Article: What the Google Antitrust Lawsuit Means for Web 3

Blockchain, Web 3.0

What the Google Antitrust Lawsuit Means for Web 3

This week, the US Department of Justice and 11 states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google.

According to the filing, Google has used exclusionary agreements with mobile phone and browser companies to become the dominant search engine, controlling nearly the entire search market, all the while acquiring companies such as YouTube and Android to cement its omnipresence.

In short, it’s a monopoly, a totemic institution that controls broad swaths of the tech market and limits user options. And, it may just be holding back Web 3.0, the broad term for a decentralized internet in which content isn’t controlled by conglomerates but by individual creators—just as previous monopolies attempted to stave off Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 technologies.

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Article: Decentralized apps struggle to go mainstream amid coronavirus lockdown

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

Decentralized apps struggle to go mainstream amid coronavirus lockdown

Zoom, once the darling of the quarantined remote worker, has been slammed for poor privacy, and has suffered a data breach in which 500,000 user accounts were offered for sale on the dark web. Meanwhile, Google and Apple have pooled their resources for contact tracing, highlighting the amount of information that Big Tech monoliths hold on their customers.

This, then, should surely be the moment for Web3 to sweep in and save the day, with its promise to wrest power from centralized entities and restore privacy to the masses. But it hasn’t. Not a single Web3 decentralized app (dapp) has gone truly mainstream during the coronavirus pandemic.

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