(First appeared on Notes from the Metaverse 2/22/2021)

On February 18, 2021, the movement toward a decentralized web took another step forward. The people behind the Decentralized Web Summits and DWebCamp 2019 launched a new website for organizing and information: GetDWeb.net.

About 100 people joined a Zoom call to learn…


If you happen to watch television in the Milwaukee market, you’ve probably seen Robyn Vining’s sunny, forward-looking campaign ad in the last few weeks. The ad doesn’t say who her party was, though you could probably guess based on the issues the regular folk in the ad gave as reasons…


The first story I wrote for Linux Journal appeared on its website last week. My introduction to the Beaker peer-to-peer web browser received a nice reception on Twitter. I hope you find it interesting too.

https://twitter.com/rho_/status/1100484002882949121

Since most of what I know about Beaker is in the story, I want…


WPMUDev published my latest story, “Progressive Web Apps: How They’ll Change Your WordPress Business.” If you’ve ever thought that you really should make your website more mobile-friendly, but thought that was too expensive, or too much work, I give you some reasons to change your mind.

Mobile Web

This story is less about WordPress than an argument for more website owners and devs to build progressive web apps, especially for their mobile users. I’m now working on a sequel to help developers build PWAs with WordPress.

A lively discussion has ensued in the comments section. This warms my heart.

Speaking of which: What would you like to know about progressive web apps? Is this another flash-in-the-pan technology? What’s your biggest peeve with the web on your phone or tablet?

Comment here, or at WPMUDev.


(first published on Notes from the Metaverse)

On the 29th birthday of the World Wide Web, its father, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, posted a warning about its future.

Berners-Lee leads off with some exciting news: “This year marks a milestone in the web’s history: for the first time, we will cross…


At long last, here’s the last of a four-post series introducing the new themes for Notes from the Metaverse. In case you’re just joining us, look these over:
What is a Decentralized Web?
Surveillance and Privacy
Join the IndieWeb

While I was composing those posts, and otherwise living my life…


Back in May, when I relaunched Notes from the Metaverse, I told you that this blog would now focus on three important areas related to the Open Web:

  • Software tools that empower
  • Defending net neutrality and universal access to the Internet
  • For an open, decentralized web

I wanted to explain…


I have a new story up at WPMUDev, “What the New Webmention and Annotation W3C Standards Mean for WordPress.”

Webmentions and Annotations are ideas that come out of the IndieWeb movement. This is an effort to remind all of us that the Web doesn’t have to be dominated by a…


While preparing for the new year, I realized that I never updated Medium readers with the rest of my series on the decentralized web. In the wake of the continuing problem of corporate control of much of our online experience, and the (temporary?) …


Originally posted to Notes from the Metaverse.

In my relaunch post a few weeks ago, I raised the issue of building an open, decentralized web.

This paper launched the Decentralized Web Summit. It’s signed by its author, Brewster Kahle, Tim Berners-Lee, and Vint Cerf.

As I write this, we mark the first anniversary of the Decentralized Web Summit (DWS) held at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. I wasn’t…

Mike McCallister

Writer about technology that empowers people. Into (no particular order) democracy, Linux, the open web & WordPress

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