Article: Introducing the Public Interest Internet

Civil Society, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Introducing the Public Interest Internet

But on the real internet, one or two clicks away from that handful of conglomerates, there remains a wider, more diverse, and more generous world. Often run by volunteers, frequently without any obvious institutional affiliation, sometimes tiny, often local, but free for everyone online to use and contribute to, this internet preceded Big Tech, and inspired the earliest, most optimistic vision of its future place in society.

When Big Tech is long gone, a better future will come from the seed of this public interest internet: seeds that are being planted now, and which need everyone to nurture them until they’re strong enough to sustain our future in a more open and free society.

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Article: Open data will catalyse the UK’s progress to net-zero

Data, Governance, Open Source

Open data will catalyse the UK’s progress to net-zero

A similar ‘pooling’ of data is needed to help us reach net-zero emissions targets, said Starks. “When it comes to energy distribution in the United Kingdom, for instance, we have large power stations, innumerable wind turbines, and countless microgeneration solar panels. At the consumer level, there are smart meters, too. So, in practice we’ve got millions of data bits flying around at any given moment, within a highly complex ecosystem. The breadth of available information is increasing exponentially.”

This will create challenges in the future for the UK. For example, how will local authorities digest the data effectively, in order to plan the installation of environmentally friendly heat pumps? How will they know whether there’s enough capacity on the local energy grid, and what the transmission constraints are? Bringing all the necessary information together is, and will be, incredibly complex. Clearly, improved access and sharing of the relevant data is essential to country-level sustainable transitions, and to delivering the green industrial revolution.

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Article: How blockchain technology is fixing payments today and what comes next

Blockchain, Innovation, Money

How blockchain technology is fixing payments today and what comes next

Once we recognize that the blockchain future we’ve all been dreaming about is actually here, right now, we have to ask ourselves whether we are creating long-term solutions

Open networks allow innovation from the many rather than the few. Open networks ensure that anyone can build upon, improve and challenge the technology and push the market to consider the next idea. Open networks promise interoperability and allow for continual ideation and progression. If we were to start building this technology in a silo, on closed networks that can’t work together, we would risk putting ourselves right back where we started. By working together in the open to connect traditional financial rails with digital ones, we can reap the benefits and work through shared challenges.

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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: More Africans Walk Towards Financial Freedom Due To Cryptocurrencies

Crypto, Money

More Africans Walk Towards Financial Freedom Due To Cryptocurrencies

The potential of African youth has been growing for a very long time, and now, when more and more young talents appear in Africa, the world is beginning to pay attention to it as a new favorable market for cryptocurrencies. In the cryptocurrency community, there was even an opinion that the “golden cryptocurrency age” of African development had begun.

Blockchain technology can provide people who have never used banking services with access to various services. For example, using dApps, people can get access to new ways to save money and pay bills, get loans, sell their own goods and services, and also get the opportunity to create their own applications or tools based on the blockchain. Instead of subjecting their financial assets to inflation, people can use stable digital assets, which allows them to gain more control over their funds and abandon a centralized system that does not provide any benefits.

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Article: Blockchain and Distributed Web: Why You Should Care

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

Blockchain and Distributed Web: Why You Should Care

In this first session, we sat down with CoLab’s Joe Gerber and Gavin McDermott to talk about the distributed web and blockchains and why it’s important to experiment with these emerging technologies. Many people conflate blockchain technology and bitcoin, but as Joe and Gavin discussed, bitcoin is a digital currency and one small piece of a larger movement powered by blockchain technology and the distributed web. In this post, we’ll break down why, as Joe and Gavin say, the web is being rewritten from the inside out.

Joe and Gavin boiled down their thinking for why blockchain technology and the distributed web are so game-changing to three core principles:

  • People now have permission by default
  • Data flowing freely
  • New types of coordination

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Article: How Blockchain Can Transform Traceability in the Automotive Space

Blockchain, Innovation

How Blockchain Can Transform Traceability in the Automotive Space

When big automakers first began investigating the potential use cases for blockchain in their industry, they quickly identified compliance as an area of promise. Because it’s immutable, blockchain can be a very powerful tool for tracing things, from the supply chain for an avocado to the ownership of a non-fungible token (NFT). Because it can be distributed among different participants and respect data confidentiality, it can act as a trust machine. Automakers quickly saw the potential to apply blockchain to their own supply chains so that they could more quickly determine where all of the components in each car came from.

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Article: Blockchain for Social Good: A Field in Expansion

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

Blockchain for Social Good: A Field in Expansion

We hope European institutions will support blockchain and other decentralized technologies so that they may contribute their transformative potential towards social justice. In the meanwhile, we are continuing to work with this vision in the P2P Models project, letting our work be guided by this technology so that it may foster collaboration, the commons, and social justice in general. We try to recognize the socio-political potential of the technology we use, without falling in techno-determinist visions. Therefore, when we work with communities we focus on co-designing with them, so that they are the ones leading the technology, rather than the other way around.

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Article: Digitalization of Energy in the IIoT Era

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Digitalization of Energy in the IIoT Era

In Tesla’s VPP vision, digital twin models represent various Internet of Things (IoT) elements. The digital twin modelling software is based on two essential open-source projects: Kubernetes and Akka. Breck clarified that the combination of Akka and Kubernetes is essential as the first can handle more major failures the second can handle minor (or in need of fine approach).

We definitely live through interesting times and it seems that the future is much closer than it looked before, mainly thanks to companies dedicating much effort to innovate and crate breakthroughs. There is a saying about modern problems needing modern solutions, but this does not necessarily apply in this case. We have an old problem and solutions coming from the future; we just hope that they will soon collide and provide the best possible outcome for the planet and Humanity as a whole.

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Article: Deeper Network, Launches a blockchain-based home-network hardware, Deeper Connect

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Deeper Network, Launches a blockchain-based home-network hardware, Deeper Connect

In our view, the Deeper Chain is a significant forward step in the development of a more transparent and democratic internet. Yes, it’s referred to as Web 3.0 by others. We all know the internet has never been the free, available, and democratic medium that it was intended to be. We’re putting our money on solving these tough problems, and we want to be one of the leading contributors to the development of a distributed, democratic, and equitable Internet: which incentivizes citizens, the real users.

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