I can remember the internet in the days before the term ‘independent web’ became an ideal. In the beginning, everything about the web was independent. If you wanted to put something on the ‘information superhighway,’ you had to get access to a server (or host your own) and code it in whatever message you wanted to share.
We feel like the cloud gives us freedom, but this liberty is, in fact, an acute dependency server infrastructure we don’t control in any way whatsoever. Whatever the web is today, and becoming, it is not a state described well by the word ‘independent.’