Could the world's idle computers make the $200 billion cloud
computing industry obsolete?
In the final years of the Obama administration, it seemed that the world
was witnessing the emergence of an odd alliance between the largest
establishment tech companies and the traditionally anti-establishment
community of independent techies. The highest profile case involved Apple
and other major corporations siding with civil rights organizations to
advocate against weakening device encryption on behalf of law enforcement,
and it it led to a hope that these companies were finally seeing the
profit potential in having secure, satisfied customers. That hope has
now evaporated in the face of continuous betrayals of user trust, and
rather than take it lying down, tech users are looking into alternative
solutions that put them in control.