Decentralization refers to distributing activity away from a central, authoritative location.

In computing, a prominent example of ?centralization are large online platforms (often related to social media). Decentralization of these includes moving activity from them to smaller servers (smallnet, ?Fediverse), as well as moving away from the WWW towards more offline-tolerant or peer-to-peer protocols.

Decentralization supports ?diversity (including technological diversity) and empowers users to own the technology and services they use.

Decentralization may also go horribly wrong in ways that work against permacomputing goals with radically increased energy use, etc. See the cryptocurrency/blockchain world for examples.

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