What do I mean?
Firstly, consider that big social media outlets are filtering, censoring, shadow banning content and users whose opinions are not “acceptable” to them.
Consider also that this is going to get worse as we continue to polarize.
Shifting gears, I suspect there are some people who would like to use the interwebs for good, Catholic works but who don’t have the tech background to, say, be a server administrator or to unwedge problems as they arise… and they always do.
Building up a free standing site and keeping it updated and running is not easy. Not just anyone can do it. Believe me. I have practical knowledge of the problem, not theoretical.
It it hard to find good tech help that is both capable and reliable.
Yesterday I had a good conversation with a friend who is solidly Catholic and seriously involved in tech development.
In our discussion there arose a promising scenario.
Imagine not having to go to wordpress.com or to amazon for hosting. Instead, several Catholic sites or enterprises band together to share some space. That way they can also afford – together – the services of someone who is tech savvy, but also RELIABLE. These are key: reliability and capability.
Also, we talked about this new thing that is on the horizon, Dat Project, distributed architecture technology. IPFS. I am really intrigued by this. This is a decentralized web. Imagine if you will a time when truly Catholic things – or truth at all – is less and less tolerated. Right now, if the registry people – DNS – turn the key on your site, your site is gone. No one can find you.
By analogy, think about how Bitcoin is sort of out there, spread around, decentralized. I’m not saying that Bitcoin is great. The tech idea behind it is really interesting.
By another analogy, I’ve long thought that Catholic entities should have ham radio operators against the time that they might have to stay in touch with each other DX, etc.
Lastly, I have been wanting a tech person to maintain the back-end of this site for a long time. I haven’t found anyone reliable and capable in the same person. I’ve gotten to the point where I want to shake this blog tree a little and say:
Send me your CVs!
I’m not kidding around with any of this.
The times we are in call for some thought about the future.