The Small Tech Manifesto

Is built by humans for humans.

By Aral Balkan


Is not for profit.

Is built by individuals and organisations without equity capital.

Is not sponsored by Big Tech/surveillance capitalists.

Is private by default.

Is peer-to-peer.

Is copyleft.

Favours small over big, simple over complex, and modular over monolithic.

Respects human rights, effort, and experience.

Is human scale.

Is owned and controlled by individuals, not corporations or governments.

Respects, protects, and reinforces the integrity of personhood, human rights, social justice, and democracy in the digital and networked age.

Encourages hitherto impractical non-hierarchial political organisation and agency at scale.

Nurtures a healthy commons.

Is sustainable.

Will one day be funded from the commons, for the common good.

Will never make anyone a billion dollars.