Items tagged with: decentralization
Who to follow on #Mastodon? We are trying to give new users a better start and selected a couple of profiles for #privacy related topics:
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We're looking for a new a backend developer with #Elixir experience.
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Next one will be the 30th of april in Bergen city in Norway.
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- Carole Cadwalladr, who exposed the illegal facebook ads around #brexit
Too much power in the hands of just a few tech platforms threatens democracy! #decentralization
I think I could use an updated "internet for dummies" kind of review
"Amazon (...) 23 million IP addresses, Microsoft (...) more than 21 million, according to Dhruv’s research. Apple (...) 17 million. Google (...) under 9 million. Facebook (..) 122,880 IP addresses"
Get Cloud Firewall addon to replicate her experiment:
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@humanetech also decided to add it to Awesome HT list! cc @privacylab
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Meanwhile, it will still be a single platform owned and controlled by a single player - #decentralization is a better way to keep data under control of users.
The arch-villain of "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" is Google, a company that makes a compelling evil genius https://econ.st/2FJfPrn
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Decentralization is one of, if not the most, discussed features of the crypto tech stack. In a decentralized system, no single body controls the system. We have most certainly not reached the era…
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Decentralization is one of, if not the most, discussed features of the crypto tech stack. In a decentralized system, no single body controls the system. We have most certainly not reached the era fully decentralized systems, but that is what most of the world-class technologists working in the crypto sector are focused on getting us to and I believe we will get there in the not too distant future.
If you are a student of tech history, you will not be surprised that decentralization is also the right technology arriving at the right time to solve some of the most challenging policy problems facing the tech sector right now.
Before I elaborate on that, I want to show you a slide from my colleague Nick‘s deck on crypto that he uses to talk to policymakers and elected officials. I believe he borrowed it from our friends at Placeholder and they are credited at the bottom of this slide.
Here is my quick explanation of that slide.
IBM had a near monopoly on computing by virtue of their domination of the mainframe, mini-computer, and, it seemed, the PC computing platforms.
But the open PC hardware standard allowed Microsoft to develop an operating system that could run on any computer built to the PC hardware spec and they eventually unseated IBM, only to become a near monopoly themselves.
But just as we were wringing our hands about what to do about Microsoft’s monopoly, an open source operating system (Linux), the internet protocols, and the free distribution of the world wide web undid that monopoly and we got Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other big tech platforms.
And now we are wringing our hands about these near monopolies and their market power and the ability of bad actors to manipulate them. And around the same time, the technology to architect and scale a completely decentralized system emerges.
The other thing that is true of these moments of hand wringing is that just as the technology is emerging to unseat the near monopolies, regulators and elected officials try to put the genie back in the bottle using traditional regulatory techniques that often end up more deeply entrenching these near monopolies.
To give you an example of how this might happen, I am going to suggest you all go read my partner Albert’s post from yesterday on Twitter and how one might approach addressing some of the vexing problems that platform is dealing with right now.
Albert points out that:
On the minus side the calls to treat Twitter as a traditional publisher are growing.
That is how elected officials and regulators often think. They look backwards to find a model of regulation that has worked in the past and try to apply it to a new thing. But as Albert explains:
The idea that there could or should be a single central institution, let alone a commercial company, which as a benevolent dictator resolves all of these issues to everyone’s satisfaction is a complete non-starter.
Instead he proposes a few ideas that are steeped in decentralization:
my preferred go to answer is to shift more power to the network participants by requiring Twitter (and other scaled services) to have an API. That would allow endusers to programmatically create the best version of Twitter and would also make it easier to simultaneously use Twitter and new decentralized alternatives.
Twitter should significantly expand the features that let individuals and groups manage the visibility for tweets for themselves. There are already useful features such as muting a conversation or blocking an individual. These could be expanded in ways that allow for delegation. For instance, users should be able to say that they want to subscribe to mute and block lists from other individuals, groups or organizations they trust. One example of this might be that I could choose to automatically block anyone who is blocked by more than x% of the people I follow (where I can choose x). Ideally these features could be implemented at the tweet/conversation level and not just the account level.
So you can see that by decentralizing the power to the edges of the network INSTEAD of further concentrating it by requiring the network owner to further centralize power is the right answer, both from a technology perspective and a regulatory/policy perspective.
