Emacs saves the Web

Yuchen Pei (he/him, pronounced: "eww-churn pay"), IRC: dragestil, id@ypei.org, https://ypei.org, mastodon: dragestil@hostux.social

Format: 40-min talk followed by live Q&A
Discuss on IRC: #emacsconf
Status: Waiting for video from speaker


On one hand, Emacs is the crown jewel of the GNU Project for its customisability and the ability to effortlessly convert users to hackers. On the other hand, today many of the sticky issues with proprietary software proliferation stems from the web, including the Javascript trap[1] on the client side and the SaaSS trap[2] on the server side. So enters the topic of this talk. I will briefly talk about these issues and existing solutions, followed by ideas and demonstrations on how Emacs can fix user freedom on the web, including (from realistic to dreamy): emacs clients for specific websites and services i.e. replacing read-only javascript forced on your browser with hackable free elisp packages, emacs-based browsers aka universal frontends and elisp version of users-cripts / greasemonkey / haketilo, write-once-run-everywhere elisp programs (e.g. the emacs web server and (nonexistent?) emacs mobile app UI framework), and remote emacs servers that can be shared by a group of hackers running server programs written in elisp, thus eliminating the SaaSS trap.

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