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Michael McCallister

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Mike McCallister is devoted to the idea that technology need not be feared, and can be mastered by anyone. After all, he grew up in the days when computers filled entire rooms, and spent 13 years as a civil service clerk doing nothing more technical than recording WordPerfect macros.

He is devoted to making computing easier for the full spectrum of user levels and experience. As a technical communicator, freelance computer magazine writer, and book author, he understands that ordinary people can and should make the most of their tools.

Besides Linux, WordPress and other open source software, interests include tools for communicating via the Web (blogs, social networks, wikis, and the like) and bridging the digital divide.

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Last week, Tara Vancil from the Beaker Browser project posted a timely set of tweets about how supporters of a decentralized web talk to people about it.

Instead of using "decentralized", I've been trying out describing the p2p/decentralized web as a:

– customizable web
– person-first web
– permissionless web
– transparent web

These may be wordy, but the properties of a p2p web aren't totally obvi...

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