What does “an independent internet” mean?

In 2020 the internet is larger than it’s ever been. If you look through the last few decades the internet has also really grown leaps and bounds in terms of technology, user base, accessibility, capability, etc. One of the other impacts of the growing internet is the ability for corporations and governments to control consumers by feeding them (mis)information, limiting access based on arbitrary rules, and profiteering off of surveillance capitalism. I think it would be unfair to demonize capitalism as an enemy of the internet, but there does need to be an opposing force to help limit the possibilities of governments like the one in China from being able to exert totalitarian control over the masses.

In a world with an independent internet, every user would have access to vast amounts of information and tools without having to be inundated with ads. In a world with an independent internet, people would be able to freely discuss their thoughts and concerns. In a world with an independent internet, millions and billions of people would be able to connect with each other to solve problems in real-time.

So how do we get to this independent internet? What parts of the internet are independent now? I don’t have all the answers, but these are the questions I debate with just about anyone who will listen.

StreamRift took a huge blow at the end of 2019 when we lost our video library of approximately 20,000 videos. We’re optimistic about the ability to rebuild, but that doesn’t change that we have to rebuild. While we’re reorganizing please feel free to provide feedback, criticism, and support. The only way StreamRift succeeds is if it really does help make the internet a better place. To me, an independent internet is a better place. What do you think?