Decentralized vs Federated

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I’ve been learning about the Web 3 and the Fediverse recently and have seen these terms being thrown around. Are these interchangeable, or is there a difference?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

They are two different things and can be considered contradictory to each other. Decentralised means that there is no central authority that can set policies and enforce them. All the decisions happen in locally on each server. Federated means that the servers have joined together in a union and appear as one.

The fediverse strives to be both decentralised and federated. Instead of one large company running everything there is many smaller servers who control their own little area. But these servers do work together so you can share posts across servers, this is the federated part. To an end user it therefore looks more like one single service. Each server administrator can set their own policies, have their own moderator teams, etc. They are also able to blacklist servers they do not want to interact with.

Anonymous 0 Comments

one thing to understand is that crypto stuff tends towards using words in nonstandard or even deceitful ways. If you look up definitions for things like that you will find they don’t quite match with the way crypto uses them.