Before the Internet, the most popular form for digital communications were Bulletin Board Services, also know as BBS. Historians as well as technology enthusiasts documented these early developments. I found out a lot just from going through Textfiles.com's archives as these archives document the history of digital commutations. The textfiles date way back into the 1970s. Textfiles.com captures such an important time in internet history and the site works tirelessly to preserve it for future generations to learn from.
Eventually, BBS's evolved into the Internet we know today. Many of the forms of technology you know of today like compression programs, and even explicit content, originally starting their Internet life being shared by decentralized, peer to peer technology.
Thousands of people were involved running these BBS sites, each connecting in a similar way. The process for a user to connect to BBS's involved dialing up a phone, usually by hand. Although P2P technology we have today is highly advanced in comparison. Unlike the BBS's , that operated in the client/server model current technology throughput and easy of use is like comparing a Model T to a Model 3.
The Internet naturally wants to be decentralized. AOL and incorporated tech giants corrupted the evolution of peer-to-peer technology, in trade for centralized databases and websites. With easy money flowing in, there was no need to be competitive on a technological level, as the current tech companies are highly speculative, and are often even unsustainable to the point of buy outs or collapse as shown by Justin.tv, Imeem.com, and Stickam.com.
Vint Cerf, the creator of the TCP/IP protocol touched on the topic of decentralization inside his seminar from 2006. For the past decade, Google ignored Vint Cerf's advice. If they listened to Vint Cerf back in 2006 and invested in p2p then, they could have already had YouTube running free software instead of proprietary controlled versions today.
Google chose the later, going against it's own motto of "Don't Be Evil". The company chose to centralize the power, boiling it into a corporate structure. Some even say Google already went as far as enabling a power control structure over a large part of Earth's population.
It's obvious governments (and corporations like IBM and Apple) want you to be centralized. I'm sure Jobs would agree that being censored doesn't lead to a great user experience nor does it lead us to a free and open society.
Decentralization can give us solutions for the widespread censorship on large tech platforms. Steve Jobs was all about positive user experiences, I suspect he would have been a fan of DTube, Steem, and Smoke if he were still with us.