Today we got web platforms for pretty anything. You want to store your underpants? I'm sure you've got a web app with android and IOS clients with geolocation that are capable to help you with the underpants problem. Today pretty much everyone use one or several web platforms to store information that, in some sense, are pretty much their entire life. People shout shallow thoughts in Facebook and Twitter, use Youtube to share their homemade movies and platforms like we transfer to send each other files which in some case can be of sensitive nature. With all these free tools at disposal to use why even use pear-to-pear(P2P) technologies? My answer is

    There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

This is a very popular sentence that was heavily used by Friedman while discussing their ideas in the economy world. And It applies to the internet world also. You see every time you use some of these mentioned tools to do something you are using resources. As you learn in the first lectures of economy resources are scarce and therefore we should be aware of this and use them in the most efficient way. Why I'm saying this? Well pretty much because some of these platforms are not the most efficient way of sharing information. Many of us use platforms like Mega or we transfer to transfer files between our friends, or Facebook Messenger to talk to our friends. All these platforms have one common feature. All these services use a massive amount of hardware and they suck a lot of electricity to keep hundreds, if not thousands, of machines alive to serve your needs. Hence the idea, there is no free lunch. How do they generate the money needed to satisfy the thirst for electricity and to pay for hundreds of tech guys to run the infrastructure and develop these services? As someone once said, If you're not paying for it, you're the product. How's that? Well not literally, like in the old days where black people were sold to the highest bidder on some dirty place filled with diseases. Well these days is not you who are sold but something that belongs to you. Your information. Many of these platforms sell your information or leverage in some way your identity to open a possibility for other economies. That's why when you use some of these services you are filled with advertisements. That's why when you play a movie on YouTube you need to wait, sometimes, 20 seconds before actually being able to play the contents you are interested in. That's why you receive unwanted messages from private companies on your Facebook mural and why you receive emails from companies that should not have your account since you never gave it to them. All of this would be pretty much understandable if no other alternatives exist. However this is not the case. You don't need to chat on Facebook since you have decentralized p2p tools that enable you to communicate with a network of friends by using only your pc, and theirs. You don't need to share, privately, your files since you can create anonymous torrents and share only to people you are interested in. People usually start social movements to create a common conscious about the important to save water and energy since they are scarce resources that should be protected and used wisely. People know that electricity took a lot amount of work and human resources to produce. They know that it is needed to supply industry with the means to produce the goods we love to use. Many of these platforms use gigawatts of power to feed all the machines that run on their systems. If more people use p2p tools less energy would be used and more electricity could be used for more important things. Another problem with many of the web platforms is that they hold sensitive information in a centralized way. This is exactly what governments and big corporations want. Centralized platforms are of keen interest because they hold huge amounts of information that can be used by these people. Just by emitting a law a government is able to seize your information as well as many more thousands without any effort. P2P decentralized mechanisms turn many of these problems unfeasible and renders big governments with the classical problem of you cannot be everywhere, every time, at the same time and this way the mass control is not so simple to achieve, and as a consequence some of the fundamental rights you have are enforced by design.

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