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Decentralized systems: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Brian Sletten (Bosatsu Consulting)
9:00am–12:30pm Monday, February 4, 2019
Distributed systems
Location: Trianon Ballroom
Secondary topics:  Hands-on, Overview
Average rating: ***..
(3.54, 13 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers, architects, and technical managers



Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • A laptop (preferably Linux, macOS, or Windows with Linux Subsystem)
  • A GitHub account

What you'll learn

  • Explore the purported and actual benefits of decentralized approaches and many of the major implementations that embrace these ideas
  • Gain an improved intuition about making decisions on whether to use them or not


Decentralization drives much of the thinking of modern systems, including Tim Berners-Lee’s ideas for where the web should go to recover its potential. There are common benefits touted by advocates of these approaches, but as with all things, there are some problems that are better met with some technologies than others.

Join Brian Sletten to explore the major decentralized approaches and their applicability to specific problems. You’ll dive into major ideas (distributed hash tables, content-based addressing, etc.) as well as how they’re used in actual, running systems. You’ll also discover where they fall short, where they run into regulatory or governance issues and security concerns, and more.

Topics include:

  • Decentralized architectures
  • Decentralized storage systems
  • Decentralized data models
  • Decentralized identity systems
  • Decentralized consensus
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Brian Sletten

Bosatsu Consulting

Brian Sletten is the president of Bosatsu Consulting, where he focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the semantic web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting, and other technologies of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. A liberal arts–educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies, Brian has worked in many industries, including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality, and healthcare. He holds a BS in computer science from the College of William and Mary. Brian is a rabid reader and devoted foodie with excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his international pop recording career.

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