Sadly, I think we are in a race with ourselves in this centralization vs decentralization debate. We need the decentralized tech stack to evolve more quickly and show the world how decentralized technology works in a mainstream way at scale before policy makers and regulators force the tech sector to go the wrong way.
And, most disturbingly, the regulators and elected officials are taking actions, well intended of course, to slow the decentralized sector down, not speed it up.
Which is why we at USV have been spending a lot of time with public servants of all kinds, educating them, imploring them, and desperately trying to get them to understand where we are, why it is an important moment, and why we need to this new technology to succeed.
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Manal al-Sharif: We need a new social media, Twitter is a trap: Why I deleted my Twitter account
Themes: Online harassment, propaganda, misinformation silencing tool of governments, dictatorships, and tyrants.
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Social media ‘aids oppressors’, says Saudi rights campaigner
Manal al-Sharif, a leader in the fight for Saudi women’s right to drive, claims Twitter is used to harass activists
Good morning everyone. I am in Stockholm, Sweden, and yesterday in Singularity U, I decided to delete my Twitter account live on stage in a protest of how this tool that once saved my life is now being used to put my life and the life of a lot of human rights and activists in danger.Lightly edited for continuity and clarity, otherwise as close as possible to the original.
If you look at world wide trends today it is ... I am Arab, and Mohammed bin Salman represents me. This tells you who is in control now of Twitter: Twitter is being controlled by trolls, by pro-government mobs, and by bots. Those are being paid by pro-government [agent]s who want to silence, intimidate, harass, dissidents and anyone who speaks the truth. Twitter today is being used by the same governments that we spoke against to disclose all the violations against human rights. It's being used by them to silence us, and not only to silence us but to propagate their propaganda, to also push for disinformation, and to harass and silence every single true voice.
People I know, people I trusted -- people I'd thought were friends, and who have critical thinking -- they've been brainwashed by the messages being pushed by the pro-Saudi government (voices), in a way that is horrendous. I ... I wonder is this really happening? Is this really true?
Ali Alzabarah), the Saudi Twitter employee, who had close ties with Saudi Intelligence, had had access to private accounts of Saudi activists providing this information to the Saudi government.
Day by day, more and more, we know about "influentials" -- Twitter influentials -- who were harrassed, sent to prison, and even disappeared. Reports by companies like McKinsey -- __The New York Times_ talked about that [hhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/20/us/politics/saudi-image-campaign-twitter.html] -- really make me worried.
Twitter is now becoming a trap, and it's being used in a very efficient way by these governments, and dictatorships and tyrants to silence us, and not only that, but to spread their own propaganda, their own hate speech, their own misinformation and disinformation. This is why I protested yesterday by deleting my Twitter account, and will not go to that platform. Now I'm also deleting my Facebook account, _because I don't feel safe being on these accounts_.
This is a call -- if you are a Tech Maker -- this is a call for people who believe that freedom of speech safeguards all other freedoms.
We need to create a blockchain-enabled social media. We need to create social media that is decentralised, that can be used to push for the truth, and cannot be bought. That doesn't have the business model of Twitter which is based on who pays, and they don't care about anything but how many people are signing up for accounts.
[Twitter]deleted 70 million fake, malicious accounts this year. Where were they since the company started, and since Saudis began using Twitter to push for human rights?
In 2011 when I joined [Twitter], I remember a friend of mine who told me that he'd joined because his mother joined to follow our campaign to enable Saudi women the right to drive. He felt so embarrassed that he didn't have an account on Twitter, and so he joined. That year, the number of Twitter users was 60 million, today it is 380 million. People joined Twitter and these platforms because they believed in these causes, and they believed in the things that we called for. But if the same tools that we used for liberation once are being used to oppress us, are being used to undermine us, are being used to spread hate and fake news -- I'm out of these platforms.
I'll continue speaking up because tyrants and dictators are the ones who should be afraid, not us.
#twitter #onlineMedia #decentralizedWeb #federation #decentralization
Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new #plan to upend the World Wide Web
This week, Berners-Lee will launch #Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.#TimBernersLee #Startup #www #Internet #economy #news #Facebook #Google #Amazon #Decentralization