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.
ColdStack and BitTorrent are working together to make the capabilities that BitTorrent possesses to the ColdStack ecosystem. Both platforms have a lot to offer, and now ColdStack users will have the ability to leverage the world’s most advanced P2P sharing ecosystem from the ColdStack platform.
“BitTorrent File System (BTFS) is one of the first decentralized file storage systems, and provides a foundational platform for decentralized apps. BTFS is supported by millions of BitTorrent user nodes. It is both a protocol and network implementation that provides a p2p mechanism for storing and sharing digital content in a decentralized filing system. It is a next-generation file-sharing protocol utilizing the TRON network and the BitTorrent ecosystem.”
The Parler incident was one of a deeply comprehensive “deplatforming” efforts – i.e. censorship of an independent and upcoming social media platform – that eventually got removed from the internet infrastructure in a fit of post-November US elections rage influencing platforms ranging from social networks all the way to cloud hosting and storage corporations.
Deplatforming poses little threat to establishment conservative institutions and personalities because they pose little threat to the left or to Silicon Valley. There’s no reason for the social media companies to ban them. But ignoring the problem of social media censorship is a great disservice to conservative voters and Americans in general because they do face a reduction in their ability to express themselves in the public square.
Before the “great de-platforming” following the events at the Capitol on January 6, defenders of a laissez-faire approach to social media were able to tell those unhappy with Big Tech’s content moderation decisions to simply switch platforms. But when Amazon Web Services removed Parler from its cloud hosting, making the app impossible to access, the case against a government crackdown became less convincing. But if given some time to innovate in an environment free from stifling regulation, the market may yet produce a solution in the form of decentralized social media.
Policeware vendors once commanded big, big bucks to match a person of interest to a location. Over the last decade prices have come down. Some useful products cost a fraction of the industrial strength, incredibly clumsy tools. If you are thinking about the hassle of manipulating data in IBM or Palantir products, you are in the murky field of prediction. I have not named the products which I think are the winners of this particular race.
The focus of this write up is the useful information derived from the deplatformed Parler social media outfit. An enterprising individual named Patri10tic performed the sort of trick which Geofeedia made semi famous. You can check the map placing specific Parler uses in particular locations based on their messages at this link. What’s the time frame? The unusual protest at the US Capitol.
ROBERT STEELE: I value Ben Fulford, whose decades of work as a financial and political journalist with a focus on Deep State and Asia are unmatched by anyone I know. Subscribe to him here. Today’s report is quite good. Below is a graphic from that report.
Our Web 3.0 working group has a more nuanced and comprehensive plan than the above, but the above is useful as a public perception device — it is easier to shut BigTech down and migrate than most people imagine.