Article: Regulation, Moderation, and Social Media Decentralization

Decentralized Internet, Media, Web 3.0

Regulation, Moderation, and Social Media Decentralization

Enter the Decentralized Social Media (DSM) model, a polycentric model of online interaction recently proposed on Medium by Ross Ulbricht, the currently imprisoned founder of Silk Road, an infamous illicit online marketplace that jump-started the popularity of Bitcoin in the early 2000s.

To oversimplify, Ulbricht’s DSM model would remove those automatic and manual moderation tools from under the hood of a social media’s servers and place those same processes in the device of the social media user under the control of separate companies that stand to profit from providing moderation and aggregation services at the discretion of the device owner. Users could access any or all of the web’s available social media content feeds at once and only be fed content within their own acceptable parameters while retaining ownership of their user data. All of this would be done through the operant function of Bitcoin, the encrypted blockchain.

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Article: Blockchain Technology’s Potential to Disrupt Social Media Platforms

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Media, Web 3.0

Blockchain Technology’s Potential to Disrupt Social Media Platforms

While mainstream social media platforms have revolutionized the way we interact with one another and made eCommerce more effective thanks to targeted advertising, these platforms have serious flaws, notably data and privacy breached that should not be ignored. The advent of blockchain social media offers a plausible solution to these challenges, allowing individuals to interact over decentralized and distributed networks without third parties’ praying eyes.

Blockchain social media offers numerous benefits. Among other benefits, they allow users to enjoy greater privacy, assert better control of their data, and express themselves freely without drastic consequences or account censorship. Better still, decentralized social media allows users to earn income on their activities on the platform, including content creation and other interactions.

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Article: A free press requires an open internet

Censorship, Media

A free press requires an open internet

Press freedom around the world depends on an open, reliable and secure internet.

Internet censorship and repression take many forms. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) regularly censors words, phrases and names published on the internet that it deems to be anti-communist and anti-government. It also limits access to many websites. Government-enforced internet shutdowns and network restrictions also inhibit freedom of expression, including for members of the press. In Venezuela, the government uses electricity and internet blackouts to inhibit access to information and control potential political unrest.

“Over the past 10 years, the entire spectrum of human rights are now enabled, facilitated, and accessed through the internet,” Access Now says. “We are prepared to address new technologies as they emerge, and to bring the implications for human rights to the fore.”

Article: How To Decentralize Virtual Communities?

Decentralized Internet, Media

How To Decentralize Virtual Communities?

Decentralized social networks and communities provide a higher level of control and autonomy for members than centralized ones. There are also federated decentralized social networks and communities. The principle of interaction between users is significantly different.

For example, Twitter allows users to post and receive messages only to those with Twitter accounts (for example, Twitter users cannot post to Facebook accounts due to the lack of cross-platform). Federated decentralized social networks and communities allow users to communicate independently of the network and community. This is the main difference between decentralized social networks and centralized social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

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Article: Free speech friendly video sharing platforms

Access, Censorship, Media, Open Source

Free speech friendly video sharing platformsFree speech friendly video sharing platforms

Use a provider that’s not controlled by a Big Tech giant and that supports free expression.

As YouTube continues to censor, these alternatives are rising up to empower viewers and creators. Use them. Tell friends and family about them. Tell creators to use them.

  • Odysee
  • BitChute
  • Rumble
  • GabTV
  • Brighteon
  • BitTube
  • DTube
  • 3Speak
  • Theta Network
  • PeerTube
  • AltCensored

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Article: GazeTV Launches Blockchain-Powered Social Entertainment Platform That Puts Creators First

Blockchain, Media

GazeTV Launches Blockchain-Powered Social Entertainment Platform That Puts Creators First

GazeTV leverages blockchain fundamentals and the GAZE token to tackle this challenge by letting users compensate creators based on their own preferences and tastes. The process eliminates the intermediary that determines creator compensation on traditional platforms, such as YouTube, and fosters a more transparent environment for all involved. Creators can track rewards and viewership, by earning, staking and swapping GAZE tokens, resulting in faster content-revenue distribution. GazeTV converts “users” into a global, engaged community.

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Article: BitClout creates the first ‘social media stock market’

Blockchain, Crypto, Media

BitClout creates the first ‘social media stock market’

The white paper describes the BitClout concept as an “emerging phenomena”; indeed, the website compares Bitcoin’s recent impact of “decentralising money” with its own efforts to “decentralis[e] social.”

“[W]ith BitClout you can buy someone’s coin and then retweet them, which makes it so that you’re not only along for the ride financially if they blow up, but you also get bragging rights.

The future of investment could conceivably include some form of ‘social media stock market’ – a concept that could one day include everyone, not just the rich and famous. The socio-economic implications of doing so, however, would need to be carefully considered.

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Article: Firework’s leading Web 3.0

Blockchain, Media, Web 3.0

Firework’s leading Web 3.0

With Firework, you have a chance to deliver an experience that is similar to that of a social media, without really having to develop anything that creates a dent on your budgets. Firework upgrades simple websites and transforms them to mobile friendly web assets that deliver app-like seamlessness and immersive experience, powers the website with vertical short video storytelling capability with an unmatchable e-commerce experience that drives business revenue and consumer delight.

Web 3.0 is certainly about decentralised internet that will democratise the web. However, if businesses fail to offer an upgraded user experience then the might socials will continue to dictate the digital economy and the open web will cease to exist.

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Article: MeWe® Appoints Jeffrey Edell as New CEO

Decentralized Internet, Media

MeWe® Appoints Jeffrey Edell as New CEO

MeWe®, the ad-free social network with data privacy and no newsfeed manipulation, today announces that Jeffrey Edell has been appointed the company’s new CEO and joins its Board of Directors.

“People worldwide are migrating from Facebook, Instagram, and other major platforms to MeWe because it is the social network that respects its members as customers to serve and delight, not data to share, target, or manipulate. MeWe has achieved remarkable growth with zero paid marketing or member acquisition costs. I am thrilled to lead the company as we position for rapid growth by expanding our marketing efforts and product offerings, bringing on the world’s most compelling content creators, and growing our team to welcome millions of new members in the months ahead,” says Edell.

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Article: LBRY Cryptocurrency Prosecution Shows SEC’s Misplaced Priorities

Blockchain, Crypto, Media

LBRY Cryptocurrency Prosecution Shows SEC’s Misplaced Priorities

The SEC remained mostly silent during the ICO boom but then flooded alt-coin founders with a tsunami of subpoenas beginning in 2018. To be sure, some ICOs were scams and deserved prosecution, but others were and are legitimate companies building out viable networks and providing value to purchasers and consumers.

LBRY, Inc. is one such company. It promotes an “open, free, and fair network for digital content” and boasts 10 million users. Someday it could rival YouTube, Amazon, and other video content providers. But first it risks bankruptcy in a legal fight with the government for violations that lack victims.

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