Building federated and decentralized cloud services with ownCloud

Speaker: Frank Karlitschek , ownCloud

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015

Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: 32-G449 (Patil/Kiva)

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Host: Andrei Sambra, World Wide Web Consortium

Contact: Amy van der Hiel, 617.253.5628,

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Building federated and decentralized cloud services with ownCloud by Frank Karlitschek

The Internet and the World Wide Web were originally designed as distributed and federated networks. There is no need for central servers because everyone is equal and can provide services, publish information and access data equally.

In the last few years we've seen a trend to more centralized services like Facebook, Google, Dropbox and others. This makes censoring of content, surveillance and espionage very easy. The internet community has got to go back to a more federated approach -- back to the Internet's original intent.

The ownCloud community is currently building open source software for a fully federated and distributed cloud network. Everyone can run an ownCloud server at home or somewhere on the Internet and collaborate and share with everyone else. The current server 2 server sharing feature can already used to build a basic federated cloud network.

This talk will cover the federation features of ownCloud 7 and the brand new improvements in ownCloud 8. This will also discuss the plans for the future, what to expect in the next 3-6 month and how to get involved.

Frank Karlitschek is a long time open source contributor and former board member of the KDE e.V. He managed engineering teams for over 15 years and worked as head of unit and managing director at different internet companies. In 2010 he founded the ownCloud project to build an open source and self hosted alternative to the big and centralized cloud services. In 2011 he founded ownCloud Inc. to offer Enterprise services around ownCloud.

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Created by Amy van der Hiel Email at Monday, January 26, 2015 at 1:15 PM.