Article: A mission to keep the internet free and open for all

Civil Society, Decentralized Internet

A mission to keep the internet free and open for all

The issues that come with the changes we’re seeing with privacy, consent, and identity concern every internet user on the planet. The decisions we make today to keep the internet free and open will impact how consumers use the web in future and as an industry, we believe it is the way to building long-lasting solutions that consumers trust.

Respecting consumer privacy, while delivering on the outcomes that brands, agencies, and publishers want is key to keeping the internet free and open. I believe that technological innovation, interoperability, contributing to industry standards, and collaborating with customers are all essential to building sustainable solutions. Together, we are powering a free and open internet for everyone.

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Article: What are dApps and How Do They Enable a True Free Market?

Civil Society, Commercial Intelligence, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

What are dApps and How Do They Enable a True Free Market?

Crowdsourcing innovation and ideas is the most effective way to not only make the best possible systems, but to ensure that those systems work for everyone and can adapt over time. If we can transform the economy into a giant game of d-commerce, we can once again participate in a free market. The most free market the world has ever seen.

We need to democratize our economy from the ground up and force the big players to play by our rules or quit the game.

Some people tend to think that individual innovators or thought leaders are the ones who create the great products and corporations of our time. Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk surely are intelligent people, but they have huge teams of brilliant minds working under them. How many other brilliant minds are scattered across the country? Across the world?

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Article: The Next Industry Open Data Will Shake Up

Civil Society, Data, Innovation, Open Source

The Next Industry Open Data Will Shake Up

There’s so much hype around the idea of open data regimes that the natural inclination is to be cynical and say it will never deliver on its promise.

But let’s suspend our cynicism, if only for a while, and imagine a world where compliance-driven open data regimes (actually) put power back into the hands of consumers. The consumers’ decisions then drive significant change among providers and, as a result, change the world for the better.

Consumers already have so much information and data on their phones and already have the power to change.

With these kinds of tools in their pockets, the power to change will literally be at our fingertips.

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Article: Opinion: Wi-Fi should flow just like water

Civil Society, Hardware

Opinion: Wi-Fi should flow just like water

President Biden pledged billions of dollars in his new infrastructure package to help expand broadband. That’s a welcome commitment, but merely laying more fiber won’t fully solve the problem. Even in places where high-speed internet connections are available, many Americans can’t afford them.

In 21st century America, internet access is as essential as electricity and running water. It’s time to make broadband accessible and affordable to everyone, by treating internet like an essential utility rather than a luxury good.

Fast home internet is necessary to work, learn, play, and live in the 21st century. We won’t have a just society until it is accessible — and affordable — to all.

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Article: The Lessons of Web 2.0 Teach Us How to Prepare for What Comes Next

Civil Society, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

The Lessons of Web 2.0 Teach Us How to Prepare for What Comes Next

While these are problems, they are problems born of the Web 2.0 model. Web 3.0 offers a different proposition – one where revenue models need to be aligned to the incentives of the ecosystem participants. If Web 3.0 is the future of the internet, then we should be preparing for a scenario where broken models aren’t built into the architecture of the ecosystem. Furthermore, decentralization and data sovereignty offer the potential to completely rethink revenue models.

Therefore, the focus is now on launching a solution that’s fit for Web 3.0 – a trustless referral network for the tokenized economy. Many aspects of online marketing are set to change significantly. In the Web 3.0 environment, there are to be no centralized points of control, which means no dependence on intermediaries. A trustless referral network will allow any referral to be rewarded through the use of a decentralized validator network that confirms all successful sales.

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Article: Accurate, open data is crucial to cross-sector grid planning and disaster prevention

Civil Society, Data, Open Source

Accurate, open data is crucial to cross-sector grid planning and disaster prevention

Cross-sector data sharing is also vital to driving smarter holistic infrastructure planning. For example, we are currently partnering with system integrators to harness cross-sector data on infrastructure such as utility poles and housing developments to inform holistic utility grid planning that complements rather than clashes with existing services. Integrated cross-sector datasets on the proximity of planned infrastructure to nearby environmental features such as forests can help utilities achieve environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments.

The trend towards data sharing requires an industry-wide step-change in the capture and curation of data to ensure all companies have a comprehensive, current picture of their networks and use geospatial information systems built around open design principles. This would ensure a consistent standard of network data is captured and shared across the industry. Rich, real-time, and open data can help foster a utility sector built around cooperation that facilitates a higher standard of network resilience despite the challenging environmental issues we face today.

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Article: 16 Premises for the Decentralized Web

Civil Society, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

16 Premises for the Decentralized Web

The domain name com was added to the domain name system of the internet in 1985. Its name is derived from the word commercial, indicating its intended purpose for domains registered by commercial organizations. Later, the domain was tragically opened to general purpose use.

The following outlines premises required for a sustainable information management strategy in service of returning the World Wide Web from
the tragedy of the commons to a utility for the exchange of knowledge.

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Article: How Cryptocurrencies Can Reduce Poverty in Developing Countries

Civil Society, Crypto, Money

How Cryptocurrencies Can Reduce Poverty in Developing Countries

Cryptocurrencies have proven to be the most secure, transparent, and adequate financial tool realized in the modern age. It eliminates significant challenges presented by local currencies and, as a result, continues to improve the global economy.

Developing countries share one common challenge, and that is fraud. With the aid of digital currencies, trust and security for financial investments get restored, and in the long run, the global economy develops. As proven from this article, using cryptocurrencies in developing countries is very advantageous in boosting their economy.

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Article: Fixing the internet will require a cultural shift

Academia, Civil Society, Decentralized Internet

Fixing the internet will require a cultural shift

Education in public interest technology is more than just extra computer science courses. It involves interdisciplinary courses that focus on the broader impacts of technology — on personal freedom, on communities, on economics, etc. — with the purpose of developing the critical thinking needed to make informed choices about technology.

And students are hungry for these courses and the skills they offer. Students who have taken courses and clinics in public interest technology are better positioned to be knowledgeable next-generation policymakers, public servants, and business professionals who may design and determine how tech services are developed and products are used. With an understanding of how technology works and how it impacts the common good, they can better promote a culture of tech in the public interest, rather than tech opportunism.

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Article: Data fairness: A new social contract for the 21st century economy

Civil Society, Data, Web 3.0

Data fairness: A new social contract for the 21st century economy

The power of data is relational and cumulative, it is the product of many participants and users who are often unwitting in their contribution to “data labor,” and are often not compensated fairly for it.  We need more sophisticated tools for understanding the unique properties and dynamics of data.

Innovations to redress the imbalance of the data economy range from top-down government interventions, such as targeted regulatory reforms, to bottom-up civil society-led actions, where “data stewardship” can be fostered through institutions like trusts, cooperatives, and unions, which give people more control. Overall, a broad community of perspectives should be included in any efforts to rebalance the digital economy.

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