate CYBERSPACES, each with independent infrastructures.
- Private Cyberspace handles the most private and complete data of the owners.
- Community Cyberspace processes owner released data strictly according to agreed templates between all related parties.
- Uncontrolled Cyberspace is where owner's information is out of the owner's control.
An Citizen Synergy project that operates across all 3 cyberspaces is the Citizen Assisted Contact Tracing https://contacttrace.com.au:
Private Cyberspace - Citizen Assisted Contact Tracing's Personal Map
Community Cyberspace - Citizen Assisted Contact Tracing's Fiduciary Exchange
Uncontrolled Cyberspace - Citizen Assisted Contact Tracing's Community Map
Citizen Computing complements instead of replaces Cloud Computing, it simply move information assets to places where it makes sense, enabling the user to control how much data to release into each cyberspace for how much return.
The incumbent power of the Cloud Computing can be leveraged nicely in the Community Zone, where user private data in the Personal Zone can be processed in the Fiduciary Zone before releasing to members of different communities in the Cloud.
With Cloud Computing (Crowd-SOURCED data), your information assets are being transferred to the Cloud everyday to become THEIR assets.
With Citizen Computing (Crowd-OWNED data), you build up your OWN information assets (instead of building up the Cloud's information assets).
Currently, you are ALREADY exposing every aspect of your life to the Cloud for the Cloud's benefit, all citizen Computing does is to enable you to use those SAME data for your own benefit.
The challenge in the past has been the difficulty involved in building up computing infrastructure yourself, thus the rapid rise of the Cloud and as computing infrastructure is moved away from you, so are your information assets. Whether it is shopping or voting, your data are now being used to work ON you instead of work FOR you.
Citizen Computing provides a gradual and low cost way of building up your own computing infrastructure e.g. just having your mobile phone is enough to get started.
Some Citizen Applications (e.g. contacttrace.com.au) are starting to appear, which you can use to build up your information assets immediately. First by storing the acquired data asset on your mobile phone (e.g. personal map) and then later on add low cost computers (e.g. home stations) at homes (or wherever) to provide more stable computing power to grow your information assets beyond the capabilities of your phone.