To be the true owner of your information and of your computer's hardware resources, as well as to share these things in any way you want and only with whomever you want. To participate in the Internet free of the middleman, as an autonomous, independent and sovereign individual.
Envisioned in 2004, the purpose of sovereign computing is to bring to the Internet the kinds of freedoms we have in real life, but have lost online.
First Freedom: Own Name
Second Freedom: Nicknames
Third Freedom: Trust
Fourth Freedom: Privacy
Fifth Freedom: Expression
Sixth Freedom: Hardware
Seventh Freedom: Software
You can find the manifesto and a story that illustrates it
Google Discussion Groups
Sovereign Computing Users in English
Sovereign Computing Users in Portuguese
Sovereign Computing Projects (in random order)
Sneer Sneer is a free and open source sovereign computing platform. It enables you to share media, info, applications and anything you want with whoever you like.
Peerscape Peerscape is an experimental peer-to-peer social network implemented as an extension to the Firefox web browser. It's all about managing information instead of servers.
LifeSocial LifeSocial is a P2P-based online social network developed at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and at the University of Paderborn.
Opera Unite Opera Unite is a new technology platform allowing you to share content directly with friends, without having to upload anything to a Web site.
Diaspora Diaspora is an open-source and distributed community of social networks run by users that enables you to own your own personal data, control with whom you share, and discover cool stuff throughout the Web.