A useful, critical taxonomy of decentralization, beyond blockchains

Not all who decentralize are bros.

Cory Doctorow
11 min readMay 12, 2022

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The OED definition of ‘decentralization,’ overlaid with flow-diagrams illustrating different decentralized topologies. Image: Txelu Balboa (modified) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P2P_Topology.jpg CC BY-SA Spanish 2.5: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/es/deed.en

I keep getting sucked into discussions of web3, decentralization and cryptocurrency. It’s only natural: much of the rhetoric and stated goals of the people behind these technologies intersect with my longstanding causes, like access to cryptography and decentralized communities (what we used…

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