Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

Fixing the internet with a federated cloud

Frank Karlitschek (Nextcloud)
2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Ballroom G
Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Everyone can benefit from this session

What you'll learn

  • Explore current trends in cloud security and learn how the internet can be decentralized in the future


The internet and the world wide web were originally designed as distributed and federated networks, but in the last few years, there’s been a trend toward more-centralized services with Facebook, Google, Dropbox, and others, which makes censoring of content, surveillance, hacking, and espionage very easy.

Frank Karlitschek discusses ways to go back to a more federated approach—in other words, back to the internet’s original intent. The Open Cloud Mesh API developed by Nextcloud, ownCloud, and Pydio is one example of how this can be done.

The Nextcloud community is building an open source and fully federated and distributed network for files and communication. Everyone can run their own Nextcloud server at home or wherever and collaborate and share with everyone else, providing file access, syncing, sharing, calendar, contacts, video calling, music, and video streaming in a distributed way.

Frank covers the current problems with surveillance and espionage and shares strategies for fixing this problem. Frank also explores the current and upcoming federation features of Nextcloud and explains how to become part of the community as well as why the Nextcloud community forked ownCloud to bring it to the next level.

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Frank Karlitschek


Frank Karlitschek started the ownCloud project to return control over the storing and sharing of information to consumers. In 2016, he initiated the Nextcloud project to bring this idea to the next level. He has been involved with a variety of free software projects and served as a board member for the KDE community. Frank has spoken and keynoted at dozens of SCaLEs, FOSDEMs, LinuxCons, and Latinowares all over the world.