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Photo hosting, without the ransom demand

These days I follow the reverse shock doctrine principle. The underlying motto remains the same, which is to never let a good crisis go to waste. But instead of using shocks as a platform to promote closed, oligarchic and privatized agendas it's a good idea to do the opposite and promote public/commons ownership, openness and freedom as the only practical way forward.

Rather like the earlier WhatsApp scandal, the proprietary Photobucket photo hosting site demanding large ransoms for anyone to link to "their" photos is another opportunity. The amount of value which Photobucket is adding here is negligible, and you can do it yourself if you want to. Long gone are the days when hosting your photos from a web site was something novel or especially difficult to do.

There are a couple of options for public hosting of photos which I can think of. Both are installable apps on the Freedombone system. There are no doubt others too which I'm not so familiar with.


Mediagoblin is a pretty good system for hosting photo collections. You can see some example screenshots here. It can also host video and audio (e.g. if you're doing a podcast).


Lychee is a very simple to use photo hosting system. You can also have passwords on albums for family photos and things like that.