The Indienet

Vitra goes to Africa, the Indienet, a people's history of coffee and more in our look at the web this week

As a response to increasing surveillance taking place from corporations and governmental organizations, one team is taking action by proposing to shift ownership and control of technology and data to individuals—how it should be. Indienet will launch soon and there are multiple projects in the works: Indie OS, an operating system; Heartbeat, a distributed social network client; and even an Indie Phone. Arguing that Google and Apple compromise the user experience—no matter how beautiful and well-designed—by controlling the hardware, operating system and essential services, the Indie team aims to create the first independent smartphone where a user finally has complete control.