This is great stuff, and I am a big fan of this vision 🙂 In fact I am currently at a portfolio conference that is moving deep into badges and the Blockchain, and while I find some of that compelling, I think a simple domain and hosting environment goes a long way towards immediate, practical progress that has the web as it’s scalable infrastructure.
One point of clarification, the vision of Domain of One’s Own pre-exists the MIT hackathon by as many as 5 or 6 years. And the pilot was up and running at UMW by 2012. What happened in 2013 was that the broader vision of Reclaim Your Domain (and subsequently Reclaim Hosting) was born. I think Kin and Audrey helped make this vision broader and a helped fine tune our ethos and focus at UMW, their work has been integral to this becoming something much greater!