Article: What Will The Future Internet Look Like?

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

What Will The Future Internet Look Like?

When the Web 3.0 arrives it will be marked by many of the features already familiar to proponents of blockchain technology. With the Web 3.0  individuals and businesses will be able to trade assets and information with others whom they do not already know or trust without an intermediary. This will rapidly increase the opportunities for everyone to interact, creating a far richer set of experiences.

While the internet has always promised decentralization, the Web 3.0 will deliver it: a freer and more community driven world wide web.

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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: Human Expression: Why It Should Be A Global Goal And How Crypto Can Help

Crypto, Decentralized Internet

Human Expression: Why It Should Be A Global Goal And How Crypto Can Help

The future of human expression will have a broader base of participation with sustainable careers for musicians, artists, authors, and activists. It will be more distributed, less curated and concentrated, more about artist and less about intermediaries. It will leverage crowdsourcing, collaboration and new modes of expression; it will swamp old power broker business models and copyright laws; it will build on tradition and conjure value from thin air.

Schools and colleges can help create this new flourishing of culture by integrating the expressive arts with emerging technology and new business models so that more young people graduate ready for sustainable arts impact.

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Article: Why it’s time to veer towards an Open Web

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Why it’s time to veer towards an Open Web

The decentralised ecosystem is not a dream anymore, it’s a reality and the world over there is a call for an ecosystem that encourages privacy. One that does not give away control of the web to a handful, rather make the web a democratic place for users to consume and share information and content.

The Open Web, which is an ecosystem that every independent website is a part of, has close to 350 million websites that get 250 billion visits month on month. The leading apps, however, garner only about 20 billion users, but still manage to grab our attention with the user experience they offer. Now, with a better user experience, there is a potential for a unified open web to take on the big tech and make the web the democratic space that it should be.

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Article: Copyright infringement and NFTs: How artists can protect themselves

Crypto

Copyright infringement and NFTs: How artists can protect themselves

A strongly worded copyright notice often isn’t enough to deter bad actors — nor prove that artwork is authentic if their claims are challenged. However, there are some simple steps that are worth taking when building an online presence, and it all begins when original files are being uploaded in the first place.

Adding a visible watermark to art before sharing digital images anywhere can prove worthwhile, irrespective of whether this is on Instagram, Facebook or on your own website. If you’re especially sophisticated, you may opt for an invisible watermark at the pixel level — something that can give you an upper hand in a dispute, especially among plagiarists who may not have noticed it.

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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: Ditching Big Tech for a More Decentralised Life

Decentralized Internet

Ditching Big Tech for a More Decentralised Life

A plethora of privacy and security issues, daily ransomware attacks putting sensitive data at risk of being published led to a decision. In February this year, I decided to de-Facebook and de-Google my life. I will admit that, as with any (I will call it what it is) addiction, it was a little hard to withdraw. Everyone handles social media detox differently, and I realised the best way for me would be to carry it out in stages.

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Article: Jillian York and Karen Gullo (counterpoint): Users, not government, should control online speech

Censorship, Deplatforming, Governance, Media

Jillian York and Karen Gullo (counterpoint): Users, not government, should control online speech

Big tech companies would have more control over online speech than they already have because they can afford the legal fights that will scare off new entrants to the market. What’s more, they would push legal, protected speech offline, and silence the voices of marginalized and less powerful people who rely on the internet to speak out — a diverse set of people that includes activists, journalists, LGBTQ individuals and many more.

Instead, users should have more power to control what they see on their feeds. They should be able to move freely with their data from one platform to another when they don’t like what they see.

Article: Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker

Cyber-Security, Software

Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker

A pressure group set up by Austrian privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems has launched a new campaign in France, this time complaining that Google’s Android advertising tool violates European Union rules by failing to get users’ consent.

noyb (none of your business), established by Schrems to take on the Internet giants and others over perceived privacy violations in Europe, said it launched action against the Android Advertising Identifier (AAID) claiming that the “somewhat hidden ID” allows Google and all apps on the phone to track a user and combine information about online and mobile behavior.

“While these trackers clearly require the users’ consent (as known from ‘cookie banners’), Google neglects this legal requirement,” said noyb.

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Article: Big Tech censors Christians ‘at least once a week’

Censorship, Deplatforming

Big Tech censors Christians ‘at least once a week’

A new report from the Napa Legal Institute has revealed the full extent of big-tech censorship of Christians. It details the growing attitude of hostility towards faith-based views and organizations in large tech companies, and urges “decisive” actions by faith leaders to confront this new culture.

The report, compiled by the Napa Legal Institute and published last week, alleges that since the beginning of the year, religious organizations and individuals have been censored on social media at a rate of roughly once a week.

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