Peter Van Valkenburgh interviews Matt Hill and Keagan McClelland about self-sovereign technology.
Everyone depends on a handful of apps for online communications and productivity, and, more often than not, those apps are hosted by servers owned and controlled by a third party. Even protocols that were designed to be peer to peer, like email and bitcoin, are typically accessed by non-technical people through intermediaries, like Gmail and Coinbase. What risks does that kind of intermediation create for personal privacy and security, and why is it necessary? Is it actually necessary at all? Matt and Keaegan have started a company called Start9 Labs that’s dedicated to moving computing power from the central intermediaries back to the edges of networks. Listen to find out how they plan to “put people back in charge of the things they interact with.”