So does this next concept: I encourage anyone who finds this problematic or frustrating to embrace the open internet, which is a little more knotty, sure, but you can’t beat the freedom. Buy yourself a plot of land on the digital frontier. It might be a website on a server farm, or you might just buy a Raspberry Pi and host it yourself. But it’s yours and you can say whatever you want. You can even connect with friends who also choose to rely on the open internet to communicate.
Technologies are improving to make this more possible and free than ever—for one, the emerging IPFS
promises to make it possible for your content to theoretically live online forever, miles away from a walled garden, with no risk of the content being removed. Second, open digital environments could use the bodies, and what’s keeping you with Facebook anyway? Your family and friends?
Now, to be clear, there are limits, because the world is a realistic place: Your host or your ISP might consider your content dangerous or risky, and they might kick you offline. Which they have every right to do, because they’re a business, and you’re not wearing a shirt or shoes, and they can deny you service.
Just because you have the right to say whatever you want on the internet doesn’t mean that there aren’t gatekeepers everywhere who don’t want to be associated with the messy parts of your freedom.