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Dear readers and customers,

we are doing it.

It may be a slow process and may take a long time. But users are actually bringing the Internet back.

It’s a mighty good feeling!

You know before FAANG we didn’t have a centralised web. It was the Internet’s architecture itself which was built around a highly decentralised approach. What seemed completely chaotic at first was a killer feature for the freedom of information we had in the 90s and early 2000s. Only a tiny bit of it still exists today. Of course it may look outdated (like IRC) but it’s still there. Our new hope mainly lies in the fediverse now. And similar movements driven by individuals for other fields too.

Revolutions don’t happen without cataclysms.

Google wouldn’t have invented a search engine when information on the web would have been findable. Apple wouldn’t have invented the iPhone if mobile phones wouldn’t have been crappy technology. And Netflix wouldn’t have been able to strive when the movie industry wouldn’t have found leverages to take down (mostly illegal) streaming. In the beginning, we could have happily applauded for those big corporations to find solutions to problems existing. What wasn’t so cool though, was the fact that the exact same corporations started building monopolies around their inventions. This led to the state the web is in today: a pityful, centralised, sophisticated designed and gated anti-community of dopamine inducing bubble blobs. Each blob existing with its own millions if not billions of users. Trapped in there like drug addicts not knowing that all they consume is algorithmically provided by a machine they are incapable to understand even a fraction of its inner simple logical working. This is exactly what the Internet didn’t want to be. And it’s the virtual extension of the exact same old world governed by the exact same outdated mechanisms of the 1960s or even before. A mentality not suitable for the future to come. A world not suitable for us to be capable of living in today.

Cataclysms happen all the time.

They are a part of life, part of the universe itself. Sometimes without any mentioning in the big wide media world. The opposite was true when Twitter was converted to X by an eccentric billionaire. Maybe that was the last big cataclysm we were witnessing when thinking about when exactly people took back the Internet a bit more. There were more of course but let’s take this one as the last huge one for the next explosion for the fediverse in 2021/2022. Like the Internet itself, it may be difficult to describe what the fediverse is. Imagine the fediverse bringing social networks back to the people one step at the time. We are collectively smarter today than in 2008. So of course we found out what we like in social networks and what we don’t. People started building up on that.

More connect themselves to those decentralised social networks: the European Union. Blogging platforms like Ghost. The popular Twitter killer Mastodon is introducing third-party-apps for new innovative features. The list goes on as this is only the news flash from the last couple of weeks.

Bit by bit, it looks a bit like the 90s are back. It looks like people understand in the meantime and worship what it means to be part of a truly decentralised network. This is no geek movement anymore, even your neighbour could be an individual Mastodon hoster. And what started once with social networks will spread to other fields: streaming. Retail. Who knows maybe even online search and mobile networks. All it needs is the appropriate code to be released in the wild for anyone to use. And the passion and creativity for people all over the world to build upon it. After all, these are all democratic movements and seeing them winning is seeing democracy winning. A mighty good feeling indeed!

So long and let’s keep on the dreaming,
the aethyx staff

P.S.: for many years, we provide our own social network which is open to anyone here. Join us there in the fediverse and look around, we bet you will find something you like!

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Dear readers,

today is World Day Against Internet Censorship!

Amnesty International as well as Reporters without Borders do their best to unblock and mirror as many websites as possible.

This event exists since 2008, 2016 they helped websites from Turkey, Vietnam and Saudi-Arabia by mirroring the censored contents through cloud services.

Also keep in mind that ad-blockers exist for the same reason: we wouldn’t need them without omnipresent online surveillance!

No government shall decide which websites its citizens may visit or not! No critical topic shall be banned from the critical minds eye! Stop and fight internet censorship wherever possible!

But why not start your own journey on the internet finally? AETHYX MEDIAE as an Independent publishing house realises indie web projects by giving you the opportunity to self-publishing since January 2010 already.

Prices start at 50€ for your own personal CMS (Content Management System) hosted on the server of your choice!

Besides, our cloud services use the free and Open-Source solution Owncloud hosted on secure servers in Europe. Prices start as low as 1€/GB per month!

Contact us directly via Email, info@aethyx.eu, and with our help you switch from a passive consumer to an active creator in no time!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Yours sincerely,
the aethyx staff

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Dear readers,

since the “Snowden files” we the people will never be able no more to use the internet in the way we used it before 2013.

Open internet is dead.

What we must use now is VPN to protect our internet communication and in fact anything we do online.

Crux here: VPN costs you money.

We may say that this is one of the consequences which will never be reverted from what happened on September the 11th 2001. It took a while, twelve years in fact. But since 2013

your. internet. costs. money.

Not only through your provider but because of your usage!

To show you how much you will have to pay each month to simply use your internet, see one of those VPN comparison charts:

http://whatismyipaddress.com/vpn-comparison.

We also recommend using a VPN provider which doesn’t offer its services from US soil. Europe should be much safer due to the fact we have better privacy protection as well as less conservative storage options for your data. Also keep in mind to choose a VPN provider which never saves your logs.

We hope we could help you sheding some light on this serious topic. It’s something which isn ‘t mentioned by any of those media houses which made the stories by Edward Snowden public. It’s something which Snowden mentioned between the sentences. Difficult times lay ahead for all of us internet users.

Kindest regards,
the aethyx staff

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Dear readers,

we interrupt our broadcast for this special message:

Life. Today. Is. Harsh.

We don’t know what we have to say today anymore: Your TV is tainted. Your radio is tainted. Your social networks are tainted.

Come on, girls & guys! Be active! Forget imperial bullshit and become your own medium!

Visit http://prism-break.org/.

For those who don’t know yet: It’s a website by one of our Asian friends which shows you alternatives to all those surveillance websites/companies out there on the internet.

To know this source is essential these times, especially for Europe.

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not trying to get you.

Good luck to you,
the aethyx staff

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As of today it is possible to participate in a useful project called the

Declaration of Internet Freedom.

Here is the text version of it:

We stand for a free and open Internet.

We support transparent and participatory processes for making Internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles:

Expression: Don’t censor the Internet.

Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.

Openness: Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create and innovate.

Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don’t block new technologies, and don’t punish innovators for their users’ actions.

Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used.

To discuss and support visit http://techdirt.com/netdeclaration. You will find all the necessary information there.

Also, we made a short post about this important topic over at gizmeo.com, our gadget-blog: http://gizmeo.com/die-internet-freiheits-erklaerung/.

Finally, what is your opinion? Let us know what you think with a comment!

Stay free,
the aethyx staff

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